By Leif Palmer
Posted on October 20, 2017
Who doesn't like a mall? Malls pack a whole lot of good things into one convenient location, so if you're looking to cover the most retail ground while doing the least amount of footwork, they're always a good bet. And if you're visiting downtown Gatlinburg, there's only one place you can go that will let you do all that in year-round climate-controlled comfort.
Mountain Mall is located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, at the intersection of Parkway and River Road, at traffic light #6. The mall houses six levels of retail adventure, with unique shops and stores tucked away on each floor. Merchants include The Rhythm Section (CDs, etc.), Aunt Mahalia's Candles, Oakley Sunglass Shop, Lavi's Jewelry, Treadway's Old Time Portraits, Martial Arts & Knife Superstore, Sports Heaven, Phoenix Candles, just to mention a few. In all, nearly 35 different retailers call Mountain Mall home, offering a diverse selection of merchandise.
In addition to the shops, guests will discover several unique features of the property, including two indoor waterfalls (one of which is more than 30 feet tall) and Appalachian relics like millstones, a moonshine still and a full-size bear trap. The mall opens daily at 10 a.m., and closing hours range from 6 to 10 p.m., depending on the day of the week and the season of the year.
There's plenty of nearby parking, making it a cinch to get from your car to the mall. The Downtown Parking Lot is located at 526 Parkway and is just footsteps from Mountain Mall as well as numerous downtown attractions, restaurants and historic points of interest.
This lot's convenient location makes it easy for guests to park once and then visit all their favorite downtown Gatlinburg destinations on foot, without having to relocate their vehicle. If a particular downtown business happens to be too far to walk to, no problem. There's a trolley stop near the Downtown Parking Lot, and regular trolleys service multiple routes throughout the town, ensuring that you can get where you're wanting to go without too much wear and tear on your shoes.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in Gatlinburg. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.