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Discover Why Rocky Waters Has Continued To Be A Well-Loved Gatlinburg Riverfront Lodging Tradition For Many Years.

Generations have made the Rocky Waters Motor Inn their home away from home while vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Inn overlooks Cliff Branch Creek in downtown Gatlinburg. Each guest room has a private balcony directly on the river with great views. Guests will enjoy the sound of rushing water when recharging for another day to take advantage of all that Gatlinburg and the mountains have to offer.

The Inn (pictured below) opened around 1936 and was one of the first hotels in Gatlinburg after the Great Smoky Mountain Park opened in 1934. President Franklin Roosevelt officially dedicated the park as a national park in 1940. Today the Inn is the lobby and 36 guest rooms built in 1953. The other original buildings are in use as retail shops next to the Inn.

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Rocky Waters Inn from the 1930s to 1950s

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ocky Waters, conveniently located at the #2 light in Gatlinburg is a 5-10 minute walk to downtown shopping and dining. Guests have the option of taking a trolley, which picks up directly in front of our Gatlinburg hotel, for transportation in and around Gatlinburg and surrounding areas. The entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just 2 miles from the hotel, and Dollywood is less than 10 miles away.

Nearby you can enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, attractions and rides, dinner shows and outlet mall shopping, and so much more.

Choose Rocky Waters Motor Inn for your Smoky Mountain vacation, and discover why our guests return year after year.