No, in fact, contrary to reports and social media posts, an overwhelming majority of downtown Gatlinburg and the attractions and restaurants in and around the area were never hit by fire damage.
As we posted in some of our other posts in the topic, this remains the official list of relevant attractions and restaurants that were affected by the wildfires of 2016:
* Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg location). Destroyed.
* Arrowmont. Damaged but recovered and back open to the public.
* Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Destroyed.
* Dollywood. Slightly damaged but recovered with all events and plans for 2017 on track.
* First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Damaged, but main church building intact.
* Gatlinburg Church of Christ. Destroyed.
* Hillbilly Golf. Damaged. Reconstruction underway and expected to re-open for Spring 2017.
* Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Minor damage. Recovered.
* The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Largely damaged. No longer in business.
* Mountain Lodge Restaurant. Destroyed.
* Mysterious Mansion. Previously believed destroyed, the attraction is fully intact and undamaged.
* Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Destroyed.
* Southland Car and Jeep Rentals. Destroyed.
To say it short and sweet, if it’s not on this list, you can expect it will be open and conducting business as usual either now or once the tourism season fully begins in March 2017.
This Smoky Mountain wildfire update is provided to you by Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.
Last updated: 2-22-17