What to do and see in Newport, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 6, 2017 Diedre Savory

Newport is a city in and the county seat of Cocke County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,945 at the 2010 census, down from 7,242 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2014 was 6,880. It is located along the Pigeon River.
Restaurants in Newport

1. Rafting in the Smokies

3595 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753-2110
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5 based on 2 reviews

Rafting in the Smokies

Inspired Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains! Offering whitewater rafting, family float trips, ziplines, a challenging ropes course, rock climbing wall, and horseback riding. VACATION PACKAGES FOR AFFORDABLE SMOKY MOUNTAIN FUN! Come play with us and then enjoy the rest of your day on our Family Adventure Island with complimentary picnic tables, grills, walking trail, and family playground. We are a one-stop-adventure-shop serving ages 3 and up. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. 39 years of rafting experience. Restrictions may apply. Raft with the best: Rafting in the Smokies!

Reviewed By Michelle P - Consett, United Kingdom

Booked a package of rafting and zip lining. Was a little apprehensive beforehand but the instructors and guides are so reassuring we soon settled in. The zip lining was great fun and we all enjoyed that. The staff were so friendly as well, spending loads...MoreZak and Stacie are AWESOME!! guides. Rafting in the Smokies so happy to hear you had such a wonderful time that you rafted twice. We hope to see you back in our rafts and zipping the island next time you are in the area.

2. Bobarosa Saloon

2299 Highway 25 70 E, Del Rio, TN 37727-3016 +1 423-613-9726
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Bobarosa Saloon

Reviewed By D B - Lexington, Tennessee

What can be said? This place was the bomb! We were in the Smokies for a week long ride on motorcycles and a buddy told us about this place. We checked it out and it was all it was cracked up to be. The staff was great, treated us like we were everyday regulars. Drink a bevage on the banks of the French Broad river. The scenery was beautiful. Had lunch there and the food was good and reasonable priced. Recomennd this place highly.For a good ride leave there and head over to the Rattler on 209.

3. Bush's Beans Visitor Center

3901 Highway 411, Dandridge, TN 37725-7180 +1 800-590-3797
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4.5 based on 921 reviews

Bush's Beans Visitor Center

Reviewed By Shadw20 - Yorkville, Illinois

As we were traveling around Douglas Lake looking at property we stumbled upon Bush's Beans Visitor Center. I would highly recommend stopping here for a self guided tour and a stroll down memory lane. Great place to stretch your legs and get a good bite to eat. The staff is incredibly friendly as well.

4. Newport Cinema 4

424 Heritage Blvd, Newport, TN 37821-4204 +1 423-625-9151
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5 based on 76 reviews

Newport Cinema 4

Reviewed By Tnwoman1139 - Newport, Tennessee

This theater is easily reached from I-40. Very good price for #1 movies. Clean. Well lit. It has a senior popcorn and drink deal that is very reasonably priced. Plenty of parking spaces.

5. Raft Outdoor Adventures

3635 Trail Hollow Rd, Hartford, TN 37753-2120
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5 based on 1 reviews

Raft Outdoor Adventures

White water Rafting just outside of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Located in Hartford, TN, you and your family can enjoy an exciting rafting trip on the Pigeon River with a professional and friendly guide, beautiful scenery, and high quality equipment.

Reviewed By John R

We have taken several river rafting trips on our visits to Gatlinburg this company and guide was by far the best yet. Our guide," Willis" was professional yet I believe he works nights as a comedian. He kept us laughing from the beginning to the very end of our experience, he truly loves his job and it made our trip one we will not soon forget. We will definitely be back. Booked over the phone last minute easily. Trip was recommended to us by Courtney who was also a guide but was not working that day. The shop has wet suits to use that were very nice and clean, just bring water shoes. John Rogers

6. Smoky Mountain Outdoors

3299 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753-2107
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5 based on 4 reviews

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

The Pigeon River, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains just a short drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, offers breathtaking scenery and exciting whitewater rafting thrills! This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee. Experience white water rafting in Tennessee and raft through class 3 to 4 rapids where you'll be assured of an exciting adventure at one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg TN!"Whitewater Rafting at it's Finest"

Reviewed By Chris S

My wife and I were able to get in the day before the end of the season on an afternoon discounted trip. The staff was absolutely superb in assisting me with getting situated with my reservation and mounting my GoPro. They even moved me to a sooner trip to keep us from waiting around. My guide was Tyler and he was great. Not only did he make the day fun, he guided through the river with skill and knowledge that kept e everyone safe. He even guided us in performing a rescue of a other rafting service's client, in which he pulled the distressed person in our raft and we retrieved two paddles.
Overall, I would recommend This company and ask for Tyler as your guide.

7. Carver Orchards & Farm Market

3462 Cosby Hwy, Cosby, TN 37722-3077 +1 423-487-2419
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Carver Orchards & Farm Market

Reviewed By SmurfySmurfette80 - Maryville, Tennessee

We stopped by the candy store today. We purchased almond, cashew and pecan milk chocolate clusters that were all extremely fresh and so good. The chocolate covered peanuts in the pre made boxes were not fresh and we were disappointed in those and they tasted like a different chocolate that was not great. The star of the show though was their milk and dark covered chocolate cherries, they were soooo good.

8. Newport Speedway

767 Industrial Rd, Newport, TN 37821-8113 +1 828-216-8490
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Newport Speedway

Situated within a short distance of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Seiverville; Newport Speedway is the only asphalt race track located in the Smokies. The high banked 4/10 mile oval plays host to some of the finest racing around and features racers competing in Late Model, Street Stock, Pure-4', Mini Cups and Pure Stock divisions. Newport is the place for vacationers to get their racing fix!

Reviewed By tekwar2001 - Asheville, North Carolina

Situated at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains is this awesome little 4/10 mile short track which boasts some of the steepest banking in all of racing. (24 degrees in the turns)

Every time I have been there, the car fields were good and the racing great. I'd recommend it to any race fan who happen to be in the Gatlinburg/Sevierville area and want to see some good old fashion auto racing to take the short trip up the road to Newport and see for themselves.

9. Rocky Top

Rocky Top Road, Forest Service Road 402, Del Rio, TN 37727
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5 based on 1 reviews

Rocky Top

Reviewed By Fiftonian - Newport, Tennessee

Get off the beaten path to experience broad vistas of the forested mountains and rolling countryside at the edge of the Appalachians. You can see for miles to the east and west; great spot for sunrise & sunset. The 7-mile road is rough & narrow, with a breathtaking cliffhanger mile where the best views open up. A Cherokee National Forest footpath (trailheads as yet hard to find) parallels that section and offers views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and higher perspectives of the vistas seen from the road.

10. River Rat Whitewater

3630 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753-2105
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5 based on 684 reviews

River Rat Whitewater

River Rat Whitewater thrills your family or group by making life-long memories and building camaraderie on scenic, guided whitewater rafting trips between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest. At River Rat Whitewater, we don't just raft, we jump, slide, surf and swim! Come play at Mother Nature's waterpark! Come Play at River Rat!

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Larry runs the joint, and he is awesome! Ewok is hilarious and Jake definitely entertained! Draft beer, storefront, proper training, a guide on each boat...and tons of fun!!! group discounts, and lots of laughs to be had. Definitely do this!! Bring your go pro, they'll set you up with a helmet with a dock for it= perfect!!

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