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The Appalachian Lodge

Chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a tasty waffle cone.

Nothing hits the spot on a hot day in Gatlinburg, TN quite like ice cream! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a number of wonderful creameries where you can enjoy a delicious cone or sundae. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to four of the best Gatlinburg ice cream shops.

1. Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts

Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts is a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth! This great ice cream shop boasts 24 different ice cream flavors that can be enjoyed in a cone, milkshake, sundae, or banana split. Popular flavors include Smoky Mountain Fudge, Peanut Butter Cup, Strawberry Cheesecake, Black Walnut, and Blueberry Pie. For a truly indulgent experience, you can combine your ice cream with one of Mad Dog’s melt-in-your-mouth donuts or a freshly fried funnel cake. If you have a four-legged friend at home, be sure to pick up one of Mad Dog’s excellent dog toys to surprise your pup with!

2. Kilwin’sKilwin's ice cream in Gatlinburg TN.

Kilwin’s is another one of the very best Gatlinburg ice cream shops. When you’re walking along The Strip, the enticing scent of Kilwin’s waffle cones baking in the oven is sure to lure you inside this hugely popular destination. All of Kilwin’s irresistible ice cream is made from premium milk and cream produced by family farms. With 40 flavors to choose from, guests are virtually guaranteed to find a new favorite. We’re big fans of Kilwin’s Cake Batter, Fudgie Brownie, and Georgia Peach. Of course, no trip to Kilwin’s is complete without also sampling some of their fantastic Mackinac Island Fudge.

3. Glades Soda Fountain

Located in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the Glades Soda Fountain is a real blast from the past! Modeled after the malt shops of the 1940s, this nostalgic soda fountain specializes in vintage ice cream treats. Guests can enjoy a great selection of handcrafted sundaes, floats, malts, milkshakes, and phosphates. Complete with a friendly soda jerk and an old-fashioned cash register, the Glades Soda Fountain is the next best thing to having your own time machine.

A delicious ice cream sundae.4. The Village Cafe & Creamery

Home to 27 unique boutiques and eateries, The Village is downtown Gatlinburg’s most popular shopping destination. If you’re craving a refreshing treat during your shopping spree, we highly recommend stopping by The Village Cafe & Creamery. This beloved ice cream shop is the perfect place to grab a cone, sundae, shake, malt, or float. The Creamery features a small outdoor dining area, so you can savor your ice cream will taking in the lovely surroundings of The Village.

When you stay at The Appy Lodge, you will be near all of these awesome Gatlinburg ice cream shops. Our hotel is located right on the Parkway, just minutes away from downtown Gatlinburg’s phenomenal restaurants, attractions, and shops. Offering free parking, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, walk-in showers, and complimentary breakfast, The Appy Lodge has everything you need for an amazing vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!