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crockett's breakfast camp in gatlinburg

Long before moonshine was legal in the hills of Tennessee and you could walk across the longest pedestrian bridge in the country, Gatlinburg was a small and simple place known as White Oak Flats. David C. “Crockett” Maples, a family man that not only served his country but also his community, worked to provide for his family by running a supply store at the foot of the mountains with the assistance of his wife, Mary Ogle. The couple were known at that time serving up the best mountain man breakfast in the area to travelers passing through. Today, their family legacy continues at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. While there are plenty of breakfast restaurants in Gatlinburg, we’re going to share 3 reasons why you should eat at this particular one!

1. Two Words: Cinnamon Rolls


Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is known for their friendly service, pioneer theme, and quickly getting people in and out for the most important meal of the day. But the food they are most known for is their cinnamon rolls. They’re delicious, hot, heavenly, and the best cinnamon rolls in all of Appalachia. Plus, you won’t believe your eyes at how huge they are! Trust us, you just gotta try one!

2. Huge Breakfast Food Selection

When you visit Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, you need to make sure that you’re hungry because you’ll receive a heaping amount of whatever dish you decide to order. French toast, Aretha Frankenstein griddle cakes, sausage and gravy, eggs benedict, fried bologna, oatmeal, grits, omelets, a long list of fixin’s on the side, and breakfast platters with all your favorites are just some of the delicious meals you will find on their menu. Pair your favorite breakfast item with milk, juice, or a big cup of coffee made just the way you like it. We can guarantee you won’t leave hungry, and you will certainly get your money’s worth in food and drinks.

3. A Local Legacy that was Built on Love

crockettsOur last reason as to why you should eat at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is simply because the restaurant encapsulates everything people love about the Smoky Mountain area. By connecting to the history of the area, you’ll find that you’ll truly enjoy your experience and go back home feeling like you’re a part of the story. The owners of Crockett’s could have easily tossed up another chain restaurant. However, they treasure their family’s heritage and the legacy that they left in east Tennessee. Today, they’re not only paying homage to their loved ones but they’re creating a legacy of their own that will be carried on from this generation to the next.

We know you have plenty of choices when it comes to breakfast restaurants in Gatlinburg, but we hope learning about Crockett’s Breakfast Camp will inspire you to try it when you stay with us! Since you know where you have to have breakfast for one day of your trip, you need to figure out where to eat for lunch and dinner! Here is our guide to eating in Gatlinburg for some inspiration!