If you’re familiar with the Pigeon Forge area, you know the Foothills Parkway offers a less congested way into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But did you know there’s a place to stop for everything to local artisan crafts to homemade pork rinds along the way? The Mountain Brothers General Store has a little bit of everything, including an impeccable view of the mountains.
Sample the locally roasted coffee before picking up a pound to take home and brew. Sample a cup for 50 cents — a different selection is provided every day. The Smoky Mountain Sunset and Tennessee Big Orange varieties are our favorites. We think they’re delicious served over ice! If coffee’s not your thing, head over to the tasting bar where you can enjoy a free sample of salsa or locally made jams and jellies. You’ll find traditional favorites like muscadine along with some more unusual flavors. Homemade pork rinds and kettle corn also draw visitors from far and wide.
Mountain Brothers General Store is known for its homemade fudge. They have dozens of varieties, and if you just can’t decide, they’ll be happy to give you a taste. But trust us, go with the red velvet. You’ll have it eaten before you get back to town. You’ll also find barrels heaped with nostalgic candies and taffy. Create a mix of your favorites for a taste of the good ol’ days.
Local artisans sell their wares at the store and sometimes stop to show off their skills. Local authors occasionally hold book signings, weavers make baskets on the front porch and a woodcarver creates unique bear statues using a chain saw in the parking lot. Check the store’s Facebook page for updates.
While Mountain Brothers has a wide selection of locally produced goods, it’s also got typical souvenir shop fare. Find a nice selection of t-shirts and hats, stuffed bears, yard decor, novelty socks, candles, and books on the history of Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains. If you’re looking for a gift to take home to a friend or loved one, you’ll certainly be able to find something here.
Located well off the main drag, Mountain Brothers’ General Store is miles from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You’ll enjoy the slower pace and interesting inventory at this hidden gem!
– The family that operates Mountain Brothers’ General Store also runs a cafe and convenience store on the same property. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, a delicious fried pie or supplies for your camping trip, it’s a good one-stop-shop.