Great Smokies Flea Market in Kodak

Great Smokies Flea Market in Kodak where there’s something for everyone. From produce, clothing, to collectibles and pet products, it’s all here.

Ever been traveling east bound down Interstate 40 on your way to Sevierville and notice the large warehouse surrounded by clusters of smaller buildings? If you’ve ever wondered about that place and what it is, well, it’s none other than the Great Smokies Flea Market. Located in Kodak, TN, the Great Smokies Flea Market is one of the largest in the Southeast. Sometimes it can be easy to miss speeding by at 70 mph on your way to the Smokies, or Asheville, NC.

If you’ve already found out about the Great Smokies Flea Market, you’ve probably already found some good bargains. In all, the building is over 200,000 square feet of heated and cooled indoor space, and there’s even more space outdoors where over 1,000 vendors rotate. From things you need to others that you want and a least a few things that you can’t live without, you’re sure to find something at the Great Smokies Flea Market. Over the years, the average daily attendance is anywhere from 2000-5000. And it goes all the way up to 15,000 on the weekends.

Situated at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the flea market is located just off interstate 40 at exit 407. The market is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm year round. There’s plenty of free parking, restrooms and food. If you’re like a number of people, you’ve already found out about such things as the great lemonade located in the outdoors area. Get you one before going inside, they’re very refreshing after walking amongst the various vendors outdoors.

So, what should you expect to see if you decide to go? Well, all kinds of products and services, from animals to electronics. There’s literally something for everyone. On a recent trip the following was spotted:

  • Fresh produce
  • Jellies, jams, and relishes
  • Locally grown honey and homemade candy
  • Rocks, crystals, and minerals
  • Cowboy boots
  • Pet supplies
  • Sports collectibles
  • Clothing, handbags, and jewelry
  • Kitchen products
  • Leather goods
  • Collectible coins and notes
  • Books

One more tip – bring cash. Most of the dealers only deal in cash, though there are those that will take credit cards and checks, but why take a chance. Come early, stay late, buy local, and have a lot of fun!

Great Smokies Flea Market
220 W. Dumplin Valley Road
Kodak, TN

Orvis in Sevierville

Stop by Orvis in Sevierville for all your flyfishing needs and get some great Smoky Mountain fishing advice as well.

Man fly fishing in a stream in the Smoky MountainsSo you’re off to the Smokies to do a little fly fishing. Well, like thousands of other anglers, you’ve picked just the right spot! And just in case your forgot to pack something – a rod, some line, your favorite fly, Sevierville has you covered! Orvis Sevierville is a short 15 mile drive from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and its abundance of native brook, rainbow and brown trout.

Sevierville Orvis is known for their quality rods, reels, and fly-tying equipment, set up shop in Sevierville and has enjoyed nothing but success ever since. Not only to they carry all the flyfishing gear you’ll need for your next adventure in the stream, they’ll cloth you with a wide assortment of men’s and women’s outdoor, casual, and dress wear. Looking for a new set of travel gear, they’ve got it. They even carry the finest in gear for your dog. Anything from treats, beds to leashes and much more.

Maybe Orvis’ most valuable asset is the staff’s local fly fishing and outdoors knowledge. If you’re looking for some tips on fishing and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some basics on fishing in the Smoky Mountains, as seen by the staff at Sevierville Orvis:

Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The Smokies boast over 650 miles of fishable water. To be blunt, if you can’t find a good stream, well, I don’t think it’s our problem. Anyways, brook trout are found in greater numbers in your higher elevations. That is, streams 3000 feet and above in elevation. The lower you get, the more rainbow and brown trout you’re bound to find nipping at your line. No stocking here, these are all wild. For you bass fishermen out there, stick tot he park’s borders, you’ll be surprised what you’ll find. Thank me later.

Types of fish you’ll find: Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout, as well as smallmouth at the borders of the park.
Angler Type: Wading
How to get there: Park Roads and various trails.
Type of fly: Large dark mayflies early in the year, becoming lighter mayflies and stoneflies as the season wears on. Carry as many dries and nymphs as you can, or stop by the Sevierville store and pick up a few.
Rod: 7 – 8 and a half foot rod in a 3wt. to 5wt are best. Higher elevation streams sometimes call for shorter rods, visa vi longer rods in lower elevations. Continue reading “Orvis in Sevierville”

Mast General Store

Over the years, Mast General Store has become as much a destination as it is a shopping experience in Smoky Mountains.

Over the years, Mast General Store has become as much a destination as it is a shopping experience. And Sevierville is all the better for it due to its close proximity to the Mast General Store in Knoxville, and its rather close proximity to another Mast store in Asheville, North Carolina.

Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

With locations all over the Smoky Mountains, the Mast General Store is not only a fun step back in time but has become a traditional stop for visitors as they trek through the Smokies.  Whether it be candies (which President Barack Obama was looking for during a recent stop at the Boone, NC Mast General Store), beverages, food, clothing or items to decorate the home that you maybe searching for, the Mast General Store is a great “shopping point” as you plan your next adventure in the mountains.

The Mast General Store’s origins go back to its first store in Valle Crucis, NC.  The store was opened by Henry Taylor in 1883 who eventually sold a half interest in the operation to W.W. Mast in 1897.  In 1913, W.W. bought the other ownership half. His vision for the store was for it to become a place where all his neighbors in the Valley could shop for anything they might need.  Thus, the moniker: “If you can’t buy it in the Mast General Store, you don’t need it.” arose around in Valle Crucis.  From plows to nails, cradles to caskets, W.W.’s store carried it.

The Mast General Store was eventually sold to an Atlanta doctor and an Appalachian State University professor in 1973. The National Register of Historic Places also honored it as “one of the finest examples of an old country general store.”  Since then, The Mast General Store has grown and expanded by leaps and bounds.  The Valle Crucis store is still the most rustic.  Walking through the store, this is a building that has been added to and patched up over the course of more than a century.  The floor boards have seen thousands of people of this valley trek through as they purchased the items needed for daily life in Western North Carolina.


  • Valle Crucis, NC – established 1883
  • Boone, NC – established 1989
  • Waynesville, NC – established 1991
  • Hendersonville, NC – established 1995
  • Asheville, NC – established 1999
  • Greenville, SC – established 2003
  • Knoxville, TN – established 2006
  • Columbia, SC – established 2011

The Valle Crucis location still has the bins of nails and bolts that were used a the business’ onset, as well as the same counters that have served customers for almost the entire time they have been in operation. Meanwhile, the merchandise has been updated so that you can also buy gear for your next hike. The newest location in Knoxville, TN has one of the best selections of outdoor clothing and accessories in the area with boots, outer wear, backpacks, sleeping bags and tents all available for purchase, and located just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Boone store’s Main Street locale is nestled in beside some of the best local shopping and restaurants you’ll find on that side of the Smokies.

No matter what Mast General Store you’re in, they all have a few things in common.  Kids will be able to buy glass bottle sodas from antique-style soda coolers much like your parents and grandparents did when they were growing up. Bins of candy align part of each store, ready for shoppers to fill their own bag with. Others will find those home decor items and cooking utensils that were once mainstays in the kitchen of yesteryear but have been replaced by newer technology.  From tablecloths to toys, tin signs to kitchen tools, the Mast General Store is more than just a regional store; it’s a glimpse into a forgotten way of doing business and is truly a Smoky Mountain treasure.

Smoky Mountain Knife Works – A Destination Unto Itself

Smoky Mountain Knife Works is not only a great destination if you’re shopping for knives, but it’s also the location of the National Knife Museum. At Smoky Mountain Knife Works, you’ll learn about the history of the knife, as well as many other tools, as you shop for that perfect pocket or hunting knife.

There are very few retail stores or locations that become a destination unto themselves. Smoky Mountain Knife Works is one of those locations (along with Bass Pro Shops and Gatlinburg’s Arts and Crafts Community). People from all over the country make the big-blue-roofed building the first stop of their vacation as they enter Sevier County, the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains! Smoky Mountain Knife Works is one of the largest retail companies in the area (more than 80,000 square feet), but the building contains a lot more than just a shopping experience. Besides a store full of knives, knife accessories and kitchenware, the store contains one of the nation’s largest collections of trophy wildlife, indoor waterfalls, relics and artifacts of native people from around the world and employees that have more knowledge of the products they are selling than you will find anywhere else. It also houses the National Knife Museum.

The National Knife Museum is located upstairs above the showroom area as you come in the front doors. The exhibits have been gathered from the knife makers themselves and you will be able to view not only the knives but examples of the original advertising pieces that have become a true part of Americana. The museum covers the progress of the knife from early man using stone tools through the change to steel and beyond. If you are a knife enthusiast you will find yourself reading every word of text and examining each display. Spending hours going through the museum is not unheard of.

Even if you are not in the official museum area of the Knife Works, you will notice that the entire store is one huge collection. The walls are covered with displays covering every brand, every pattern, every kind of knife you could imagine. The showroom claims it is the largest knife collection in the world and we would have to say they are right. Besides the knives, you will be hard pressed to find a bigger or better exhibit of trophy wildlife from around the world. The exhibit covers animals from almost every continent, and patrons will have a hard time not being drawn to the animals covering the walls. You will also see some animals that don’t exist in nature like the elusive jack-a-lope. While you are there enjoying the displays, look for the moose with long-horn steer horns–another of their treasures and one of our favorites.

In the lower part of this something-for-everyone environment, you will find the relic area. Kevin Pipes, owner of Smoky Mountain Knife Works, has been a collector of Native American relics and artifacts since he was a child. Archeology is one of his passions and he has been able to collect artifacts from around the world, from east Tennessee to the Sahara Desert. In the artifact section of the Knife Works, you will see Neanderthal stone axes, arrowheads, head-pots from Peru and even crystal Clovis points – one of the most exotic raw materials used by stone-age man. This area was added, along with about 30,000 square feet of space, when the new addition opened in 2006.

Last, but certainly not least, the employees at the Knife Works provide great customer service. Whether you are ordering from one of the 325,000 catalogs they ship a month, ordering on the internet through, or from the retail showroom, you will be treated like you are their top priority. And as far as their customer service goes the customer is their top priority. Smoky Mountain Knife Works employees roughly 250 employees, from their massive warehouse in Dandridge, TN to their call center, and those employees want to make sure that each customer has the best experience they can have. Knowledgeable and well trained, the staff at the Knife Works can answer any question you have about the products they sell. The employees receive training not only from the management at the knife works, some have been with the company for 20+ years, but also from the vendors. You will find that some of the employees sought employment at SMKW due to past visits and devotion to some of the brands they collect.

The Smoky Mountain Knife Works needs to be on your list of “Things to See & Do” in the Smokies. Whether you are staying in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or Gatlinburg it is worth your time to find the big-blue-roof. Go in, learn some history, shop and gaze in wonderment at the exhibits on the walls. Your trip to the Smokies will be much richer for adding the Knife Works to your itinerary.