Nick N. of Stafford, VA - 4.0 star rating - YELP - 6/12
Rebel against the Tourist magnet go cart tracks, mini golf, bungee jumping carnival like fun house rides and go shooting.
Tennessee is the patron state of shootin' stuff. Mark Wahberg even said so in the movie "Shooter". Escape from the valley of tourist hell and head up the hill to Gatlinburg, make a left and BOOYAH, you're there. Bring your shotgun or rent one for 5 bucks. Try your hand at skeet or trap shooting.
I shoot pretty regular and was looking for some practice time. Mike greeted me at the range and was super nice, not because he was sipping out of a moonshine jug and said I had a purty mouth (Mike was dressed in a uniform and super professional). No pressure...no stupid house rules...take your time, get out on the range and have a good time. These folks run a clean friendly range and are nicer than Mother Theresa.
I brought a buddy who had never shot a gun before and they made him feel like a regular. When his rookie ass dropped a shell somewhere and ended up 1 short at the end of the round, Mike handed him a spare shell and said his box probably came short 1 round. I want to play poker with this guy! Value! $6 for a round of skeet is butt ass cheap. $5 for gun rental....really? That's a steal. Friendly conversation and a swell time in the hills of Tennessee ...away from the wife, kids and tourist hell called Pigeon Forge. Priceless.
FYI, call ahead since this is a private club and you need a code to get through the gate. I don't have the number...google it you moron.
Bottom Line: If you aspire to something more than doing laps in a NASCAR replica 1.5 HP go cart or playing Putt Putt with Sponge Bob, go on over to Gatlinburg Sportsmans Club and shoot some trap or skeet. Wipe the funnel cake sugar from your face and go shoot some real guns. Mabe you'll score some man points with the fellas around the water cooler when you say you went shooting on your miserable vacation.
Lou Michels, - Chicago, IL - Claytargetsonline - 12/12
The staff here is terrific--very helpful and accommodating to an out of town shooter. They are also extremely patient with young and inexperienced shooters--my nephew learned a ton from our puller (so did I, in fact). These folks will be a part of any Gatlinburg stop I make in the future.
Ron Elzy - Floyds Knobs, IN - Claytargetsonline - 6/12
Had a great day. I brought 3 friends with me that had never shot sporting clays. Now all three are looking forward to our next shoot! Mike did a GREAT job!.............I'll go back to this range every chance I get!
Paul Smith - Stockbridge, GA - 3/12
Visited this club Friday February 24th. We were in Gatlinburg for a couples retreat for our Sunday school class so 10 of us "fellas" got away to do a little clay busting and had an awesome time! Mike and Claude set us up a challenging and very fun course which tested all our skills. These guys are first class and made our day special. You should definitely give Mike a call if you are going to be in the Gatlinburg area and go shoot some clays. We all had a great time and laughter was in plenty supply between us. The occasional rain didn't dampen our spirits! Thanks Mike and Claude! Paul Smith, Mossy Oak Pro Staffer