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The Top 5 Gatlinburg Ice Cream Shops

Going out for ice cream is a vacation tradition! On a warm spring or summer day, nothing is better than cooling down with a refreshing ice cream cone or milkshake. The Gatlinburg area is home to a number of ice cream shops that are guaranteed to please your whole family. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to the top five Gatlinburg ice cream shops.

1. Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts

Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts is a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth! Visitors will find an impressive selection of treats to enjoy, including hand dipped ice cream, soft serve, banana splits, sundaes, milkshakes, donuts, funnel cakes, and even more decadent desserts. Mad Dog’s has a great open air seating area that overlooks a running creek so you can enjoy your ice cream in the sunshine. If you’re a chocoholic, we recommend trying their Smoky Mountain Fudge ice cream, which comes loaded with brownie chunks.

The Village in downtown Gatlinburg.2. The Village Cafe & Creamery

The Village Cafe & Creamery is another one of the best Gatlinburg ice cream shops. This beloved creamery is located in The Village, a quaint shopping area off of the downtown Parkway. Featuring bricks walkways, a charming fountain, and plenty of benches, The Village is a wonderful place to sit for a spell with an ice cream cone. In addition to their excellent hand dipped ice cream, The Village Cafe & Creamery also offers over 20 blends of gourmet coffee, hot chocolate, spiced apple cider, and deli style sandwiches.

3. Maypops

Maypops is the perfect place to stop for a tasty snack in downtown Gatlinburg. This wonderful shop is famous for its homemade ice cream, which comes in a number of unique varieties. Some of the most talked about flavors include the Banana Pudding ice cream (made with fresh bananas and vanilla wafers) and the Cinnamon Roll ice cream (made with pieces of glazed cinnamon rolls). Other popular items at Maypops besides the ice cream include the donuts, donut holes, boiled peanuts, cupcakes, cookies, shaved ice, and turkey legs.

4. Smoky Mountain Shakes-N-Dawgs

Smoky Mountain Shakes-N-Dawgs offers some of the best homemade milkshakes in Tennessee. All of the shakes at this popular restaurant are made with Amish buttercream ice cream, which creates a milkshake that is delightfully rich. Guests can choose from a number of flavors, including Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Pineapple, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Strawberry. Of course, Smoky Mountain Shakes-N-Dawgs also serves incredible hot dogs that are definitely worth trying during your visit.

An old fashioned ice cream sundae.5. Glades Soda Fountain

A visit to the Glades Soda Fountain is like stepping back in time. This old fashioned shop in Gatlinburg’s Arts and Crafts Community serves classic ice cream dishes, like malts, milkshakes, floats, sundaes, and phosphates. Visitors can expect to be served by a friendly soda jerk who will make you whatever dessert you desire. You won’t find anything like the Glades Soda Fountain anywhere else in the area!


When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be near all of these excellent Gatlinburg ice cream shops. Our hotel is situated right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg and just 200 yards from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to our fantastic location, Black Bear Inn offers a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, an enclosed heated pool, balconies with beautiful views, and everything else you need for an unforgettable getaway. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!