Where are your favorite sites near Gatlinburg

I will be traveling to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge are and there are so many fun places to visit and stay that I was wanting to get some insider opinions. Have you camped near the communities but not inside the Smoky Mountain National Park before?? If so what made where you stayed stand out??? Also any fun things to do that you would recommend as activities that are a must or restaurants that are unique???