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Dollywood's Craftsman's Valley can get pretty busy, since it offers so many fantastic dining options and attractions, and is also one of the main ways to get to Wilderness Pass. The Grist Mill and that heavenly cinnamon bread can be found here, right across from the Valley Theater, which always seems to have some great performances going on. Miss Lillian's Smokehouse and Miss Lillian's BBQ Corner are also in this land -both of which are fantastic options if you're looking for to enjoy some Tennessee BBQ while you're in the theme park.

A plethora of shops and dot the pathway as it goes north, and there are plenty of skilled workmen who you can watch along the way. There's a leather worker, a shop that focuses on steel work, and a few others to enjoy. The three popular rides Craftsman's Valley offers are Blazing Fury, Daredevil Falls, and Tennessee Tornado. Lines for these rides are much better earlier in the day or later in the day, since most visitors will find themselves passing through this land mid day.

Top 3 Things to do in Craftsman's Valley

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Get the Cinnamon Bread at the Grist Mill
If you only do one thing at Dollywood, get the Cinnamon Bread at the Grist Mill! Lines at this establishment are long for a reason: this is the best cinnamon bread you'll ever have. We also recommend getting extra drizzle because you may as well indulge!
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Watch a Show at Valley Theater
Valley Theater hosts performances throughout the day, so it's a great spot to take a breather and enjoy some wonderful entertainment. There are also plenty of food options nearby, so we recommend grabbing a snack or some lunch and sitting close enough to enjoy the show.
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Ride the Tennessee Tornado
Not for the faint of heart, this coaster will take you on a thrilling ride through a tornado. It's located toward the back of Craftsman's Valley, so you may not see it at the other end of the land.

Food & Drinks

Granny Ogle's Ham 'n' Beans
Southern Food, Comfort Food
Price: $15 - $20
If you want ham in Dollywood, this is the place to go. Their classic Ham 'n' Beans meal features slowly smoked, pulled ham with sides served in a cast iron skillet. This is also one of Dollywood's best restaurants, similar to Front Porch Cafe, but with a different menu. It's a comfortable place to relax and take a break before heading back out to the excitement of the theme park.
The Grist Mill
Cinnamon Bread, Coffee
Price: $5 - $10
There's really only one thing here and it's the one thing you should absolutely not miss out on at Dollywood: The Cinnamon Bread. It's light, it's sweet, it's heaven with every bite. The line here can get pretty long, but they move rather quickly. Our recommendation: grab one to enjoy and another to take home.
Miss Lillian's Smokehouse
BBQ, Southern Food
Price: $15 - $25
Miss Lillian's is an all-you-can-eat restaurant that focuses on BBQ foods like pulled pork, sausage, fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and more. Since it's located right next to the Valley Theater, you can sit outside and enjoy a show with your meal if you time it right.
Pork Rinds
Pork Rinds
Price: $5 - $10
Classic pork rinds are cooked right at the stall here. The pork rinds crinkle up quickly in the hot oil while an attendant fishes them out with a net. There are two available flavors: BBQ and Original. Get the small bag to munch on or the family bag to last you a week or two. They make great souvenirs to bring home to friends as well!
Hickory House BBQ
Pork BBQ, Fast Food
Price: $10 - $20
If you're looking to get some of Dollywood's BBQ without having to sit at a table service restaurant, Hickory House BBQ is where you'll want to go. They offer BBQ pork sandwiches, turkey legs, chicken tenders, and other favorites that you can grab and go. They're perfect for a quick lunch or snack break while you're making your way around the park.

Rides & Attractions

INTENSITY LEVELS

Relaxing (Slow with Little or No Elevation Changes) | Mild (Slow to Moderately Fast with Potentially Higher Elevation)

Thrilling (Fast with Potential High Elevations & Loops) | Wild (Intense Speeds, Extreme Heights, and/or Loops)
Blazing Fury
Height: 42"
Intensity Level: Mild
This charming dark ride and coaster is great for families to enjoy together. It's one of the few rides in the park with animatronics, but the animatronics are honestly pretty scary looking (because of the quality). The ride itself is pretty enjoyable though, with a few small surprise drops sprinkled in.
Craftsmen
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True to its namesake, there are plenty of little crafting areas in this land where guests can watch artists at work and even participate! From candle making to a blacksmithing and glass blowing, there's plenty to see and do. The wood carvers make some pretty neat designs that you can also purchase for a unique theme park souvenir. There are so many opportunities to learn about traditional skills from professional craftsmen.
Games
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Around the Tennessee Tornado ride are some games that everyone can enjoy. There's a basketball hoop area and some carnival-like games, although not as many as Country Fair.
Tennessee Tornado
Height: 48"
Intensity Level: Wild
Another thrilling coaster for coaster fans, this coaster mimics the feel of being tossed around in a Tornado. It's got a triple loop and 128 foot drop, so it's not for the faint of heart. It is a very intense coaster with a ride time of just under 2 minutes.
Valley Theatre
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This outdoor theatre hosts performances throughout the day, keeping Craftsman's Valley pretty lively. The theatre offers covered seating as well, so it's a solid rest stop while trekking the park. Nearby food options mean you can get a meal and a show if you time it properly.
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