Are there resturants close by?
Honeysuckle Pool and Deli (in Season)
PawPaws Catfish Kitchen
These are within 15 minutes drive. Another 10-15 minutes drive to numerous others.
How far is it to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg?
15 miles Pigeon Forge (or Dollywood)
18 miles to Gatlinburg
16 miles to Cades Cove
23 miles to Laurel Falls
36 miles to Clingmans Dome
Will a loaded full sized van make it up the drive?
Probably not. Some do, but some do not. There is a parking spot at the bottom of the drive.
Cars, SUVs, Minivans, and Trucks don't have a problem, although you may want to put your vehicle in first gear at the bottom of the drive.