We found this place on TripAdvisor and knew we had to give it a try. It was a bit of a drive out of Sevierville and felt like the middle of nowhere, but we didn't mind. When you get there, It doesn't look like much but don't let it fool you. We parked and walked right in to find out how it all works. It was chilly when we were there so it wasn't busy, which was really nice to have pretty much full attention of the entire place.
First we fished in the pond they have on site. The guys helping were friendly and patient. Both of the kids quickly caught a fish, good sized ones too, and posed for photos. Then we went in the front part of the restaurant and ordered our meals, 4 trout platters (Mac and cheese, coleslaw, and fries among us for sides) and a kids chicken strips. The lady who took our orders was extremely friendly and since we also wanted to gem mine, she told us to go do that and she would start preparing our food so that it was ready when we were done.
The gem mine was really neat for the kids too. We have a 6 and 4 year old and we got the 2 gallon bucket. The guy helping us showed us how to do it and checked on us a few times to make sure we were fine. The kids had a blast and each got a huge bag full of gems. They were so excited and said it was the best part of their day.
After mining we washed up in the restrooms and went into the small dining area in the back. We immediately had our drinks and a bowl full of hot hush puppies. They were delicious! We browsed around the dining area and read a bit about the owners and restaurant. Our meal came out pretty quickly, smelling and looking great. The lady who took our order served us and made sure we had all we needed. The owner also helped serve us and visited with us, answering our questions and telling us some stories. We had a slight error in our order and they immediately took care of it. The trout was fantastic, we tried all three-blackened, fried, and lemon pepper and all agreed the blackened was the best. The coleslaw was also good as was the Mac and cheese. Our kids were pleased with their chicken too. The food was hot and fresh and we were very happy from start to finish.
The prices are higher but we felt worth it for the great experience we had. We will definitely recommend this for our friends and visit again.