Dock's is a family owned motel located at the intersection of Hwy 321 and Hwy 73 (which goes into the GSMNP). It is located along the south side of the Little River.
History of the motel is available for guests to read. The motel was started by the current operator's grandmother. The wood used in the construction of the motel was cut from the GSMNP and taken off the train coming out of the Park. The motel was later moved across the hwy to it's current location.
All of that to say that this is a historic older property with beautiful wood construction. The rooms have comfortable beds and traditional 50's bathrooms. The rooms are all full of older and dated furnishings with the exception of a plasma television on the wall.
The off-season cost of the rooms was very reasonable and that is why we give it a 4 star rating.
The front desk is family operated and has stated hours. It appears that at least some part of the family resides in the area behind the front desk.
The property has a row of about 12 classic motel rooms, some average size and some slightly larger (in which we stayed). The row of rooms runs from the check in area to the river. Parking is in front of your room.
Dock's has added about 8 to 10 prefab cabin looking structures, some of which front the river and the others are opposite the traditional row hotel rooms. These rooms are more expensive.
Parking required one to travel to the end of the lot to turn around to exit the property.
In summary, if you have an appreciation for historic 50's type motel room at a reasonable cost in one of the last to yet to be developed gateways to the GSMNP, then this is a good choice. It should be noted that our family prefers Townsend over any of the gateway towns around the GSMNP. Townsend has plenty of basic dining and hotel choices to meet your needs. If you are looking for the Marriott, then this is not the place for you, If you are looking for Pigeon Forge activities, then this is not the town for you. But if the GSMNP is why you are here, then this is a good place to stay as long as the cost is as reasonable as it was during our most recent trip.