Spring is a bright and beautiful time in the Smoky Mountains. Wildflowers are blooming, the air is warm and sweet, trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are lush and green and wildlife is stirring. The shops of downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are decorated with fresh flowers and spring décor, and the calendar is packed full of awesome events. No matter what you’re traveling to the Smokies for – an anniversary, a family vacation, a church trip or a corporate retreat – there is something for everyone to do. Check out some of the upcoming events this spring:
Sometimes hiking with your children is easier said than done. Young ones often lack the drive and excitement that making hiking interesting, while the older children may be interested in other activities (go-karts, anyone?) To give you a hand, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite tips to making hiking with your kids fun for everyone!
Within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are more than 800 miles of trails. From easy strolls to difficult climbs, there is a hike for every age and skill level. And with mild weather year round, the park offers beautiful and unique views in every season. Winter offers unobstructed views, fall provides vivid colors in the changing leaves, and summer is warm and green. Now that spring is in full bloom, visitors can enjoy beautiful wildflowers, sunny days, cool nights and calming mountain streams.
The beautiful and majestic black bear is a creature native to the Great Smoky Mountains. While tourists and land development have encroached upon their homes, the bears have learned how to live with the hustle and bustle of nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and flourish in the area. In fact, scientists estimate that there are about 1,500 bears living in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Every year, thousands of incredible cars (and of course, their owners) ride into Pigeon Forge for an impressive display of classics, buckets, roadsters, collectors, street machines and more. And as one of the largest collector car events in the country, the Smoky Mountain Spring Rod Run is something that both car enthusiasts and casual onlookers won’t want to miss. Whether you spend your days drooling over classic cars or not, you will certainly be impressed with the amazing variety and work gathered in one place.
Spring has arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! All of the warm weather, blooming flowers and bright sunshine have put us in quite the giving mood! Last year, we had a set of spring time deals and got great feedback from our fans and customers, so we decided to make the Spring Fling Specials an annual event!
It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for – the official announcement of the winners of our 2013 Photo Contest! After receiving more than 1,200 entries, we narrowed the field down to 59, and now we are announcing the top five photos. We loved looking at all of the entries and would like to thank everyone who entered their picture in to our contest. Continue reading
Easter is a time for egg hunts, bunnies, Peeps, woven baskets, pastel outfits, colorful jelly beans and chocolate. It is also a time for family, and Gatlinburg’s Easter calendar is full of family-friendly events this year. From art and music to food and celebrations of faith, there is something for everyone.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. The park is home to an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 species of wildflowers, trees, bears, deer, squirrels, salamanders, snakes, birds, fish, bats and more. Its diversity adds to its beauty, drawing millions of visitors each year. Along with the many species of plants and animals, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has dozens of streams and unique rock formations.
When some friends and I decided we wanted to go to the mountains for a writer’s retreat, we didn’t have to look any further than Cabins For You in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Treasured Times awaited us nestled on a hillside, overlooking Pigeon Forge, offering all the peace and quiet (without giving up convenience) that we’d need to flesh out our characters and build our plots