Category Archives: Attractions

Top Picks for Family Fun in the Smokies

          Millions of people visit the Smokies each year because of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The most visited national park in the National Park Service, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts 800+ miles of trails ripe for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The 11-mile Cades Cove loop road is home to an impressive diversity of wildlife, wildflowers, and trees. Roads in and around the national park are perfect for scenic drives and feature interesting historic sites and buildings.

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Apples & Outdoor Fun for Johnny Appleseed Day in the Smokies

The name Johnny Appleseed has become a household one, eliciting images of pioneers, apple trees, and the great outdoors. John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman was the American pioneer who brought apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and beyond. Stories tell of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds everywhere he went, planting nurseries and donning a tin-pan hat and bare feet along the way. The stories vary from person to person, but one thing is certain: the widespread use of apples in the U.S. is due in large part to the eccentric John Chapman.

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10 Ways to Burn Off Your Holiday Calories in Gatlinburg

  1. Hike to a waterfall in the national park.
    A must-see during any visit to Gatlinburg is the most visited national park in the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And when you’re ready to burn off Thanksgiving and Christmas calories, this is the best place to begin! With 16 main waterfalls in the park, you’ll have plenty of waterfall hikes to choose from—whether you’re an experienced trail blazer or strapping on hiking boots for the first time.
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Celebrate Freedom in Pigeon Forge

July Fourth is only the beginning when it comes to celebrating America’s heroes in the Smokies. For those planning to visit Pigeon Forge this summer, the whole month of August will be dedicated to those brave men and women who fight for, protect, and serve our country with an event called Celebrate Freedom!

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