SMOKY MOUNTAIN TRAILS

With more than 800 miles of trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – across parts of Tennessee and North Carolina – there are plenty of opportunities for getting out and hiking in the Smokies - even along parts of the Appalachian Trail. You can easily stop by one of the visitor centers to find trail maps and get helpful information, or you can read on for just a few local favorites on your hiker’s getaway! Try an easy day hike, climb your way to the highest point in the Smokies, check out incredible views from an observation tower,

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Bigfoot Is Coming to Town — at the Annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference in Gatlinburg, TN

What’s that?! Yep, there’s no hiding the 3rd annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference in Gatlinburg, TN! Following the success of the inaugural bigfoot conference in the Smokies in 2019 and last year’s event, 2022 plans to reign in one of the biggest and best bigfoot events in the Southeast. Prepare for a packed convention center with an opportunity to share your bigfoot experience, a full panel of speakers (including special guest speakers), official merchandise, vendors galore, and VIP bonuses. We’ve got the scoop on SMBF plus advice on staying in the area, so if you’re a sasquatch lover or an

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Winter Tips in The Smokies

Picturesque throughout the year, the Great Smoky Mountains is especially enchanting as winter settles into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The mountain peaks are tucked under a shimmering blanket of snow. Christmas lights brighten up seasonal events and shopping windows. Local attractions put a wintry spin on fun activities. The Festival of Trees brings the holiday spirit to the area. And the weather is great for cabin life, snuggling in front of a crackling fireplace or relaxing in a steamy hot tub at the end of the day. Winter is the perfect time of year for couples, families, friends, and

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Memorial Day in Gatlinburg

Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and our lives. It’s an opportunity to say thank you to our nation’s heroes, and it is a holiday that should not be overlooked. Many Americans have a long weekend, so it’s also a great opportunity for those who have the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends. It’s the beginning of the summer after a long school year with the kids, long workdays, and all the obligations that kept you from unwinding. Rather than preparing your own home

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Valentine’s Day in the Smoky Mountains

While flowers and chocolates are the go-to items on Valentine’s Day, it’s always nice to mix things up a bit. What better way to do that than to plan a romantic getaway to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville, Tennessee? With cozy mountain cabin rentals, incredible scenery, fine dining, great shopping, and tons of attractions, it’s the perfect place to steal away for a few days with that special someone. Start planning today for an amazing Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Here are some ideas on food, fun, and romance in Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Where to Eat Cherokee Grill – Located

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Father’s Day in the Smokies

Remember all those times playing catch in the backyard, dancing on his toes, giggling at his snore, being tickled without mercy, and eating dessert before dinner without telling Mom? Dads are extra special — they make us laugh without reason, hold us on sad days, give words of wisdom, and love us unconditionally.  And what better way to say, "Happy Father's Day" to the man who has done so much for you than with a Father's Day getaway to the Smoky Mountains?! Treat Dad to an amazing experience with just you - or the whole family - full of unique

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Gatlinburg Free trolley

Planning your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains? Ready to check out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, arts and crafts in the area, family-friendly attractions, unique mountain shops, local wineries, and more? Take advantage of the Gatlinburg trolley to get around along the Gatlinburg Parkway and the surrounding areas.  Did you know the Gatlinburg Trolley is now FREE for all rides? No more keeping up with a trolley pass or looking for exact change. Just hop on and explore! Running from May 1 to October 31, the Gatlinburg Trolley System offers visitors to the Smokies convenient, easy, FREE, and

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11 Fun Things to Do in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg in the Summer

Stuck inside all winter, busy schedules in spring…summertime is vacation time! Imagine cool breezes brushing past and warm summer rays shining down as you stay and play with family and friends in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Local attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are in full swing during the lively summer months, and most are family-friendly so you can bet there is something for everyone. Temperatures average in the mid-80s during the day and low 60s at night for June, July, and August, great weather for exploring the national park. And you can skip walking downtown and

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Learn & Experience History in the Great Smoky Mountains

Known for their majestic appeal, flock of tourist attractions, unique culture, and country charm, the Great Smoky Mountains allure many to travel to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, Tennessee, year after year. Whether you’ve been here many times or are planning a first-time trip in the future, we invite you to take a moment to learn a bit about our Smoky Mountain history. With a rich cultural background, these southern Appalachian mountains helped shape the area into the welcoming and scenic retreat it is today.  Starting with the Cherokee, the Ogle family, and the founding of the most-visited national park

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Girls’ Weekend in Gatlinburg

Ladies, what is one of the things you look forward to most in the year? Hmm, we’re placing our bet on getting together with your girlfriends. After all, it’s always nice to grab lunch, catch up, and feel that sisterly love. But sometimes, it’s just not that easy. Some friends live in different cities or states, and others never seem to have the time in between raising a family, working overtime, or bonding with their partner. And as much as you love your family and the men in your life, sometimes you just need girl time, ya know?  If you’re

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