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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Seize the Day – at The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel has become a staple of the Pigeon Forge skyline since 2013, enjoyed from hundreds of cabins in the surrounding mountains and the point at which those on the Parkway know to turn. You are here, past the big sign reading, The Island in Pigeon Forge. Now what? What is the parking situation? What kind of entertainment will I find for the kids and adults in our group? What will we eat? At Cabins for YOU, we like to consider ourselves something of Pigeon Forge experts (check out our extensive blog!), so here is an entire

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Forbidden Caverns

forbidden-caverns-feature While the towering peaks, dipping valleys, rustling wildlife, changing leaves, and fields of wildflowers of the Great Smoky Mountains are the views most visitors come to see, Tennessee offers another unique sight. CAVES! Take your explorations underground and experience the unique beauty of life beneath the surface. Tennessee is home to more than 8,350 caves - the most of any state in the United States. And while most aren’t family friendly, there is one place you can go that kids and adults will enjoy. Visiting Forbidden Caverns is a fun and unique way to explore beyond the Parkway in East

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Dig’n Zone — NEW Heavy Equipment Theme Park in the Smokies

dig-n-zone-smokies-feature A brand-new attraction in Sevierville, Tennessee — and now the largest construction-based theme park in North America — Dig'n Zone is set to open by the end of spring in 2023! Along with a heavy equipment playground, there will be construction-themed rides, food trucks, an arcade, and a no-dig grassy space for concerts and events.  Joining the ranks of top attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains, like Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and Anakeesta, we have high hopes for the new Dig'n Zone theme park! If you’re planning a spring or summer getaway to Pigeon Forge or

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Plan Your Spring Break in the Great Smoky Mountains — Today!

Sun rays beating down, sand in every nook and cranny, limited real estate for your towel, noisy chatter overpowering the waves, lines out the door…the beach might be the most popular place to spend spring break, but it certainly has its downsides. Why not change things up a bit this year? It’s time to say bye-bye, beach — and hello to your new spring break destination in the Great Smoky Mountains! At Cabins for YOU, we have you covered with information on wildflowers, hikes, and bear safety in the national park, springtime events, family-friendly attractions along the Parkway, local nightlife in downtown

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Squatchin’ in the Smokies | Bigfoot Conference 2023

Walking through a dim forest at twilight, you hear a strange sound, shortly followed by booming howls, odd tree knocks, and rustling leaves… Does curiosity get the better of you, or do you brush it off and head home (aka bolt in the opposite direction)? Yeah, most of us would turn tail and run for safety, and rightly so, but throw a bigfoot enthusiast into this spooky situation, and they would bust out their cameras, audio recorders, and thermal scanners to collect evidence of this covert cryptid (a creature whose existence is disputed). Whether you’d dash away or opt to

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2023 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Walk and learn about Appalachian history and the wonders of flora and fauna in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a participant in the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a 4-day event. With 72 years under its belt, the pilgrimage has a lot to offer nature lovers in Tennessee, from bird watching and wildflower sketching to lessons on wildfire ecology, ecosystems, natural history, salamanders, and forest forensics! Join fellow pilgrims from around the country on an artistic and scientific journey outside along guided walks and inside with detailed presentations April 26-29, 2023. Pilgrim Programs With a professional guide to lead

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NEW Parking Fee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

smoky-mountains-parking-fee-feature After nearly 90 years of free parking, the country’s most-visited national park is in dire need of funding to rehabilitate, preserve, and protect this national treasure — and will be introducing a much-needed Park It Forward program this spring.  Filled with awe-inspiring vistas, diverse wildlife, and fond memories across generations, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) offers scenic drives, camping areas, and 800+ miles of trails that need to be maintained regularly. However, while the visitor rate has jumped by 57% over the past decade, the Congress-appropriated budget for the Smokies has not accounted for the incredible leap in

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NOW Open in the Smokies — NEW Attractions for 2023

new-attractions-smokies-feature Ready to try some new things in the new year? Love unique experiences? Nestled in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee, are loads of brand-new attractions, additions to favorite places, shops with one-of-a-kind goods, eateries with fresh flavors, and new cabins with awesome amenities and views.  Whether you’ve been to the Smokies once, a thousand times, or never, you’ll find something NEW and fantastic to do in the area. Check out what’s NEW and start planning your getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains! NEW Attractions Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer staple attractions, restaurants, and

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Kick-Start YOUR New Year’s Resolutions in the Smokies

kick-off-new-years-resolutions-feature The start of a brand new year means…New Year’s resolutions. And while that term may bring thoughts of disappointment, quitting, or overwhelming, it doesn’t have to. You’re in control here, and your New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be extremely demanding or over-the-top impossible. Start with something you wish to change and commit to improving that area more. That’s all there is to it. You don’t have to meet a certain number, have an entire list of resolutions, pull a 180, or learn a bunch of new skills by a certain date…that’s a lot of pressure. And who needs that

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Gatlinburg Celebrates New Year’s Eve with Fireworks & Family Fun

new-years-eve-gatlinburg-feature The holidays are wrapping up, the trees are coming down, and family is heading home after a busy season of holiday parties, too much food, and plenty of memories. But now it’s time to swing in to the new year and make new memories! New Year’s Eve is almost here, and if you haven’t planned your night already (or if you’re already planning to head to the Smokies), we have the best plans for YOU. Make this New Year’s Eve one to remember while celebrating it in the Great Smoky Mountains! Glittering lights will surround you and the echoes of

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