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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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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Christmas in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

CELEBRATING, SHOPPING, EATING & LODGING Sipping hot cocoa with snow-capped mountain scenes, celebrating the season at dazzling parades and fun Christmas festivals, enjoying holiday shows, gift shopping for yourself and loved ones, whipping up sweet treats at your cabin, and unwrapping presents together by a crackling fireplace — Christmastime in the wintry Great Smoky Mountains is always memorable. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are filled to the brim with holly jolly events, attractions are decked out for the holiday season, and special Christmas performances are at every theater. Best of all, cozy cabin rentals of all shapes and sizes abound with

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Top 3 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

top-3-thanksgiving-reasons-feature Each year, families descend upon the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee for holidays together. Spending Thanksgiving cozied up in a log Gatlinburg cabin in the mountains is a family tradition we can get behind! Imagine yourself gathering around a large dining table with your family’s favorite recipes made fresh in the cabin’s fully equipped kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast you won’t soon forget.  You’re carving the turkey, whipping the mashed potatoes, simmering the cranberries on the stovetop, and baking pumpkin pie in the oven. Whether coming from near or far, cooking in the cabin or enjoying Thanksgiving dinner downtown, the

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Together in the Smokies

thanksgiving-in-the-smokies-feature Ah, inhale the fresh Smoky Mountain turkey in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Wait…what? Oh no, not the wild critters gobbling about, we’re talking about the succulent Thanksgiving turkey cooked at your cozy cabin in the mountains. Paired with smooth mashed potatoes covered in creamy gravy, 4-cheese macaroni, baked stuffing, homestyle cranberry sauce, and mouthwatering veggies, what could be better? Why, spectacular rolling mountain views with remnants of fall colors only a glance away from the dining table of course! There are so many reasons to enjoy Thanksgiving in the Smokies. Select restaurants stay open and serve special holiday dishes

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Discover Family-friendly Frightening Fun During A Smoky Mountain Halloween!

So much of the fun of Halloween is the costumes and decorations. You’ve done the typical trick or treating at home, so how can you mix it up this year? Head to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee! Pack up your costumes, candy, Halloween craft supplies, and treats in a tote and re-enact the classic Halloweentown scene when Aggie Cromwell magically pulls tons of Halloween trinkets from her “bag that defies logic.”  Gather around the kitchen table in the cabin and make Halloween crafts together. Decorate personalized trick-or-treat bags at the living room coffee table with the little ones while the

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Culture + Art + History at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

While we love the touristy attractions that have popped up around Gatlinburg - zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead, puzzles at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, blacklight mini-golf and laser tag at the LazerPort Fun Center - you did not come all the way to the beautiful Smoky Mountains only for the tourist stops. You came for the fun, yes; but also the incredible scenery, the outdoor adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the rich history and culture steeped in the old American way of life in heart of downtown Gatlinburg! The original settlers in the Appalachian

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