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Best Easy Hikes For The Family in The Smokies

Take the family on an adventure through The Great Smoky Mountain National Park! Hiking is one of the most popular activities and can be a great educational trip too. Some trails are longer and more strenuous which isn’t best for every family member. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of family friendly easy hikes

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8 Things To Do On A Hot Day

Summertime in East Tennessee is nothing short of hot and sunny! We’re not complaining but sometimes it’s good to have plans for when the day is just too hot to be walking around. We’ve put together a list of awesome indoor and outdoor activities to get through even the hottest days of summer in Pigeon

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4 Things You Can’t Miss at Wilderness Wildlife Week 2019

If you’re a fan of The Smokies, hiking, animals, and nature, then Wilderness Wildlife Week is perfect for you! Enjoy a week full of history, nature, and hiking all based here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and The LeConte Center. You can find so many tools to help you on your next exploration

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7 Free Things To Do in The Smokies

Vacations are meant for relaxation, fun, and adventure! Luckily, Pigeon Forge is packed with all three. There are great things to do everyday of your trip, but you may also be wondering, what are some awesome free things to do? We’ve put together a list for you to make a memorable trip even on a

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*UPDATED* Synchronous Fireflies 2019 Dates Announced!

One of the most exciting events that takes place in our own backyard is almost back! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the lottery dates and information for the viewing of the famous Elkmont Synchronous Fireflies! Each year in late May and early June, the fireflies put on a naturally occuring 2

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Top 6 Places to See Animals in The Smokies!

When heading to the Smoky Mountains for a vacation or weekend getaway you’re sure to have a bucket list full of activities, restaurants, and more! Towards the top of your list most likely has something to do with exploring the National Park, seeing lots of wildlife, and nature trails. Did you know, it’s so easy

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Springtime in The Smokies 2019

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Get ready for the 69th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Every April, you can be a part of the 5 day long event and experience guided hikes that explore all sorts of nature in the national park — wildflowers, wildlife, culture, history and more! It’s a great way

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Spring Break in The Smokies 2019

It’s officially Spring Break and Pigeon Forge welcomes you! You’ve been planning your trip for months and counting down the days to move south and experience all the fun! The Smokies are packed with award winning attractions, restaurants, and hotels that are perfect for your family and friends. Whether you’re wanting to explore the outdoors

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National Park Hosts Annual Festival of Christmas Past Program

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration on Saturday, December 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center. The event, sponsored in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, is free to the public. The festival will include mountain music, traditional shape note singing, mountain craft

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History of Rafting in The Smokies

The Pigeon River wasn’t always a hotspot for whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains. Before tourists began enjoying the rapids, making memories, and vacation planning to explore the river, it was just nature’s beauty with much potential! Although hiking and driving through the mountains is calming and breathtaking, be sure to explore all the ways

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Perfect Fall Hikes in The Smokies

Cooler air is making its way into The Great Smoky Mountains and we’re excited to plan fall hikes! By October, the mountains will be changing colors throughout the area and amazing visitors will be coming in from all over. To see these amazing seasonal colors we’ve picked some hikes for you and your family to

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