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Synchronous Fireflies 2020 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 Elkmont Synchronous Fireflies. Each year in late May and early June, the fireflies put on a naturally occuring 2 week

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Cades Cove Will ReOpen February 29th!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Cades Cove will reopen on Saturday, February 29! This is after a two-month closure for tunnel repairs. The now completed $950,000 Bote Mountain Tunnel repair along Laurel Creek Road is ahead of schedule! This will allow the popular area to reopen in time for the first full

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Spring Break in The Smokies 2020

Spring is in the air and that means it’s officially Spring Break in Pigeon Forge! You’ve been planning your trip 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

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National Park Sets Visitation Record of 12.5 Million!

 New Visitation Record in GSMNP Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, which is 1,126,540 more visitors than in 2018. The park’s three primary entrances near Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cherokee all had increased use, accounting for about two-thirds of the total park visitation. Secondary park entrances experienced tremendous growth, due

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7 Things To Do This November

As the holidays begin, tourists will make their way to The Great Smoky Mountains looking for events, things to do, and more. Visitors love the fall colors, shopping, and fun events that take place in Pigeon Forge. We’ve compiled a list of events and things to do all November long for you and your family!

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National Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Park rangers invite the public to observe the natural night sky for an evening of viewing stars! All equipment and instruction is provided by the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society.   What To See Depending

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2019 Fall Foliage Report in The Smoky Mountains

Pumpkin Spiced flavors have hit grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants everywhere meaning fall foliage is on it’s way! Of course the Great Smoky Mountains are always stunning throughout the year, but during fall, they become a multi colored masterpiece! Reds, yellows, oranges, and browns paint the mountains drawing visitors in from all over the

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Rip Roaring Advenutures in The Great Smoky Mountains

Rip-Roaring Whitewater Adventures provides an exciting whitewater rafting in The Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee State Forest for the entire family! As a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner you’ll be confident in the rafting guides and experiences that they offer!   Whitewater Rafting Everyone ages 8 and up can enjoy the rafting experiences that are

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6 Moderate Hikes To Try On Your Next Trip To The Smokies

The Little River Trail Named after the river that runs along the side, this trail has a moderate incline of 412 feet and beautiful views. This 4.9 mile roundtrip hike is great for families and avid hikers. See cascading streams and waterfalls that rush by boulders and rock formations.  The growth of rhododendron and other flora

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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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