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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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6 Things To Do In October

October is always an exciting month in the smokies with festivals, gorgeous mountain views, some spooky surprises, and so many other things to do! The cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg take part in many fall and Halloween inspired events throughout the month and we can’t wait to share them with you! Get started

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Fall Foliage 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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Smoky Mountain Fall Festivals 2018

Not only are we dreaming of fall and crisp air, but also the annual fall festivals! The Great Smoky Mountains are full of excitement and community friendly festivals that are perfect for all visitors to enjoy. Each festival is full of apples, pumpkins, and locally mades crafts, what more could you want? We’ve put a

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Smoky Mountain Fun Facts

Attracting millions of visitors each year, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have so much history nestled into their roots! If you’ve been to the area you may know some fun and interesting facts that others may not know. Aside from all the attractions, there’s a few points from history that helped make Pigeon Forge what it

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Smokies Service Days Return

Smokies Service Days Return Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are excited to announce that the popular “Smokies Service Days” volunteer program will resume this month. Park staff will lead service opportunities on Saturdays beginning June 9. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for any of the scheduled service projects that interest them including

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Black Bear Safety Tips You Need To Know

As your family makes the trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you may be excited to plan your hike, make a trip through Cades Cove, or just enjoy a drive. We recommend all these activities however, with these adventures comes the possibility of coming in contact with so many different species of animals.

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Clingmans Dome Tower Temporarily Closed June 4 through June 15

Clingmans Dome Tower Temporarily Closed June 4 through June 15 Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15 to complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. Workers need to apply a final surface overlay along the tower ramp. While

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Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates Announced by GSMNP

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for synchronous firefly viewing in Elkmont. The ticketed event will take place from Thursday, June 7 through Thursday, June 14. This year, parking passes will be distributed via a lottery system administered through www.recreation.gov. Every year in late May or early June, thousands of visitors gather near the

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wins $250K Grant to Restore Clingmans Dome

They did it! After more than two months of voting by more than 1.1 million Americans, Friends of the Smokies announced Wednesday that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had won a $250,000 grant as part of the Partners in Preservation: National Parks campaign. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park came out as the second-most

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GSMNP Competes for Grant to Restore Clingmans Dome Tower

Who doesn’t love Clingmans Dome? At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s also the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The famous observation tower features a paved trail up in addition to spectacular 360 degree views of

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National Park Reminds Visitors To View Bears Responsibly

National Park Reminds Visitors To View Bears Responsibly It’s probably on your “must see” list when you visit the Smoky Mountains, but the national park is reminding visitors to keep your distance and not interfere with the natural habit of the bears. It’s critical that the bears feed naturally before their winter hibernation. Bears depend

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