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Great Smoky Mountains

A black bear cub in a tree in the Smoky Mountains.

Wildlife Viewing Tips: Finding Your Favorite Smoky Mountain Animals

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its spectacular wildlife! The Smokies are home to around 65 species of mammals, more than 200 varieties of birds, over 80 types of reptiles and amphibians, and 67 native fish species. When you vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, you will have ample opportunities to see these fascinating […]

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Scenic drive in the Smoky Mountains during fall

Must See Smoky Mountain Scenic Drives In The Fall

The Smoky Mountains become one of the most colorful places in the US each fall. The area turns into a gold, orange and red paradise as the leaves change color against the backdrop of mountain spires. You can enjoy breathtaking views on an afternoon drive or spend a weekend winding your way through mountain roads, […]

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Photo of the Smoky Mountains during the fall

Smokies in The Fall: Best Time to See The Colors

The Smokies in the fall provide a seven week period from late September through early November when you can see trees changing to their beautiful fall foliage around Gatlinburg. It all starts at the higher elevations above 4,000 feet in late September and travels down the mountainsides until it reaches peak season at the bottom […]

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Waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Most Popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park Waterfalls

The natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is tremendous: the forested hills, the mist that gives the Great Smokies their name, the wildflowers. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the National Park is the number of stunning waterfalls to be found along the mountains’ many hiking trails and roadways. With the level […]

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whitewater rafting in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon River Rafting Trips Offer Unforgettable Adventures

The vast Pigeon River that resides mainly in East Tennessee is home to a wide array of exciting things to do and places to see. No trip to Pigeon River is complete without taking some time to go rafting. These unforgettable adventures will pique the interest of anyone you travel with, whether they are 8 […]

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Smoky Mountain sunset

Best Places to See the Amazing Smoky Mountains Sunset and Sunrise

There is nothing quite like the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, and this is especially true of the Smoky Mountains area. Although the mountains can often block the gorgeous red and orange hues of daybreak and dusk, there are many locations that provide the perfect vantage point for an excellent view of these events. […]

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Mountain Tough in Gatlinburg

The Day Wildfires Roared into Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg and all of East Tennessee are picking up the pieces after wildfires roared through the mountains and into town, On November 28th, many buildings and homes in Gatlinburg burned down to their very foundations. More than 150 buildings in all were destroyed. Many people lost their homes and possessions, as they were forced to […]

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Hiking In The Smokies This Summer

Hiking In The Smokies This Summer

Summer is the time when people want to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Many people want to strap on their hiking boots and hit the trails. Hiking in The Smokies is a wonderful place to enjoy a hike alone or with friends. There is nothing like crisp mountain air, a plethora of green, […]

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Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in The Smokies

The Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in The Smokies

The arrival of spring is a big deal in the Great Smoky Mountains. Each year from March until June, Gatlinburg and the surrounding towns kick off Smoky Mountain Springfest. For nature-lovers all around, the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park gives you a close-up view of this unique land and […]

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Best Trails in Smoky Mountains for Biking

With all the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer, it’s not surprising that over 9 million visitors trek to the area each year. A sub-range of the Appalachians, the Smokies wind along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee before merging with the Blue Ridge Mountains. The range is home to an estimated 187,000 acres […]

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