Dolly Parton to Return to the Smokies for Pigeon Forge Parade

boy watching paradeFor 25 years, the people of the Smoky Mountains have honored our most famous daughter with a parade in honor of her career, accomplishments and contribution to the area. After visiting in March to open Dollywood for the 2014 season, Dolly Parton will return to the Smoky Mountains this spring as Grand Marshal to her very own Pigeon Forge parade, the Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade. Continue reading

How to Get Ready for the Spring Adventure of a Lifetime

group white water raftingThere’s nothing quite as spectacular as the Smoky Mountains in springtime. From bright blossoms to young wildlife, the banks of the Pigeon River hold a world of wonder and joy for those who raft each spring. Since reopening for spring, Smoky Mountain Outdoors has a few tips to help you and your family get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Continue reading

Think Green at Gatlinburg’s Annual Earth Week Events

valley with mountains and a road in the background The Great Smoky Mountains are once again thinking green for Earth Week. In an effort to get locals and vacationers of all ages involved this year, the week-long events in Gatlinburg will include educational sessions, children’s programs and grown-up fun. Continue reading

Total Guide to Gatlinburg Whitewater Rafting in Spring

white water rafting on rapidsSpringtime in the Smokies is spectacular display of wonders and wildlife. For those who want to try their hand at Gatlinburg whitewater rafting, this is the perfect time to avoid crowds and see the range of color up close on the riverbanks. To prepare you for a spring rafting trip, Smoky Mountain Outdoors has created a spring guide for those who plan to go whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading