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Rainbow Falls, one of the best Smoky Mountain waterfalls.

4 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You Absolutely Need to See

April 25, 2024

People from all over the world come to the Smoky Mountains to see spectacular mountain views, but there are several natural features you might want to see when you visit the national park. One of the top sights people love to hike to are Smoky Mountain waterfalls. When you’re visiting us in Hartford, you’ll be a scenic drive away from the most amazing waterfalls near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Here are 4 Smoky Mountain waterfalls you need to see during your visit: Read More

wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Top 4 Ways to Enjoy the Beautiful Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

March 25, 2024

One of the most breathtaking sights in the Smokies each spring is the colorful blooming wildflowers! The Smoky Mountains are a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity, and you’ll find more than 1,500 types of flowering plants in the area! While spring ephemerals may appear as early as February, the peak of spring wildflower blooming normally occurs in mid to late April at lower elevations and a few weeks later at higher elevations. Here are the top 4 ways to enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountain wildflowers: Read More

look rock foothills parkway smoky mountains

Top 5 Webcams in the Smoky Mountains to Watch at Home

March 1, 2024

Even when you aren’t in the Smokies, you can still enjoy them! There are several Smoky Mountain webcams set up throughout the park so you can see incredible views when you’re at home. This is the best way to get your Smoky Mountain fix when you can’t come to the area! Here are the top 5 webcams in the Smoky Mountains to watch at home: Read More

smoky mountains at sunset

Why Are the Smoky Mountains Smoky?

January 19, 2024

Why are the Smoky Mountains smoky? Have you ever stopped to ponder this question and think about how the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina got their unique name? Anyone who has been to the Smokies can confirm that there is definitely a haze over the area that helps to create a magical setting! In fact, even the Cherokee referred to the area as “Shaconage,” or land of the blue smoke, as they considered the mountains to be a sacred place. If you wondered what makes them smoky in the first place, read on to discover the answer! Read More

winterfest lights in Pigeon Forge

Top 4 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

November 28, 2023

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the Smokies this holiday season, you’ll find plenty of fun ways to celebrate the magic of Christmas! From festive light displays to unique holiday events, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! When you’re ready to get into the spirit of the season, come on down to the Smoky Mountains to experience the joys of the holidays! Here are the top 4 ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

bridge along Alum Cave in the winter

Top 4 Winter Hikes in the Smoky Mountains That You Need to Experience

November 20, 2023

Although it’s the off-season for white water rafting in the Smokies, you can still enjoy the great outdoors for some scenic hikes! The winter months are actually a fantastic time to explore some of the popular trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! While the days may be a bit shorter and the weather cooler, you’ll be rewarded with fewer crowds and unique winter scenery! Here are the top 4 winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains that you need to take: Read More

Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Ways to Enjoy Smoky Mountain Winterfest

November 12, 2023

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! That means winter is approaching, and it’s time to celebrate in the Smokies. If you are coming into town for the holidays, then you absolutely have to enjoy all the amazing activities at Smoky Mountain Winterfest. This festival is a celebration between Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Sevier County. You and your family will love driving around and looking at the Christmas lights displays all over town. There are so many ways to enjoy Smoky Mountain Winterfest. All you have to do is get ready to have a great time! Read More

mountain view from foothills parkway

Top 4 Reasons Why You’ll Love Visiting the Smoky Mountains in September

August 11, 2023

If you want to enjoy warm days of sunshine without the peak summer crowds, September is a perfect month to visit the Smoky Mountains! This is a delightful time to experience the great outdoors and everything that the Smokies have to offer, including our white water rafting trips on the Pigeon River! Here are the top 4 reasons why you’ll love visiting the Smoky Mountains in September: Read More

summer in the Smoky Mountains

Top 3 Reasons a Smoky Mountain Vacation is Better Than a Beach Vacation

July 25, 2023

One of the toughest things about planning a summer vacation is picking a destination! While some folks like to head to the beach, there is truly nothing like a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains! You’ll find tons of fun things to do in the Smokies, as well as unique lodging options, gorgeous scenery and more! Here are the top 3 reasons why a Smoky Mountain vacation is better than a beach vacation: Read More

wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Top 4 Trails for Viewing the Smoky Mountain Wildflowers This Spring

March 21, 2023

The spring months are the perfect time to visit the Smoky Mountains, complete with amazing weather to enjoy the great outdoors! In addition to the return of our thrilling white rafting adventures, spring welcomes back over 1,500 types of gorgeous wildflowers to the Smokies! While you’ll see these stunning flowering plants virtually anywhere throughout the region, there are several hikes that offer exceptional wildflower viewing opportunities! Here are the top 4 trails for viewing the Smoky Mountain wildflowers this spring: Read More

spring in the Smoky Mountains

Top 4 Reasons Why Your Family Will Love Spending Spring Break in the Smoky Mountains

February 24, 2023

When it comes to the best spring break destination for families, there is no better place to be than the Great Smoky Mountains! This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some unique family time together as your kids take a well-deserved break from their schoolwork and college studies! Here are the top 4 reasons why your family will love spending spring break in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Everything You Need to Know About the History of Entrance Fees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

January 27, 2023

As you know, guests are welcome to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park without paying an entrance fee. The result of this is that millions of visitors in the park’s history have been able to experience the gorgeous mountain views, stunning hiking trails, and everything else there is to do in the park. In order to understand more about this luxury, let’s take a look at the history of entrance fees in the national park: Read More