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

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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

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Top 4 Ways to Survive the Off-Season When You Miss Whitewater Rafting in the Smoky Mountains

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If you’re missing whitewater rafting as much as us, you’re probably wondering how to make it through the off-season! While there is nothing quite like the adventure of challenging the rapids on the Pigeon River, there are several fun things you can do throughout the winter to keep you busy! Before you know it, we’ll be back in operation for another year of whitewater thrills! Here are the top 4 ways to survive the off-season when you miss whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

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

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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

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4 Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains to Do During the Rafting Off-Season

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Although we have wrapped up another thrilling season of white water rafting adventures, you can still get outside to experience everything that the Smokies have to offer! If you are a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you occupied during the late fall and winter months! Here are 4 outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains to enjoy during the rafting off-season: Read More

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Top 4 Things to Know About Experiencing Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

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One of the reasons why the Smoky Mountains are such a popular destination during the fall season is because of the spectacular fall foliage! This is the magical time of year when the trees transform from green into a vibrant display of orange, red, and yellow colors, and there is nothing like the sight of the mountains as these magnificent colors spread through the Smokies! Here are the top 4 things to know about experiencing fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

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Top 4 Reasons to Plan a Vacation to the Smoky Mountains in the Summer

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While the Smoky Mountains are a fabulous destination any time of year, there is just something extra special about the summer months! This is a delightful time to experience everything that mother nature has to offer, ranging from beautiful scenery throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the thrilling rapids along on our rafting trips! Here are the top 4 reasons to plan a vacation to the Smoky Mountains in the summer: Read More

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Top 3 Places to Go Hiking in the Smoky Mountains This Spring

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While you can enjoy hiking all year long in the Smokies, the spring months are one of the best times to experience the trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will not only find long days of sunshine and comfortable hiking weather but blooming wildflowers, stunning waterfalls, and many other natural wonders! The toughest decision is deciding where to hike, but we can help! Check out these top 3 places to go hiking in the Smoky Mountains this spring: Read More

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3 Unique Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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If you’ve been to the Great Smoky Mountains before, you’ve probably tried all of the most popular activities, from driving through Cades Cove to having a picnic by the river. While these are always fun things to do, you may be looking for something a little different for your next trip. Here are 3 unique things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you’ll want to experience on your next vacation: Read More

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4 of the Best Views in the Smoky Mountains You Can’t Miss

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The Great Smoky Mountains are known for sweeping mountain views, and you won’t be disappointed by the variety of places you can go to see them! Whether you prefer to see your views from hiking or driving, there’s a place for you to go that has incredible scenery of the mountains. Here are 4 of the best views in the Smoky Mountains you can’t miss: Read More

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5 Things to Know About Black Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The American black bear might as well be the mascot of the Smoky Mountains! With over 1,500 bears throughout the national park, they are by far one of the most popular animals in the area. With a population density of 2 bears per square mile, it’s highly likely you’ll run into one of these creatures while you’re exploring the Smokies. Here are 5 things to know about black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Read More