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Smoky Mountains Legends

Supernatural tales and myths. The Smoky Mountains are full of them. Smoky Mountains Gold Mine Here’s the story of Perry Shults and the lost Smoky Mountains gold mine. Somewhere in upper Greenbrier Cove near Webb Creek during the time of the Civil War, Shults discovered a shallow streak of pure gold on the ground. In … Read more

Halloween Events and Activities

At Halloween, we can all look forward to spooky thrills, trips to pumpkin patches, and the beautiful sight of the leaves changing their color. The Smoky Mountains are a spectacular place to spend the fall season and Halloween. Pigeon Forge Community Center Halloween Party This family-friendly Halloween party at the Pigeon Forge Community center is … Read more

GATLINBURG AND PIGEON FORGE FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

The towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have interesting histories. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge To be in a Different State From around 1784 to 1788, eight counties that would one day be part of East Tennessee formed their own independent territory called Franklin. This small area applied to be the 14th state in the … Read more

PARROT MOUNTAIN AND GARDENS

A less known attraction in Pigeon Forge is Parrot Mountain. This attraction is great for families because children can hold and interact with the birds. There are birds, plants and flowers from around the world at Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge. Upon arrival there is a replica of Thomas Kinkade’s stairway to paradise. Many birds fly … Read more

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge has so many fun things to experience at this interactive museum. This is a great experience for small children and adults alike. WONDER ZONES There are six Wonder Zones in the WonderWorks museum that shows various kinds of science and art. The first is the Extreme Weather, where you can feel … Read more

Hikes with the Best Views

Andrews Bald Andrews Bald has an elevation of 5,920 feet, making it the highest grassy bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The mountain is one of two grassy balds maintained in the range by the park service. The other is Gregory Bald, in the western Smokies. The hike is about 3.6 miles roundtrip. … Read more

Picnic Areas in the Great Smoky Mountains

When visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, one of the best activities to do as a family, couple, or with friends is to have a picnic. After you eat, you can explore different parts of the national park. CADES COVE One of the most popular picnic areas is Cades Cove. The picnic area is located on the left … Read more

Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood’s Splash Country is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day every year. Enjoy all the slides, rides and thrills. This Pigeon Forge water park also has dining opportunities and entertainment, on 35 acres adjacent to the main Dollywood amusement and theme park. Splash Country offers water slides such as Fire Tower Falls, Mountain Scream, … Read more

Cades Cove Riding Stables

Horseback Riding at Cades Cove Riding Stables Cades Cove Riding Stables in Cades Cove, TN offer vacationers to the Smokies some of the most pristine scenery in the entire Great Smokies National Park, while on horseback. The stables in Cades Cove, Tennessee are the only Smoky Mountain riding stables allowed to horseback ride into the … Read more

December Activities

December is truly a beautiful time of year to visit Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Cool weather, Christmas lights, and special events to make something your family will remember for a lifetime. The Smoky Mountains at Christmas is one of the best Christmas destinations in the nation. Beautiful Winter Weather Chilly weather is ideal … Read more

Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains

Everyone likes to go on vacation in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Fortunately, there are plenty of free things to do in the Smoky Mountains that are both fun and exciting. You will be able to go back home with memorable experiences. Things to Do in Pigeon Forge The Smoky Mountains includes a broad area that covers multiple towns. … Read more

Pigeon Forge Go Kart Tracks

Pigeon Forge has a large selection of go-kart tracks in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. It certain you’ll find the ride you’re looking for. Adventure Raceway Pigeon Forge2945 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863(865) 428-2971http://adventureraceway.com Adventure Raceway is a woody coaster style go-kart track. You will climb this multi-tiered track, then you will come down and over … Read more

Comedy Barn Theater

A long time favorite in Pigeon Forge, Comedy Barn Theater offers the kind of comedy that’s hard to find these days, family friendly. Filled with a variety of acts for everyone and opportunities for audience participation. Laugh your Socks Off You will have your picture taken when you enter The Comedy Barn. These pictures will … Read more

Smoky Mountain Fall Activities

See A Smoky Mountain Fall Festival This gorgeous time of year offers fall events in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are just a few of fall festivals you can enjoy in the Smokies! Dollywood Harvest Festival – In October, Dollywood is decorated to celebrate harvest time. You can enjoy gospel music shows and see live craft … Read more

Best Hiking Trails in Tremont

Tremont is a region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that’s only a short drive from Gatlinburg, TN. Tremont is not the most popular or well-known area of the national park, so you can explore the treasures of Tremont without having to deal with the crowds. Tremont is a beautiful region of the park … Read more

Beyond the Lens!

Beyond the Lens! keeps your family entertained for hours. The attraction is virtual reality and that features hidden items that is only located through your phone app. There are countless things you never thought of to interact with. You can walk the red carpet with paparazzi taking your picture. How about leaving your hand print … Read more

Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg

Movie buffs and car enthusiasts will enjoy the Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg. The Museum is located at 914 Parkway. This collection has more than 40 famous vehicles. View General Lee on TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard” to the original TV Batmobile. There’s also the newer Batmobile used in the 1992 “Batman Returns” movie. Here … Read more

Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens

NOTE: Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens is currently closed. Check back again for updated information. UPDATE: Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens has a new home. It will be located in the Grand Smokies Themeplex. This attraction already houses Grand Smokies Event Center, Feasters on Teasters Restaurant and the Biblical Times Theater. … Read more

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is noted for its wealth of arts and crafts, and its many artists and craftspeople, with one of the largest communities of independent artisans in the country. Nowhere is this more visible than along the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail – an 8-mile scenic drive on the outskirts of Gatlinburg that contains a … Read more

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

One ticket to the attraction pays for admission to the show, Pirates Voyage performance, and a full meal during the performance. The venue is next to The Island with ample parking. This indoor arena has an elaborate pirate-themed set with pirate ships and a pool that depicts the sea. Performers act, sing, dance, dive, and perform … Read more

Mini Golf Courses in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf and Arcade in Sevierville offers three mini golf courses. There are 54 holes in all. This is not a simple mini-golf course, and has animated characters, along with water and interactive features. Ripley’s has another mini golf course in Gatlinburg.  Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, has two 18-hole courses with animated characters. Each … Read more

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is home to America’s first skydiving simulator since 1983, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving. This vertical wind tunnel was developed to train body control while skydiving. Now anyone can experience body flight – and it’s a fun experience. Body flight at Flyaway involves ‘floating’ in a wind tunnel that keeps you suspended above the floor. It … Read more

Sevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park

Sevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park is a new indoor adventure park in Sevierville that is home to 38,000 sq. ft. of trampolines, ninja warrior obstacles, and more – so get ready to soar and test your skills in this spot that offers thrills for the whole family. Bounce, jump, climb, hang, and soar … Read more

Top Jump Trampoline Park in Pigeon Forge

Bouncing opportunities If you want to bounce the day away in a unique and safe environment, Top Jump Trampoline Park is the answer you’ve been waiting for. The trampoline park room is expansive, and is filled with a variety of trampolines and more. Live out your craziest skydiving fantasies on the giant air bag, a … Read more

Safely Avoiding Bears in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountain area is one of the few places in the United States where wild black bears can be found living in their natural habitat. While this certainly adds to the appeal of those who want to observe these animals from a safe distance in the wild, it can also be dangerous for those … Read more