Historical – My Bear Foot Cabins

Bush’s Baked Beans Museum and Cafe

WEBSITE: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT The Bush’s® Visitor Center nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, is where you can learn all about their history, beans and how they’ve spent the last 110 years spreading that good bean word. Enjoy some home cookin’ and Southern specialties at the Bush’s® Family … Read more

Pearl Harbor Tree in Cades Cove

Finding the Pearl Harbor Tree Finding the Pearl Harbor Tree in Cades Cove can be an exciting challenge. Directions to the Pearl Harbor Tree: The luxury cabins of My Bearfoot Cabins are rustic, genuine log cabins with the modern touch you can rely on. Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, owners618-559-3915pat@mybearfootcabins.comhttps://mybearfootcabins.com

The Lost Sea Adventure

Your Lost Sea Adventure begins with a guided tour of the caverns. This involves a ¾ mile round-trip walk on wide sloping pathways. While touring the caverns and underground lake the guides will tell of the cavern’s exciting and colorful history. They will also explain the fascinating geological development of the immense cavern rooms and … Read more

Hiking to the House of the Fairies

WEBSITE: CLICK ON THE BOLD, GREEN PRINT History of the Fairy House A man named Louis E. Voorheis bought and developed land from 1928 to 1944. He owned 38 acres of land in what is known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Voorheis wanted this area to be a mountain retreat to get away from … Read more

Cades Cove Hiking

Website link is in bold, green print Cades Cove is a favorite destination for many people visiting the Smokies with its broad, lush, green valley surround by mountains, including history and wildlife. Many choose to drive, walk or bike the 11-mile, one-way loop road that circles the cove. But there are also hiking trails. Along the … Read more

Great Smoky Mountains Museum

WEBSITE: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT Have you ever wondered what life for the early settlers of the Smokies was like? Find out for yourself at The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. With fascinating exhibits and a reconstructed mountain village, this Smoky Mountain museum offers one of the most informative attractions in the region. Resting on … Read more

SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT DOLLYWOOD

WEBSITE: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT It’s no surprise that Dollywood is the top theme park in Tennessee. Families travel from across the country to enjoy the park. But, there is more to the theme park than you might think. It Wasn’t Always Dollywood Dollywood wasn’t always known by that name! The theme park was originally … Read more

Independence Day Parade and Celebrations

Starting one minute after midnight of the 3rd, for the Fourth of July Midnight Parade begins. This mile-long stream of parade entrants will work its way along Parkway led by a perfect Grand Marshal each year. Gatlinburg always shows its love of country by honoring front-line medical workers and all first responders, veterans and military personnel. … Read more

Covered Bridges in Sevier County

What better way to spend an afternoon than to drive to one of the covered bridges in Sevier County. The first bridge is a perfect spot to learn more about the history of Harrisburg and the surrounding areas. The second covered bridge is a beautiful, drive-by spot to appreciate the scenic views and snap a … Read more

Smoky Mountains Legends

WEBSITE: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT 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 … 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

Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITES: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT) 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 … Read more

Historical Places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

WEBSITES: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is ideal for history buffs! There are historical landmarks throughout the park. To help make the most of your next vacation, here’s the top 6 historical places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Walker Sisters Place The Walker Sisters Place is a log cabin … Read more

Popular Townsend, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Museums

(WEBSITE LINKS: CLICK THE BOLD, GREEN PRINT) Whether you’re looking to beat the heat in an air-conditioned building or avoid some rainy weather, visiting a museum is a great way to spend time indoors. The Smoky Mountains have a variety of museums displaying famous cars to artifacts from the Titanic. Hollywood Star Cars Museum The Hollywood … Read more

Smoky Mountain Secret Spots

WEBSITES: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with over 11.4 million annual visitors. This is as many visitors as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  A popular national park can sometimes mean big crowds during busy times of year. If you’re … Read more

CAVERNS AND CAVES OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS

WEBSITES: CLICK ON BOLD GREEN PRINT Forbidden Caverns Looking for a unique attraction while visiting the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee? Forbidden Caverns is a cave under the Great Smoky Mountains where natural caverns are large and amazing! Tour guides take you on an fascinating journey through the cave and tell you the history and … Read more

Alcatraz East Crime Museum ~ Pigeon Forge, TN

WEBSITE: CLICK ON BOLD TYPE Welcome to the Big House! Alcatraz East, a new crime museum, opened in East Tennessee in the fall of 2016. The museum, which will give visitors the behind-the-scenes story to our nation’s crime history, is located at the entrance to The Island at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum … Read more

World’s Largest Titanic Museum

Website link: Click on bold print The story and history of the Titanic’s maiden voyage is known to just about everyone.  RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to … Read more

First Time Visitor Activities to the Smoky Mountains

WEBSITES: CLICK ON BOLD PRINT The Smoky Mountains have everything you need for a dream vacation including world class theme parks and breathtaking views. The activities are endless in the area.  It can be hard fitting it all into one trip. To assist you having an amazing first trip,  these 6 must do venues in … Read more

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge History

1. William Ogle Visits “The Land of Paradise” William Ogle traveled to the future site of Gatlinburg, TN, a place he called “The Land of Paradise” in 1802.  He was from South Carolina.  He, his wife, Martha Jane, and seven children, has a vision of a bright future.  He cut and hewed logs for a … Read more

GATLINBURG MUSEUMS

LINKS TO VENUES ARE FOUND IN BOLD, GREEN LETTERS Looking for something out of the ordinary to add additional excitement to your Smoky Mountain vacation? Look no further than museums in Gatlinburg. You’ll find amazing and quirky museums that offer everything from one-of-a-kind collection to Hollywood connections. From the amazing to the obscure, it’s a … Read more