Great Smoky Mountains – My Bear Foot Cabins

Smoky Mountain Gem Mining

WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD, GREEN PRINT Pigeon Forge Gem Mine When planning a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, make sure you include a visit to the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, only two miles from Dollywood, and minutes from Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Here you can … Read more

Buttonwillow Civil War Theater

(WEBSITE LINK IS IN BOLD, GREEN PRINT) The Buttonwillow Civil War Theater, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offers visitors a unique and moving Civil War experience. Our 90-minute live stage show features the original drama, “Granddaddy’s Watch.” Our story involves a brother and sister from East Tennessee who are meeting on a battlefield in 1864. … Read more

Sunsets in the Smoky Mountains

Tennessee is the place to be for sunsets. Newfound Gap Parking Area Newfound Gap is the lowest point see a sunset in the Smoky Mountains. It’s unique as the sun goes down through the hills and trees. Cliff Top at Mt. Le ConteMt. Le Conte is a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park … Read more

When is the Best Time to Visit the Smoky Mountains

(Website links in bold, green print) If you love snow-covered mountains and Christmas lights, this is the perfect time for you to visit the Smokies. From snowy winter hikes to skiing at Ober Gatlinburg to sipping hot chocolate by your My Bearfoot Cabin’s fireplace, there’s a lot to love about the Smoky Mountains in the … Read more

SANDWICH AND BURGER SHOPS IN GATLINBURG AND PIGEON FORGE

(WEBSITE LINKS TO RESTAURANTS ARE IN BOLD, GREEN PRINT) Going out for lunch is one of the simple pleasures of being on vacation. The Smoky Mountains are home to a number of restaurants where you can enjoy subs and sides. Parton’s Deli Parton’s Deli has been a fixture of the Gatlinburg Parkway since 1974. This sandwich … Read more

Professional Photography in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

(WEBSITE LINKS IN BOLD PRINT) So you have your trip planned. Let’s see, lodging is booked, itinerary is planned, groceries will be delivered and set up when you arrive……BUT there’s one thing missing……professional photography. This will be a special time for your family, soul mate or maybe a group get together. Syresa Rowland, professional photographer … Read more

How To Avoid Crowds in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS IN BOLD PRINT) How To Avoid Crowds in Pigeon Forge  Though the Smoky Mountains is one of the most popular and vibrant destinations in the southeast, there are easy ways to get away from crowds in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies during your vacation. To enjoy a peaceful and authentic Smoky Mountain experience, … Read more

Gatlinburg’s Space Needle

(WEBSITE LINK IS IN BOLD PRINT) The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an all steel observation tower served by two elevators with a capacity of 20 people. Ride the glass elevator over 400 feet and step out to a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies are best known as the home of … Read more

Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS IN BOLD 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 broad … 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

January and February, Things to do

(WEBSITE LINKS IN BOLD PRINT) Just because January and February are off season and the winter season, doesn’t mean that they aren’t without fun and exciting activities and things for visitors to enjoy in the Smokies. There are so many fun things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in February! Start planning your family’s … Read more

Best Candy Shops in Gatlinburg

(WEBSITE LINKS IN BOLD PRINT) I would venture to say you have a favorite candy shop from your child. The bright colors, the rush of sugar, the crazy names and recipes. If you haven’t been to candy shop, (because they mostly don’t exist any longer) there are plenty of old-fashioned candy kitchens to whet your … Read more

Where Do Locals Eat in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD PRINT) The Smoky Mountains are known for a lot of amazing things like beautiful views, breathtaking nature experiences, and unforgettable attractions. The Smoky Mountains are one of the most unique destinations in the world. One of the area’s best qualities, though, is its vast options of cuisine and food choices. … Read more

Historical Places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD 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

The Amazing Great Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD PRINT) Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches across more than 800 square miles of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. The park is home to amazing wildlife, breathtaking views all year long and some of the oldest mountains in the world. The park welcomed a record 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, which is … Read more

Best Ziplines in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS ZIP LINES ARE IN BOLD PRINT) With countless zip line options available, it might be hard to decide where to go. Here is a list of some of the best places to zipline in the Smoky Mountains. CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains has been the top-rated zipline in Tennessee for many … Read more

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD PRINT) There is nothing like fall in the Smoky Mountains! The Smokies offer some of the most spectacular fall colors you’ll ever see. This is a guide to everything you need to know about the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains. The Best Time to See the Fall Foliage in … Read more

Scenic Drives In The Smoky Mountains TN

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD PIRNT) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in 1934. The park was created for the natural beauty, the flowing waterfalls, and to conserve natural resources. During this period, the automobile was becoming more affordable.  Therefore, the Smokies were created with auto touring in mind. 88% of Great Smoky … Read more

Smoky Mountain Secret Spots

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD 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

Where to See Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains

Wondering where to see bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Of all of the beautiful wildlife of the Smoky Mountains, the American Black Bear ( Ursus americanus ) is one of the largest and most impressive species you can see in the national park. Better yet, bears are plentiful in the Smokies and live in … Read more

Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies Event in the Smoky Mountains

(WEBSITE LINKS ARE IN BOLD PRINT) Fireflies, or lightning bugs, can be found in many parts of the United States, but the Great Smoky Mountains is where thousands of visitors year after year flock to see the Elkmont fireflies.  Every year, in late May and early June, the Elkmont fireflies (sometimes also referenced to as … Read more

Ober Mountain ~ So Much To Do ~ Year Round

(LINK TO VENUE IS IN BOLD, GREEN PRINT) Ober Mountain in Gatlinburg, TN offers year round fun and excitement for the entire family.  The beauty is an added plus, and you can do all activities and adventures at one location.                               … Read more

Alcatraz East Crime Museum ~ Pigeon Forge, TN

(LINK TO VENUE IS IN 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. … Read more

First Time Visitor Activities to the Smoky Mountains

(LINKS TO VENUES ARE IN 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 … Read more

Everything you need to know about Smoky Mountain Black Bears

  Bears in the Smokies Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States where black bears can live in wild, natural surroundings. Bears inhabit all elevations of the park. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate that roughly 1,500 bears live in the park. This equals a … Read more