Great Smoky Mountains

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

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 the Smoky Mountains Normally, fall colors in the Smokies will be their best around early November. Around the end of October, leaves in higher elevations will reach their peak. About a week later, trees in the lower elevations will show vibrant colors. Autumn foliage typically remains into early-mid November. Guide to… Read more »

Hidden Places in the Smoky Mountains

Hidden Places in the Smoky Mountains

the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with over 11.4 million visitors annually. This is as many visitors as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  A popular national park can have big crowds. If you’re want to see the park and want quiet time, here are some favorite hidden places to explore. Elkmont Troll Bridge Elkmont has recently gained fame as the secret ghost town of the Smokies.  This once very wealthy community of vacation homes is beginning to see renovation from the park service, and is still accessible to the public…. Read more »

Smoky Mountains Secret Spots

Smoky Mountains Secret Spots

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 looking to see the park in a little solitude, listen to the advice from locals.  Find hidden gems and experience the quieter side of the Smokies! Elkmont Troll Bridge Elkmont has recently gained fame as the secret ghost town of the Smokies.  This once very wealthy community of vacation homes is… Read more »

7 NEW SMOKY MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS

7 NEW SMOKY MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS

The Smokies have a variety of world wide cuisines! We all have our favorite places to grab a bite to eat, but there are always new restaurants opening up. Even if you live here or have visited before, there will always be something exciting and different to try! To make the most of your dining experience, there are 7 Smoky Mountain restaurants that recently came to the area. 1. Ole Red Gatlinburg The highly anticipated, new Blake Shelton restaurant, Ole Red Gatlinburg, is finally open for business! Each and every one of the menu items there is made-from-scratch and Shelton approved!… Read more »

Where to See Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains

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 all elevations of the park. It is estimated that around 1,500 bears live inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since the national park is 800 sq. miles in size, this means bears have a population density of nearly 2 bears per square mile. As… Read more »