October 20, 2020
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Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Dollywood is alive and well in 2020 and continuing to adapt their seasonal traditions to meet the safety standards of social distancing. They are currently bringing in the Halloween season with this year’s Pumpkin LumiNights, something we have longed for more than ever in 2020, and now we look forward to this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas going on at Dollywood beginning November 7th.
October 19, 2020
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Smoky Mountain Winterfest – Enjoy Millions of Lights from your Jeep!

Draped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November until February. From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration. Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life. Old Mill Square’s Holiday Open House features a […]
October 12, 2020

Find Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls Text On the Cherokee side of the Smoky Mountains National Park, at the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, is a favorite water attraction for many known as Mingo Falls. Mingo Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Southern Appalachians and owes its popularity due to the fact that the hiking distance to get to it is slightly less than half a mile (though still considered having some moderate difficulty to it). Mingo Falls is accessible from the Pigeon Creek Trail that starts at the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center just before you get to Cherokee and we recommend the destination to anyone going towards Cherokee, NC. as part of their Smoky Mountain getaway. Smokymountains.com writes: “Reached via Big Cove Road on the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Reservation, the trailhead for Mingo Falls lies but a stone’s throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Oconaluftee Visitor Center, […]
September 26, 2020
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Halloween Fun in the Smokies

Just 5 weeks from now will be the hallowed eve of Halloween in the Tennessee hollow, but the season of pumpkin spice and punk frights across the county will begin and be in the throes of celebration pretty much starting by the time you read this. Many of our Smoky Mountain visitors come in October and even as early as late September to get a wide variety of seasonal atmosphere from the Tennessee Smokies – the Fall Colors, the Harvest Festival celebrations, the cooler temperatures and woodsy smells, and the primeval feeling of getting scared by the forces of the unknown. We say much of the first three as part of our Smoky Mountain tourism, so let’s have some fun and devote this article to the spooks and chills you can have in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg from now until midnight October 31st! Halloween Events: * Great Pumpkin LumiNights at […]
September 26, 2020
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Jeep Rides Through The Fall-Colored Smokies

Interested in renting a jeep but not quite sure? Here’s a couple hours of material that will help you decide. Of course, these videos can’t compare to the feeling you have when you discover the Smoky Mountains with the top down in your Jeep.  Cades Cove, Roaring Fork, the Parkway in Gatlinburg and Pigeon  Forge, a drive around Douglas Lake, you name it, it is more fun when you are driving your Smoky Mountain Jeep Rental.  These are fun to watch to get you in the mood to reserve your Jeep for your next visit to the Smokies. 😀 These gorgeous drives and many others can be experienced by you first hand with the awesome combination of ruggedry and luxury as provided by Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals. See our jeeps here.
September 1, 2020
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Exploring the Hills and Beyond!

The awesome destinations for your Jeep adventure are nearly endless!  What do you love to do?  You can likely find it in the Smokies.  Often people ask us where they can get their feet wet in the creek and get out and discover some of the historical areas of the park.  We have provided some of our favorite areas to visit and learn more about what makes the Smokies such a special place. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Probably the finest museum capturing all the nature, beauty and spirit of Southern Appalachia you will ever see, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization dedicating to preserving the history and culture of the Tennessee man from Native American to European Pioneer and on. The Heritage Center provides scout programs, field trip opportunities, facility rentals, and special events like the Fiber Arts Festival, Music of the Mountains, Spring Concert […]
September 1, 2020
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Where Might you find Snow in the Smokies?

Jeep rentals are most popular in the Spring, Summer and Fall, but exploring in the winter can be fun.  An adventure to find the snow is a popular event.  Many people ask us where can they find snow in the Smoky Mountains. Although we do often see some snowfall before January, and 2019 into 2020 showed us a little more snow than usual, our real season for snow doesn’t begin until after the near year begins. We see our biggest snowfalls in January, February and sometimes in March as well. We usually get at least one really good snowfall of several inches at once, good enough to close local schools for a week, but we don’t always know when we can expect that snowfall to come in. Therefore many people come to the Smokies wondering where they can see the snow, because it is possible for snow to come in […]
August 30, 2020
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Rediscover Cades Cove in your Jeep

How many times have you been to Cades Cove?  It won’t matter once you go in your Jeep.  Discovering the cove in your Jeep brings all new excitement and a new connection with the full beauty there is to experience when you visit.  Be sure to take advantage of the picnic areas and visit the Townsend Wye also at the base of the entry to the cove. No words can fully describe the beauty of Cades Cove. The trip on a one-way, 11-mile loop road perfectly combines cultural history with natural beauty; in fact, the 4,000 acre valley is often referred to as an open-air museum. The Cove was originally settled by John Oliver but derives its name from Cherokee chief Abrams’ wife Kate. Over the years, “Kate’s Cove” became “Cades Cove.” The valley harbored a thriving community for over a hundred years. In 1850 its population peaked at 685 […]
August 12, 2020

Inside the Park

70 miles of the trail pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Within the Park’s borders, the trail crosses from Davenport Gap near Big Creek on the east to Fontana Dam, N.C. on the southwest, reaching a halfway point at Newfound Gap. It passes near or over several of the highest peaks in the eastern United States. The “AT” winds up over the highlands through grassy balds and descends into the valleys to briefly join other trails. A good place to start is the Sugarlands Visitors Center on Route 441 at the Gatlinburg entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are nature exhibits, a short film, guidebooks, maps, and park rangers who give lectures guided strolls, and answer questions. This is also where you would pick up your camping, hiking, or fishing permits. The most popular drive through the park is Newfound Gap Road, which is 26 miles long […]