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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. 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 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 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 […]
August 4, 2020
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Arts and Crafts in the Smoky Mountains

Just looking out over the Smokies’ incredible blue vistas inspires a fundamental aesthetic response; the heart and mind want to capture this view and remember it forever.  The Smokies’ rich artistic heritage is born from the first isolated settlers’ self-sufficiency. Mountain economy was not based on currency; instead wealth was determined by goods. Bushels of corn, wool sheared from sheep or furniture built from the forests’ trees were the sources of wealth. When time allowed, the utilitarian objects took on a stately elegance, reflecting the beauty of the environment in a weaving pattern on a basket or the carved design of a broom handle. Cherokee’s Oconaluftee Indian Village and Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual maintain the rich tradition of Native American crafts, including baskets, pottery and weaving. Appalachian crafts include: cane-bottom chairs, rocking chairs, corn shuck crafts, brooms, quilts and carved wood sculptures. The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, […]
August 4, 2020

3 Reasons to discover the North Carolina side of the Park.

NORTH CAROLINA Nearly half of the National Park lies in North Carolina and it’s just a short drive away via several different access routes. Beauty and adventure abound when you take for the North Carolina areas of the National Park.  Ask our staff for our Adventure Map when you visit to pick up your Jeep! Balsam Mountain Campground At 5,310 feet, this is the highest developed campground in the Smokies. Nearby, a self-guiding nature trail wanders three quarters of a mile through the majestic alpine forest. Heintooga Overlook At nearly a mile high in the sky, this overlook is a wonderful spot to spread out a blanket for an unforgettable picnic. Balsam Mountain Road, leading to the overlook and the campground, is closed from November through May. Deep Creek Deep Creek may well have been the site of the first Cherokee village. Set among blossoming dogwoods beside the creek near […]
July 15, 2020
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Find the Smoky Mountain Overlooks

Smoky Mountain Overlooks To See Unrivaled Views A great goal in your Jeep is to seek out the Overlooks in the area for an awesome persective of the Smoky Mountains. There are many ways to see the sights that bring millions to the park each year, but the favorite remains the free overlooks that you get from driving or hiking the mountains themselves. In this article, we’ll name some of those overlooks for you to find and share directions from Google Maps and worthwhile quoted information. Let’s begin: * Morton Overlook * US-441, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-1200 From Facebook: “A Scenic Roadside Look-Out in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On US-441 • Newfound Gap mile 14.7 • Morton Overlook mm 14.06 • Tunnel mm 13.9.” See this excerpt at * Chimney Tops Overlook * US-441, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-1200 From “The hike to Chimney Tops […]

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