With more than 800 miles of trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – across parts of Tennessee and North Carolina – there are plenty of opportunities for getting out and hiking in the Smokies - even along parts of the Appalachian Trail. You can easily stop by one of the visitor centers to find trail maps and get helpful information, or you can read on for just a few local favorites on your hiker’s getaway! Try an easy day hike, climb your way to the highest point in the Smokies, check out incredible views from an observation tower,

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A Gatlinburg Gift Guide for YOU

Searching for the perfect gift for Mom, Dad, grandparents, friends, spouses, not-sure-what-we-are partners, coworkers, or Secret Santa? No worries – we have you covered in the Smoky Mountains! From high-end boutique shops and art galleries to As Seen On TV stores and outdoor gear paradises, there is truly something for everyone in Gatlinburg on your gift list this season. Maybe you just want a souvenir for yourself? Whatever the occasion, budget, interest, or relationship, this Gatlinburg gift guide has some great options for YOU! Experiential Gifts I think most agree that while gifts to open are awesome, gifts that are

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Winter at Ober Is Synonymous with Fun

The days are shorter, the nights are colder, the trees are bare, and activities are…sparse. Or are they? While wintertime in other parts of the country might mean sitting inside and getting cabin fever, winter at Ober Gatlinburg is synonymous with fun! Check out these 7 ideas for beating the winter blues at the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area this year!  Go snow tubing with the family.Especially for those traveling to Gatlinburg with their family, we recommend an afternoon of snow tubing at Ober. The kids (and grown-ups, too!) will love racing down the snowy mountain as many

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Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg

Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is just another great attraction that brings so many visitors to the area each year. At Rocky Top Sports World, a professional tournament and events team works alongside the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau to help host parties, special events, and sports tournaments and camps throughout the year.  The complex has played host to football camps, basketball tournaments, the Smoky Mountain Lacrosse Classic, soccer camps, the All American Football and Combine, the Harlem Globetrotters Summer Camp, volleyball camps, and the 2015 Thanksgiving Bowl, just to name a few. You can stop by to

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Bigfoot Is Coming to Town — at the Annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference in Gatlinburg, TN

What’s that?! Yep, there’s no hiding the 3rd annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference in Gatlinburg, TN! Following the success of the inaugural bigfoot conference in the Smokies in 2019 and last year’s event, 2022 plans to reign in one of the biggest and best bigfoot events in the Southeast. Prepare for a packed convention center with an opportunity to share your bigfoot experience, a full panel of speakers (including special guest speakers), official merchandise, vendors galore, and VIP bonuses. We’ve got the scoop on SMBF plus advice on staying in the area, so if you’re a sasquatch lover or an

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Winter Tips in The Smokies

Picturesque throughout the year, the Great Smoky Mountains is especially enchanting as winter settles into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The mountain peaks are tucked under a shimmering blanket of snow. Christmas lights brighten up seasonal events and shopping windows. Local attractions put a wintry spin on fun activities. The Festival of Trees brings the holiday spirit to the area. And the weather is great for cabin life, snuggling in front of a crackling fireplace or relaxing in a steamy hot tub at the end of the day. Winter is the perfect time of year for couples, families, friends, and

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Memorial Day in Gatlinburg

Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and our lives. It’s an opportunity to say thank you to our nation’s heroes, and it is a holiday that should not be overlooked. Many Americans have a long weekend, so it’s also a great opportunity for those who have the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends. It’s the beginning of the summer after a long school year with the kids, long workdays, and all the obligations that kept you from unwinding. Rather than preparing your own home

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Valentine’s Day in the Smoky Mountains

While flowers and chocolates are the go-to items on Valentine’s Day, it’s always nice to mix things up a bit. What better way to do that than to plan a romantic getaway to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville, Tennessee? With cozy mountain cabin rentals, incredible scenery, fine dining, great shopping, and tons of attractions, it’s the perfect place to steal away for a few days with that special someone. Start planning today for an amazing Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Here are some ideas on food, fun, and romance in Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Where to Eat Cherokee Grill – Located

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Father’s Day in the Smokies

Remember all those times playing catch in the backyard, dancing on his toes, giggling at his snore, being tickled without mercy, and eating dessert before dinner without telling Mom? Dads are extra special — they make us laugh without reason, hold us on sad days, give words of wisdom, and love us unconditionally.  And what better way to say, “Happy Father’s Day” to the man who has done so much for you than with a Father’s Day getaway to the Smoky Mountains?! Treat Dad to an amazing experience with just you – or the whole family – full of unique museums, hearty grub, breathtaking mountain views, live music, moonshine, outdoor adventures,

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Gatlinburg Free trolley

Planning your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains? Ready to check out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, arts and crafts in the area, family-friendly attractions, unique mountain shops, local wineries, and more? Take advantage of the Gatlinburg trolley to get around along the Gatlinburg Parkway and the surrounding areas.  Did you know the Gatlinburg Trolley is now FREE for all rides? No more keeping up with a trolley pass or looking for exact change. Just hop on and explore! Running from May 1 to October 31, the Gatlinburg Trolley System offers visitors to the Smokies convenient, easy, FREE, and

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