Smoky Mountain Highs & Family Adventures

Smoky Mountains

Experience natural beauty and adventure. Make family memories on a trek to Andrews Bald’s magnificent views. Fly above the trees on a zip line. Soak up Appalachian culture and browse authentic handicrafts. Scream yourself silly on Dollywood’s coasters, and tap your toes at the musical shows. Shop designer names at Sevierville outlets. The Great Smoky Mountains will call you back again and again.

Youll get a magical feeling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Youre in the presence of something fresh and, yet, ancient. The oldest mountains in the world. A preserve of wildflowers, old-growth forests and rushing mountain streams. The Smokies. Its the ultimate getaway.

Bring your camera. The park has panoramic vistas with cascading rivers and majestic forests. Venture out on horseback at Sugarlands, and then cool off by rafting the Pigeon River. Cycle the 11-mile Cades Cove loop for some of the parks best wildlife viewing. Learn about cantilevered barns and that mysterious blue haze over the mountains. Take the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage to see 1,600 kinds of flowering plants. Study the wildlife. In addition to the 1,500 bears in the park, the Smokies has more salamanders than anywhere else on earth! 

Hike Abrams Falls and Mt. LeConte. Find a waterfall. The Smokies is a hikers paradise with more than 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short walks to strenuous treks that call for backcountry camping. The Appalachian Trail gives you a unique perspective with 70 miles of crestline trail. Cosby, with great campgrounds and a spacious picnic area, is a favorite among locals for the popular day hike to Sutton Ridge Overlooks spectacular panorama. 

Visit the charming mountain town of Gatlinburg, filled with shops and places to play. Be sure to stop in Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies and other attractions. Try skiing or the luge at Ober GatlinburgTravel the talent-rich, eight-mile loop of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Take time to appreciate the lost arts here, and take home a treasure.

In Pigeon Forge, Dolly Partons Splash Country is a guaranteed good time with waves of fun. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at the Island gives a birds-eye view of the area. Go upside down at WonderWorks or get lost in the stories of the Titanic. Play the day away at arcades and games centers. Try zip lining or whitewater rafting.

Savor the Smokies at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort on a 4,200-acre estate. You’ll experience a gracious taste of genteel hospitality and a feast of farm-to-table Southern cuisine. Visit the less-traveled Townsend, on the peaceful side of the Smokies. A lifetime of adventure is here in the Smokies.

Experience the Smoky Mountains

Centered around the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area welcomes you with a rich arts and crafts tradition, family-friendly small towns and musical shows, fantastic views and recreation in the great outdoors.

Smoky Mountains Feb 6 - 15 Spring Fishing Classic Kodak, TN The Spring Fishing Classic is a 10 day event with latest new gear and the industry's biggest pros!! learn more Smoky Mountains Feb 18 - 22 Saddle Up Pigeon Forge, TN Cowboy enthusiasts from across the nation gather in Pigeon Forge each February for one of the most fun Western-themed events you’ll find anywhere, Saddle Up. This multi-day event put on by the City of Pigeon Forge includes cowboy music concerts, storytelling, a chuck wagon cook-off, a western dance and even Cowboy Church! learn more Smoky Mountains Feb 19 - 22 Smoky Mountain Snowdown: Winter Heritage Festival Townsend, TN The Festival is a celebration of the human history, natural beauty, and cultural traditions of Townsend, Cades Cove, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event involves many community groups and businesses and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is free, except for lunches and suppers, where there are reservations required, with charges for meals or material fees. Music and photography workshops require pre-registration. The 2015 portion of the event hosted at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is sponsored by CBBC. learn more Smoky Mountains Feb 21 Townsend Artisan Guild Annual Photography Workshop Townsend, TN We will spend our time translating the craft of "proper" focus and use of light to create photographic art. The focus will be changing snapshots into great shots and capturing the color and details of the macro world around us. Presentations will lay the groundwork and Guild photographers will assist participants as they apply the principles and practice the techniques. More information: learn more Smoky Mountains Feb 28 Rose Glen Literary Festival Sevierville, TN Rose Glen Literary Festival learn more

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