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 May 1 Annual Homecoming Dolly Parade Pigeon Forge, TN The Dolly Parade 2015 kicks off Pigeon Forge Springfest with Sevier County's favorite daughter, Dolly Parton, as its grand marshal leading the celebration May 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm. learn more Smoky Mountains May 1 - 5 Yellow Mustang Car Show Pigeon Forge, TN This is a celebration of Ford’s “Pony” car and is located at Christmas Place Inn on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN. You can register your yellow Mustang, get merchandise, find out about events and get more information at www.yellowmustangregistry.com learn more Smoky Mountains May 3 Yellow Mustang Registry Pigeon Forge, TN Annual gathering of Ford Mustang enthusiasts. Includes cruises and social gatherings for Pony lovers of all ages. learn more Smoky Mountains May 8 - 10 Lumberjack Feud DockDogs® Wild Card Challenge Pigeon Forge, TN High flying DockDogs will compete all weekend long in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in an open qualifier offering competitors a wildcard position in the DockDog® World Championships. Lumberjack Feud athletes will also be exhibiting lumberjack sporting events during the competition. learn more Smoky Mountains May 14 Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival Gatlinburg, TN Gatlinburg celebrates its Appalachian culinary past with the new Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Festival presented by Bush Brothers & Company. learn more

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