All the Details You Need: 2017 Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies Event in the Smoky Mountains

Elkmont fireflies shining in the Great Smoky Mountains

Fireflies, or lightning bugs, can be found all over the eastern parts of North America, but the Great Smoky Mountains is one destination that attracts thousands of visitors year after year to see the Elkmont fireflies. But why? Continue reading

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Dolly Parton Returning Home For Annual Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge

You know the lyrics to all of Dolly Parton’s songs

Spring has sprung in the Smoky Mountains, and you know what that means? It’s time for the 32nd Annual Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge. The best part? You and your family are invited to join us in the celebration – for free! Continue reading

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Now Open! New Pigeon Forge Dinner Show – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventure

New Show Coming Soon

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner show has opened! It officially opened on April 21, 2017. The new show is all about Dolly Parton’s family and you’re going to love it! Keep reading for details!  Continue reading

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Country Star Rodney Atkins to Headline Free Concert in Gatlinburg

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One of country music’s biggest stars is coming to the Smokies this spring! Singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins will perform in Gatlinburg, TN on April 28, 2017. This special concert is completely free and both locals and visitors are invited to attend. Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about this eagerly anticipated concert in Gatlinburg. Continue reading

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Pigeon Forge’s Smoky Mountain Cat House Profiled on TV

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One of Pigeon Forge’s quirkiest shops has made its TV debut! The Smoky Mountain Cat House was profiled on WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, TN. This popular destination offers a seemingly endless variety of unique cat memorabilia, with everything from cat clocks to cat jewelry. If you have a feline friend back home, you definitely don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind store. You can watch the segment profiling the Smoky Mountain Cat House below: Continue reading

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9 Things You Will Only Find When You Visit the Smoky Mountain Area

The Smoky Mountains looking blue in a scenic photo.

We know how much you love the Smoky Mountains, but do you know there’s a few things in and around the Smoky Mountains that you can’t find anywhere else? Here’s a few things that make the Smoky Mountain area so special: Continue reading

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Smoky Mountain Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains – Here’s How

A scenic hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most relaxing ways to spend time in the area. Whether you’re hiking for exercise or you just want to get out and see the scenery throughout the park, hiking is a great way to spend a little time.

According to a Collective Evolution article, hiking actually changes our brains and we definitely agree! Here’s what they say: Continue reading

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Coming This Summer: Indoor Snow Tubing in Pigeon Forge

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A summer vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN is all about beating the heat with some family fun: white water rafting on the Pigeon River, riding the water slides at Dollywood’s Splash Country, and…snow tubing? In the coming months, visitors to the Smokies will be able to enjoy a little slice of winter during the dog days of summer.

Pigeon Forge Snow, the area’s most hotly anticipated new attraction, will offer year-round indoor snow tubing minutes away from the Parkway. Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything we know about indoor snow tubing in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Iconic Dolly Parton Statue Turns 30: Sevierville Celebrates with Special Exhibit

The Dolly Parton statue at the Sevier County Courthouse.

While Dolly Parton turned 71 in January, she will be having another “birthday” this spring! On May 3, 1987, the city of Sevierville, TN unveiled a bronze statue of the country legend in front of the Sevier County Courthouse. This year, the iconic Dolly Parton statue will turn 30 years old, and Sevierville is marking the occasion with a special exhibit that is free and open to the public. Visit My Smokies has all of the details on the new exhibit. Continue reading

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Hidden City Discovered Under Cades Cove & Other Secret Places in the Smoky Mountains

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After reading a recent article about a secret underground city discovered beneath Cades Cove, we started wondering what it would be like if there really were secret places in the Smokies. So, we’re sharing some of our favorite secret places in Cades Cove and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Make sure you see these on your next vacation!
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