Historic Ogle Cabin Finds New Home at Gatlinburg Welcome Center

Light shining through a window at the historic Ogle Cabin.

Pop Quiz: How do you move a 200 year old cabin? The Answer: Very carefully!

This month, one of the most important historic buildings in Gatlinburg found a new home. As reported in the Sevier News Messenger, the famous Ogle Cabin said goodbye to its former location next to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and settled into its new digs at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. The move was prompted by the development of Anakeesta Village, a brand new retail space in downtown Gatlinburg. Visit My Smokies has all the details on the cabin’s history, the big move, and what you can expect at Anakeesta Village. Continue reading

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7 Hidden Gems in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains

Forney Ridge Trail is one of the hidden gems in Gatlinburg TN.

The Smoky Mountain area is home to some of the most popular things to see and do in the Southeast. Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Cades Cove, and Clingmans Dome frequently top the list of things to do in the region, and deservedly so. However, the Smokies also offer a number of lesser known attractions that can be just as much fun as the big name destinations. We’ve put together a list of seven hidden gems in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains that you’ll definitely want to check out on your next vacation. If you’re already familiar with some of these places, you can consider yourself a Smoky Mountain insider! Continue reading

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What Makes the Smoky Mountains Smoky?

Sunrise photo showing what makes the Smoky Mountain smoky.

Anyone who has visited the Great Smoky Mountains can confirm that the Smokies certainly live up to their name! The mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina are blanketed with a smoky haze that gives the region an almost magical quality. Indeed, the Cherokee considered the mountains to be a sacred place and referred to the area as “Shaconage” (Sha-Kon-O-Hey): land of the blue smoke. When European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, they took inspiration from the Cherokee language when they named the Great Smoky Mountains and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.

Have you ever wondered what makes the Smoky Mountains smoky? Visit My Smokies did some research to bring you the answer. Continue reading

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4 Smoky Mountain Foods and Drinks to Serve at Your Next Party

Delicious Smoky Mountain foods on serving plates.

One of the best parts of vacationing in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains is all of the delicious food in the area. Fortunately, it’s not hard to take a lot of that tasty food back home with you! If you’re hosting a party or attending one, you can impress your friends with some authentic treats from the Smokies. Here are a few of our favorite Smoky Mountain foods and drinks that are guaranteed to be a big hit at your next get-together. Continue reading

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Are You a Traveler or a Tourist When You Visit the Smoky Mountains?

Traveler or Tourist - which one are you

When you’re on vacation to the Smoky Mountains, you can be a traveler, a tourist – or both! Being a tourist or a traveler isn’t about traveling more often or spending more money, it’s about your personality while you’re traveling to the area. Which are you carrying – a selfie stick or a camera? Are you following the most popular trails in the national park or taking a hike off the beaten path? Are you staying in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains when you visit to get the true experience of the mountains? Continue reading

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8 Reasons You Know You Belong in the Smoky Mountains

8 Reasons You Know You Belong in the Smoky Mountains

Do you love everything about the Smoky Mountains? Do you daydream about spending more time in the mountains and less time at home? If that sounds like you, maybe these will, too. Here’s 8 reasons you know you belong in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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3 Animals in the Smoky Mountains That We Almost Lost Forever

A large bull elk, one of the animals in the Smoky Mountains that we almsot lost forever.

As any visitor to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can tell you, the Smokies are home to some of the most spectacular wildlife in North America! The park boasts 65 species of mammals, 67 varieties of fish, 80 types of reptiles and amphibians, and over 200 species of birds. People come from all over the country to catch a glimpse of these magnificent animals. Continue reading

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City of Pigeon Forge Named One of the Best Places to Retire in the U.S.

Scenic photo of the mountains and the city of Pigeon Forge.

Everyone knows that Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. Increasingly, many of those vacationers are deciding that they don’t want to leave! An article in the May/June issue of Where to Retire magazine names the city of Pigeon Forge one of the nation’s best places to retire. Read on to find out why Pigeon Forge is such an attractive location for starting the next chapter of your life. Continue reading

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Big Changes for 2016: 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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Active Volcano Discovered Under the Great Smoky Mountains

Photo of an erupting volcano embedded in a scenic photo of the Great Smoky Mountains.

A year-long geologic study conducted by the National Park Service has determined that there is an active volcano in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The NPS released its findings in a press release this morning. We have summarized the report below. Continue reading

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