National Park Service Reveals Top 5 Most Popular Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

One of the most popular hikes in the Smoky Mountains.

2016 has been a big year for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! The GSMNP recently celebrated its 82nd birthday, and in August, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. To mark these festivities, WBIR in Knoxville asked the park what the top five most popular hikes in the Smoky Mountains are. Read on to see which trails made the list: Continue reading

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5 Reasons Dolly Parton Should Run for President

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As the election season kicks into high gear, Visit My Smokies would like to make a formal endorsement for the U.S. presidential race. While there are lots of strong candidates running this year, we think that there is one woman who could truly bring our country together: Dolly Rebecca Parton. Of course, we love the fact that Dolly is a native of our beloved Sevier County, Tennessee, but our endorsement is informed by much more than mere geographical bias. Here are five reasons a Parton presidency is exactly what America needs. Continue reading

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Time Magazine Features the Smoky Mountains to Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

Time Magazine Features the Smoky Mountains to Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

This year (2016), the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday! As part of the celebration, Time Magazine released a special edition of their magazine, “America’s National Parks: 100 Years of Preserving Our Land and Heritage,” and it features the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Continue reading

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3 Cherokee Legends from the Great Smoky Mountains

A character in one of the Cherokee legends from the Smoky Mountains.

Long before European settlers came to the Great Smoky Mountains in the late 1600s, the region was inhabited by the Cherokee people. Today, the influence of the Cherokee in the Smokies is still very strong. Even the name “Smoky Mountains” is derived from the Cherokee word “Shaconage” (Sha-Kon-O-Hey), which means “land of the blue smoke”. Continue reading

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A Record-Breaking Year: Pigeon Forge Vacations Are at an All Time High

The Old Mill on the Little Pigeon River, a popular site to visit on Pigeon Forge vacations.

If you love vacationing in Pigeon Forge, TN, you’re not alone! According to a recent report from Local 8 News in Knoxville, tourism in one of our favorite Smoky Mountain cities is at an all time high. More people are taking Pigeon Forge vacations than ever before, with amusement park revenue up by 16 % from last year, restaurant revenue up by 20%, and lodging revenue up by 24%. Continue reading

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What You Need to Know Before You Visit Parrot Mountain Pigeon Forge

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If you love the beauty of the wildlife in the Smoky Mountains, you’re going to love spending time at Parrot Mountain Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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How the National Park Service is Saving the Smoky Mountains from the Hemlock Wooly Adelgids

Hemlock forest in the Smoky Mountains

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the hemlock wooly adelgid insect in the Smoky Mountains. The insect was first detected in the national park in 2002, but it wasn’t until recently that it started causing problems for the national park. Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say they haven’t experienced this kind of ecological challenge since the loss of the chestnut trees at the turn of the 20th century. Continue reading

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Anakeesta Village in Gatlinburg Set to Open Spring 2017

Anakeesta Village in Gatlinburg Set to Open Spring 2017

The Anakeesta Village is Gatlinburg’s newest, family friendly attraction spot. The plan is for the area to have restaurants, attractions, retail shops and adventure activities with an authentic, mountain-style theme. Continue reading

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Stages West Pigeon Forge Reopening After Fire

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After nearly a year of rebuilding, Stages West Pigeon Forge has officially announced their plans to reopen for business! Continue reading

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When Henry Ford and Thomas Edison Went Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains

Black and white landscape photo taken while camping in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Henry Ford didn’t just revolutionize the automobile industry…he also revolutionized camping trips! A lover of nature, Ford and some of his famous friends took a series of high profile road trips between 1914 and 1924 to some of the nation’s most scenic areas. Along the way, Ford showed the world how fun it could be to pack up the car and head into the great outdoors. Visit My Smokies did a little research to bring you an account of the time Henry Ford and Thomas Edison went camping in the Great Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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