Couple Takes Epic Year-Long Road Trip to All 59 National Parks

Beautiful winding road in the Smoky Mountains.

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. National Park Service, and one American couple decided to celebrate the occasion in a big way. Stephanie Payne and Jonathan Irish set out to visit all 59 national parks in 52 weeks! From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, Payne and Irish crisscrossed the country in an SUV and Airstream trailer, stopping at a new park each week (and sometimes, multiple parks per week). Continue reading

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Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund: Adventures in the Smoky Mountains (With Videos!)

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Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund visited the Smoky Mountains this summer! We had a great time with Crusoe while he was here! In case you missed any of the videos from Crusoe spending time in the Smoky Mountain area, take a look at all of his adventures with his brother Oakley in the videos below. Continue reading

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Top 5 Things You’ll Love About Going to a Tennessee Smokies Baseball Game

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Spending an evening at the ballpark is a classic summer vacation activity! Sevier County is lucky enough to have its very own Minor League Baseball team: the Tennessee Smokies. As a Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Smokies are a training ground for future Major League talent. Continue reading

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Your Guide to Viewing the Birds of the Smoky Mountains

Pileated Woodpecker in the Smoky Mountains.

The Great Smoky Mountains are a paradise for bird watchers! Around 240 species of birds have been spotted within the borders of the national park. The Smokies have such a diverse collection of feathered residents because the park features so many different elevations and habitats. With chilly mountain peaks and more temperate lowlands, the Smoky Mountain area can accommodate a wide variety of avian species. Continue reading

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8 Amazing Junior Ranger Programs in the Smoky Mountains This Summer

Boys dressed like Junior Rangers in the forest.

Young visitors to the Smoky Mountains will have the chance to join the ranks of the National Park Service this summer! From June through August, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts a number of awesome Junior Ranger programs that are completely free to attend. These special events are designed to be fun, educational, and totally kid-friendly. Continue reading

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5 Reasons You’ll Love Staying at Pittman Center Cabins

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If you’re looking for a scenic retreat in the Smoky Mountains, renting one of the cabins in Pittman Center, TN is a great choice. This lovely small town east of Gatlinburg is the perfect place to unwind. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together five reasons you will love staying at Pittman Center cabins. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Happy Birthday to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating its 83rd birthday! Can you believe it? This year marks 83 years that our beloved Smoky Mountains have been an established national park! Continue reading

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The History of Smoky Mountain Moonshine

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Moonshine is an iconic part of life in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. When you visit the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you will find numerous distilleries where you can sample and purchase authentic “white lightning”’. Although making moonshine is big business today, up until the last decade or so, the practice was illegal. Visit My Smokies did a little research to bring you the fascinating history of Smoky Mountain moonshine. Continue reading

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Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is Visiting the Smoky Mountains

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He’s the author author of a New York Times bestselling book, an award-winning pet blogger, wiener dog extraordinaire and an all-around adorable pup. Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is visiting the Smoky Mountains! With over 2.2 million followers online and over 1.1 billion total video views on his Facebook page alone, Crusoe has become quite the celebrity dog. He’s made appearances on Ellen DeGeneres, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, GoPro, Mashable and more. Continue reading

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Rainbow Falls Trail is Getting a Makeover with Two-Year Rehabilitation Project

The Rainbow Falls Trail in the Smoky Mountains.

The Rainbow Falls Trail is getting a makeover! This hugely popular trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently undergoing a major rehabilitation project that will last two years. Located near the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, the Rainbow Falls Trail leads to a gorgeous 80-foot high waterfall and to Mount LeConte, the third highest peak in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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