Where is Pittman Center TN?

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While Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the most famous towns in the Smoky Mountains, there are a number of other East Tennessee communities that are definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway, we suggest spending some time in Pittman Center TN. Continue reading

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“Missing Link” Along Foothills Parkway to Be Completed After Decades-Long Wait

Beautiful sunrise in the Smoky Mountains viewed from the Foothills Parkway.

A 50-year-long construction project on the Foothills Parkway is finally nearing completion! Located on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, the Foothills Parkway provides some of the most breathtaking views in the nation. Unfortunately, the Parkway has always been missing a crucial 1.5-mile section. Known as the “missing link”, this piece of the Foothills Parkway has proven infuriatingly difficult to bridge and has resulted in 16 miles of the Parkway remaining unfinished. Continue reading

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

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

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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

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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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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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Man Hikes 900 Miles and Breaks Smoky Mountain Hiking Record

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Now Open for Spring

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The spring weather has made its way to the Smoky Mountains. With the warm weather pushing its way into the area, and flowers are starting to bloom and visitors are getting excited about spending more time outdoors! If you’re one of those visitors who can’t wait to spend time in the national park, you’ll be happy to know that officials have finally announced the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Spring Opening Schedule. Continue reading

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The Best April Fools’ Day Posts About the Smoky Mountains

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April Fools’ Day may be over, but we’re still laughing at at some of these funny (but seemingly true) posts that are being shared! Here’s a few of the best posts we’ve seen about the Smoky Mountain area: Continue reading

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No Foolin’ Around, We’re Giving Away a Free Smoky Mountain Vacation

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We know how much you love the Smoky Mountains and we want to thank you for all of your love and support for our area. Over 1 million people have enjoyed our April Fool’s stories in the past but, this year, we want to give back with no foolin’ around. Continue reading

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