10 Signs It’s Time to Take a Summer Vacation to the Smoky Mountains

The Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains at sunset.

During the summer, there is no better place to spend your time than in the Smoky Mountains. From all the amazing things to do to the gorgeous weather, you’re guaranteed to have great vacation! If you’ve been searching for the perfect time to plan your trip, we can help! Here are 10 signs it’s time to take your summer vacation to the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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Chief Ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Retires

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During May 2018, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced a big change. Steve Kloster, the chief ranger of the park, retired after serving 35 great years in the National Park Service. At Visit My Smokies, we’re taking the time to share with you more about Kloster’s story and the legacy he is leaving behind. 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 84th birthday! Can you believe it? This year marks 84 years that our beloved Smoky Mountains have been an established national park! Continue reading

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6 Shocking Secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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It’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country! And it’s no surprise why either. With more than 850 miles of hiking trails, 2,900 miles of streams and a wide variety of wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Even though the park is so well known, it still has some secrets hidden away that not many people know. Check out these shocking secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Continue reading

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4 Smoky Mountain Black Bear Safety Tips You Need to Know

Black bears are the signature Smoky Mountain wildlife.

Seeing wildlife is one of the best parts about visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of the many reasons so many people choose to vacation in the mountains. About 1,600 black bears call the Smoky Mountains home! Spotting a black bear during your visit to the National Park is exciting, so we want to make sure you know the best ways to keep both you and the bears safe. Here are the most important Smoky Mountain black bear safety tips you need to know: Continue reading

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8 of the Best Smoky Mountain Trails to Hike in the Summer

Abrams Falls in the Smoky Mountains.

Gorgeous wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, wildlife — you’ll have the opportunity to see all of these things and more when you go hiking in the Smoky Mountains during the summer. Summer is one of the most popular times to explore the Smoky Mountains! You’ll have more than 850 miles of trails to explore, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to difficult. To help you decide where you want to hike, we’ve come up with the 8 best Smoky Mountain trails to hike in the summer: Continue reading

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20 Best Places for a Proposal in the Smoky Mountains

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You’ve found a gorgeous ring, planned a heartfelt speech and now all you have left is to find the perfect location before you get down on one knee. A wedding proposal is one of the most special moments in a couple’s life, which is why it needs to happen in a special place. The Smoky Mountains are home to many romantic spots that provide the right opportunity to pop the question. Check out the 20 best places for a proposal in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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Man with Autism Hikes All 900 Miles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to 900 miles of beautiful trails, and Garan Moore has hiked all of them! On April 21, 2018, Garan became the first person with autism to accomplish this incredible feat. Local news station WBIR caught up with Garan and his mother, Theresa, to learn about their amazing story. You can see the full interview with the Moores below: Continue reading

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Long-Time Manager of LeConte Lodge Retires This Spring

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Everyone who is familiar with the Smoky Mountains has heard of Mount LeConte, which at 6,593 feet is the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located near the summit at 6,360 feet is LeConte Lodge, where visitors can relax and see stunning mountain views. What originated as a simple log structure in 1926 has become a place that 15,000 day hikers visit each year. This spring, the long-time manager of the lodge retires. Continue reading

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All the Details You Need: 2018 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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