Where To Stay In Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville

©When visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park there are several types of lodging to choose from. You can find everything from secluded cabins to hotels on the main strip through town. This makes the surrounding areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville the ideal vacation destinations. No matter what your style or needs, you’ll find what you’re looking for when it comes to accommodations. Continue reading

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Capturing Your Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Just married couple kissing with pink flower petalsWhile the Smoky Mountains offer a beautiful backdrop to your special day, finding a wedding photographer in the Smoky Mountains to capture all its nuances might seem daunting at first. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer for your  wedding in the Smoky Mountains.
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Campgrounds in the Great Smoky Mountains

Person camping in nature at sunsetThe Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offers visitors a wide range of outdoor activities with a backdrop of spectacular views. The Great Smoky National Park draws vacationing families from around the country. Camping is a popular activity in the area. Campers will find a range of amenities and campground options to suit their needs.

Gatlinburg Camping
Many people who come to Gatlinburg utilize the campgrounds that are directly in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The park offers a number of frontcountry sites that you can drive to, with picnic tables, fire grate, flush toilets and restrooms. No electrical hookups are available. Most accommodate RVs. For those who require a full range of amenities with their camping experience, the Adventure Bound Camping Resort in Gatlinburg offers a 500-foot waterslide, pool, kiddie pool, general store, fishing lake, basketball court, billiard room and wifi.

Pigeon Forge Camping
Pigeon Forge is a small mountain community five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Clabough Campground has 310 full hook-up sites with concrete patios and picnic tables on shaded lots. The campground has 2 swimming pools, 4 bathhouses, grocery store, laundry facilities, restaurant, game room and wifi. Riveredge RV Resort offers campers a swimming pool, hot tub, arcade, 5-star bathhouse and wifi. The resort also has cabins for reservation.

Sevierville Camping
Up the Creek RV Camp provides campers a smaller, more private setting with plenty of trees between sites and just five minutes from town. The babbling creek offers a good background for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. They also have a dog park and can accommodate large RVs. However, no restrooms or bathhouses are on the site. Ripplin’ Waters Campground and Cabin Rentals offers 156 sites with full hook-up, bathhouses, hot showers, swimming pool, laundry facilities, church services, camp store and playground. Fifty sites are on the Little Pigeon River. Fishing is also available with permit.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is nearby to each of these locations providing trails and streams for hiking, exploring and fishing in a natural environment.  Cades Cove also offers many trails for hiking, wildlife viewing, and taking a look back into the history of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Smoky Mountain Springfest 2013

View of downtown GatlinburgThe Smoky Mountain Springfest 2013 happens from March 12 until June 2, and this is definitely one of the best times of year to explore the wonders of the mountainous areas in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You will have so many choices of activities including those that involve nature, culture or sport. One of the true treasures of Gatlinburg is The Little Pigeon River that runs directly through the city. In fact, many fishermen go there so that they can use their fly-rods as they seek peace and relaxation on the banks and rocks of the river, which is especially charming in the spring. Others simply enjoy the atmostphere.

For those who are not inclined to fishing, many other attractions are available along the Riverwalk. A visitor can stay at one of the local hotels, shop, dine and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Gatlinburg has several museums and a sensational art scene. Many like to visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction, and others like to peruse the city’s three public parks which are Mynatt Park, Herbert Holt Park and Mills Park. Some tourists like to pack a lunch and enjoy casual strolls throughout the parks before and after lunch. However, others are serious hikers who devour the notoriously-excellent trails with gusto and enthusiasm.

One of the nicest features of the Smoky Mountain Spring Fest is the availability of transportation. Tourists may purchase All-Day Trolley Passes for $2. Family members can hop on the trolley, which uses ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, and they can explore the famous Arts and Crafts Loop. Visitors can also ride to other centers of fun in the city.

A special treat for those whose vacation corresponds to Easter is Gatlinburg’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service when residents and guests gather at Ober-Gatlinburg for a mountain-top worship service. Free tram service is included, and a breakfast feast is available at the Ober-Gatlinburg Restaurant.

If your trip to the Smoky Mountatin Springfest occurs from April 6, 2013 – April 7, 2013, you will be there for The 14th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. It is open to adults and children. The event has various and multiple categories, and it promises to be challenging and fun for all outdoor enthusiasts. This fishing extraganza is the largest trout tournament in all of the Smokey Mountain Range–and, it has great appeal for locals and tourists. It is a highlight of the Springfest!

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