2018 Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage and Forecast

Fall colors in Cades Cove.

Fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most beautiful times of the year. This is when the air begins to cool off a little and visitors from all across the country come to witness the Smoky Mountains fall foliage transform from deep greens to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. Continue reading

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Blake Shelton to Bring Ole Red Restaurant to Gatlinburg

Blake Shelton Ole Red Gatlinburg

Exciting news, Blake Shelton fans! Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant and entertainment venue is coming to Gatlinburg! On Sept. 18, Shelton visited Gatlinburg to tour the site of Ole Red Gatlinburg and talk about his plans for the new entertainment complex. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Shelton’s visit and Ole Red Gatlinburg: Continue reading

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Bear-Proof Trash Cans Are Coming to the Gatlinburg Parkway

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From being on top of attractions to visiting restaurants, it’s no secret that more and more black bears have been seen around Gatlinburg! To protect the safety of both the bears and the people, the City of Gatlinburg is introducing bear-proof trash cans to the Gatlinburg Parkway. Visit My Smokies has all the details on the new “smart” trash cans and the recently spotted black bears in Gatlinburg. Continue reading

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Top 4 Reasons You Have to Visit Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge

Two kids enjoying Zorb Smoky Mountains at the Outdoor Gravity Park Pigeon Forge.

If you’re looking for something different to do next time you’re in the Smoky Mountains, you have to try zorbing at Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge! Picture yourself slipping and sliding down a hill in a giant plastic ball for an exciting adventure that you won’t forget. This attraction is one-of-a-kind and will provide the experience of a lifetime for people of all ages! Here are the top 4 reasons you have to visit Outdoor Gravity Park: Continue reading

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Bald Eagle Released in Smoky Mountains to Honor Fallen U.S. Marine

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As summer draws to a close, we wanted to revisit one of the most moving events that took place in the Smoky Mountains this season. On July 26, 2018, the American Eagle Foundation released a juvenile bald eagle on Douglas Lake to honor Lance Corporal Jason Redifer, who was killed in action while serving in Iraq in 2005. Jason’s parents named the eagle “My Brother’s Keeper” and attended the release ceremony with a group of local veterans. Read on to learn how this fitting tribute to a fallen hero came to be. Continue reading

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Your Guide to the Perfect Day Trip in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

Breathtaking fall foliage near Gatlinburg.

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Smoky Mountains to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous fall foliage. Oranges, yellows, and reds are scattered across the mountains, providing picture-perfect scenery paired with beautiful weather. We want you to make the most of your time in the Smokies during this popular season, so we’ve put together some of the best places to visit on a day trip! Here is your guide to the perfect day trip to the Smoky Mountains in the fall: Continue reading

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2018 Great Pumpkin LumiNights Doubles in Size: All the Details

Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood

Experience pumpkin displays, unique treats, incredible live entertainment and more glow than ever before at the 2018 Great Pumpkin LumiNights! Each year, Dollywood holds its Harvest Festival, the biggest fall event in the Smoky Mountains. This fall, you will definitely want to make sure to carve out some time to visit Dollywood — because the Great Pumpkin LumiNights has doubled in size! Visit My Smokies has all the details about this big event. Continue reading

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8 of the Newest Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

The lobby of Ripley's Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg.

From restaurants, to shops, to attractions, the Smoky Mountains are constantly adding new ways for visitors to enjoy themselves. The past few months, countless ways to spend hours of fun have been introduced to the area. Visit My Smokies has put together a list of 8 of the newest things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for you to try when you visit. Continue reading

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John P. Cable Mill in Cades Cove Gets New Water Wheel

John P. Cable Mill in Cades Cove

The time has come for the John P. Cable Mill to get a new water wheel! This historic grist mill is a centerpiece for visitors to Cades Cove, and it is now getting a brand new water wheel built for it. Visit My Smokies has all the details about the construction of the new water wheel for the Cable Mill in Cades Cove. Continue reading

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Rhonda Vincent to Headline Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Smoky Mountains

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Some of the very best bluegrass performers in the world are coming to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains! This September, the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival will return to Kodak, TN for another year of amazing music, food, and fun. The Grammy Award-winning band Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will headline the three-day festival, which will include performances from 15 different bluegrass acts. To help you make the most of your next vacation in Sevier County, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. Continue reading

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