Where to Find the Best Smoky Mountain Waterfall Views

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Nothing makes a hike more rewarding than stumbling upon a gorgeous waterfall, and many of the most popular hikes in the Smokies include a waterfall somewhere along the trail! Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful all year long, whether they are frozen in the winter or cascading down the rocks in the spring. At Visit My Smokies, we want to make sure you have the chance to see at least one waterfall during your vacation! We’ve put together a list of where you can find the best Smoky Mountain waterfall views: Continue reading

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Why Mules Are the Unsung Heroes of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Maintaining all of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is no simple task. Spanning more than 800 miles, the park’s trails weave through a variety of environments, including steep slopes and challenging terrain. Doing maintenance and repair work in the Smokies is further complicated by the fact that motorized vehicles are prohibited in the backcountry. So, how do the Trails Forever crews bring their heavy equipment up to the higher elevations of the mountains? Continue reading

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A Smoky Mountain Love Story: Rehabilitated Bald Eagles Find Each Other in the Wild

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Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are an incredibly romantic destination….and not just for humans! A very special couple recently returned to the Smokies to raise a family: a pair of bald eagles known as “Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher II.” Both eagles were rehabilitated by the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge and released into the wild five years apart. Continue reading

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Your Guide to the Best Ice Cream Shops in the Smoky Mountains

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We all scream for ice cream — especially on a beautiful day when the sun is shining in the Smokies! Luckily, the Smoky Mountains are home to a variety of ice cream shops that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. To help you decide where to find your favorite frozen treat, we’ve put together a guide to the best ice cream shops in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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The Incredible True Story of Wiley Oakley: The Roamin’ Man of the Mountains

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If you’ve visited Gatlinburg, TN, the name “Wiley Oakley” may ring a bell. Perhaps you stayed in a cabin rental located off of Wiley Oakley Drive? Or maybe you spotted the plaque dedicated to Oakley at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center? Continue reading

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

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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

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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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