Trillium Gap Trail to Undergo Two-Year Rehabilitation Project

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The Trillium Gap Trail is the next trail in the Great Smoky Mountains to get a makeover! The rehabilitation project will last 2 years and will affect the dates and hours the trail is open to the public. To help you plan your vacation, we’ve put together a guide to visiting the Trillium Gap Trail while it’s undergoing the rehabilitation project: Continue reading

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Your Guide to a Perfect Weekend Vacation in the Smoky Mountains This Winter

Visiting the snow covered Old Mill is one of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge in February.

Winter is a magical time in the Smokies! When you only have a weekend to spend here, there are so many things you can fit in your schedule. To help you plan your trip, we’ve put together a guide that lists the best places to eat, things to do, and places to stay! Read our guide and start planning the perfect weekend vacation in the Smoky Mountains this winter: Continue reading

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6 Signs You Should Spend Your Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

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Nothing beats visiting the Smoky Mountains during Christmas, and lucky for you Christmas lasts all December long here! Spending Christmas in the Smokies is just what you need to get in the holiday spirit and spread the holiday cheer. Here are 6 signs you should spend your Christmas in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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5 of the Most Popular Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains During Winter

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From snow-covered mountaintops to frozen waterfalls, the Smoky Mountains are a winter wonderland. If you don’t mind a little cold weather, you’ll love going for a hike and exploring the beauty of the Smokies during this season. To help you have the best hiking experience, we’ve made a list of 5 of the most popular hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains during winter. Continue reading

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Top 6 Places to See the Lights During Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

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Nothing compares to visiting the Smoky Mountains during the holiday season. Millions of twinkling lights illuminate the towns, creating stunning sights that everyone will enjoy. When you visit, there are plenty of ways to take in all of the light displays and get in the Christmas spirit. Here are 6 of the best places you can see the lights during Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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Rainbow Falls Trail Reopens After 2 Years of Work

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After 2 years of rehabilitation projects, the Rainbow Falls Trail is fully reopened to the public! A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 14 to thank the work crew, volunteers, park partners, and donors for their support in completing the project. We’ve got all the details on the Rainbow Falls Trail and its rehabilitation projects. Continue reading

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

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A 50-year-long construction project on the Foothills Parkway is finally completed! 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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1,000th New Species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Discovered

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The Smoky Mountains National Park recently announced a milestone achievement! In October, a unique species was found in the park. This marked the 1,000th unique species to be solely found in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve got all the details on the discovery of the new species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Continue reading

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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Smoky Mountain Winterfest 2018 [Plus Winterfest Kickoff Information]

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Winter is one of our favorite seasons! Why? It is the one time of year that combines two of our favorite things: Christmas and the Smoky Mountains! Continue reading

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Smoky Mountains Ranked Among Top 10 Affordable Travel Spots by Lonely Planet

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We’re excited to report that the Great Smoky Mountains are the recipient of a major honor. Lonely Planet, the popular travel guidebook publisher, recently released its list of Best Value destinations for 2019, and the Smokies made the grade! On their website, Lonely Planet touted the following ten travel spots as “places made for affordable adventures:” Continue reading

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