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

Elkmont fireflies shining in the Great Smoky Mountains

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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Top 5 Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails with Waterfalls for Families to Enjoy

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With more than 850 miles of hiking trails to explore, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to go to discover the natural beauty of the mountains with your family by your side. There are so many incredible sights to see when you go hiking, but nothing beats the picture-perfect view of a waterfall cascading over the rocks. The National Park has a number of trails with waterfalls that are easy to hike so the kids don’t have to miss out on the fun. Here are the top 5 Smoky Mountain hiking trails with waterfalls for families to enjoy: Continue reading

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Massive Sinkhole Growing in the Smoky Mountains to Become “Second Grand Canyon”

A photo of a sinkhole in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This morning, the National Park Service confirmed the existence of a growing sinkhole in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to a press release from park officials, the sinkhole is not dangerous but it will eventually rival the Grand Canyon in size. We have summarized the National Park Service’s official announcement below. Continue reading

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Travel Back in Time With a Visit to These Historical Places in the Smoky Mountains

The Walker Sisters cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love visiting the Smoky Mountains! There are numerous historical landmarks scattered throughout the Smokies for you to explore. To help you plan your trip, we’ve made a list of the top 7 historical places in the Smoky Mountains for you to visit while you’re here: Continue reading

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Visit My Smokies Launches New Smoky Mountain Podcast

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We are excited to announce that Visit My Smokies now has our very own podcast! Our Smoky Mountain podcast is your ticket to the latest and greatest information about the area. Not only does our podcast make it easy for you to stay up to date with what’s going on in the Smoky Mountains, but you will also get insider tips on all the best things to do when you visit! Continue reading

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