The National Park Service Almost Turned Cades Cove into a Lake

A group of horses grazing in Cades Cove.

Frequented by over 2 million people each year, Cades Cove is the most visited section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With its picturesque fields, well-preserved historic buildings, and abundant wildlife, this breathtaking valley is a truly magical place. Back in the 1930s, however, Cades Cove’s potential as a major tourist destination went largely unrecognized. Believe it or not, there were serious plans to convert the cove into a lake! Continue reading

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Best Hiking Trails Of The Great Smoky Mountains

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Hiking remains one of the most popular activities that visitors enjoy in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over 850 miles worth of trails there is a lot to explore! From mountain vista, historical structures, and beautiful waterfalls here is a look at some of the most popular trails in the park. Continue reading

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8 Fun Facts About Dolly Parton You Probably Don’t Know

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She’s captured all of our hearts and filled our ears with her amazing country music — but how much do you know about our Smoky Mountain hometown hero? Visit My Smokies has dug deep to find some fun facts about Dolly Parton that only the most dedicated fan would know! Check out these 8 interesting facts about the country music legend that you might not know: Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Named the Prettiest Town in Tennessee

Stunning view of Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains.

We’re excited to report that one of our favorite Smoky Mountain cities has received a major honor! Architectural Digest recently compiled a guide to “The Prettiest Town in Every U.S. State,” and Gatlinburg was chosen to represent Tennessee. The Volunteer State is absolutely overflowing with beautiful buildings and breathtaking scenery, so Gatlinburg’s win is no small feat. Continue reading

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Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge Adds New Artifact: Surveillance Van

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be on a police stakeout, now is the time to find out! The Alcatraz East Crime Museum has a new addition: a surveillance van. The van was previously used by the Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. Visit My Smokies has the inside scoop on the new surveillance van and what you can expect when you visit the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge: Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Event Celebrates Songwriting in the Smokies

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Open to the public, the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival will run August 13 – 22, 2018. This ten-day Gatlinburg event showcases the talent behind some of the biggest musicians in the world.  Continue reading

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Where to Find the Best Smoky Mountain Waterfall Views

Ramsey Cascades

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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New in Pigeon Forge: Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud – Now Open

Lumberjack Feud attraction in Pigeon Forge

Update: This show is NOW OPEN! Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge officially opens for the first show at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

A classic Pigeon Forge show is making a triumphant return to the Smoky Mountains! This spring, the Lumberjack Feud will reopen with a new venue, new entertainment, and a new celebrity patron. Famous Southern chef Paula Deen will executive produce the show, adding another business to her growing number of ventures in the area. To help you prepare for your next vacation, we have put together a guide to everything we know about Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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6 Reasons to Stay in a Sevierville Cabin on Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

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Whether you’re planning a quiet retreat or an action-packed vacation, we know the perfect place for you to stay in the Smoky Mountains: a Sevierville cabin. Not only will you be in the heart of the Smoky Mountains and in the hometown of music legend Dolly Parton, but you’ll have everything you need for an amazing vacation right inside your cabin. Find out the top 6 reasons you should stay in a Sevierville cabin: Continue reading

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Yee-Haw Brewing Company Opens Taproom in Pigeon Forge

The Ole Smoky Barn at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

We’re excited to report that one of Tennessee’s most popular breweries has launched a new location in the Smokies! At the end of June, Yee-Haw Brewing Company officially opened its taproom at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Visitors to the taproom will have the chance to enjoy a pint or a flight of the brewery’s signature beers and to pick up some awesome Yee-Haw merchandise. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a handy guide to everything you need to know about the Yee-Haw taproom in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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