4 Tips for the Perfect Smoky Mountains Camping Trip

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One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains up close is by going camping! Spend the night relaxing under the starry Smoky Mountain sky and enjoying everything the area has to offer. To help you plan your visit, we’ve made a list of 4 tips for the perfect Smoky Mountains camping trip. Continue reading

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All the Details You Need: 2019 Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies Event in the Smoky Mountains

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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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Massive Network of Moonshiner Tunnels Discovered Under the Smoky Mountains

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This morning, the National Park Service confirmed the existence of an elaborate network of moonshiner tunnels in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to a press release from park officials, the miles-long subterranean passageways, which are believed to have been used by bootleggers, were uncovered early last week. We have summarized the National Park Service’s official announcement below. Continue reading

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VRBO Names Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Top Spring Break Destination

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VRBO just named their top 10 most popular spring break destinations for families, and Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge made the top 5! Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge came in at spot 4 on the list, and it’s no surprise why. Families across the country are coming to these two cities to enjoy a fun and relaxing spring break in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve got all the details on VRBO’s list and why families love visiting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for spring break. Continue reading

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New Smoky Mountain Activity Coming This Spring: PINK Jeep Tours

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There’s a new adventure coming to the Smoky Mountains this spring! PINK Adventure Tours is bringing a signature excursion to the Smoky Mountains. Visitors will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding area. We’ve got all the details on the new Smoky Mountain activity. Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gets First Female Chief Ranger

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For the first time in its 85-year history, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have a female chief ranger! Lisa Hendy, a Tennessee native, steps into her role as chief ranger of the park in April. We have all the details on the new chief ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Continue reading

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Your Top 6 Favorite Activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Nothing beats exploring the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. When you visit, you can take a scenic drive, go for a hike, or take a tour of historic sites. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park surveyed more than 600 groups of visitors to see what their favorite things to do in the park are. We’ve made a list of the top 6 things to do in the Smoky Mountains National Park chosen by you! Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Breaks Record Number of Visitors (Again!)

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Another Record Breaking Number of Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2018!

According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s latest report, the park had more than 11.4 million visitors this year compared to 11,338,894 last year. Park officials attribute the increase to the new section of the Foothills Parkway that was completed in November. The Foothills Parkway welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors in November and December. 2018 is the fourth year in a row the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has seen a record number of visitors. Continue reading

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Top Places to Visit When You Spend a Day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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With more than 11 million visitors each year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country. When you visit the area, take a day to explore the park and admire the natural beauty of the Smokies! To help you plan your trip, we’ve come up with the top places to visit when you spend a day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue reading

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Ole Smoky Distillery Welcomed Record 4.1 Million Visitors in 2018

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In 2018, Ole Smoky Distilleries welcomed a record number of visitors! Each Ole Smoky distillery had between 900,000 and 2.2 million visitors. The numbers come as no surprise, because one of the most popular things to do for adults in the Smokies is try some of their famous moonshine! We’ve got all the details on each Ole Smoky distillery and why you should visit during your vacation. Continue reading

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