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3 Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know About the Smoky Mountain Area

Smoky Mountains covered in snow in the winterEven though the Great Smoky Mountains are absolutely breathtaking, the area is pretty interesting, too. We’ve put together a few fun facts that you may not know about the Smokies. If you have any interesting facts of your own, share them in the comments below. We may even feature your fun facts in a future post!

1. Dolly Parton

What would fun facts about the Smoky Mountains be, without a at least one Dolly Parton fact? You’ll find that Dolly is honored throughout the towns, but do you know Dolly even has a road named after her? A main road in Sevierville is called Dolly Parton Parkway and it will honor her for years and years to come. We think more roads should be named after Dolly, wouldn’t you agree?

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2. Smoky Mountains

Do you know the Smoky Mountains are within a 1-day drive of one-third of the United States. This could be one of the reasons our national park is the most visited national park in the United States. The next time you’re looking to take a Smoky Mountain getaway, you probably aren’t too far from us.

3. Ober Gatlinburg

The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is one of America’s largest cable cars. The cable car departs from downtown Gatlinburg and takes visitors on a two mile ride to the Ober Gatlinburg attraction. A round-trip ride on the Aerial Tramway costs $12.00 for adults and $9.50 for children ages 5-11. From the tram, you will experience beautiful views of the mountains. In the winter, you can see snowcapped mountains from the tram.

For more information about the area, take a look at our Smoky Mountains blog page. There, you can find all kinds of great fun facts about the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas.

Photo Credit: William Britten


  • Avatar for Greatsmokymtnlodge

    Very nice blog about the most 3 Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know About the Smoky Mountain Area. The area is pretty interesting. Very nice place to rome here. Must read this blog, it’s very interesting.

    January 6, 2014 at 1:30 am
    • Avatar for Emily Arnwine
      Emily Arnwine

      Thanks for reading! I appreciate the great comment, and I hope you’ll take a look at some of the other posts on the site! Keep checking back for more interesting facts!

      January 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm
  • Avatar for jason evans
    jason evans

    If I had a job in the smokeys I’d never miss a day of work. I’ve seen there from Mississippi 9 times once rite after hurricane Catrina we really need that I love the place. Thank the good lord for the super great smokey mountains . God bless.

    January 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm

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