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Take a Look Back at 2014: A Smoky Mountain Year in Review

2014 has been an amazing year in the Smoky Mountain area and we are so excited to see all of the exciting things that 2015 has in store! We’re put together a few of our favorite moments in 2015 and we are excited to share them with you. So, take a look at a few of our most popular moments in our Smoky Mountain year in review countdown:

10. Roads Closed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In the final week of January 2014, the winter weather definitely made its way to the Smoky Mountains, causing various road closures throughout the season. As most winters, theTree in the mountains covered in frosted snow upper elevations of the mountains were completely frozen, but the views were stunning from all areas of the Smokies. Many guests who were staying in the area during the couple days of snow were really excited to spend some time bundled up in a Smoky Mountain cabin.

9. Have You Seen It? Frogs Take Over Cades Cove!

Frogs–hundreds of frogs! In late February in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the weather had made some big changes. It was icy and snowy one week and the next week was filled with sunshine and frogs! For many, this was recognized as the first sign of spring in the Smoky Mountains. To see the video of the singing frogs, click the link above.

View of the sun shining in Gatlinburg TN8. Coming Soon: Smoky Mountain Subway

On April 1, 2014, Visit My Smokies announced the newest plans to remove the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg trolley systems and have them replaced with a public transportation subway system.


7. 6 Dollywood Splash Country Coupons and Discounts You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

What’s better than spending time at Dollywood’s Splash Country? Saving money while you visit, of course! Visit My Smokies released 6 easy ways to save money on Dollywood Splash Country tickets, parking and more! With these hassle-free discounts, you can save money and still have all of the fun of Dollywood’s Splash Country!

6. Top 5 Secrets for Saving Money at DollywoodDollywood sign

Saving money is a big deal when you take a vacation, so this definitely had to make it into our Smoky Mountain year in review! The discounts add up and can turn out to save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a vacation. In this post, we gave you 5 secret tips for saving money at the Dollywood attraction in Pigeon Forge. These tips are stress-free and hassle-free, so you won’t even have to worry about

To save more money on various attractions and restaurants in the area, check out our Smoky Mountain coupons and discounts page!

5. 8 Shocking Secrets of Cades Cove You Won’t Believe

Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most popular places to visit in the national park. Since you’ve probably visited numerous times, take a look at the 8 shocking secrets you won’t believe! You’ll probably be surprised!

4. Corn on the cob and cornbread meal at Paula Deen restuarant in Pigeon ForgePaula Deen is Coming to Pigeon Forge!

Paula Deen coming to the area was pretty big Smoky Mountain news in 2014. Even though we’re still awaiting the opening of Paula Deen’s restaurant in Pigeon Forge, we know it’s going to be amazing when it opens! All the details can be found inside the blog at the link above.

3. 5 Attractions You’ll Never See Again in the Smoky Mountains

One of the most popular articles in 2014, Visit My Smokies announced 5 attractions you’ll never see again in the Smoky Mountains. If you’re a regular visitor to the Smokies, you won’t want to miss this one!

2. Local Pigeon Forge Amusement Park Closes Its DoorsRed closed sign hanging on a glass door

At the beginning of the year, we let everyone know about a popular Pigeon Forge amusement park closing its doors. This quickly became popular, but thankfully, the park was only closing for the season! Click above to find out which amusement park was ‘closing its doors’ in 2014!


1. Heavy Floods Wash Through the Great Smoky Mountains

Flooded road in the Great Smoky MountainsThe start of 2014 meant heavy rains and flooding for the Smoky Mountains. While it only lasted a short period of time, and all of the water cleared out quickly, it was definitely a big piece of Smoky Mountain news for the year! Check out a video of the flooding by clicking on the link above.

To see more of the great things happening that didn’t make it into our Smoky Mountain year in review, take a look at the Smoky Mountain information blog on Visit My Smokies’ website.