Fortunately, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open all year, but for those who plan to visit in winter, you might need to keep a few things in mind, whether you're planning to hit the hiking trails, camp or just do some general sightseeing.
Sometimes you just don't feel like making multiple choices. If you're planning a night out on the town during your Smokies vacation, you may not feel like wading through all the local dining options (especially if you have picky eaters in your group), and also finding a show that everyone wants to see. Several area theaters make things simple for you by offering shows with dinner as part of the evening's entertainment.
Those looking for a Knoxville golf course near the Great Smoky Mountains might consider Willow Creek Golf Club, located in West Knox County. The club's 18-hole championship course is open to the public and features Bermuda tees, fairways and roughs with bent grass greens. Measuring 6,959 yards from the longest tees, the course is a par-72, with a course rating of 73.5 and a slope rating of 124. Designed by Bill Oliphant and opened in 1988, the course also provides golf lessons and clinics, a full-service bar and grill, and a pro shop offering everything from merchandise to club repair.
As we head into the final week leading up to Halloween, we thought we'd pass along some ideas for celebrating the holidays in the Smokies and making sure that you have a spook-tacular time during your visit.
Area visitors have a unique chance to experience an event that showcases the culture and heritage of Appalachia. Robert Tino's annual Smoky Mountain Homecoming event runs Friday through Sunday, on the first weekend of October. Guests are given a chance to see, hear, and taste some of the things that give this region of the country its own special character.
Have you heard about Pigeon Forge's Egyptian attraction? Located at the Lumberjack Square development, it's called TOMB, a pyramid-themed adventure that lets families and groups team up to battle the curse of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. The storyline has visitors getting “trapped” in the relics of an archaeological site, and mummies, daddies and kids must work together to overcome a series of ingenious challenges designed to thwart their escape. The interactive experience is designed to last about 45 minutes and along the way features dazzling special effects and excitement for all ages.
If you plan to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer, there's one name you may want to keep an eye out for. It won't be hard to find, because you'll see it pop up almost everywhere you go in town. The name? Ripley. As in Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, one of the most popular aquariums in the country.
If you've ever been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park before, chances are you've visited, or at least heard of, Cades Cove, a preserved 19th century community that thrived in the mountains prior to the formation of the national park. Today, an 11-mile loop road takes visitors through this idyllic, storybook landscape, which is filled with mountain views, serene valleys, hiking trails and historic structures. Indeed, there's something for everyone.
It's finally getting warm enough to really take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities of springtime. One of the popular activities around East Tennessee is enjoying the region's network of TVA lakes and waterways. If you're in Sevier County on vacation, the most convenient site is Douglas Lake, which is accessible just a few miles off of Tenn. Hwy. 66 between Interstate 40 and downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.
Have you always dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl? Are you living the western life, but need a range to call your own? Giving closet wranglers and hardcore buckaroos a place to embrace the Wild West is what the annual Saddle Up! event in Pigeon Forge is all about. Mid February, marks the timing of Saddle Up! - which means the coordinators of the festival have some special guests lined up.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, first made its way onto the map as a tourist destination thanks to its proximity to the mountains. In fact, the south end of town leads directly into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also became well known decades ago for being a wellspring of authentic arts and crafts, featuring works that were hand-made by local artisans.
Let's take a closer look together at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which lies just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The town's proximity to the National Park rightfully helped to earn its early reputation as a source of outdoor recreation opportunities and authentic arts and crafts. Gatlinburg was the first tourism destination here, beginning in the 1930's and 40's.
Every town in the Smokies has its own unique offerings that make it worthwhile to visit. Let's take a closer look at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which lies halfway between Sevierville and Gatlinburg when traveling toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It's one of the most visited sites in the nation's most visited national park. Cades Cove embodies all the best that Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer for beauty and historical value. A journey down the 11-mile, one-way road that loops its way around the cove should be added to the top of your list of things to do when visiting the Smokies.
Some people call it “Fireworks In The Smokies!” or “Leaves are Changing!” Others call it, “Look at All The Cars!” Whatever you call it, people flock to The Great Smoky Mountains by the thousands the for great beauty of fall leaves in The Great Smoky Mountains: breathtaking indeed.