Dolly Gives Back

Dolly Parton is many things: singer, songwriter, actress, and theme park proprietress. But despite all these talents, perhaps her role as a philanthropist gives her the most joy. Dolly Parton never forgot where she came from—dirt poor in the Smoky Mountains—and now that she has the resources to give back to her hometown, she’s done […]

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4 Great Movies Set in the Smoky Mountains

No Hollywood soundstage can compare to the natural backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. The quaint communities and residents (extras!), rich with history themselves, only add to the scenery-as-storytelling motif. Update your queue with these four films that took advantage of the eastern Tennessee locale to create four very different movies. Movie: The Dollmaker Released: […]

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24 Hilarious Examples of Southern Words You Won’t Believe Are Used Every Day

Local dialect, euphemisms, and a pleasing, musical twang only add more flavors to the already rich culture of the Smoky Mountains. The folk expressions distinct to the Appalachian region of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina are much more than just pronunciations and colloquialisms; they contain a life and history of their own. The Dictionary […]

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10 Best Hikes in the Smokies

There is no question that the Great Smoky Mountains offer some of the most scenic views and beautiful landscapes in the United States. The best way to see these amazing surroundings during your visit is definitely on a hike—just you and the woods, with nothing to take away from the purity of the experience. There […]

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Endangered Species of the Smokies

Along with all the great reasons to visit the Great Smoky Mountains are just as many reasons to take care of the species that call them home. They play a role in a larger food chain and ecosystem, making even the smallest of plants crucial to maintaining a balanced environment. Since mostly human interaction with […]

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Best Places to Get Married in Gatlinburg

With the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains at every turn and every amenity in one homey hamlet, what better place to say “I Do” then in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? It is, after all, the wedding capital of the South! With options like these waiting to provide you the wedding location and memories of your dreams, […]

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Take a Walk in Dolly’s Stilettos

Whether a super fan or a road warrior, if you’re visiting Eastern Tennessee, you must take a historical journey along the lifeline of the most famous resident: Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton still considers Tennessee home and has remained true to her roots in her song lyrics, philanthropy, and overall personality. So put on your rhinestone […]

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