Best Ways to Get to Gatlinburg

The Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee draws tourists to Gatlinburg like a Toby Keith concert draws starry-eyed southern girls.  What’s great about the beautiful southern city is that it is easily accessible by less than a day’s drive for more than half of the country’s population.  On a good day, you can get there […]

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Guide to Fishing in the Smokies

One of the best reasons to visit the Smoky Mountains is the fishing—there are lots of great, big fish to catch and fry up for your family in your cozy Gatlinburg cabin! There are about 2,115 miles of streams in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, making up what is one of the last wild […]

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The Most Popular Game in the Smokies

For a jam-packed day or weekend of hunting, don’t overlook eastern Tennessee. With an abundance of native wildlife and acres of forests and mountains, no wonder hunting is one of the most popular activities in the Smoky Mountains. To get you started on the right path, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides various licenses catered […]

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Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade

What is more patriotic than being the first in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July? Not much! Each year, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the site of the first Fourth of July parade in the nation when they start the marching at 12:00 a.m. This massive festival routinely attracts between 80,000 and 100,000 spectators. As […]

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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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