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5 Famous People from Tennessee Vol.1

Tennessee is home to some truly amazing people. Actors, writers, inventors and more have come from the Volunteer State.  All of whom are worth our admiration. Here are just five of the best known Tennesseans: Johnny Knoxville, MTV’s “Jackass” star, was born Phillip John Clapp in Knoxville Tennessee.  Brave enough to try hundreds of stupid, […]

10 Cute Smoky Mountain Animals That Could Kill You (If They Felt Like it)

Now, we aren’t saying to stay away from the Smoky Mountains because there are tons of animals looking to kill you the minute you step foot in the park—that’s not the case. There are lots of animals in the Appalachian Mountains, and some of them can be dangerous if not treated with the proper respect—we […]

The Most Popular Wild 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 […]

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 12:01 a.m. This massive festival routinely attracts between 80,000 and 100,000 spectators.  A […]

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – How 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.  She was once dirt poor in the Smoky Mountains.  Now, she has the resources to give back to her […]

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: […]

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 […]

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. Even the smallest of plants is crucial to maintaining a balanced environment.  Mostly, human interaction with this […]

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.  She has remained true to her roots in her song lyrics, philanthropy, and overall personality.  So put on your rhinestone […]

Four Beautiful Faces of the Smoky Mountains

Whether you’re a spring, summer, fall or winter person, the Great Smoky Mountains offer year-round opportunities to tap into your own unique spirit of adventure.  Nature’s wonders abound and no matter when you decided to visit, you’re sure to have a great time. Catch Spring Fever (March – May) With temperatures ranging from chilly to […]

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