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    Where to see snow in Tennessee

    While snow is possible in the other parts of the state, your best bet is concentrated in a small area in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the far southeastern part of Tennessee. For most of the Volunteer State, because of the lower elevations and humid subtropical climate...
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    The best time to visit Gatlinburg?

    Gatlinburg is a great destination year-round. We're here every month throughout the year, so here are our recommendations! We love visiting Gatlinburg anytime, even during the winter. But if we could pick one time to visit Gatlinburg, it would be late spring. View of Gatlinburg from the...
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    Spruce Flat Falls

    SPRUCE FLAT FALLS: A SHORT (BUT CHALLENGING) SMOKY MOUNTAIN WATERFALL HIKE Looking for a quick new Smoky Mountains hike? We’re not expert hikers, but gave this just under 2-mile hike a try right after some heavy rains in May. Spruce Flat Falls is at the end of a short but challenging hike that...
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    The new Embassy Suites Gatlinburg review

    We stayed at the new Embassy Suites in Gatlinburg just a few weeks after it opened. Despite some minor issues, we loved the spacious suites, fantastic pool area, and complimentary perks like breakfast and evening reception. Overview Location Embassy Suites is located just off Historic...
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    A basic guide to Gatlinburg

    Gatlinburg is one of the most well-known towns in the Smoky Mountains. It's a town with plenty to do and some great scenery. Living nearby, we're here all the time throughtout the year. A view of Gatlinburg. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com Even out of the many countries we’ve visited...
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    A guide to Townsend

    The scenic valley town of Townsend, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been one of our favorite places to visit for years. Living right outside Townsend, we're always here throughout the year, especially in the summer. View of the road through Townsend. Photo by...
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    Ober Mountain (Ober Gatlinburg) Review

    Is Ober Mountain worth visiting for a day if you’re not going skiing? We hadn’t visited Ober Mountain in several years. The original attraction, previously known as Ober Gatlinburg, has existed since 1962, but its appearance in recent years has been described as rundown. In late 2022, a local...
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    An abandoned theme park in Gatlinburg

    Gatlinburg still has the abandoned remains from Fun Mountain Theme Park visible from town. Fun Mountain, an abandoned theme park in Gatlinburg, TN, closed its doors in 2000 after financial struggles. The park once had rides like bumper cars, which can still be seen but are now overtaken by...
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    Margaritaville Gatlinburg Review

    Key Takeaways Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is one of the resorts we recommend most to friends and family. Traffic can make driving in Gatlinburg a mess: This resort, next to downtown Gatlinburg attractions like the Aquarium and Anakeesta, makes walking the town much more accessible. The...
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    5 former towns and places in the Smoky Mountains you can still see

    Elkmont‘s Daisy Town / Elkmont Ghost Town A house in Elkmont’s Daisy Town Elkmont was once a booming logging camp and resort for the wealthy, is one of the most complete ghost towns in the Smoky Mountains. Its history began in the early 1800s when the Little River Lumber Company was formed...
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    Gatlinburg vs Pigeon Forge

    Picking Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge as a base is one of the top questions we get. Both towns are in the Smoky Mountains, so you’ve already made a great choice! And even if you pick the wrong town, you’re less than 30 minutes away from the other one. Even though these cities are close, they’re...
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    Free things to do in Gatlinburg

    FREE THINGS TO DO IN GATLINBURG 1. Gatlinburg Trolley Gatlinburg Trolley. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com One of the best ways to get around the area is by hopping on the Gatlinburg Trolley. With routes that cover the city, the trolley is convenient and free! All the trolleys stop at...
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    LeConte Lodge: The lodge where supplies are delivered by Llamas and helicopters.

    This resort is over 6,500 ft elevation, requires at least a 5-mile hike each way to get there, and has supplies hauled in by Llamas. Sounds interesting, right? Other people think so, too! This lodge is so popular it sells out for the year (spring to fall), right away when the booking window is...
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    Our favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge

    Dollywood Theme Park Dollywood Wild Eagle. Photo by Ashley @ TheSmokyMountains.com Dollywood is our top choice for people visiting the area for the first time. From thrilling rides to award-winning shows, Dollywood is one of the best things for the entire family, and we renew our season passes...
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    5 Towns you should see

    #1 Bryson City, North Carolina: Outdoor Adventurer’s Haven Bryson City, North Carolina on a Cloudy Day Why Visit: A beautiful small town near the Nantahala National Forest for rafting, mountain biking, and more. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is the best scenic train ride in the area...
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    Pigeon Forge free/cheap things to do

    Here are some top ways to spend time in Pigeon Forge without spending much. FREE THINGS TO DO IN PIGEON FORGE #1 Old Mill Old Mill in Pigeon Forge There are several different things to see around the popular Old Mill area. On busy days, parking is usually full, so get here early. This is...
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    12 cool facts about the Smoky Mountains

    1. Elk Reintroduction Elk just outside Cherokee, North Carolina Elk were reintroduced to the Smokies twenty years ago after a long absence and can now be seen in the southeast portions of the park. You can often see Elk in the morning or evening, but only in specific areas. Read more on our...
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    How common are bear attacks?

    FATAL BEAR ATTACKS: Rare The Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park, with millions of visitors, but it has only experienced two fatal bear attacks in its history. September 2020: A 43-year-old was killed by a bear while camping by himself in the Hazel Creek area. May 2000: A...
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    Favorite photos of the Smoky Mountains

    We've taken many more since this was originally posted, but these are some of our favorite photos that show how beautiful the Smoky Mountain area is. Most are inside the national park, while some are just outside in Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Pigeon Forge. Little River Road Between Townsend...
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    Reviewing the Ripley's Aquarium

    Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of Gatlinburg’s biggest attractions, but is it worth the money? This review was not sponsored. This was our own experience, paid for by us. QUICK OVERVIEW Ripleys Aquarium is a fun attraction in Gatlinburg. We enjoyed it, and our kids especially liked the...
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