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Trails and Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains

There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even those don’t account for all of the walks, drives, overlooks and scenic views that can be found in this beautiful area of the Smoky Mountains. Here are some of our favorite trails and outdoor attractions.

Grotto Falls is the waterfall that you can walk behind – you’ve probably seen someone’s photo of this one. The trail that leads to Mount LeConte runs under the falls, and a Llama train walks this trail weekly, running supplies to the LeConte Lodge. This is Trillium Gap Trail, that starts from the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful scenic drive rather than a hike, and one that many people don’t realize exists. See our feature page on Grotto Falls for all the details.

Clockwise from TL: Rainbow Falls, Meigs Falls, Grotto Falls, Grotto Falls, Thousand Drips, Spruce Flats Falls

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Fall in the Smokies: What’s Happening in October 2019

October in the Smoky Mountains means that the famous Fall Colors are underway, and much festivity is in the air. A hundred species of tree light up the scene as their leaves turn color, first at the high elevations, then gradually rolling down the slope to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge – where you can also find numerous events and celebrations happening during this time.

See below for everything you want to know about October events. Check out our Guide to Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains for everything you need to know, and to keep track of the fall colors, check the Fall Color Reports for 2019 from Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Images courtesy of various sources

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Smoky Mountain Vacation Photographers

When you’re making lifetime memories in the Smoky Mountains, it’s easier than you may think to get a professional photographer to help make those photographs truly outstanding for generations to come. One local company that makes this easy is Gatlinburg Photo Studios, a team of photographers who come to where you are, or provide studio settings, to capture the essence of your trip in the Smokies.

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As the Leaves Turn: Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

It’s that time of year again in Tennessee when the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start coming alive with fall colors. A hundred different species of trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area are going through their seasonal changes — bright yellow birches, deep red dogwoods, bronze hickories, bright scarlet red maples, russet oaks, and so many more. This makes for phenomenal scenery in the gorgeous layered mountains and foothills of the Smokies, to the delight of our visitors from across the country and around the world.

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Fall in the Smokies: What’s Happening in September 2019

Here’s our calendar of things happening in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains during the month of September, 2019 – from pumpkins and Harvest Festivals to the famous Fall Colors as the leaves begin to turn through the changing season.

[And note our cabin discounts all through September – if you can make a weekday trip, check out our “Buy 2 Get 2 Free” special on any of Sunday-Thursday night stay. It’s a mid-week getaway special and it’s on all through September.]

Images courtesy of various sources

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What to Know About a Fishing License For Gatlinburg and Tennessee

Information current as of August, 2019

To catch fish in the many waters of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you need a fishing license. These are different for residents and non-residents of Tennessee.  And there are age differences and some options. Here are all the things you need to know about fishing in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area of the Smoky Mountains.

The “release” part of fishing – image courtesy of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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Vacation Cabin in the Smokies? Good Idea!

For a picture view like this, who would need any other reason to vacation in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains? Well, in the spirit of journalistic completeness, blogger Jess Weaver did come up with several more reasons – and you can read her story here: Why Vacationing in the Smokies is a Good Idea.

She and her family stayed for a few days in our 4-bedroom Cypress Lodge cabin, and here are some of the things they discovered.

View from Cypress Lodge cabin of the Smoky Mountains

View from Cypress Lodge cabin. Images courtesy of Go Adventure Mom

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