Anakeesta is one of the newest attractions in Gatlinburg, and is gaining attention thanks to its diverse collection of family-oriented activities and beautiful mountain views.
Opened in summer of 2017, Anakeesta is a mountain top destination with a shopping and dining village, a children’s tree house playground, a tree canopy walk, and several other activities, including ziplines, a coaster down the mountain, and a chair lift and gondola that goes both up and down. And since the Anakeesta Mountain location has not been open previously, for many people the views from Anakeesta are unique.
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It’s getting scary in the Smoky Mountains with Halloween events lurking around every corner and ghosts and goblins working overtime to ensure everyone has a fearsome good time! Here are the events happening this year in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area.
Fun and Halloween Horrors in Gatlinburg
On October 31, bring the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza at Traffic Light #5, from 1-5 pm, for an afternoon of fun and games at the Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival. Dress the kids in their favorite costume and enjoy the festivities, which include contests, candy, pumpkins, and trick or treat safety tips from the police and fire department.
There’s also lots of horror on show for those who like a scare.
Many events are happening this weekend in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Townsend, with plenty of kid-friendly things to do. Several seasonal traditions are going one, as well as some unique and unusual things.
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As summer makes its exit, there’s plenty of excitement to look forward to during the fall season in the Smoky Mountains. While the changing of the leaves creates a stunning visual environment of color drawing thousands of visitors each year, the Smoky Mountains also has a vibrant agenda of entertainment and attractions in store for all ages.
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High excitement hits Pigeon Forge for the Fall Rod Run happening September 14-16, 2017. It’s 3 days and nights of cruising the strip, and muscle cars everywhere. If you want to take a break to swap muscle for music, at the same time the annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is on just a few miles to the north.
And that’s not all, because Gatlinburg and Townsend also have some events at the same time, with more live music, lots of food tasting, and even more auto shows! It’s a happening weekend starting on Thursday – read on and we’ll sort it all out for you.
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Cabins of Pigeon Forge is delighted to sponsor the 2017 Bloggy Conference. We were fortunate that Tiffany Noth, of Bloggy Moms, came to stay in one of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains earlier this year. We are all grateful that Tiffany has been able to spread the word, as only a blogger can, that Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks as wonderful as ever, and the Smokies are open for business!
Tiffany was able to see for herself how green and lush the entire area is, and largely untouched by the wildfires of last year that gave so many people across the country the heartbreaking false impression that the whole area was ruined. If you haven’t read her great article on this, take a look: This is the Best Time to Stay at Gatlinburg Falls Resort!
The 35th Annual Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup is happening at Dollywood’s Splash Country, September 8-9, 2017.Splash Country closes on Labor Day, and the first weekend following turns the huge parking lot to good use for this massive car show, prize contest and swap meet event.
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The majestic hiking trails that stretch deep into the lush forests of the Great Smoky Mountains get all the attention, but not everyone wants to spend a whole day hiking just to get close to nature. The Quiet Walkways of Great Smoky Mountains National Park are the unsung heroes for those who are looking for a more casual trail experience, and they prove that humble doesn’t have to mean boring.
Gatlinburg bursts into song – and song writing – again for the 6th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, August 16-20, 2017. This year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever. There’s live music playing in several venues around town, with close to 50 acts offering over 150 free shows as well as 3 ticketed shows headlined this year by country artist Con Hunley.
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Pigeon Forge sees the 8th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, August 5, 2017, held at Old Mill Square. There will be cash prizes for 1st through 3rd places in both Competitive and Amateur Divisions. Also non-cash prizes for the top 3 places in the Tailgaters Division.
Tailgaters? Okay, the competitive game of Cornhole is a bean-bag toss, except the bag is filled with corn. The 4-ft long board is on a slope, and has a hole in it. Throwing from at least 30 feet away, you have to get the corn bag closest to the hole and ideally in it. There’s a smaller board, 3 feet long, also lighter so it’s easier to carry. This is the tailgater size, as opposed to the regulation size.
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