Posts By: Dusty Camp

About Dusty Camp

Dusty Camp

I moved to the Smoky Mountains a few years ago from Alabama - a big change, but one I'm glad I made. I like meeting all the different types of people who visit here, and getting to know a little bit about them. I love to watch all the wildlife throughout Cades Cove, but most of all I like winter, waking up to see everything covered in snow and icicles.

Up Late and Loving It: Gatlinburg’s 2016 Fourth of July Parade Celebration

In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, city locals and visitors intend to stay up late on Sunday night, July 3, 2016. Why? Because it’s the annual First Independence Day Parade in the Nation. The 41st Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade launches at 12:01 am, making it the earliest July 4th parade in the country.

Enormous helium-filled balloons take flight Sunday night and more than 100 floats, marching bands, and decorated vehicles begin the 1-mile parade along Parkway, joined by the hundreds of volunteers who make it happen, and entrants from regional cities and organizations.

This famous event draws a large crowd of up to 100,000 spectators, who pack Gatlinburg to honor the nation’s heroes.

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg.com

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg.com

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Shine On at Ole Smoky Distillery

Images courtesy of Ole Smoky Distillery

If tasting spirits is on your list of pursuits when you travel, be sure to stop in at Moonshine Holler on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN, and discover Ole Smoky Distillery. It’s a top draw for connoisseurs and regular sippers alike, anyone who wants to try a sip of old-time East Tennessee moonshine – in fact it’s the most visited distillery in the country.

At the Holler, step into the distillery where you’ll see two copper brewing stills shining like trophies. Ole Smoky offers free tours where visitors can learn about the distilling process and the history of moonshine in the Smoky Mountains.

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Legacy Mountain Ziplines – Get a FREE Ticket to Go Ziplining

Have you tried ziplining yet? Maybe it’s time, next time you’re in the area. Soaring downhill above the treetops and through the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery – it’s so safe a child of 3 can do it, and so exhilarating that even those with a fear of heights can relax and enjoy it.

The Smoky Mountains boasts some of the longest and best zip lines in the world. Our friends at Legacy Mountain Ziplines have more than 400 acres of stunning scenery to play around in, as well as 4.5 miles of travel in 7 different zip lines – one of them is 2,500 feet long!

We make it easy for you to go ziplining with a Free Adult Ticket to Legacy Mountain Ziplines as part of our Trip Cash book of free coupons worth over $400.

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Explore Gatlinburg with Free Trolley Service in 2016

Here in Gatlinburg, TN, we have more than just awesome sights, cool shopping, and nifty, family-centered attractions. We have a slam-dunk way to access all of it: by trolley bus.

Free trolley bus, that is…

Starting June 17 through August 14, Gatlinburg will be offering complimentary summer trolley service at all stops along Parkway, the city’s vibrant main strip. This is the sixth year Gatlinburg has offered the free service and, thus far, it’s the toast of the town. You’ll see these specially painted trolleys cruising up and down the thoroughfare carrying a mix of eager tourists and local residents.

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg Trolley

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg Trolley

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Summer 2016 at Dollywood

What’s on the program at Dollywood this summer? Fun of course, and here are the details on who’s playing, and the special attractions. Summer Lives Here is the summer theme, and it starts on Saturday, June 11, 2016, running through August 7.

There will be shows every day, an evening dance party followed by fireworks every night, and extended hours for the theme park into the night. So if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take one of Dollywoods thrilling rides by the light of the moon and starlight, now you can find out – strap in for an unforgettable ride in the dark!

Image courtesy of Dollywood

Image courtesy of Dollywood

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Tunes & Tales 2016: Summer in Gatlinburg

One of the great fun activities in Gatlinburg is to stroll along Parkway, catching the numerous sights and attractions. Summer raises the fun level for evening strollers with the city’s annual Tunes & Tales street performances, starting this year on June 10 and running through July 30, 2016 – now the 11th year of this hugely popular event.

Image courtesy of Kevin Tierney

Image courtesy of Kevin Tierney

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Waldens Creek Stables Horseback Riding

Waldens Creek Stables is one of the best horse riding stables in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. A winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, the riding stables offers 500 acres of beautiful scenery, fun guides who even sing, bonfire suppers, carriage rides and even weddings.

The guided horse-riding experience at Waldens Creek is so well managed that even if you’ve never been on a horse before, you can discover what every rider knows, that the best scenic view of all is from the saddle – it’s better than your car, and less work!

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Dollywood 2016 Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival

It’s a LUCKY Friday the 13th in May 2016, because at Dollywood it’s the date that the annual Barbeque and Bluegrass festival starts. From May 13 through May 22, it’s 10 days of awesome food and non-stop music at venues throughout the theme park. The concerts are all free, included in Dollywood admission.

Images courtesy of Dollywood

Images courtesy of Dollywood

For the food, some 50,000 pounds of BBQ meat comes to the grill over the 10 days, cooked by experts and dressed with gourmet sauces. Pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs by the slab and smoked chicken are among the offerings during the festival.

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Beans and Cornbread Festival

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Image courtesy of Visit Gatlinburg

Thursday evening in Gatlinburg promises Appalachian fun, LOTS of delicious food and live music as the annual Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival starts at 5 pm, May 12, 2016.

The event is sponsored by 100-year-old Bush Brothers & Company, a native Tennessee operation headquartered close by in Chestnut Hill, a mere 25 miles away from Gatlinburg.
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Synchronous Fireflies 2016: Passes by Lottery

540x3604-2The lottery has begun for limited parking slots available to view the 2016 Synchronous Fireflies event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lottery began at noon today, Friday, April 29, and will last through 8 pm EST, Monday, May 2.

On Tuesday, May 10, all applicants will be notified of the results of a random system that will award parking passes. The passes are non-transferable, and only one per household may apply. The viewing period is May 31 through June 7.

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