Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Shagbark Community Resort in Wears Valley

Shagbark resort community in Wears valley is off of Highway 321, located 7 miles, or about 10 to 15 minutes drive, from Pigeon Forge. It’s a gated community with spaciously placed cabins that share resort amenities such as a pool and tennis courts, as well as stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and park-like, wooded views for the more secluded cabins. In the area are streams and scenic walks, and the terrain is fairly steep, offering a true mountain feel.

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2017 Big BBQ Bash in Maryville

When visiting the south, the down-home flavor of juicy barbeque is a tradition. If your travel itinerary brings you to the Smoky Mountains, you’re in for a delicious treat at the 2017 Big BBQ Bash in Maryville. Scheduled for Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2017, this free festival of food and fun takes place at historic Founder’s Square in the heart of downtown Maryville.

For Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge fans who may not know, Maryville is about 40 miles to the west – if you’ve been to Townsend on your way to Cades Cove, you were already halfway to Maryville. This historic town on the “quiet side of the Smoky Mountains” also loves a festival, and it keeps throwing parties to prove it!

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Synchronous Fireflies 2017

The annual peak viewing of the Synchronous Fireflies at Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins May 30, 2017 and runs through June 6. This annual event is unique in North America and very rare in the world, matched only in southeast Asia. A species of firefly flashes its light in sync with thousands of its fellow fireflies.

People come from all over the world to see it, and viewing space is very limited, and controlled by the rangers of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which holds the premium location to view this event. This year more than 18,000 people applied for one of the 1,800 parking spaces, and on May 10 the lucky winners were notified. For 8 days, by car, van, bus and city trolley these people are allowed into this very special event.

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Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival 2017 at Dollywood

It’s that time of year, again, when beautiful weather, festivals, food, and fun are on the calendar of events in Tennessee. One upcoming event has the winning combination of barbeque, bluegrass, and the excitement of Dollywood added into the mix. For non-stop fun, entertainment, and palate-pleasing barbeque, make plans to attend the food and music fest May 26 through June 4, 2017.

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Scottish Festival and Games 2017 in Maryville, TN

The annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games takes place on the campus of historic Maryville College, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017. This unique Tennessee event will kick off with the opening gala on the evening of May 19, and the festival will run all weekend, presenting fun for all ages.

Maryville is about 40 miles to the west of Gatlinburg. If you’ve made to Townsend, perhaps on your way to Cades Cove, or for that fun town’s own festival, then you’re already halfway to Maryville. The Scottish Festival offers a compelling reason to go the extra miles.

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Bloomin Barbeque and Bluegrass 2017 – Sevierville Street Festival

Pack your dancing boots and a healthy appetite and cruise over to Sevierville, TN for the town’s yearly Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival! This two-day fest is a great street party held on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017 in downtown Sevierville, just a few miles up the road from Pigeon Forge.

The festival is packed to the brim with family friendly activities and great tasting food. And music – as you stroll past the participating booths, you can enjoy some of the best traditional and modern bluegrass and country music the Smokies has to offer.

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Townsend Spring Festival 2017

The Townsend Spring Festival fills the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” with bluegrass music for 2 days on May 5-6, 2017. The air also fills with the smell of food and the sights of arts & crafts, children’s attractions, and a super friendly and relaxed crowd of happy families and friends celebrating this beautiful area at the gateway to Cades Cove.

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Cabins: the Best Way to Stay in the Smoky Mountains

If you’re heading to the Smoky Mountains for a mini vacation, a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay, and you haven’t decided where to unpack your suitcases, consider the comfort and quiet of a rental cabin. While hotels are nice, there are many reasons why reserving a private cabin is the best bargain in town – and with the beauty of the mountains as close as your own back deck.

Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, celebrating a special event, or just wanting to get away for a relaxing and romantic weekend, consider the reasons to choose a luxury rental cabin in the mountains.

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Churches, Chapels and Worship in the Smoky Mountains

Worship and religion have played a significant role in shaping the people, culture, and activities of the Smoky Mountains. In the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area, from wedding chapels to church services to religious attractions, there are a variety of ways that you and your family  can celebrate, learn, and worship during your visit.

Religion and worship are vitally important to many people throughout the southern U.S., and the Smoky Mountains region is no exception. In fact, worship in this area has often taken on extra significance thanks to the grandeur of the landscape, itself teeming with life and creation.

Easter Sunrise worship on the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg

Easter Sunrise worship on the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg

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Easter Weekend 2017

Easter weekend 2017 in the Smoky Mountains brings excitement, celebration and worship. Here’s what’s happening and where to find it.

Kids, get some sleep on Friday night because Saturday morning, April 15, 2017, the Easter Egg hunt gets underway at 10:30 am in Pigeon Forge. The hunt is in Patriot Park – always a great place to visit and take a breather from the rest of the bustle on the strip.

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