Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Getting Around Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Most of your forays into Great Smoky Mountains National Park will happen by car, driving certain roads purely for their stunning scenic beauty, and also to get to various places to park and immediately immerse into nature, whether taking a trail or hitting a picnic site or other attraction. This guide will help you navigate those roads.

Getting Around Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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November 2021 Events in the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Area

Here’s what’s happening in the month of November, 2021 in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. Lots of events and attractions as always. Thanksgiving is coming and the wonderful fall season will eventually give way to winter (not just yet though). The Harvest Festival season continues into November, which means the Pumpkin People and Scarecrows will still be on the streets, to be replaced with Snow People eventually.

November 2021 Events in the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Area

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Cabin Resorts in the Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley Area

We have cabins in several resorts convenient to the Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains, some close in and some farther out. Here are the Pigeon Forge and Wears valley cabin resorts for you to choose.

In the Smoky Mountains there are so many things to do and to see, spread across a sizable mountain area, that where you choose your cabin to stay in as a base for your adventures can be important. Do you want to be close to the towns with their countless attractions, or farther away from the bustle and closer to nature? Here are some cabin resort descriptions to help you choose your best location.

Cabin Resorts in the Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley Area

View from a cabin in Sherwood Forest resort.

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Great Places to View the Fall Colors in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its changing leaf colors during fall. Here are some of our favorite places in the area to view the stunning color displays.

The color season lasts about 6-7 weeks, from mid-September through October and into early November, with leaves turning first at the mountain tops and working their way down slope over the weeks – see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can experience fall colors in different ways and at different times in the season along the park’s numerous hikes, viewpoints, and scenic drives.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

View from Newfound Gap Road – image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Arcades in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

On your whirlwind trip through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can always count on the local arcades for fun and excitement. The pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and carnival games are the star of the show, for sure, but the entertainment doesn’t end there. Go-karts, laser tag, and mini golf promise to keep you on your toes as well. Ready to have a great time? Here are some ideas on just where to go.

Great Arcades in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

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What’s The Best Time To Visit Gatlinburg?

When is the best time to visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to enjoy the Smoky Mountains? Here are the times of year with the seasonal activities and events, changes with weather and temperatures, changes in nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area – and how to avoid the crowds that mark this most popular place.

What's The Best Time To Visit Gatlinburg?

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Best Kids & Family Things To Do

Make sure the kids get the most out of their time in the Smoky Mountains with our quick guide to The Best Kids & Family Things To Do in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. Here are some of the notable outdoor adventures for people with energy to spare, as well as some indoor attractions that will get the kids laughing with fun. When the kids are having fun, the whole family is happy, and that’s what a Gatlinburg vacation is for!

Best Kids & Family Things To Do

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The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival 2021

The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival opens this year with a stellar lineup of talent playing in several venues around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The 4-day festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, August 19-22, 2021.

The festival features a myriad of hit songwriters performing tunes you know, and also explaining the intricacies of songwriting in workshops throughout the event.

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