Blog Archive

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. For a deeper look and to get the latest color reports, see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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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Townsend Spring Festival 2019

The Townsend Spring Festival is Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2019, and features all day and nighttime Bluegrass performances from dozens of musicians and bands. There’s also lots of food, arts & crafts, kid’s activities and other festivities! A parking pass for $10-20 is all it takes to join in the fun – bring your lawn chairs.

Image courtesy of Townsend Spring Festival

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Music in the Mountains Spring Parade 2019

For the 34th year, Pigeon Forge holds its annual spring parade, on Friday, May 3, 2019 starting at 6 pm. It’s the Music in the Mountains Parade, northbound on Parkway from Traffic Light #6 to Light # 3.

The parade welcomes back baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr again as Grand Marshal, and this year he is joined by Paula Deen, to lead the parade in a grand celebration of Smoky Mountains heritage and Music

Image courtesy of Pigeon Forge

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