25 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial with Your Fitbit

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We’re coming up on an important day in the history of the National Park Service: its 100-year birthday! August 25, 2016 marks the centennial of the NPS, and in honor of that exciting milestone, we’re inviting you to explore everything that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blogs with…


10 Activities Your Kids Will Love (That You Can’t Buy in the Apple Store)

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Hiking to a waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Kids love looking at nature pics on their phones and iPads, so why not go “behind the screen” and let them see this beautiful scenery in person? The national park has more than 800 miles of hiking trails, including several to picturesque waterfalls. These hikes range in distance and…


25 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial in Cades Cove

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In 1940, some 17 years after the original idea for a national park in the Smokies came about, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the Newfound Gap. Decades later, on August 25, 2016, the Great Smoky Mountains celebrates not only its inclusion into the National Park Service, but also the 100th…


Nature, Attractions, and Relaxation: Pigeon Forge Vacations for All

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So you’re planning the ultimate vacation. You first need to know, what’s your vacation style? Are you outdoorsy? Adventurous? Or just looking for a way to kick back and relax? Below, we’ve listed the perfect attractions, amenities, and activities for each. Choose your favorite, or mix it up and try them all during your Pigeon Forge getaway this year! Nature…


100 Ways You Can Celebrate 100 Years: Part 1

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For those of us “young bucks,” the Great Smoky Mountains has always been part of the National Park Service. We don’t remember a time when logging companies had destroyed nearly 300,000 acres of these beautiful mountains. We don’t recognize names like George Masa or Horace Kephart, who worked tirelessly to protect and preserve them. Nor do we realize that the…


10 Ways to Stay Cool in Pigeon Forge

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Summertime is many people’s favorite season to visit the Smoky Mountains. Why? Because there’s so much to do! You can enjoy the natural beauty of America’s most visited national park – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – or enjoy live music at one of several venues downtown. On the streets of downtown Pigeon Forge and in the backwoods of…


Staying Active in the Smokies

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Top 10 Ways to Burn Calories in Pigeon Forge Whether you want to stay on track with your workout regimen or just love being active, Pigeon Forge is a great place to burn some calories. With the Great Smoky Mountains all around, you have lots of opportunities for outdoor (and indoor) active fun. You can go horseback riding, ride bikes,…


How to make the most of 1 day in Pigeon Forge

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With the busy schedules of work, school, kids’ activities, weddings, and family visits, you may not always have time for a whole weekend or week vacation. Luckily, Pigeon Forge is a great place for a quick trip. It’s also fairly convenient to many major cities, so if you only have a short amount of time, it’s still worth the drive….


Top Spots for Smoky Mountain Fishing

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Fishing is a great way to enjoy the scenery of the Smokies. It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid fisherman or just wanting to try your hand; a day in the cool waters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be a memorable one. Streams range from easy to difficult, so you can find a fishing spot to meet…


8 Smoky Mountain Views You Don’t Want to Miss this Spring

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Great mountain views are the hallmark of the Great Smoky Mountains. The area brings in millions of visitors every year, and the incredible scenery is the main reason. A landscape dotted with a huge variety of trees, wildflowers, abundant wildlife, historic buildings, rushing mountain streams, soaring mountains and dipping valleys makes it an ideal destination for anyone wanting beautiful and…