25 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial as a Family

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We’re almost there—the 100th birthday of the National Park Service is just around the corner! Begun on August 25, 1916, this amazing organization celebrates its Centennial in 2016, which means 100 years of protecting and preserving our nation’s most prized lands. Among the parks protected by the NPS is our beloved Great Smoky Mountains. Bringing in the most visitors of…


What’s New to the Smokies in 2016

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Cal Ripken Baseball Complex 405 Jake Thomas Road | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 So maybe this first item isn’t for everyone, but we at least want you to know about this brand-new, state-of-the-art baseball complex opened by Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr. himself! Ripken traveled to Pigeon Forge in early March of 2016 to open this 6-stadium…


Try These 10 Ways to Beat the Heat Indoors

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When you think summer, you probably think swimming pools and family picnics. But sometimes—especially when the nation is experiencing record-breaking highs, like this summer—it’s just too hot! So we’ve put together 10 ideas for summer fun where you can have a great time without breaking a sweat. Try to “escape” at The Island. Think you’ve got what it takes to…


Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins is Growing this Summer!

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Want a new place to stay on your next Smoky Mountain escape? Check out our new Pigeon Forge cabins for the perfect retreat for a couple, family, or a group of friends. Loaded with games, modern amenities, and lots of conveniences, these beautiful cabins offer the best in mountain living. Hillsong Heaven 5 bedrooms | 5 ½ bathrooms | sleeps…


Spend Your Summer with Ripley’s in the Smokies

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If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you probably know that the Ripley’s franchise is a staple there. In Gatlinburg, just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge, you’ll find 7 Ripley’s attractions for thrill seekers, young kids, families, candy lovers, couples, and big groups. This summer, check out some (or all!) of the fun Ripley’s attractions in the Smokies….


If you love animals, here’s why you HAVE to go to Pigeon Forge

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You know that Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountains are all about fantastic scenery. The Smoky Mountains bring in millions of visitors each year who are looking for great views of the mountains, trees, and wildflowers. But the Smokies is known for an abundance of something else: the wildlife! Tourists are always on the lookout for wildlife, especially…


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…


5 Sweet Treats Waiting for You in Pigeon Forge

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Sure, you can cool down this summer by jumping in a refreshing pool, taking a tube ride down the river, or riding the rapids on a raft. But one of the simplest and tastiest ways to cool down—and one that doesn’t require you to wear a bathing suit—is heading to The Island in Pigeon Forge for a delicious sweet treat!…


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…