Editorial

a reddit question asks "I'm planning a Pigeon Forge vacation and sometimes struggle to get around. I am embarrassed to ask, but will I need a mobility scooter?"

“I’m Planning a Pigeon Forge Vacation – Will I Need a Mobility Scooter?”

A question was recently posted online – “I’m planning a Pigeon Forge vacation and sometimes struggle to get around. I am embarrassed to ask, but will I need a mobility scooter?” Editor’s Note: The following is a new advice series where readers can write in and get personalized advice from Smoky Mountain travel experts. Do you have a question that you

earthquake the ride and jurassic jungle boat ride with a creepy looking mannequin

Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride vs Earthquake The Ride: Which Attraction Is Worse?

As someone who remembers when cheesiness was half the point for a Smoky Mountain tourist trap, I can attest that when it comes to underwhelming attractions, there are two that are head and shoulders above the rest. They both feature animatronics that would make Chuck E. Cheese seem cutting-edge. They both feature beat-up, under-cared-for scenery that makes you wonder if

A couple walks hand in hand down the strip in Gatlinburg, TN

New Controversial Tennessee Law Bans Marrying Your First Cousin

​​​​A new bill banning first cousin marriages has passed in Tennessee but not all are in favor of the new law We’ve heard the stories. Young kids grow up in a similar area. Begin dating in high school and fall in love. Then, for whatever reason, they take a DNA test and find out their collective family trees don’t branch

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It’s Going To Rain Every Day of My Smokies Vacation. Should I Cancel?

Smoky Mountain native offers tips on vacationing with a rainy forecast Editor’s Note: The following is a new advice series where readers can write in and get personalized advice from Smoky Mountain travel experts. Do you have a question that you would like us to answer? Email us at info@thesmokies.com. Question: I booked my trip to the Great Smoky Mountains

pigeon forge rod run traffic

These are the 3 Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made When Visiting Pigeon Forge

Regardless of whether or not you’ve visited Pigeon Forge once, or a hundred times, you’ve probably made at least one of these common mistakes As someone who has been knocking around Pigeon Forge for more than 35 years, you wouldn’t think I’d be prone to making mistakes. But I still do. You get complacent and forgetful. In other words dear

peanuts with coke bottle

Pickles in Dr. Pepper? Nah. Try Peanuts in Your Coke

Why putting peanuts in an ice-cold Coke is more Southern than you think Every once in a while, something happens that reminds me that my upbringing wasn’t ubiquitous. Not everyone was exposed to the same traditions and culture as I was. It happened again recently as the internet rediscovered the Southern tradition of putting salted peanuts in a fresh, cold

The Blue Ridge Parkway in NC was just voted 12th most feared road in the United States (photo bu Chansak Joe/iStockPhoto)

A Popular Tourist Road in NC Was Just Voted Among Most Feared in the US

Move over Tail of the Dragon here comes … The Blue Ridge Parkway? As someone who has driven large swaths of the Blue Ridge Parkway – chiefly in the Smokies – I was shocked when I found it listed as the 12th most feared roadway in America. Really? The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most fearsome road in North Carolina?

an underground gold mine

There’s a Rumored Lost Gold Mine Hidden in the Smoky Mountains

Local reveals legend of a lost gold mine hidden in the hills of the Smokies There’s a peril that comes with talk of gold. History changes with the stroke of a pickaxe and the glint of precious metals. Historically, people have done drastic things for the pursuit of gold. And so, before we go any further into talk of underground treasures hidden

Greenbrier vs Peddler (a shot of the exterior of the restaurants)

The Peddler vs Greenbrier: Which is Better? A Local Declares A Winner

Area restaurant reviewer compares two of Gatlinburg’s most popular fine dining restaurants: The Peddler and The Greenbrier Restaurant Look let’s start by peeling the curtain back a little bit. Friends, on this particular subject my expertise is substantial. I’ve been tasting quality meat up and down East Tennessee for nearly four decades now. Wait, forget it. You know what I

river with trees and newport sign in newport, tennessee

5 Smoky Mountain Towns You Can Actually Afford To Live In, Tourist Free

Local lists best places to live that are near the mountains and away from tourists I’ve spent the better part of the last 30 years living in communities up and down East Tennessee. Therefore, I’m familiar with more than my share of mountain towns. I’ve run the roads from Copperhill to Jonesborough. I know the difference between Turtletown and Ducktown,