Max Patch: The hidden Smoky Mountain gem you’ve never heard of before

There are experiences that are fairly universal to visitors to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood? Check. The Ripley’s Aquarium? Sure thing. Max Patch? Huh? You can visit East Tennessee dozens of times and have a lot of fun never getting off the beaten path. But if you’re looking for a vacation […]

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Ober Gatlinburg, a blast from the past: A breakdown and review of Tennessee’s only ski and snowboard destination

Ober Gatlinburg is a ski and amusement park area, and it is the state of Tennessee’s only ski and snowboard destination. Ober Gatlinburg is mostly known for its winter activities, but many of its attractions are open year-round. And as a bonus, the off seasons are typically good opportunities to see the what the park […]

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Do you know what to do if you see a black bear in the Smokies? Commit these 3 safety tips to heart

There is a lot of wildlife to see in the Smoky Mountains – and it can be exciting to see animals in their natural habitat. But it’s important to remember that these beautiful creatures are wild animals, and you are a guest in their home. Since black bears are among the most notorious animals in […]

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How Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove expansion embraces innovation, sets itself apart from any other theme park in the world

Among certain circles, the success story that is Dollywood is well known. The transformation over the last 20 years from fun, but kitschy, theme park, to full-blown amusement park has been remarkable. The park is continually recognized in the industry for being forward-thinking, growing and improving.  The park’s latest expansion, Wildwood Grove, however pushes boundaries […]

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Why you should catch a game at Smokies Stadium while you still can

Article by John Gullion, Featured photo by Morgan Overholt With rumors of an impending return to Knoxville swirling, the days of the Tennessee Smokies in Kodak appear to be numbered.  Looking simply at the likely end result, it’s tempting to look at the Smokies two decades at Exit 407, the main entrance to Sevier County […]

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