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The Shocking Damage a Black Bear Can Do to Your Car in the Smokies

Couple gets huge surprise when they wake up to find a black bear in their Jeep on their honeymoon Millions of people visit the Great Smoky Mountains each year hoping to see black bears in the wild. But these two honeymooners from the Atlanta area got a unique encounter they could bear-ly believe was possible. After they married in 2020,

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Gatlinburg Looks Unrecognizable in Photos Taken During Recent Floods

Gatlinburg resident shares his story of how roads turned into rivers during the January 2024 flash flood event I expected January 9, 2024, to be just another uneventful day in Gatlinburg. Sure, it had been raining since late the night prior. But the rising waters would soon provide much more drama than we could’ve ever anticipated. Our day began with my

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Dolly Parton to Guest Host New Game Show in Tennessee

Pigeon Forge Family Challenge show to premiere February 2024 Singer. Songwriter. Actress. Entrepreneur. Queen of the World. Now, a preview video for a YouTube reality show debuting in early February has fans asking if Dolly Parton is about to add another job title to her already crowded business card. Parton appeared recently in an Instagram video promoting a new YouTube

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The Stunning Smoky Hollow Glamping Resort in TN You Need To See

A look inside these magical glamping tipis and wagons The road to Smoky Hollow – a “glampground” located in Sevierville, TN – was a long one. More than four years ago, Rebecca Turner and her husband sold their Central Florida home and packed up with their kids to live life on the road full-time in an RV. “We would not

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Ole Smoky’s New Moonshine Tastes “Just Like Popcorn’s” Says Pam Sutton

“I’m so happy that it’s Popcorn’s and he would be very happy because this is what he wanted,” said Pam The press conference was underway. Joe Baker – founder of Ole Smoky Moonshine – and Pam Sutton – widow of legendary outlaw moonshiner Popcorn Sutton were officially introducing Ole Smoky’s Popcorn moonshine style “Likker” and straight bourbon whiskey. As they

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This Useful Graphic Will Help You Identify Smoky Mountain Snakes

What you should know about snakes in the Smoky Mountains There is something primal about our fear of snakes. I suppose it’s the lack of legs or the possibility of a painful bite that reaches the core of our DNA. Once when I was young, my friends and I approached some overgrown grass. We were met by a hooded snake

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Bear cub in Tennessee spends 2 months with a pet feeder on its head

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is once again encouraging residents and visitors to the Smokies to be “BearWise” after a recent incident involving a bear cub and a plastic pet feeder near Chilhowee Lake. IN THIS ARTICLE Initial reports were received on Aug. 14 The cub reportedly spent nearly two months with a pet feeder container stuck on its head before

Interactive Tennessee Fall Foliage Map, 7 Fall Tips (2023)

They say the beauty of the leaves in Tennessee in the fall is due to the diversity of trees in the forest. Local flora – depending on what part of the state you’re visiting – may include oak trees, hickories, maples, pin cherry, yellow birch, American beech, dogwood, sumac, scarlet oak, mountain ash, black walnut and hobblebush – just to

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A Simple Guide to Smoky Mountain Parking Passes, Park it Forward

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park launched its Park it Forward program on March 1, 2023. The new program is meant to help generate revenue to improve visitor services and address maintenance needs. While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been historically free to enter, visitation has put a strain on management and upkeep. For example, the park experienced its

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Will Ghost Town in the Sky Reopen? The Latest Update

The future of this abandoned theme park looks bleak as the project continues to hit roadblocks Ghost Town in the Sky, aka Ghost Town Village, is a long-shuttered Wild West-themed amusement park that sat atop a mountain in Maggie Valley, NC. It opened in the early 60s. However, it began stumbling in the 90s as revenue couldn’t support maintenance needs