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a man stands in a rain coat in downtown Gatlinburg

3 Things to Do in Gatlinburg on a Rainy Day, According to a Local

These are the best things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains according to a resident When people visit Gatlinburg, many will want to know what to do when it rains. Sure, most of us would love for the weather to be sunny, warm, and free from the elements that make us uncomfortable outdoors. But Mother Nature often has her

the entrance sign to the great smoky mountains national park

These Are the 3 Busiest Months in the Smoky Mountains According to NPS

These were the busiest months and most visited locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2023 according to the National Park Service When is the best time to go to the Smokies? It depends on what you’re after. Do you want the peak colors of fall? The lush greens and warm weather of summer or the fresh renewal

downtown gatlinburg in the snow

3 Can’t-Miss Things to Do When It Snows in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains

Get the inside scoop on things to do when it snows in Gatlinburg from a local There’s nothing quite like a Smoky Mountain snowfall. We’ve discovered a newfound love of snow we never knew until we became residents in East Tennessee. You see, I never cared for snow much in Ohio. Whenever the weather turned cold and snow was forecast,

cars on the cades cove loop

13 Million People Visited the Smoky Mountains National Park in 2023

The most visited National Park in the United States continues to attract millions of visitors year after year As someone who has endured traffic around Cades Cove for 34 years, the annual announcement of park visitors intrigues me. According to NPS.gov, there were more recreation visits to the park in 2023 (13,297,648) than in 2022 (12,937,635). Although 2023 wasn’t a

kids on large rock in the smoky mountains

This Is the Safer Way To Hike in the Smoky Mountains, From a Local

How to make hiking in the Smokies safer As a local, I’m frequently asked the question: Is it safe to hike in the Smoky Mountains? The answer is an unequivocal yes from a statistical standpoint. Millions of people visit the Smoky Mountains annually. The number of those who encounter trouble or dangerous situations is very few. Still, there is nothing

Smoky Mountains in January

January Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for January January is a peaceful time to visit the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville in Tennessee. After the New Year and Christmas, many of the crowds have dissipated. Yet visitors can still enjoy a winter wonderland since the Smoky Mountain Winterfest celebration officially

Smoky Mountains in November

November Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for November November is an amazing time to visit the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. It’s the best time to visit if you want a front-row seat to the fall-winter transformation. Fall leaves tend to reach peak color during the first week of the month. A comfortable chill sets in around

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September Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for September September is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Crowds from the summer months are nearly gone now that the kids are back in school. Plus, it’s still warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors. But it’s cool enough to be comfortable. In and around

march events in the smoky mountains

March Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for March In March, we leave behind those cold winter months and begin seeing signs of springtime. Wildflowers begin to bloom and leaves slowly return to the once-barren trees. Wildlife such as elk and black bears become more active. Dollywood reopens after its seasonal closure in January and February. Other attractions

Smoky Mountains in May

May Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for May May is one of our favorite months in the Smokies. The month marks the start of summer with (mostly) sunny weather. And it lacks the intense crowds that we tend to see in June, July and August – and sometimes even into late September. And of course, May also