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Disney is quietly making plans to build a new theme park in North Carolina

Disney Buys Ghost Town in the Sky, Unveils Plans for Massive New Theme Park

Disney set to expand their empire to the mountains of North Carolina at former Ghost Town location The theme park competition in the Smoky Mountains is about to get very real and quite magical. On the heels of Universal officially announcing its Epic Universe park in Orlando and a kids-themed park in Texas, Disney officials are moving to announce their bold

gregory's cave

There’s an Abandoned Tourist Cave Hidden Beneath the Smoky Mountains

Take a look at this little-known hidden cave located in the Cades Cove area of the Smoky Mountains As someone who grew up in the region, I’ve been in caves that cut under the mountains on several occasions. Places like the Forbidden or Tuckaleechee caverns offer a safe place for visitors to see the wonders of the Smokies’ cave system.

the ramp to clingmans dome

I’ve Hiked Dozens of Trails in the Smoky Mountains, These 3 Are the Best

These are the 3 best hikes in the Smoky Mountains according to a local When I was a teenager in the Smokies, I didn’t need a trail to go hiking. My uncles would find a pull-off in the park, point to the nearest peak and we’d race up to the top, picking our way through the brush and trees. They

grotto falls in the smoky mountains

The Magical Walk Behind Waterfall You Have to See in the Smoky Mountains

There’s a waterfall in the Smoky Mountains you can walk behind and it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale Having lived in and around the Smoky Mountains for three decades, I understand there is beauty in the park just about anywhere you look. But I also understand some places transcend beauty. For instance, there are places infused

a sign that reads "no honking in tunnel" next to the spur tunnel

Park Bans Long-standing Tunnel Honking Tradition in the Smoky Mountains

The ‘no honking’ signs went up months ago – but is the change permanent? I’m comfortable when on the Gatlinburg Spur. After all, I’ve been driving between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for more than 30 years now. And so, as I focus quite literally on the road, I might not notice changes going on the periphery. Growing developments certainly seem to be

gatlinburg downtown

If I Only Had One Day in Gatlinburg, this is How I’d Spend It

How to get the most out of one day in Gatlinburg, according to a local As someone who has lived near Gatlinburg for nearly 35 years, I have an advantage. I can go whenever I want. Carve out a little drive time, and I can pop in and pop back out at will. But I also know that many don’t

A guest walks the TreeTop SkyWalk at sunset at Anakeesta

These Are the 12 Absolute Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

A list of the most iconic things to do in Gatlinburg, according to a local There’s a joy that comes with being someplace like Gatlinburg with time to burn and a little money in your pocket. We recently spent a day in Gatlinburg with my kids starting with Ripley’s Aquarium, followed by some shopping at The Village and dinner at

ole smoky and the ferris wheel at the island in pigeon forge at dusk

10 Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge According to a Local

These are the best things to do in Pigeon Forge, according to a local As someone who has lived in and around the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge for the better part of 35 years, you can say I’ve “seen and done” it all. And that’s quite the feat because there are hundreds of restaurants and attractions packed into the

The roaring Fork motor nature trail by a stream

There’s a Trail You Can “Hike” by Car in the Smoky Mountains

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a drivable trail in the Smoky Mountains With one of the flashier names in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail can be one of the more relaxing experiences in the Smokies. The trail is named for one of the larger, faster and louder streams in the Smokies.

clingmans dome

10 Things in the Smoky Mountains Locals Say You Shouldn’t Miss

10 Best Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains, According to a Local The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the true wonders of the United States. People flock from all over the country – all over the world – to take in the verdant, majestic splendor. But we live in fast times. A day or two of majestic splendor