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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

The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, TN

Why You Might Just Enjoy This Cheesy Comedy Show in Tennessee

Local offers honest review of The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, what to expect Comedy, in general, has changed in the years since the show “Hee-Haw” had its heyday. But let’s be real: Millions of fans couldn’t be wrong. It was a hit in rural markets but also did well in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. There was surely

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10 Surprisingly Hidden Things To Do in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain local shares a few hidden gems and things to do in and around Pigeon Forge, TN Pigeon Forge, Tenn., isn’t exactly a place for subtlety. The competition for tourism dollars is fierce. To be relevant and successful, you need to stand out from the cacophony of neon lights and the dazzling array of sound and fury. However,

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This is the Best Place to Go for a Run in Pigeon Forge, TN

A runner offers her tips for visiting the Pigeon Forge Greenway As a runner residing in the North Georgia foothills, I am no stranger to hill work. It’s difficult to plan a route of more than a mile or two without some elevation gain. That being said, sometimes you just need a relatively flat place to run, especially when you’re

The tunnel at the Road to Nowhere

The Road to Nowhere in the Smoky Mountains That Locals Hate

The Road to Nowhere in the Smoky Mountains has become an unlikely tourist attraction They say you shouldn’t mess with Texas. But there are other places in the world with well-earned reputations of grittiness that surpass ordinary folks like you and me. But while some talk a good game, other folks are all about that life without catchy slogans or festive

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An Honest Review of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (2024)

Tennessee native compares Gatlinburg aquarium to competitors I think of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies as one of the crown jewel attractions in Gatlinburg. But when you’re planning out your precious vacation dollars, budget and time, a question commonly comes up: Is the Gatlinburg aquarium worth it? I think “worth” is different for different people, but I also believe this

morton overlook

Morton Overlook: One of the Best, Most Accessible Views in the Smokies

A Smoky Mountain local talks about one of his favorite area overlooks We were cutting through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, returning home from Bryson City, North Carolina on Newfound Gap Road – aka U.S. Route 441. I was driving so my attention was on the road and I missed some of the natural beauty of the spruce-fir forests. I

dollywood sign during smoky mountain christmas event covered in lights

9 Tips That Will Make Your Smoky Mountain Christmas More Magical

TN native lists tips for navigating Dollywood’s Christmas festival Dollywood at Christmastime brings together the very best of the holiday season – music, food, millions of Christmas lights and even jolly people. Honestly, visiting Dollywood to see the lights is one of my favorite holiday family traditions. This year, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event (presented by Humana), runs from Nov.

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6 Top Things to Do on the North Carolina Side of the Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain shares his favorite spots to visit in North Carolina As someone who’s been to Gatlinburg hundreds of times over the past 35 years of living in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, I’ll admit it will always hold a special place in my heart. Especially when it comes to magnificent views of the Smokies. But some of

the walker sister place and the sisters

The Sisters Who Lived Inside the Smoky Mountains Park for 20 Years

The Walker Sisters Place and the women who lived within, surviving off of the land, selling trinkets to tourists In the Great Smoky Mountains, history is often found in the hollers, in the lingering crannies found in the shadow of giant mountain ridges. It’s in these historic places that the great passage of time, which in our everyday lives is