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the chairlift at harper bros

5 Top Things To Do in Wears Valley, According to a Local

A Smoky Mountain local shares his favorite things to do in Wears Valley, Tennessee Growing up, I mostly treated Wears Valley as a negative space. It was a scenic drive at best, connecting the entrance as the quiet side of the Smokies near my home, with Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. It was a place you drove through to get to other

The Tail of the Dragon

This is the Scariest Road in the Smoky Mountains and Daredevils Love It

The 11-mile Tail of the Dragon features 318 curves along the side of a mountain When we moved to Blount County, Tennessee and I discovered we had a road known as The Dragon, my interest was piqued. What I found was that The Tail of The Dragon – a section of U.S. 129 – more than lives up to its name.

great smoky mountain railroad in bryson city

The Scenic Train Ride in the Great Smoky Mountains You Need To Try

What to expect when you take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad There’s so much to do and see in the Great Smoky Mountains. But I recommend that you go just a little further past the state line of Tennessee. You’ll find that the neighboring state also has a lot to offer – especially for train enthusiasts, like

dolly parton statue in sevier county, tennessee

Dolly Parton Reacts to Statue in Her Image in the Smoky Mountains

“That’s the only time you’ll ever catch me out of my high heels,” says Parton It can be risky to commission a monument. One day it’s a great idea, but sometimes, years later, all you have is a controversial landmark. But there are also times when creating a statue to honor a native son or daughter is a no-brainer. Such is

a hand holds a sandwich at chimney tops

The 4 Best Picnic Spots in the Smoky Mountains, According to a Local

A local reveals his all-time favorite picnic spots in the Smoky Mountains Though the pirate ships and dinner theatres are alluring, the outlet shopping appealing, the go-cart racing entertaining, the draw of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the park itself. And one of the best ways to enjoy the Smoky Mountains region is with

clingmans dome and the secret tunnel

There’s a Secret Tunnel in the Smoky Mountains That Leads to Nowhere

The hidden tunnel at Clingmans Dome that’s becoming a tourist attraction in its own right Nearly everyone who has visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is familiar with Clingmans Dome and its famous observation tower, located along the state line of Tennessee and North Carolina. Completed in 1959, the Clingmans Dome observation tower is the highest point in the

The moss-covered troll bridge can be found near the Little River Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Whimsical Troll Bridge in the Smoky Mountains You Need to See

This hidden moss covered bridge in the Smoky Mountains looks like something out of a fairy tale The Great Smoky Mountains are rich in history and full of hidden gems. Through the sands of time, these lost landmarks become something of whimsical fantasies. An old spring house becomes a fairy house. A trail connection becomes a hidden, abandoned tunnel. And

7 Things Not to Do While Visiting Gatlinburg, From a Local

An insider’s guide on what not to do when visiting Gatlinburg, the surrounding area As someone who lives near the Smokies and frequents the main strip every chance I get, I can tell you from first-hand experience that there are several ways to approach a visit to Gatlinburg. Or really any vacation for that matter. But no matter how you

Biltmore Estate Asheville North Carolina

What Tragedies Happened at the Biltmore Estate? 6 Fascinating Stories

Mysteries and rumors surrounding Biltmore as passed down through generations When I visit Biltmore, I always think about how we are trained to think of great houses as places of secrets and mystery. And when we think of the enormous North Carolina estate, a playground for people with enough money to buy their way out of trouble, the mind tends to wander.

the fairy house

The Hidden Fairy House in the Smoky Mountains That’s Alluring Hikers

There’s an old springhouse in the Smokies that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale If you’re like me, and you’ve lived in the Smoky Mountains for a considerable amount of time, there’s a chance you’ve heard about The House of Fairies – an unusual moss-covered structure located off the beaten path in the Smoky Mountains. But now