Outdoors

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

an aerial view of a mountaintop in pigeon forge

A Massive New Attraction is Quietly Being Built on a Mountaintop in Pigeon Forge

While it’s fair to call it a “sister park” to Anakeesta, this unnamed attraction will be its own thing The Revel Group, LLC., the people behind Anakeesta, have been quietly working to bring a massive new project to Sevier County. The as-yet-unnamed park will be on 850 acres of mountain land designed as a paradise for mountain sports enthusiasts. As

baskins square in downtown gatlinburg

3 Cheap Things To Do in Gatlinburg – Less Than $7 Per Person!

A full-time Gatlinburg resident shares his secrets and insider tips on cheap things to do in Gatlinburg, TN Traveling can be quite expensive. With the costs of everyday life adding up, it can be difficult to save money for vacation. But as a local, I can personally attest that when you visit Gatlinburg, there are a few ways to stretch

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

A macro head shot of a 17-year cicada

Get Ready, an Insane Number of Cicadas Are Coming to Tennessee in 2024

A record-breaking billions to trillions of cicadas are set to emerge this spring The cicadas are coming. How many cicadas? As someone who has spent way too much of his life worrying about cicadas, I can say officially, it’s a buttload.  In Spring of 2024, a pair of specific cicada broods will be hatching at the same time for the

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,

old train bridge

Why Fish Are Seemingly Disappearing in the Smoky Mountains

Visitors may notice sparser fish populations as of late, it turns out, the fish are just cold like we are As an East Tennessean with three decades worth of history in the park, I’ve learned that mountains don’t hibernate. Sure, the trees have lost their leaves, and the animals are less active. And fish, have all but seemingly disappeared in

a closeup of the brick chimney at henry whitehead place

5 Hidden Cades Cove Secrets Few Have Seen in the Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain local talks about his favorite hidden gems in the most popular section of the national park – Cades Cove Cades Cove is one of the true wonders of the Smoky Mountains. Known for sweeping views, wildlife watching and connection to pre-national park history, the Cove is the single most popular destination for Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors.

snow tubers go snow tubing at rowdy bear snow park in pigeon forge

Amazing Places To Go Snow Tubing Near Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountains

What to know about snow tubing in the Smokies: Pricing, reservation requirements and more The Great Smoky Mountains area is a hugely popular winter destination. Though the winter weather may be unpredictable, you can still find places to enjoy snow tubing in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas on just about any given day: Rowdy Bear Snow Park (Pigeon Forge,