White Water Rafting in the Smokies

Everywhere you look in the Gatlinburg area, you see advertisements for outdoor activities. The volume of choices and companies can be overwhelming. Well, we’ve combined what we’ve learned about white water rafting in the Smokies into one easy-to-use cheat-sheet! Here are some tips/facts about white water rafting in general. Afterward, read about four companies that […]

Endangered Species in the Smokies

Three species of animals were close to extinction in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and have been reintroduced recently. Watch for them! They are: Peregrine Falcon — These falcon nearly vanished from the eastern United States as a result of pesticide use. Between 1984 and 1986, 13 of the falcons were released in the […]

Maps for the Smoky Mountain Area

Has Google Maps or MapQuest got you lost? Is your GPS confused? Do you have no clue where to go? These maps can be very helpful in planning your next trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park. Trust me, a good ole map is the best way to go when navigating the National Park and […]

Kennels in the Smoky Mountain Area

Bringing the four-legged member of your family along to the mountains for your getaway? There are certain activities that you can’t enjoy with your dog along. Here are four locations that would be happy to provide for your puppy while you take in a show or do some shopping. The Barker Lounge, 1301 W Main […]

7 Safety Tips for Your Visit to the Smokies

A national park is a fabulous source of fun and adventure. However, a great trip can be cut short by a failure to take seriously the dangers. Here are 7 tips for safety, taken from “Your Complete Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains.” 1. Feeding the bears is illegal! Feeding bears makes them bolder and […]

Story of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

I love history.  It’s like reading a story — except it really happened.  The Smokies are no different. So how did the Great Smoky Mountain National Park come about? It all started with a wealthy couple that traveled west. Mr. and Mrs. Willis P. Davis made a trek out west and saw some of the […]

Pigeon Forge Poem

Here’s a great poem we found in the Fall/Winterfest 2009/2010 Pigeon Forge Guide. We really enjoyed it and hope you will, too. I’m the easiest treasure you’ll ever find. I’m a thousand destinations in one town. I’m always something to do. I’m a swimsuit-under-your-clothes kinds of town. I’m why parents clock out for a week. […]

Plan a Cabin Olympics

One of my favorite things to do in a GPS (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville) cabin is to have an “Olympics”!!! Let me explain. My husband (Chris) and I have been having Olympics ever since our honeymoon. OK, that sounds weird. Let me explain more. We went to an all inclusive resort in Saint Lucia, and […]

A New Look, A New Show!

Welcome to our brand-new blog! We are excited about having a new way to communicate and share our Smoky Mountain stories with you. All the old posts are still here. In fact, it should be easier than ever to sort through them, thanks to cleaned up categories (see them, right above this post?) and more […]

Planning a Picnic? Don’t forget to pack…

If you’re planning to hike into the Smokies for a picnic, make sure to use this handy checklist to see if you’ve got everything you’ll need. Cooler for cold food stocked with ice and/or ice packs Picnic basket for other food and supplies Picnic blanket or tablecloth Folding chairs Clothespins for keeping the tablecloth in […]