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Elk Euthanized after Approaching Photographer

An elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was euthanized last week, after approaching a photographer, according to The Citizen-Times in Asheville. The elk head-butted a photographer who was trying to capture nature. A video of the encounter has had more than 2 million views on YouTube, and can be found here. Park officials […]

New Elk Patrol Rides in Smoky Mountains


What is the Elk Bike Patrol? Elk Patrol? What’s the Elk Patrol? If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry. It’s new. A $1,000 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority to Friends of the Smokies has made the new Elk Patrol possible. So what is it? The new Elk Patrol is a group […]

Elk in the Smokies: What to Know


When you think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you think of black bears. Or maybe salamanders. But did you know that rangers are trying to reintroduce elk into the park? Elk used to be native to the area, and roamed the Great Smokies. But in the mid-1800s, they were eliminated from the area, […]

Kid Testers Recommend Kid-Friendly Smoky Mountain Activities

The CabinConnection Kid Testers -- Kinsen, Parker, and Jaybin. Parker will be sharing his Smoky Mountain favorites in, oh, about 3 years.

We haven’t heard from the CabinConnection Kid Testers for awhile. So I thought it might be fun to interview them about their favorite things to do in the Smoky Mountain area. We’ve had these kids at restaurants, shows, in the mountains, camping, staying in cabins, in Gatlinburg, in Pigeon Forge, in caves — they’ve pretty […]

15 August Ranger-Led Activities in the Smokies

Rock hopping is hands-down our favorite Smoky Mountain activity. But it can be dangerous!

When we’re in the Smoky Mountains, we love to just chose a hike and start out on it. But if you’re in the mood for something a bit more organized, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are always ready to help. There are often scheduled activities happening around the park — and most of […]

Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Luckily, there's no rule against roasting marshmallows! Yum!

So, I’ve written about campgrounds in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. But I haven’t written about the ones located actually inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But this weekend, we’re going to experience this for the first time! (Yes, in record-high temperatures. No, I’m not at all sure this is a good idea.) So I […]

Attend Nature Events in the Smokies

It's spring! Get your kids into the Smokies for fun nature events.

As I write this, I am hot. I’m teaching (well, sorta. and writing a blog) in a lab. It’s stuffy, and for the first time this year, really hot. And I’m dreaming of hiking in the mountains with a beautiful (COLD) mountain stream trickling past and a powerful (COLD) waterfall thundering down. Ahhh… think I […]

Plan Now to See Synchronous Fireflies in the Smokies


UPDATED WITH 2013 INFO! The Synchronous Elkmont Firefly viewing for 2013 dates have been set for June 6-13. The viewing will again be limited by advance reservation only. So don’t wait until the last minute to decide to see this natural phenomenon.

Long-Term Elk Plan Adopted

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted a new plan for managing the elk’s population, according to an article in the Knoxville News. The plan is a follow-up to a reintroduction project that started in 2001, when the park released 25 elk. This was followed by 27 more elk in 2002. Over an eight-year […]

Survey Contest Winner Announced

We’ve been running a contest for a few weeks — we were rewarding anyone who completed our online survey, and told us they did it on Facebook, by entering their name into a drawing for a prize. So, the winner of our contest is … JULIE ALTIZER!  Julie, write us a Facebook message with your […]