Part of U.S. 441 Washes Right Away

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Floods! According to The Knoxville News, part of U.S. 441 (Newfound Gap Road) washed away on Wednesday on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road is expected to be closed for an extended period of time. According to The Hiking in the Smokies blog, the gap in the road […]

2 Fun Games for the Cabin


It’s winter, a perfect time to get cozy by the fireplace in a Smoky Mountain cabin, and play a good game. I’ve got two new suggestions for you. Spot It So, my mother-in-law bought this game for my 7-year-old son’s birthday. So we all played it, and thought it was a lot of fun, a […]

How to Hike Safely in Winter Weather

Snow hit the Smokies on Monday. Here's how to be prepared.

Last week, a hiker was rescued after being stuck in the sudden, unexpected snow from Superstorm Sandy for nearly 24 hours. According to WBIR, Steven Ainsworth, 56, was hiking the Appalachian Trail alone when he got stuck: “He was hiking the Appalachian Trail in reverse, and was actually in one of the most rugged sections […]

Smokies Get Record Snowfall! Here’s How to be Prepared!

Snow hit the Smokies on Monday. Here's how to be prepared.

“Up in the Smokies, they’re just getting hammered,” said Andrew Pritchett, National Weather Service spokesperson on Monday. Hammered, indeed. According to The Knoxville News, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park received 32 inches of snow this week, which is a new record for the month of October. The previous record? SIX inches! That was set […]

Plan ahead for 15 Smoky Mountain Christmas Events

Santa visits my niece, Jessalyn, on the Polar Express.

Right now, it’s all about pumpkins and ghosts. But, before we know it, it’ll be turkeys and pilgrims. And then, right on the tails of those pilgrims, come the elves and Christmas trees. Yes, indeed, friends, Christmas is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more thrilled. In fact, I’ve been begging my husband to […]

Mountain Life Festival in the Smoky Mountains


The Mountain Life Festival is this Saturday at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smoky Mountains. And it’s one of those wonderful, rare FREE events! Yay! The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located near to Cherokee, North Carolina. The festival will have all kinds of […]

10 Tips for Staying Safe While Hiking Alone

Photo by Ben Earwicker --

Hiking alone: dangerous and stupid or wonderful. It depends who you talk to. And how prepared you are. Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced on Tuesday that they’d found remains that possibly belong to a hiker who has been missing since March. According to The Daily Times, a group of park employees […]

Book a Fishing Trip in the Smoky Mountains


Okay, I’m the first to admit that I’m not much of a fisher. I fish in a pond with the kids sometimes. And that’s about the extent of my fishing background. So when I ran across the Rocky Top Outfitters promoting fishing trips, my curiosity was piqued. Here is something that is very “Smoky Mountain-ish” […]

3 Smoky Mountain Blogs That You’ll Love!


Okay, so I’m REALLY glad that you read my blog. And I’m certainly not trying to send you away. But there are some other really good blogs about the area that I think you’ll enjoy. Here they are: High on LeConte Well, I love to read up on this one. It’s written by the current […]

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 […]