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

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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.

It’s Spring! Get Active!

My big 6-year-old on his new green bike with gears.

When we aren’t visiting the mountains, we live in a suburb on the north side of Indianapolis. I love being close to the city. But we do pay for it with all the usual trappings — lots of traffic, etc. Today was ride your bike to school day for our kids. This is kind-of funny, […]

Celebrate Arbor Day — If You Can Figure Out When

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So, I was all set to write a great post about Arbor Day, and how to celebrate it with your kids. I had some great ideas. Only thing left to do? Find out exactly when Arbor Day is. Here’s the very strange thing I learned: Arbor Day varies from state to state. Most states will […]

3 Things I Couldn’t Live Without on the Appalachian Trail

When you're planning to carry a backpack for six months, you want to be really careful about what you put in it!

It’s Appalachian Trail Week at CabinConnection! That’s because April is often the month when Appalachian Trail thru-hikers (that means someone who hikes from the beginning straight through to the end) hit the Smoky Mountains. Today, Liz Hasenmyer is back to tell us about packing for the trail. Liz and her husband, John, spent about six […]

Hitting the Smoky Mountains on the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail thru-hiker John Hasenmyer.

It’s Appalachian Trail week at CabinConnection! That’s because April is often the month when Appalachian Trail thru-hikers (that means someone who hikes from the beginning straight through to the end) hit the Smoky Mountains. Today, we have a tiny portion of the story of thru-hikers Liz and John Hasenmyer. Last year, Liz and John fulfilled […]

3 Great Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

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With weather predicted to be sunny and almost 80 degrees on Sunday, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots! The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to take kids hiking. Our kids love nothing better than setting off on a hiking adventure. If there’s a stream with rocks to hop on, all the […]

Vote for Smoky Mountain Black Bears!

Black bears crossing the street in Cades Cove. Photo by Flickr user Hickory Hardscrabble.

Are the Smoky Mountain black bears the best bears in the U.S.? Undoubtedly. But we have to prove it! National Geographic is taking a poll. The question? Who has the best bears in the U.S.? Choices include Big Bear Lake, California; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Girdwood, Alaska; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. All four claim to be the […]

Park Officials Plan to Trim Trees to Clear Views

Smoky Mountain rangers say they’ll be trimming trees to bring back views that visitors haven’t been able to see in decades. The tree work starts next weekend, April 1st, and will continue through August. The tree trimming won’t affect travel in the park. The rangers decided to trim the trees because many of the best […]

Rock Slide Cleared Up

A roughly 70-foot high bluff between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge collapsed Sunday night, but for the most part, it was cleaned up by Monday morning, according to The Mountain Press. The rock slide closed one northbound lane. The National Park Service took almost 40 dump trucks full of material out of the area. The road […]