For your fall vacation in the Smoky Mountains, consider visiting some of the haunted locations Tennessee has to offer. Whether you are visiting popular towns such as Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountains has plenty of frights to offer. Continue reading
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Festival
Where to stay in Gatlinburg
Visiting the Smoky Mountains always seems more enjoyable when staying in a rustic log cabin, located in the heart of these beautiful mountains. One of the most beautiful places to stay is probably Ober Gatlinburg, because of its picturesque location and numerous activities, including the bear exhibit. Staying at Timber Tops Cabin Rentals can give you the opportunity to experience it all while enjoying the luxury of a rustic log cabin.
Cabins in Pigeon Forge near Live Bear Habtiat
If you choose to stay in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins, you will be in the midst of the fun, and you can still check out the nearby live bear habitat. A trip to the Smoky Mountains is not complete without seeing black bears in their native environment. The bear exhibit in Ober Gatlinburg is a nice replica of the bears’ natural habitat and really adds to the mountain vacation experience. Along with the black bear encounter, you will also get to see other nocturnal animals native to the Smoky Mountains, including some very playful river otters.
While in Gatlinburg you will want to ride the aerial tramway, making sure to watch down below, because of the spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains. Also, you will get to see directly above the live bear habitat, giving a unique viewpoint of the black bears. When you stay at Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be close to the Ober Gatlinburg Bear Exhibit. It is a great place to take the entire family, and can be a wonderful educational experience. Plus, the rates are very low, especially compared to other activities in the Gatlinburg area.
GATLINBURG CABIN RENTALS
So, when you bring your family to the Great Smoky Mountains, be sure to stay in a rustic log cabin and check out the live bear habitat. That way, you can have the complete Smoky Mountain experience. It will be a memorable and educational adventure for everyone.
Do you love Country Music? Will you be visiting the Pigeon Forge TN area soon? If so, you should make time to go see Country Tonite, rated “The Best Show in the Smokies” by NACMAI, and the “Best Show in the Smokies” and “Best Live Country Show” by CMAA three years in a row!! Country Tonite is a fast paced live show that includes singing, dancing, comedy, gospel and good old American patriotism! This show is extremely unique, it includes youth performers as well so it is fun for the entire family! It’s a feel good show that is so much more than just country music… Don’t hesitate take in a show at Country Tonite in your vacation to Pigeon Forge TN, you will love it!
Country Tonite is located on the parkway near traffic light #1 in Pigeon Forge. It is a 1500 seat multi million dollar theatre with top of the line sound and lighting systems and two enormous video screens. There are holiday shows in November and December every year as well. This is their 15th year in production. You can call and get tickets at 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003. Ticket prices are $24.00 for adults, children are free under the age of 12 with a paid adult ticket, and teens (12-17 years old) are $15.00. Discount Tickets Available Here
Every year they have a totally new show. The show lasts about 2 hours and has an intermission of about 15 minutes midway through the show. You can even meet the performers after the show in the lobby and get their autographs. Flash photography is allowed, but no video or audio recording. There are also DVD’s available of the show that can be purchased.
Here is the 2011 lineup for performers in Country Tonite;
June 17, 2011 at 8:00pm Ronnie Milsap $35.00 a ticket
July 1, 2011 at 8:00pm Loretta Morgan & Pam Tillis $35.00 a ticket
July 22, 2011 at 8:00pm George Jones $44.50 a ticket
July 23, 2011 at 8:00pm George Jones $44.50 a ticket
August 19, 2011 at 8:00pm Don Williams $39.95 a ticket
Sept. 23, 2011 at 8:00pm Gene Watson & Connie Smith $35.00 a ticket
October 21, 2011 at 8:00pm Ray Stevens $44.50 a ticket
Nov. 11, 2011 at 8:00pm The Nashville Legends Show $35.00 a ticket
Featuring Jim Ed Brown,
Helen Cornelius, Jack Green
& Jeannie Seely
For more information, contact
129 Showplace Boulevard
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Did you know that the Smoky Mountains has a natural phenomenon that occurs only one other place in the world? For a couple of weeks in early summer in mid June (4ththru the 12th), a rare species of fireflies come into the Smoky Mountains to do synchronized blinking. This species has an internal sensor that lets them know when another firefly is lit. The fireflies can be lit for up to 6 seconds, it creates a wave of blinking lights that is absolutely amazing to see. The only other known location that this happens is in Southeast Asia.
Fireflies are beetles. They take from one to two years to mature from larvae, but will live as adults for only about 21 days. Their light patterns are part of the adulthood mating display. Each species of firefly has characteristic flash pattern that helps its male and female individuals recognize each other. Most species produce a greenish-yellow light; one species has a bluish light. The males fly and flash and the usually stationary females respond with a flash. Peak flashing for synchronous fireflies in the park is normally within a two-week period in mid-June.
The production of light by living organisms is called bioluminescence. Many species of insects and marine creatures are capable of it. Fireflies combine the chemical luciferin and oxygen with the enzyme luciferase in their lanterns (part of their abdomens) to make light. The chemical reaction is very efficient and produces little or no heat.
No one is sure why the fireflies flash synchronously. Competition between males may be one reason: they all want to be the first to flash. Or perhaps if the males all flash together they have a better chance of being noticed, and the females can make better comparisons. The fireflies do not always flash in unison. They may flash in waves across hillsides, and at other times will flash randomly. Synchronicity occurs in short bursts that end with abrupt periods of darkness.
How can you see them? There are Gatlinburg trolleys that go to Sugarlands VisitorCenter to pick up visitors every 20 minutes starting at 7:00pm. They run June 4th thru the 12th. The fireflies usually start lighting up around 9:30pm. It costs $1.00 per person to ride the trolley. It takes you to the Little River Trailhead at Elkmont. The last trolley back leaves at 11:00pm. No private vehicles are allowed into the Little River Trailhead after 5:00pm, unless you are staying at the campground.
Here are the rules;
- Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on, a flashlight that is covered in red or blue cellophane to minimize white lights, keep them pointed down and turn them off when you get to your destination.
- Carry a backpack with any refreshments you may need.
- The only amenities available are portapotty’s.
- No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
- If you want to take pictures, don’t use a flash and set your aperture to f11 and take a long exposure on a tripod to get a nice glowing picture.
- Park rangers and volunteers will be around for questions, guided walks and assistance.
- Don’t forget the last trolley leaves at 11:00pm