Smoky Mountains

Celebrate the holidays this year by enjoying a spectacular Christmas lights show in the Smoky Mountains! Shadrack's Winter Wonderland at Smokies Stadium features millions of dazzling lights that are guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. Guests can enjoy this magnificent technicolor display from the comfort and warmth of their cars. Read on for everything you need to know about this can’t-miss attraction in East Tennessee.

The Smoky Mountains are a magical place to visit during the holiday season. With majestic mountain views and special events, Pigeon Forge is the perfect spot for a winter get together with your family. Here are five reasons to spend Christmas in a Smoky Mountain cabin:    

One of the best things about autumn in the Smokies is the delicious selection of seasonal dishes and desserts! Whether you are looking for apple flavor or pumpkin spice, several local establishments offer some of the finest fall food in the Smoky Mountains.

Guests staying at a cabin in Pigeon Forge often wonder how likely it is that they will see black bears. While there is a substantial black bear population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in all likelihood you will not see one near your cabin. For the safety of both you and the bears, it’s best if these animals don’t come too close. There are some precautions you can take to make this even less likely.

What do you get when you combine kids, fishing and the Great Smoky Mountains? Why, the Mountain Music Kids Fishing Tournament in Sevierville, of course! One of the largest fishing tournaments for kids in the nation, last year's tournament had almost 400 parent/child teams from across the United States looking to claim first place. Sponsored entirely by donations from individuals and businesses, this year's tournament is July 26 at the Douglas Dam TVA Boat Ramp in Sevierville. For the past 24 years, the tournament has been an inspiration to children and their parents to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in East Tennessee.

family in car with mountain backgroundSummer vacation is a time of relaxation for parents and kids, but it can be difficult to relax when you’re stuck in a traffic jam or surrounded by a crowd. For those dreaming of a vacation away from every distraction, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have a variety of popular attractions along with peaceful escapes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fireflies in the parkOne of nature’s most breathtaking miracles happens every year in the Smokies. A special species of lightning bug known as synchronous fireflies put on an incredible light show as part of their mating ritual. Eager to impress the ladies, male fireflies flash their lights in unison to create absolutely stunning patterns. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the few places in the U.S. where people can watch this unforgettable display. Read on to learn how you can attend the synchronous fireflies event in Gatlinburg!

Deer touching nosesCades Cove is one of the most peaceful locations in the Smoky Mountains. Home to several historic home sites and playful wildlife, there is no question as to why so many families make a trip to the scenic spot every year.