Since 1986, visitors from around the world have become well acquainted with the Dollywood name and experience. However, the entertainment park actually traces its roots back to 1961 when Rebel Railroad first opened on the site that, over time, has expanded and grown into Dollywood. Dollywood is one of the world’s best-known theme parks, from … Continue reading 5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Dollywood Experience
2-hour walking tour of two abandoned resorts and learn about Smoky Mountain history and legends
There are so many Things to see and do in Gatlinburg Tennessee. I have been going there for years and still do not have many things on my Gatlinburg bucket list crossed off. Mainly because I love doing certain things that I have to hit every time I am in the area. Check out this … Continue reading Gatlinburg Tennessee Endless Activities
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This lovely little piece of Tennessee became the place that attracted travelers to the quiet community in the Appalachia beginning in the early 1960’s. From a small community with modest lodging and not much of a draw outside of the natural landscape, to a destination that draws up to 10 million guests a year, Pigeon […] … Continue reading Pigeon Forge Things to Do
One thing we love about the Great Smoky Mountains is how the mountain changes constantly. Many times, you can sit on the deck and watch the “smoke” drift by.
One minute you can barely see anything, then the next minute the whole mountain range appears. It has always fascinated me!
Why are they named the Smoky Mountains?
The Smokies are named for the blue mist that always seems to hover around the peaks and valleys. The Cherokee called them shaconage, (shah-con-ah-jey) or “place of the blue smoke”. This is how the “Blue Ridge Mountains” got their name as well.
Whatever the reason, for me, it has a calming effect on me that reduces my stress and gives me perspective on my life and the world around us.
Pictures just do not do it justice, don’t you think?
Ever since I was big enough to remember, I have always loved the mountains. Every summer my daddy would choose a day, wake us up before dawn, load us up in the car, and surprise us with a trip to the mountains. We always went to the same place … Helen, GA. We would explore the town a bit, have lunch, and then drive around. Usually, we would end up at Brasstown Bald and stroll up to the peak. Every trip, he would tell us how you could see seven states from there on a clear day. It was always special, and I grew to love those Smoky mountains. To this day, the very sight of those peaks coming in to view fills me with joy.
Well, last week my son and I got to explore a bit in the smokies. We had some timeshare points left to use, and…
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ATV Mountain Biking is probably something that you don't normally do. Why not do it in the Smoky Mountains. You may also choose to ride the Rhino if you don't want to ride alone. There is also something called a side by side. There are 6,000 acres of privately owned land with endless, challenging trails spread … Continue reading Bluff Mountain Adventures ATV Rides
Just outside of Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, you can easily enter Great Smoky Mountain National Park and take a drive along the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It’s a fascinating drive, and there are a number of waterfalls that can be accessed from the motor trail. Some of them require medium length hikes to view the falls, and on the day I was there, there was moderately consistent thunder, so I decided against those hikes.
There are a few waterfalls that can be easily viewed from the trail, though. One of them is unnamed, and is discussed here. The other, better advertised waterfall, is the Place of a Thousand Drips, which happens to be an amazingly cool name for a waterfall. I would assume it gets its name from the way it seems to split into many different drops, recombine, split again, and so on. It’s a rather fascinating view.
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There has been much controversy concerning the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the idea of it’s inception. The area now know as Elkmont within the park is no exception. The area started as a logging camp around 1901 when Colonel Townsend founded the Little River Railroad and the Little River Lumber Co.
As logging began to make the area more accesible the tourism trade grew. Townsend sold some of the land to outdoor and hunting enthusiast who soon began to build summer cottages. The former logging camps of Elkmont and Tremont were turned into vacation destinations which led to the creation of the Wonderland Hotel and the Appalachian Club.
By the 1920’s many people began to notice how the logging operations had devestated the land and the push for a national park began. The problem with the national park idea was that the land was owned by private…
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