Wildlife Crossing Project

The Safe Passage Fund Coalition has officially launched the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project. In part, the collaborative effort aims at creating wildlife crossings, including wildlife overpasses and underpasses, along 28 miles of I-40 at the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Artist’s rendering of a bridge for wildlife to cross Interstate 70, to be built near … Continue reading Wildlife Crossing Project

Is there free parking in Gatlinburg?

“Is there free parking in Gatlinburg?” has got to be one of the most asked questions when it comes to traveling in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Even though finding free parking in Gatlinburg can be tough, there are a couple of places. Here’s a few ideas and the best free parking places in Gatlinburg: … Continue reading Is there free parking in Gatlinburg?

Happy 75th birthday, Dolly!

I must admit I wasn’t Dolly Parton’s biggest fan in my younger years. Growing up in Wilmington, Delaware I was not a big country music fan. I was into Rock N Roll and nothing else. I used to think she was just a country singer more known for being “well endowed” than anything else. As … Continue reading Happy 75th birthday, Dolly!

DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Enjoy an all-new Dollywood Christmas tradition Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, presented by Humana, has been honored for ten consecutive years as the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide. Wander through more than five million holiday lights shining bright throughout the Dollywood park, delight in the spectacular holiday performances, soak up the warm Christmas atmosphere, and … Continue reading DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Rocky Top Sports World

An 80-acre state-of-the-art sports campus in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has received both national and international attention for its state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. Rocky Top Sports World has been voted a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management as well as Top … Continue reading Rocky Top Sports World

Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible – Part 1

A member of the mule team waits patiently as Danny Gibson moves in the background to assess the load to be transported. Holly Kays photo In popular culture mules get a bad rap, cast as stubborn, ornery and even mischievous.  But Danny Gibson, animal packer for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spends more time with mules … Continue reading Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible – Part 1

Ultimate Guide To Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

If you’re planning to do some fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ve come to the right place to get the catch of your dreams! The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern portion of the United States. There are over 2,100 miles of stream that offer a … Continue reading Ultimate Guide To Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains