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

Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains – part II

Last week, we started a series of three of our favorite tall tales stories from the Smoky Mountains. If you haven't read that one, go check it out! Here's story no.2: The Missing Gold Mine in Greenbrier In the years following the Civil War, the richest man in Greenbrier Cove was local blacksmith Perry Shults. … Continue reading Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains – part II

Top 12 Activities near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee

There are so many amazing things to do around the Great Smoky Mountains! We've put together a list of the top 12 things we have done ourselves or feedback from guests like you!

Ghost Town in the Smokies

As we’re rustling though wet leaves, its hard to imagine that this tranquil plot of land has been the subject of so much controversy. In fact, its pretty easy to overlook the community entirely. The only sound is some laughing teenagers somewhere around a bend in the road ahead, and, if you’re close enough, streaming water from the Little River.  If not for the leafless trees granting glimpses the near century-old vacation homes, you wouldn’t even know they’re there.

DSC_3875Elkmont started as a logging base in 1908. Within a couple of years the logging company had a bunch of cleared out land and no way to make more money from it, so they started selling plots to hunters and fisherman, drawing outdoor enthusiasts out to the wilderness of the Smokies. Cottages and hotels started popping up on the mountain and an elite social club – the Appalachian Club – was established. But not…

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Gatlinburg: Mountain Life

Great Summary of downtown Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. There are three entrances into the Smokies right from downtown. Gatlinburg attracts more than eleven million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any givennight. This little town of 3,944 residents is dedicated to welcoming all of its guests with a taste of Appalachian hospitality at its best.

Everyone enjoys walking the Downtown Parkway, which runs from one end of town to the other. It’s filled with a rich variety of things to see and activities to experience, places to eat, shopping, and attractions that boggle the mind. For a quieter stroll, take the River Walk and enjoy the cheerful song of the Little Pigeon River, with gazebos and benches along the way. Apart from the Downtown Parkway and connecting side streets, the East Parkway at Traffic…

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The Busiest Highpoint: Clingmans Dome, Tennessee (11/50)

Clingman’s Dome is steep, but the view from the parking lot is almost as good as the view at the top.

A Blind Shot at Reaching 50 State Highpoints

For some reason, they moved the highpoint marker from the top down to the start of the summi trail at Clingmans Dome For some reason, they moved the highpoint marker from the top down to the start of the summi trail at Clingmans Dome

Photos from Clingmans Dome

When it comes to highpoints, none receive more visitors than Clingmans Dome, the highpoint of Tennessee.  Standing at 6644 feet, the mountain, which sits on the Tennessee and North Carolina border, is the third highest point east of the Mississippi River behind only Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig in North Carolina.

Clingmans Dome sits in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it is just one of many places worthy of a visit while spending time in the park. For those looking to avoid a long hike, a trip during the warmer months of the year (April-December) allows one to have the opportunity to drive near the top of the mountain and take the half-mile trail to the summit.  If you go during the…

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The Great Smoky Mountains

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?

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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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New Year’s Snow in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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A short drive from the western entrance to the park at Gatlinburg rewarded my family with a winter wonderland not predicted by the weathermen. The temperature was dropping to freezing as we climbed, and suddenly snow covered the trees and branches on the higher ridges. This was a total surprise.

Great Smokies Snow Rocks
Every bend in Highway 441 revealed more whiteness.

Great Smokies Snow overlook
The first major overlook was magical with the encrusted trees filling the western horizon.

Great Smokies Snow Clouds
It was almost sunset, and snow clouds hovered above the ridges.

Great Smokies Snow Creek
Along the roadway, a creek was framed by the snow, which appeared blue in the dimming light.

Great Smokies Snow Bridge
A footbridge welcomed lucky visitors to this unusual winter display.

Great Smokies Snow Spruce
In some places the snow seemed heavier, and the absence of any wind allowed the flakes to cling to the needles.

Great Smokies Snow at Sunset
The light was rapidly disappearing, but the beauty was frozen all around us.

Great Smokies Snow at Twilight
The sun was down, but the…

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Little Cabin in the Woods…

Dreaming in a Sleepless World

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Actually, the name of this post should be “down the rabbit hole.” It is very often amazing to me how I start out at one spot, with clear intent and path, only to wander off nearly immediately and to end up so far off track I cannot even discern how it came to be. Seems at times I have lost all bearings. I do not remember how I came to having knowledge of John Ownby’s 1860 cabin in The Sugarlands of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Was this something that caused me to explore the Park as an option while visiting Tennessee…or did I discover the existence of the cabin during the planning phases of my excursion? I do know my ancestors that settled in these mountains were Ownby while my branch of the family that trekked to Fannin County, Georgia by way of North Carolina spelled their version Owenby. Others chose Ownbey. As you have probably surmised, this picture…

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