Creating a National Park – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 2, 1940, "for the permanent enjoyment of the people." Becoming a national park was not easy for the Great Smokies. Joining the National Park System took a lot of money and the hard work of thousands of people.  Establishing most of the older parks located … Continue reading Creating a National Park – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Walker Sisters

With the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hundreds of families were asked to move out of their mountain homes. Some went willingly, and others fought against it, but most families moved immediately. A select few, including the six unmarried Walker sisters, received a special lifetime lease—a chance to live out the rest of … Continue reading The Walker Sisters

Tall Tales From The Great Smoky Mountains – part III

The Origins of "Boogertown" There are many communities in the Smoky Mountains with strange names, but none of them rival Boogertown. Located in Sevier County, this area is officially known as Oldham, but it is far more famous for its unusual nickname. So, why would anyone choose a name with “booger” in it? The answer … Continue reading Tall Tales From The Great Smoky Mountains – part III

Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains

If you’ve spent any time in the Smoky Mountains, you’ve likely heard a tall tale or two. These colorful stories may not stick strictly to the facts, but they are always entertaining! Some of the best legends in East Tennessee have been passed down for generations, usually just by word of mouth. Here is the … Continue reading Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking Tour Guides

A Walk in the Woods tour guides The staff are very knowledgeable and will gear their walk to your interests.  You will enjoy botany and biology lessons the whole way along. Hopefully you will learn a great deal from your time on the hikes. You won't be disappointed in the experience and amazing nuances! This is so educational … Continue reading Hiking Tour Guides

Bluff Mountain Adventures ATV Rides

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

Norwood Boiler below Clingmans Dome

When I was growing up I heard about a train that wrecked on Clingmans Dome and rolled down the mountain.  Of course that was a definate legend to chase!  So, a few years ago I found that it was a MYTH.  Here is the story as I know it.  Before 1926 the Norwood Lumber Company … Continue reading Norwood Boiler below Clingmans Dome