Seasonal Roads Reope...

If you’ve been waiting for the seasonal reopening of specific roads to take a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’re in luck! As of Friday, April 11 most all of the seasonal roads were opened including: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Little Greenbrier Road, Parson Branch...

Pre-Teen Fun in Pige...

Yes, we have reached those glorious pre-teen years with our oldest. It definitely has its up and down moments. She is a little harder to entertain now on our vacations, as she likes to tell us that some things are just too kiddish for her liking and no longer cool. It is a good thing that...

Wildflower Report: P...

The next couple of weeks will be the absolute peak for most all wildflowers in the Smokies. Today we took a trip up to Porter’s Creek Trail in the Greenbrier area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an area renowned for its wildflowers, and a number of species (trilliums, phacelia,...

Entertain 8 Year Old...

I have grown to hate the face that we get from our little diva when we walk into a place and they tell her that she is not tall enough or not old enough to do something that her big sister is about to do. This can often time makes vacations a challenge, especially if you are like us with kids...

Fishing in the Smoki...

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains is a time honored tradition that has been occurring for centuries. Before the arrival of European settlers, the waters of the Smokies were fished by the native Cherokees. Since the creation of the national park in the 1930s, millions of fishermen have continued...

Pigeon Forge Vacatio...

Have you ever been on a vacation and said to yourself, “Wow, I wish I would have known that ahead of time”?  This has been true for our family so many times, especially when it involves saving a little money. Let’s face it……vacations can get quite pricey!! I am going to...

Salamanders in the S...

Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the “Salamander Capital of the World”? That’s right. There are more salamander species in the Smokies than almost anywhere else on earth. Salamanders are commonly mistaken as lizards, but they’re actually more closely related to...

Pigeon Forge Family ...

We just returned from a wonderful Spring Break trip to Pigeon Forge!!  It is hard to contain the excitement that we came back with!!  There was so much development going on which only means more new stuff for the area, as well as updating and making the things that are already there even...

Dollywood Opens Seas...

Roller coaster lovers across the nation now have even more reasons to visit Pigeon Forge after the new FireChaser Express opened today at Dollywood. On hand to participate in the grand opening was Dollywood’s namesake, Ms. Dolly Parton, herself. Dolly described the new ride and encouraged...

SMOKIES NEWS: Clingm...

The highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will again be accessible by road starting March 31st with the opening of Clingmans Dome Rd. At 6,643 feet above sea level Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in the state of Tennessee and the third highest east of the Mississippi...