7 Things Not To Do On Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

scenic Smoky Mountain view in summer

At this point you already know that taking a Smoky Mountain vacation can help you live longer, however there are still a few things you will want to avoid while you are here. To help our visitors get the most out of their Smoky Mountain vacations, we at Visit My Smokies have put together a list of the top 7 things you should avoid while visiting the area. Continue reading

7 Amazing Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains Before Summer Ends

Cades Cove in the summer

It is hard to believe that the summer is already more than halfway over. Pretty soon it will be time for pack to school shopping and Friday night football games. However, before you pack away your summer adventure spirit, we at Visit My Smokies have put together a list of the top 7 things to do in the Smoky Mountains your family must do before summer ends. Continue reading

The Unexpected History Found At The New Pigeon Forge Moonshine Distillery

Smoky Mountain moonshine barrels

Moonshining has been a long-standing tradition in the Great Smoky Mountains. For generations, members of the Appalachian community have been perfecting their ‘firewater’ recipes, and now it’s time to put their efforts on display with a brand new Pigeon Forge moonshine distillery.

Today, the new Pigeon Forge moonshine distillery, the Old Forge Distillery, plans to honor both the traditions of the area’s moonshiners and the history of the area with each product it produces. Continue reading

Dolly Parton Saves Dog During International Tour

girl and dog on vacation in the Smoky Mountains

UPDATE: The original owners of the Dolly Parton dog have stepped forward, and we are happy to report that she is now back home.

Dolly Parton is known all around for her big hair, her big personality, and her big heart! And in true Dolly fashion, she recently made international headlines when she tweeted a picture of a lost dog found after her concert at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. Dolly Parton was at the festival performing songs off her newest album, Blue Smoke. Continue reading

National Park Crews Working to Save Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains

View from behind fence facing cabin in Cades Cove

Cades Cove is, by far, one of the most popular places to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rich in history and wildlife, the area is great for families who want to spend a day exploring the mountains. Many groups who visit the area spend time taking photos and wandering around all of the historic buildings before having a picnic lunch and watching the wildlife. To keep Cades Cove history alive, it’s important for the national park crews to constantly work on improving and restoring the area. Here’s what they’ve been doing to make it better for visitors: Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community

Gatlinburg artist painting

In a time before email, social media and mainstream television, folks had to find their own unique way to tell stories and spread messages to one another. Often times this came in the form of folklore, songs, paintings and other forms of art.

Today, we have all the technology we need to instantly connect with one another, but there is still a large community tucked away in the Smoky Mountains that is dedicated to keeping the rich history and culture alive. This community is called the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community. Continue reading