Discovering Hidden Gems – 5 Lesser-Known Trails of the Smokies

Discovering Hidden Gems - 5 Lesser-Known Trails of the Smokies

Imagine exploring the tranquil beauty of the Smoky Mountains, surrounded by lush forests, serene streams, and breathtaking vistas, all without the usual crowds. While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its iconic trails, there are lesser-known paths that offer a more secluded and unique hiking experience. These hidden gems are perfect for adventurous hikers looking to connect deeply with nature and uncover the rich history of the Smokies. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to five of these hidden trails and explain why choosing Parkside Resort as your home base will enhance your Smoky Mountains adventure. (more…)

Planning Your Dream Wedding in the Smokies

Planning Your Dream Wedding in the Smokies

Every year, the Smoky Mountains attract thousands of couples seeking a romantic backdrop for their special day, and for good reason. The region boasts a picturesque and verdant landscape, rolling mountain peaks, and vibrant foliage blanketed in a gentle mist – all providing a stunning backdrop for weddings year-round. In spring, wildflowers bloom in a burst of colors, while summer brings lush greenery and warm sunshine. Autumn transforms the mountains into a living, breathing masterpiece of gold and crimson, creating the ideal backdrop for your fall wedding. Even in winter, when snow blankets the peaks, the Smokies exude a quiet, enchanting charm that is unique only to the Smokies. (more…)

Starry Nights: Best Stargazing Spots in the Smokies

Starry Nights Best Stargazing Spots in the Smokies


Imagine yourself surrounded by the vast expanse of the night sky, the stars twinkling like jewels against the indigo canvas above. Now, picture experiencing this celestial spectacle amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Stargazing in the Smokies offers an unforgettable journey amongst the stars, where the hustle and bustle of daily life fade away, and the tranquility of the night takes center stage. Nestled between Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. From lush forests and cascading waterfalls to screen valleys and untamed wilderness, the Smokies offer an array of natural wonders that captivate visitors year-round. (more…)

A Mountain Quiltfest 2024: Everything You Need to Know

A Mountain Quiltfest 2024 Everything You Need to Know

Every year, Pigeon Forge hosts A Mountain Quiltfest, a unique event that is a must-see for anyone with a passion for quilting! As we celebrate the 30th annual iteration of this highly anticipated crafts event, quilting enthusiasts from all corners are gearing up for an unforgettable celebration of creativity, community, and craftsmanship. Held at the centrally located LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, A Mountain Quiltfest 2024 promises to be a jam-packed gathering of master quilters, aspiring artists, and eager hobbyists. Join us as we delve into the details of this exciting event and discover why it’s the perfect arts and crafts excursion for anyone passionate about quilting or seeking artistic inspiration in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. (more…)

One Day in Gatlinburg, TN: A Guide for First-Time Visitors

One Day in Gatlinburg, TN A Guide for First-Time Visitors

Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Smokies and filled with adventure and Southern charm, Gatlinburg, TN offers a slew of unique experiences that will certainly make anyone’s visit a memorable one! Acting as a gateway to the Smokies, there’s no end to what adventures you might have during your Smoky Mountain stay. Whether it’s your first visit or you’re back for more, Gatlinburg beckons everyone to relax, enjoy themselves and make some memories. In this guide, we will help you plan an unforgettable day in this picturesque municipality, filled with vibrant streets, natural wonders, and cultural delights. To plan the ideal one-day adventure in Gatlinburg, continue reading! (more…)

An Adventurer’s Guide to the Smoky Mountains

An Adventurer’s Guide to the Smoky Mountains

Nestled within the heart of Tennessee lies a natural wonderland beckoning anyone in search of an unforgettable wilderness adventure. Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains, a sprawling landscape teeming with thrilling experiences that will result in memories that last a lifetime. In this guide, we’ll delve into some of the most exciting outdoor activities and extreme sports the Smokies have to offer, from ziplining through the treetops to navigating rushing whitewater rapids. Whether you’re a seasoned adrenaline junkie or a first-time adventurer, the Smoky Mountains welcome you to explore its untamed beauty and enjoy the everything Mother Nature’s playground has to offer. (more…)

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival: 2024 Edidtion

Dollywood Flower & Food Festival - 2024 edition

Spring is finally here and no nowhere is that more noticeable than at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Beginning now until June 9, 2024, visitors to Dollywood will be able to “experience the splendor of springtime in the Smokies” in an unforgettable and breathtaking manner! For the next couple of months, more than half a million vibrant buds, blooms and blossoms will blanket the park in celebration of Dollywood’s Flower and Food Festival. This event offers a wonderful opportunity to spend time with those you love most, soaking in that beautiful Tennessee sunshine as you experience the thrilling rides, explore the colorful living sculptures, and savor all the delightful flavors of spring. To learn more about this year’s Dollywood Flower and Food Festival and all the things you’ll want to see and sample, read on! (more…)

Scenic Drives: Exploring the Smoky Mountains by Car

Scenic Drives: Exploring the Smoky Mountains by Car

Nestled within the misty embrace of the Appalachian Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomes travelers with its breathtaking beauty and rich biodiversity. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, photographer, wildlife lover, history buff or someone looking for their very own slice of paradise – the Smokies offer adventure to anyone that roams those mist covered peaks. (more…)

One Day in Knoxville: Must-See Attractions for Smoky Mountain Visitors

One Day in Knoxville - Must-See Attractions for Smoky Mountain Visitors

Nestled amidst the gently rolling hills and lush farm fields lies Knoxville, the state’s first capital and a hub for innovation as well as preservation. This vibrant city is brimming with history, art, natural beauty, and all sorts of new opportunities to enjoy as a visitor to the Smokies. While Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer their own charm and bounty of excitement, a day trip to Knoxville promises the chance to make new memories unique to this more than 200-year-old municipality. Join us as we embark on a journey to explore the best of Knoxville in just one day.


2024 Solar Eclipse: The Best Solar Viewpoints in the Smokies

2024 Solar Eclipse The Best Solar Viewpoints in the Smokies

In the realm of outer space related events, few experiences capture the imagination quite like a solar eclipse. As the moon delicately aligns itself between the Earth and the sun, casting its shadow upon our planet, the world is treated to a mesmerizing display of the magic of nature. On April 8, 2024 (beginning at approximately 12:30pm and ending at 4:25pm) a solar eclipse is set to grace the skies, offering viewers in the Great Smoky Mountains region a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness this cosmic dance firsthand. (more…)