Fly Fishing In The Smoky Mountains

Fly Fishing The Smoky Mountains

Imagine, it’s a mild spring morning deep in the heart of the Smokies, the sun is shining and a soft breeze gently musses your hair. There’s a glistening on the water as you cast your line into the babbling mountain stream before you – the splash of your lure breaking the water’s surface is one of the only sounds you hear. There’s nothing but you, your reel and the pure unadulterated Appalachian wilderness surrounding you as you wait for something to bite. You close your eyes to listen to the birdsong and revel in the blissful, tranquility of your fisherman’s haven. (more…)

New Attractions Coming To The Smokies In 2023

New Attractions Coming To The Smokies In 2023

The Smoky Mountains is a wonderful destination for all types of travelers – there’s something for everyone in the group to enjoy, a world-renown landscape to explore and plenty of good old Southern cooking to savor. But what if we told you that 2023 is stacking up to be one of the most exciting years in the Smokies to date? With thrilling new attractions, adventures and sites to explore all over Sevier County in the months to come, even seasonal visitors who have been to the region time and time again will find something new to experience. So, get ready for the best year yet in the Smokies by reading up on the newest and greatest attractions coming to the area in 2023! (more…)

The History And Continued Legacy Of Cherokee, NC

Practically a straight shot from Gatlinburg through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, less than a 90-minute drive, resides the community of Cherokee, NC. Located in the Oconaluftee River Valley, Cherokee is the beautiful namesake community and headquarters for the Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Upon entering the town, it’s clear that a strong connection and reverence for the rich history of the resilient and inventive native peoples who fought to remain in their homeland, remains strong. With an enduring and ever-growing legacy to explore, a rich culture to be immersed in, a breathtaking natural beauty to enjoy, it’s well worth the drive to spend a day in Cherokee, NC.


9 Things To Do In Sevierville, TN

Spend The Day in Sevierville, TN

Just a quick jaunt down the Parkway from Pigeon Forge and roughly fifteen miles from the entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find the scenic country town of Sevierville, Tennessee. This picturesque hamlet, nestled in the lush hills of the Smokies, proudly touts the title of “Dolly’s Hometown” (more on that in a bit) and strives to provide any visitor with a truly authentic Smoky Mountains experience while also showing you a quieter side of the region. From delightful adventures, to off-the-beaten-path treasures, to fantastic shopping opportunities and even historical monuments, there’s so many amazing activities to choose from when planning a day in this idyllic community. When attempting to lay out your trip’s itinerary, it can feel like an impossible task to narrow down what exactly you want to do first when there’s so many options to consider. In hopes of making the selection process a little easier, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the top nine things to do in Sevierville! (more…)

A Guide To: Wilderness Wildlife Week

A Guide To Wilderness Wildlife Week

A Guide To: Wilderness Wildlife Week

Back in 1990, Ken Jenkins, a passionate and world-recognized nature photographer, brought the city of Pigeon Forge a proposition. Ken proposed the idea of creating a unique event meant to educate, increase awareness and boost efforts in nature conservation in The Smoky Mountains region and all over the world. What started as an inspired concept was soon transformed into Wilderness Wildlife Week, a week full of educational family-friendly programs, and has been a staple event in Pigeon Forge ever since. (more…)

Five Great Winter Hikes In The Smoky Mountains

Great Winter Hikes In The Smoky Mountains

Five Great Winter Hikes In The Smoky Mountains

Imagine a scene so breathtaking, it looks as if it’s been delicately painted by Mother Nature herself. Rays of sunlight sparkle off the crystalline vegetation, seemingly suspended in time due to their icy encasements, and vistas – complete with snow-capped evergreens and lush clouds leisurely rolling past – sit unobstructed, just waiting to be admired. Although such a vision may sound like the stuff of fantasy novels and dreamscapes, this whimsical living tableau can be experienced right here in the Smoky Mountains! Though the majesty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be enjoyed and marveled over at any time – winter brings a new kind of magic to the park that can only be experienced during those frigid months. (more…)

New Year’s Eve In The Smokies

New Years Eve In The Smokies

Ring in the start of 2023 in an unforgettable way next week, by spending the last vestiges of this year celebrating in true Smoky Mountain style! From a New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and fireworks show that will leave you breathless to family-friendly events and adult-only parties, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this December 31st. Whether you’re looking for a day jammed-packed with adventure and excitement or would rather spend the day reflecting over the past year and simply enjoying time with those you love, a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Smokies won’t disappoint! Continue reading to learn more about 5 fantastic ways to close out yet another year in the Smoky Mountains. (more…)

Mountain View Falls

Mountain View Falls At Parkside Resort

It finally happened. The love of your life got down on one knee and asked to spend the rest of their days with you in tandem, through the good and the not-so-good, and you promptly said yes. You’ve found that fairytale ending you were always dreaming of, and now it’s time to find a venue as equally enchanting to celebrate your happily-ever-after! Mountain View Falls at Parkside Resort, nestled in the verdant forest of the Smoky Mountains, is a magical spot that is ideal for hosting intimate events and crafting new memories to be cherished forever. With such a beautiful love story to commemorate, it only seems right to select a venue as stunning and lush as Mountain View Falls to host your nuptials. (more…)

Christmas At Parkside Resort

Christmas At Parkdale

Christmas, a magical time meant to be spent with those dearest to you, making new memories and reminiscing over old ones, all while jolly tunes and the smell of fresh bake goods waft through the air. But getting everyone together for the holidays in one place can be quite the challenge, especially if your family unit is a large one. While having a gaggle of people over for the holidays, all rubbing elbows together in your cozy but ill-prepared space, can be great fun – it can also be a recipe for chaos. Take some of the stress out of Christmas this year (while also making it a holiday to remember) by planning an impromptu getaway for you and your loved ones to enjoy at Parkside Resort! (more…)

Shopping In The Smoky Mountains

Shopping In The Smoky Mountains

When you visit the Smoky Mountains, there’s so much to do and see – from scenic viewpoints deep in the wilderness of the mountains to the wacky fun attractions found along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. But did you realize that there’s a variety of shopping centers and boutique shops that offer the perfect excuse for you to break out the wallet? With the holidays upon us and the perfect souvenir out there just waiting for you to take it home, your trip to the Smokies is the perfect time to get some serious shopping done! To help make the decision of where to start, a little easier, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of the most unique shopping centers and malls in the Smokies, ready to explore!  (more…)