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Top 3 Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Pottery Shops

If you’re a fan of pottery, you’re in luck when you visit the Smoky Mountains! You’ll find a ton of pottery in Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg TN. Some of the most unique pieces can be found in local area shops, made by local artisans. If you’re hoping to find some gorgeous pottery when you visit, we can help! Check out these top 3 Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge pottery shops:

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Everything You Need to Know About Smoky Mountain Trout Fishing

One of the great outdoor activities in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is trout fishing. Whether you’re a pro or just got your first pole, the City of Gatlinburg has several streams that are easily accessible and sure to have that fish you’ll be talking about for years. Most days, you can fish inside the city limits or in the National Park. If you’re interesting in fishing in Gatlinburg, then you’ll love our guide to everything you need to know about Smoky Mountain trout fishing.

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5 Things to Pack for Your Pet’s Smoky Mountain Adventure

If you want to take a mountain vacation and can’t imagine leaving your pet behind, don’t worry. We offer a number of pet friendly cabins in Pigeon Forge near exciting attractions and beautiful scenery. By planning ahead and packing everything they need, you and your family can enjoy a Smoky Mountain trip without any problem. Here are 5 things to pack for your pet’s Smoky Mountains adventure:

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The History of Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Are you planning a trip to Gatlinburg soon? This beautiful Smoky Mountains city has a rich history that makes it a perfect place to visit on vacation. Here is the history of Gatlinburg, Tennessee:

The Settlement of Gatlinburg

gatlinburg signNestled in the valley of the Little Pigeon River’s West Fork and surrounded on three sides by the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg has evolved from a rural hamlet to a thriving gateway community. Settled in the early 1800s, it was first named White Oak Flats for the abundant native white oak trees covering the landscape. It is believed a middle-aged widow, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, was the first official settler here. She came with her family to start a new life in what her late-husband described as a “Land of Paradise” in East Tennessee.

In 1854, Radford C. Gatlin arrived in White Oak Flats and opened the village’s second general store. Controversy soon surrounded him and was eventually banished from the community. However, the city still bears his name.

As a self-sustaining community, Gatlinburg changed little in the first one hundred years. When the Civil War erupted, some locals joined the Union, others the Confederacy. But, in general, the mountain people tried to remain neutral. Although only one Civil War skirmish was fought in Gatlinburg, countless raids were made by both sides to gather vital resources needed to sustain the war effort. As with much of the South, deprivation and hardship persisted long after the war.

The Radford Gatlin Story

Originally called White Oak Flats, there are many stories as to how Gatlinburg got its name, all involving a controversial figure who settled here in 1854. Radford C. Gatlin was flamboyant and, as a preacher, established his own “Gatlinite” Baptist Church. He was a democrat in a republican community, which was frowned upon. After continuing to go against the status quo in the newly established Gatlinburg, Tennessee, he was eventually told to leave.

Great Smoky Mountains History

park signWith the formation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, tourism boosted the area’s economy. Many of the displaced mountain families moved into town, either developing new enterprises or taking jobs in new hotels, restaurants and service facilities to meet the needs of the burgeoning tourist industry. Progress slowed considerably during World War II. But, by war’s end, tourists returned with a vengeance and the sleepy little village of Gatlinburg expanded to meet the demands. Incorporated in 1945, it has since developed into a four-season resort and convention Mecca.

Where to Stay

When you take a trip to Gatlinburg, check out our cabin rentals for the best Smoky Mountain lodging experience! Our rentals offer awesome amenities like fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs, theater rooms and game rooms! Some even feature indoor private pools that provide even more seclusion! Check out our current cabin specials so you can save money on your next stay.

Now that you know the history of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you can better appreciate the beautiful area on your next Smokies vacation. Check out our Gatlinburg cabins so you can stay right in the center or all the modern Gatlinburg activities.

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The History of Cades Cove

Most people know Cades Cove as one of the best places to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Today, this spot is one of the most popular Smokies attractions. What many people don’t realize is Cades Cove was a popular living area for over 100 years! Here is the history of Cades Cove:

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Everything You Need to Know About Fall in the Smoky Mountains

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. Here is everything you need to know about fall in the Smoky Mountains:

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Why You Should Take a Trip to Cherokee NC While Staying with Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals

Cherokee, NC is located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a short trip over the mountain from Gatlinburg. If you’re looking for a nice day trip from the Gatlinburg area, then a drive to Cherokee is just what to need. A visit to Cherokee, NC makes for a perfect day trip when you are staying in one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals. Our cabins near Cherokee NC are perfect for your stay because you’ll get to enjoy everything the Gatlinburg area has to offer on top of your short day trip to the North Carolina side of the mountains. Check out these reasons why you should take a trip to Cherokee NC when you stay with us:

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All You Need to Know About Fishing in Gatlinburg Tennessee

One of the great outdoor activities in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is trout fishing. Whether you’re a pro or just got your first pole, the City of Gatlinburg has several streams that are easily accessible and are sure to have that fish you’ll be talking about for years. Most days, you can fish inside the city limits or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re interested in fishing when you visit, check out our guide to fishing in Gatlinburg:

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The 4 Best Smoky Mountain Swimming Holes and Waterfalls

Summertime is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountain swimming holes and waterfalls. On average, June, July, and August are the hottest months of the year. These warm and humid conditions make it the perfect time to put on your swimsuit and take a dip in the pristine waters of the Smokies! There are numerous areas inside the national park to spend the day cooling off in the 65-degree waters. That’s right, 65 degrees! On a day when the temperature is 90 and the humidity level is 90%, you won’t want to get out of the water. Check out a few of the most popular waterfalls and swimming holes in the Smokies:

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