Explore the Great Smoky Mountains with Expert Guided Nature Walks

Colorful Smokies with leaves changing color in the fallHow much of the Smoky Mountains have you explored? Whether you visit annually or are planning your first visit, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a diverse mix of wildlife, wildflower and habitats. To explore the park with experts who know the backcountry, the Gatlinburg Special Events department is offering free guided nature walks this spring.

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3 Free Ways to See the Smoky Mountains, and What Makes Them Popular

Cades CoveThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. Stretching across the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Smoky Mountains are a must-see destination for travelers. When you’re on vacation, it’s difficult to do everything you want, while sticking to a budget. Thankfully, there are no fees to get in to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These are our 3 favorite places to explore while you’re in the national park, and they’re free too!

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Things You Don’t Know About the History of Sevier County, TN

Overview of downtown GatlinburgWhile the records of Sevier County go back thousands of years, it was not until 1794 when the land became a cherished community of the United States of America. This county was established on September 18 as it was previously a smaller corner of Jefferson County, but it has maintained its borders ever since. With over 80,000 inhabitants, more locals and tourists are now enjoying this growing county and appreciating the rich history of the area and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Flying Through the Trees

Man zip lining through the woodsThis past week I was given the opportunity to visit, the #1 zipline and canopy tour company in the Smokies, Climbworks Canopy Tours. It was a very exhilarating and adrenaline filled afternoon. It was also very educational. The guides were very knowledgeable about the ecosystem and the effect that a canopy tour can have on the trees. From the very beginning of the 2 1/2 hour tour, I encountered some of the most incredible views of The Smokies that I have ever seen.

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Wild Flowers and Waterfalls

Grotto Falls in the SmokiesIt is Spring again in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and along with spring comes green leaves, beautiful wild flowers, black bear cubs, high flowing waterfalls and much more. This is a great time of year to explore the trails of The Smokies. The wild flowers are in full bloom. The streams, rivers and, waterfalls are at full capacity due to our abundant spring rainfall. Female black bears are out to show off their most recent offspring.

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