Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Start now with your fall planning, and book your lodging to enjoy smoky mountain fall. September marks a wonderful time of year to vacation to Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This month kicks off the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, a three month long event featuring fall activities, events and concerts! Many families choose the fall time to visit Pigeon Forge, and it’s no wonder why. With the breathtaking changing of the leaves, the fresh, in-season produce, and the variety of events and activities in Pigeon Forge and nearby towns, there are endless entertainment options to take advantage of.

Check out these events below and begin planning your fall time Smoky Mountain vacation. All events take place in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, which are neighboring towns only a short drive from one another. Reserve your cabin with ERA In the Smokies and begin planning your trip itinerary today!

Sevier County Harvest Festival Events:

September Events

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“Hearts That Survive” Book Signing – guest author Yvonne Lehman comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

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Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670

1 – 2

8th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival  Free outdoor family event located at Arrowmont  School of Arts and Crafts. This festival features skilled artist from all over the country, great cuisine and fun music for all!

3 – 8

Sevier County Fair – Enjoy the last moments of summer with an evening at a country fair. Enjoy carnival rides, games, contest, food and concerts at our hometown fair.

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Star Gazing in the Smokies – Come out to Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a wonderful night of star gazing on Friday, September 7 beginning around 7:30 p.m. Call (865) 926-6251 for reservations.

7 – 8

Shades of the Past – Thousands of classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Pigeon Forge each year.

8 – 9

Teacher Escape Weekend – Escape to  the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher/naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer. This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

13 – 15

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – This three day festival is jam packed full of Bluegrass performers that will start playing at 9 a.m. and keep playing well on into the night.

13 – 16

Grand Fall Rod Run – The changing colors and bright leaves falling are the perfect natural backdrop for viewing the colorful selection of cars during this huge event. Car enthusiasts enjoy cruising and meeting on the main parkway amid the fall displays in every restaurant, hotel, and attraction.Located at Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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Stargazing in Cades Cove Field – beginning at 8:00 pm.  Park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to Cades Cove Loop Road, where a ranger will escort the group about one-third of a mile to a nearby field.

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Classic rock bands ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, TN. Tickets for the show are $46.50 for general admission, $67.50 for VIP seating. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Smokies Stadium box office, by calling (865) 656-4444,or by visiting knoxvilletickets.com.

21 – 22

Don Williams in Concert – at Country Tonite Theatre. For more information please call 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

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Gerald Charles Dickens Performances: Guests of The Inn at Christmas Place have two opportunities to see Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens perform his one-man show “Dickens is Coming!” This is Mr. Dickens’ third appearance at the hotel, and he is a real favorite.

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“Maritime Artist from England, specializing in Titanic Art” Book Signing – guest author Ed Walker comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26 – 29

“Maritime Artist from England, specializing in Titanic Art” Book Signing – guest author Ed Walker comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Taste of Autumn – supporting the United Way of Sevier County and featuring the fare of the area’s finest restaurants and businesses plus live music at Gatlinburg Convention Center 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

28 – Nov. 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

28 – 29

Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day – Come out to the Townsend Visitor Center in Townsend, TN for bluegrass music, clogging, beautiful antique tractors, crafts, food, quilting, apple-butter making, beekeeping and blacksmithing.

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Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend, TN

29 – 30

13th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament – Come out for great prizes and fun as we stock over 5,000 trout prior to this two day event! (865) 661-3474

30 – Oct. 28

Autumn Workshops at Arrowmont  – From September 30 – October 28, 2012, thirty-six one-week and weekend classes will be offered in baskets, brooms, clay, drawing, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, special topics, and wood. Call (865) 436-5860 for more info.

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Smokies Half-Marathon, 5k and Fun Run – 8:00 am Be here for the first ever Smokies Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run which will start and finish in the historic “Old Mill District”, nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Plan to make a long weekend out of it! Stroll the Parkway and enjoy some of the area’s great attractions.

October Events

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Autumn Workshops at Arrowmont – From September 30 – October 28, 2012, thirty-six one-week and weekend classes will be offered in baskets, brooms, clay, drawing, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, special topics, and wood. Call (865) 436-5860 for more info.

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

4 – 21

“1912 Facts About Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Lee Merideth comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – 31

Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670.

1 – Nov. 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

5 – 31

Ripley’s Fright Nights – Every evening at 6:13 p.m. beginning with a New Orleans-style character parade. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 14th Annual Fright Nights show entitled “Backwoods Terror: You Just Made A Wrong Turn”, a show dedicated to all things Halloween!

6 – 7

Teacher Escape Weekend – Escape to the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher/naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer. This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

6 – 7

Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming – Come out to the pumpkin patch for old fashioned games, bluegrass music and the unveiling of Robert Tino’s latest print.

6 – 7

Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival – held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, located in the peaceful gateway community of Townsend, TN. Through an assortment of artifacts dating from 3000 B.C. to the 1930’s, visitors catch a glimpse of Native American life and its pottery.

10 – 16

Titanic Honors Pastors and Clergy, October 10-16, 2012 – Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Learn about the religious heroes of Titanic and what they did in those final hours to spread the gospel and save the unsaved.

11 – 28

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – One of the Southeast’s favorite events featuring over 200 booths of artisans finest work. Live entertainment daily!

Foothills Fall Festival – one of the most anticipated events in the southeast! Nestled at the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville, Tennessee hosts three days of amazing world class concerts, juried arts and crafts, and activities, shows, and much more for the whole family. We’re setting the stage for you this October!

15 – 20

Mountainfest at The Inn at Christmas Place – Mountainfest event located at The Inn at Christmas Place includes bluegrass music, singers, storytellers and demonstrations of mountain crafts.

19 – 21

Women’s Backpack – What better way is there to enjoy early fall than with a group of adventurous women on the trail and around the campfire. It’s “Girl Power” all the way as we climb mountains, ford streams and leave our hectic lives behind.

19 – 20

Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop – Willard Clay, widely recognized as one of our nation’s preeminent landscape photographers, leads this annual workshop. Unlike many photography workshops, our price includes meals, lodging and instruction by one of the finest teams of photography instructors anywhere in the country.

22 – Nov 5

“The Sinking of the Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Bruce Caplan comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Ray Stevens in Concert (two performances 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) – at Country Tonite Theatre. For more information please call 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

November Events

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“The Sinking of the Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Bruce Caplan comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

1 – 30

Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670.

2 – 4

Climate Change in the Smokies – Join rangers and scientists from Great Smoky Mountains National Park along with Tremont staff to learn the current state of climate change in the Smokies and possible future outcomes for the park.

5 – 12

Titanic Honors Veterans, November 5-12, 2012 – Military Members Receive VERY SPECIAL OFFER with Military ID during Pigeon Forge Veterans Week. Guests must present a Military ID/Papers.  Call for details. 800-381-7670.

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Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff

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2nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade: Join us in Pigeon Forge as we salute the men and women of America’s military during this annual parade through the city.

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23rd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

6 – Feb 28

23rd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest  – Join all the fun this winter with activities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and all over the Smoky Mountains as we celebrate Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. Enjoy holiday lights Nov. 6, 2012 through Feb.28, 2013.

6 – Dec. 31

Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights – Nov. 6, 2012  until  Dec. 31, 2012 at Patriot Park. Come out and experience the stunning light displays on board a Pigeon Forge trolley. The Tour of Lights begins and ends at Patriot Park. Please call (865) 453-6444 for specific departure times.

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Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff – Sample mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili. Grab a spoon and savor everything from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous. The City of Gatlinburg hosts the 23rd Annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in downtown Gatlinburg.

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Veterans Day Celebration – Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute. This popular free-admission event on Sunday, November 11 will be held in the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at 2:00 p.m.

20 – 24

Festival of Trees – Dozens of decorated Christmas trees amaze visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. This annual display is a fundraiser for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry.

21 – 25

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Autumn and holiday items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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Veterans Day Celebration – Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute. This popular free-admission event on Sunday, November 11 will be held in the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at 2:00 p.m.

20 – 24

Festival of Trees – Dozens of decorated Christmas trees amaze visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. This annual display is a fundraiser for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry.

21 – 25

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Autumn and holiday items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

22 – 24

Real Snow off the Bow of Titanic Museum Attraction – 7:00 p.m. Free in Parking Lot – Bring your Cameras! Each night, November 22-24 and every Saturday in December, the Titanic will produce real, falling snow off the bow of the ship. AND…the entire ship inside and out will be aglow with Christmas lights and decorations.

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Fireworks at Titanic Museum Attraction – 7:30 pm (or when it gets dark) The night sky will be filled with a major fireworks show to celebrate the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers. It will be the largest fireworks event on the Parkway since the Titanic Museum Attraction’s grand opening in 2010.

26 – Dec. 2

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  Christmas items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Beat the Heat Gatlinburg Cabins 2012!

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesSo many summer vacation destinations involve suffering through abnormally hot days and long exposure to the sun. While this may be attractive to some, there is a way to enjoy warm summer weather without getting fried! Come to Gatlinburg for your summer vacation and beat the heat, instead of letting it beat you!

Find the Cooler Air
The lush beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains offers innumerable ways to enjoy summer in the great outdoor at slightly cooler temperatures. The higher elevations of the mountain destination and the ample shade provided by the forest make for many pleasant, cooler, summer memories!

Easy Summer Hikes1. Take a hike!
Summer hikers are often drawn to water and the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Above 5000 feet, the summer temperatures are often 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in the lowlands. There are hikes for everyone. From peaceful walkways to challenging mountain trails, each hike offers many chances to enjoy nature, with beautiful plant life, chances to see our profusion of animal life, as well as waterfalls and creeks galore! And don’t forget the gorgeous mountain views! Some of our related posts you might like to check out:
Easy Summer Hikes
Waterfall Walks and Hikes
Wildflowers by Foot or Car

Have a Picnic!2. Have a picnic
Summer in Gatlinburg and the Smokies is a mild, beautiful season of warmth and green; and as temperatures rise, I find myself searching for ways to spend more time outdoors (preferably in the shade). What better way to enjoy the spring and summer season than a picnic? Whether homemade or store-bought, picnics offer time with the whole family or maybe just a relaxing romantic day at the Park. Check out our related post The Art of the Picnic.

Zipline Fever!3. Enjoy a zipline canopy tour
Just imagine… gliding through the shady emerald tree tops, the cool wind brushing across your face, and of course, luscious, verdant views all around! Ziplining has become quite a big deal around here. There are places, right off the main Parkway, where you can enjoy easy access, and still experience the thrill off the wind whipping across your face. If you want to enjoy ziplining in the lush green forest canopy, there are places that offer this as well! Check out our related posts:
Zipline Fever
Smoky Mountain Adventurous Vacations

Call today to reserve your Smoky Mountain Cabin!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales 2012

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!Gatlinburg’s seventh annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins in downtown Gatlinburg on June 15 and will run through August 11, 2012.

Tunes & Tales is a street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as 1800.

This event highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community.

The collection of personalities and performers arrive daily at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Characters disperse along the Parkway for entertainment and storytelling until 11 p.m. As many as 12 nightly acts perform throughout the evening.

The mountain style of music is featured all season.

Visitors will also be able to learn how instruments are made by local craftsmen like Denton Bragg and Mark Edelman and they will also see the Back Porch Cloggers demonstrating old time clogging.

Characters including Miss Nan the School Marm and Quiltin’ Annie teach old time ways. Zeno, the official ambassador of Gatlinburg, is a daily feature, and visitors will be entertained with songs and stories by other personalities.

“Our intent is to take what we feel is one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provide something that is fun and somewhat different from what most places are doing,” Special Events Manager George Hawkins said.

For more information, visit www.eventsgatlinburg.com .

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Gatlinburg, TN Waterfall Season is here!

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Plan your Smoky Mountain Vacation!The Great Smoky Mountains abound with the two ingredients essential for waterfalls—ample rainfall and an elevation gradient. During wet years, peaks like Mt. Le Conte and Clingmans Dome receive over eight feet of rain. This abundant rainfall trickles and rushes down the mountain sides, from high elevation to low, sometimes dropping more than a mile in elevation from the high peaks to the foothills at the park’s boundary.

Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park. Large waterfalls attract the crowds, but smaller cascades and falls can be found on nearly every river and stream in the park. Here are some of our favorites:

See Waterfalls in Gatlinburg!1. Laurel Falls. The trail is 2.6 miles round trip and considered moderate in difficulty. The trail is paved and is suitable for strollers. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. To find the trailhead from Sugarlands Visitor Center, turn toward Cades Cove on Little River Road and drive 3.5 miles to the trailhead where there are parking areas on both sides of the road.

Find a Deal on a Gatlinburg Cabin!2. Mouse Creek Falls. The 4-mile round trip hike to the waterfall is considered moderate in difficulty. Big Creek Trail follows an old railroad grade used to haul lumber out of the mountains during the logging boom at the start of the 20th century. At 1.4 miles the trail passes Midnight Hole, a deep, picturesque pool below a 6′ falls. At 2.1 miles a short side trail on the left leads to a bench where hikers can rest and view Mouse Creek Falls which is on the far side of Big Creek. The falls are 45’ in height. To find the trailhead, exit I-40 at Waterville Road (#451). Turn left after crossing the Pigeon River and proceed 2.3 miles to an intersection. Continue straight, past the ranger station, to a large parking area at road’s end.

Spend your entire vacation in the National Park!3. Hen Wallow Falls. A 4.5 mile round trip hike. Take the Gabes Mountain Trail which begins from the parking area at the entrance to Cosby Campground. The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high. The hike to the falls is 4.4 miles round trip and considered moderate in difficulty. Hikers continuing on the Gabes Mountain Trail beyond the falls can enjoy an impressive old-growth forest.

The Smokies are a great place for Family Reunions!4. Indian Creek Falls. An easy 1.6 mile round trip hike will allow you to enjoy two beautiful waterfalls in the Deep Creek area. Walk Deep Creek Trail 0.7 mile to the junction with Indian Creek Trail. On your way you can view elegant Tom Branch Falls located on the far side of Deep Creek. Turn right at the junction with Indian Creek Trail and proceed approximately 200′ to Indian Creek Falls. The falls are 25 feet in height. To find the trailhead, follow the signs through downtown Bryson City, NC to Deep Creek Campground. Continue past the campground to the trailhead at the end of Deep Creek Road.

Many sites are a short day trip from Gatlinburg!5. Juney Whank Falls. The trail to the waterfall is 0.8 miles round trip and is considered moderate in difficulty. Juney Whank Falls is divided into an upper and lower section. Both can be viewed from the footbridge which crosses Juney Whank Branch at the falls. Together they drop 90 feet from top to bottom. To find the trailhead, follow the signs through downtown Bryson City, NC to Deep Creek Campground. Continue past the campground to the trailhead at the end of Deep Creek Road. Backtrack on foot 0.1 mile along the road to the trail.

We love the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!6. Rainbow Falls. The 5.4 mile round trip hike is considered moderate in difficulty. The Rainbow Falls Trail continues for approximately 4 miles beyond the falls to the summit of Mt. Le Conte. A rainbow produced by mist from this 80-foot high waterfall is visible on sunny afternoons. During extended winter cold spells, an impressive ice formation builds around the falls. Between trail head and falls, Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500′ in elevation. From the parkway in Gatlinburg, turn at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue past the Noah “Bud” Ogle homesite to the clearly signed Rainbow Falls parking area.

There is always something to do in the Smokies!7. Ramsey Cascades. The trail to the waterfall gains over 2,000′ in elevation over its 4 mile course and the 8-mile roundtrip hike is considered strenuous in difficulty. It follows rushing rivers and streams for much of its length. The last 2 miles pass through old-growth cove hardwood forest with large tuliptrees, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birches. Do not attempt to climb to the top of the falls. Several people have been killed trying to do so. Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the park and one of Live on Vacation...Move to the Smokies!the most spectacular. Water drops 100 feet over rock outcroppings and collects in a small pool where numerous well-camouflaged salamanders can be found. To find the trailhead, drive six miles east of Gatlinburg on Highway 321 and turn at the Greenbrier entrance to the park. Follow the signs 4.7 miles to the trailhead.

Please note that several fatalities and numerous injuries have resulted from people climbing on rocks near waterfalls.

These rocks are very slippery due to algae and mist. Do not attempt to climb to the tops of waterfalls. Closely supervise children at all times near water and waterfalls.

Rent a cabin on the water!
Don’t forget to make the most of your Smoky Mountain Vacation by renting a Gatlinburg Cabin! We even have cabins on the water!

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1-800-309-0277This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Splish-n-Splash in the Smokies!

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!Summer is here, the sun is shining, and everyone wants to know how they can get wet! Come to the Smokies for your vacation and you can find a different way to get wet for every day of the week!

Stay in one of our cabins with pool access!1. Rent a Cabin or Chalet with Pool Access
ERA in the Smokies offers a number of different cabins with pool access! An undeniably fun water umbrella accompanies the wonderful pool and clubhouse in the luxurious Black Bear Falls Community, where several of our cabins are located! Bear Pond, American Dream, Sapphire Smoke, and Bear’s Eye View offer wonderful views, luxury interiors, and of course that pool, all within about 5 minutes of Downtown Gatlinburg. Bear Path, Pointe of Grace, On the Rocks, and Shiloh, are all part of the expansive Chalet Village that boasts three different clubhouses, with a total of 3 swimming pools, a lap pool, and 3 kiddie pools.

Visit the Gatlinburg Community Center!2. Pools at the Community Centers
If your cabin doesn’t have pool access, no worries! The Gatlinburg Community Center has an indoor pool that you can enjoy for just $2 per person per day for adults, and $1.50 per child per day! The Pigeon Forge Community Center (865-429-7373) boasts both an indoor pool and an outdoor pool! The indoor pool is $6 per person per day, and the outdoor pool is just $2 per child per day, and $2.50 per adult per day! The Sevierville Community Center (865-455-5441) has an indoor pool. Or you can visit the Sevierville City Park’s outdoor Aquatic Center (865-429-1504) for just $3 per adult per day, $2.50 per child per day, and $1.25 per spectator per day! You can enjoy one pool or another year-round, rain, snow, or shine here in the Smokies!

Enjoy playing in the mountain streams!3. Enjoy Mountain Streams
Why come to the Smokies if you’re going to spend all your time in a pool? Take at least one day to visit the National Park, and enjoy some of those refreshing mountain streams! Whether you’re rock-hopping, jumping into a swimming hole, or just laying out on a huge rock, listening to the glorious sound of the water rushing by, you’re sure to get addicted to those mountain streams! Some of our favorite places to play in the streams are at the picnic areas at Metcalf Bottoms, Greenbriar, and the Chimney Tops. And since you’re at a picnic area, why not have a picnic while you’re there!

Go Rafting with the Nantahala Outdoors Center!4. Rafting and Tubing
As an East Tennessee kid, rafting and tubing were an integral part of my childhood! A week of summer camp wasn’t complete without at least one or the other, if not both! If you love thrill and adventure, look no further than a day of white water rafting! You will be an irreplaceable member of your rafting team, as you learn to paddle together according to your guide’s instructions! Experience the thrill of making it through those roaring rapids, and in the intensity, don’t forget to look at the gorgeous creation around you! If you are more interested in viewing the creation and less interested in thrill and adventure, perhaps tubing is for you! Enjoy a lovely afternoon floating down a calmer section of a creek or small river as you gaze at the beautiful surroundings! Either way, don’t forget the sunscreen! There are tons of places around here that can provide these aquatic adventures for you! Here are just a few: Smoky Mountain Outdoors, Rafting in the Smokies, and Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Visit Douglas Lake!5. Go Swimming at Douglas Lake
Yet another way to enjoy water in the Smokies is to head to nearby Douglas Lake! TVA has provided two recreation areas and a picnic pavilion at the Douglas Reservoir. The Douglas Dam Headwater Campground (besides campsites and related facilities) offers “picnic tables, swimming beach, boat ramp, walking trail, wildlife viewing area, [and] bird-watching.” The Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground offers many of the same amenities, but seems to be more oriented to fishing than swimming: “picnic tables and grills, group pavilion available by reservation, boat ramp, river fishing with fishing pier, bait and tackle shop, wildlife viewing area, [and] bird-watching.”

Playing in the Rain is Great Joy!6. Play in the Rain
Don’t let those cloudy skies discourage you! What better way to get wet than to just let it fall on you! There are more ways to play in the rain than I imagined! For starters, you can jump into all those lovely puddles! You can slide in the wet grass! You can play sports in the rain, ride your bike in the rain, or even take a romantic walk with that special someone… yes… in the rain!

Come to Dollywood's Splash Country!7. Dollywood’s Splash Country
And of course what many, including my husband, see as the mecca of getting wet in the Smokies- Dollywood’s Splash Country! They offer enough water attractions to keep you busy all summer! Besides a huge wave pool and my husband’s all time favorite- the lazy river, Splash Country boasts more than 23 water slides and thrill rides! “Slick Rock Racer, a multi-lane mat slide for the 2010 season, spans 300 feet and features four water-drenched lanes, each side by side. Positioned belly down on mats, each rider travels head first on a channel which includes an initial dip to build speed. Multiple bumps along the length of the slide allow riders to gain additional momentum which propels them to the finish. The new attraction can accommodate approximately 600 guests an hour.” ERA in the Smokies sells discount tickets to Dollywood and Splash Country! Call the number listed below for more information! I can’t wait!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market 2012 – Opening Day May 19, 2012

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The Gatlinburg Farmers Market will be opening for the 2012 season on Saturday May 19th. The Market will be open every Saturday thru October 15 from 8:30 until 11:30 am. You can find the Market at the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot (705 East Parkway).

Fresh ProduceThe Gatlinburg Farmers Market is a great place to shop for local produce, including: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, garlic, lettuce, kale, mustard greens, carrots, berries, peaches, and more. The selection changes with the seasons, so you never know what you might find! In addition to produce, you can find all sorts of other things: breads and baked goods, granola, honey, soap, plants, tea, and onionsmore! There are also weekly crafter demonstrations by local artists from Gatlinburg’s Arts and Crafts community. During special events there is live music and childrens’ crafts, as well as cooking and gardening demonstrations!

This will be the third year for the Gatlinburg Farmers Market and it has been a great success and help to the local community! We are hoping to see the Market grow even more this year!

Opening Day

We are really looking forward to Opening Day! Don’t forget to stop by on Saturday, May 19th, from 8:30 to 11:30 am for a special presentation by Sevier Couunty Area Master Gardeners Association called, How to Start a Garden. Saturday, there will also be a featured craft demonstration, Basket Making by Theresa Tyler.  

VendorsWildflower Bake Shop

A number of vendors will be at the market each week. 

The Gatlinburg Farmers Market is a dream and a vision to provide our residents and visitors with fresh, local produce for fair pricing while supporting and stimulating the local economy.

New vendors are being added every day, so there is sure to be a great assortment of locally grown and prepared foods to choose from!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Synchronous Fireflies 2012 ~ A truly amazing event!!

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesEvery June, a unique phenomenon occurs in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Synchronous Fireflies! This year, make plans to take part in this magical event held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from June 2, 2012 – June 10, 2012

Find more about this event on the National Park's website!Fireflies, also called lightning bugs, are actually beetles! The light is produced by chemicals and enzymes in their abdomens and is called “bio-luminescence”.

There are 14 different species of fireflies in the Park, but only one provides a stunning light show every year in mid-June for about 2 weeks. The Synchronous Firefly (Photinus carolinus) is the only species in North America whose individuals have the ability to flash in unison. The only other place in the world you can see this unique display is Southeast Asia.

Learn about the fireflies' flash pattern!  Why Do They Flash?

Fireflies emit light to attract a mate. In most species of firefly, both males and females are capable of flashing. Each species has its own “flash-code” to help males find females of the their same species with which to mate. How and why these fireflies are able to flash synchronously is a more complicated question. Several researchers have studied these beetles in search of an answer. UConn researcher Andrew Moiseff has been trying to Unravel the Mystery of the Fireflies’ Flash for years. No one knows for sure why they flash together, but it is likely related to competition among males.

Discover Life In AmericaViewing the Light Show!

There are lots of places to view the light show in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to Discover Life in America, these fireflies are found in every watershed in the park. The best places to view them are at the edges of moist wooded areas. The display starts at full dark, usually around 9:30 and lasts until about midnight.

Elkmont Campgound

One of the best places to see light show is at Elkmont Campground. From June 4-12, the road to Elkmont will be closed from 5 pm until midnight, but you can park at Sugarlands Visitor Center and take a Trolley to Elkmont for $1 round trip. Contact the Park for more information: 1-865-436-1200.

Fire Fly Etiquette

  • Please use your flashlight as little as possible and cover it with blue or red cellophane -this light is not as bright and won’t disrupt the show for others.
  • Stay In A Cabin When You Come See the Fireflies!Do not catch the fireflies; just like all other wildlife in the park, they are protected!
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Take your trash with you out of the Park.

 

Hope you are able to visit us in the Smokies this June and experience this natural wonder firsthand! Remember, this event is a sell out each year, so be sure to  book your Gatlinburg cabin with ERA in the Smokies!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.