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Meet the Litwiler Family!   What it means to be a part of our Family

  Let us introduce you to a wonderful family in our “Family First” program.  Please meet Ray, Judy, Jonathan, Cody and

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Bears, Bears, Bears! 8 things to remember when one is spotted

Photo credit: Cheryl Ryan Photography The symbol of the Smokies is the Black Bear.  Found in all areas of the National

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Summer Events Make Gatlinburg the Place to be this season!

  Image via: Gatlinburg.com Gatlinburg’s summer season is in full swing with so many events of interest for all ages.  The

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Become a Junior Ranger – The National Park system has a spot for you! 

  Have you ever watched a program about wild animals or a nature program and noticed someone who works in a

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6 Months – A Look out how far we’ve come since the Wildfires of Nov 2016

  On Nov. 28th, 2016 unprecedented wildfires swept through the town of Gatlinburg causing mass destruction and even loss of life. 

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“I’ve got a Spine but no lungs – What Am I? “  

  Photo Credit: “Black Chinned Salamander” by Paul and Julie Nolan (Mountain Laurel Chalets Family First Members)   What has a

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Take a ride on the all new Gatlinburg SKY LIFT! Reopens May 26th, 2017

Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/GatlinburgSkyLift1/photos   The Gatlinburg Sky Lift in the center of downtown Gatlinburg has been a beloved attraction since its inception

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Can you catch (a glimpse) of a Lightning Bug? 

“Fireflies” by xenmate is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Every year in June here in the Smokies we are treated

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The Most Family Friendly Place in the Smokies!

Photo Attribution: By Eric Ward [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons   At Mountain Laurel Chalets our business centers on the

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Great Smoky Mountains Association – the benefits of Membership

Photo Credit: Great Smoky Mountains Association Do you love the Great Smoky Mountains and want to come for a visit?  When

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