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Rocky Top turns 50! Come join us for the celebration!

In August of 1967 Boudleaux and Felice Bryant checked into Rm 388 at the Gatlinburg Inn. This pair of award winning

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Getting left in the dark can be a good thing! Eclipse 2017, where, when and how!

Eclipse 2017 Full darkness will descend on our area in the early afternoon of August 21, 2017.  Some of you may

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The top 10 reasons why Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is #1 in our book!

    Did you know that Ripley’s of the Aquarium of the Smokies was voted the #1 Aquarium in all of

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The Best Waterfall hikes you never knew existed!

Photo Credit: Ron Jones on Flikr Many people pass by the entrance to the Tremont Institute on their way to Cades

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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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