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Every year in June here in the Smokies we are treated to an awesome display by Photinus Carolinus or as they are more commonly knows – Synchronized Fireflies. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the first location in North America where this behavior was...

Let us introduce you to a wonderful family in our “Family First” program.  Please meet Ray, Judy, Jonathan, Cody and his new bride, Brittany Nicole.  This wonderful family has been frequent guests at Mountain Laurel Chalets for many years.

The Litwiler’s live in middle Tennessee...

Piano Keys

In August of 1967 Boudleaux and Felice Bryant checked into Rm 388 at the Gatlinburg Inn. This pair of award winning songwriters were taking a break from writing an album and in one of those life changing moments penned the famous song “Rocky Top” in...

The symbol of the Smokies is the Black Bear.  Found in all areas of the National Park and the surrounding towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Townsend.  Interactions with Bears are becoming increasingly common and they are most definitely not in the bear’s best...

Small Waterfall Over Mossy Rocks

Photo Credit: Ron Jones on Flikr

Many people pass by the entrance to the Tremont Institute on their way to Cades Cove.  They never know what beauty and adventure they are passing up.  Tremont Institute is an educational center for nature appreciation and ecology of the Great

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