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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

Female Hiker Enjoying the Gatlinburg Trail

The Smoky Mountain National Park attracts tourists from all over the world, making it the most visited National Park in the United States and here’s why:

The parks holds some of the most beautiful scenery and a wide variety of wildlife including black bears, elk,...

Travel Concept on Wooden Table

Knowing how to pack is essential for your Gatlinburg vacation and when staying at Mountain Laurel Chalets, we try to prepare our guests with how to pack.  The following is a suggested list of what to pack.

  • 1. Food (including salt and pepper)
  • 2. Coffee
  • ...