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CONTENTS TS Tennessee Smokies Visitors Guide Randy Thompson Editor/Publisher

Chimney Tops, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

DEPARTMENTS Advertisers Index............................. 10

Visitors Services.............................. 32

Theater Guide................................. 12

Golf In The Smokies........................ 35

Attractions ...................................... 16

Calendar of Events.......................... 36

Shopping ........................................ 29

Dining Guide................................... 38

FEATURES Welcome........................................... 8

Thrill Seeking in the Smokies.......... 24

What’s New .................................... 10

Mountains Made for Motorcycles... 26

Titanic 100 Years............................. 18

Knoxville.......................................... 33

Exploring The Great Smoky Mountains National Park................. 21

Townsend........................................ 34

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elcome to the Tennessee Smokies—where extraordinary nature and world-class entertainment combine to become one of the nation’s best destinations year round. Families and couples alike will find the region overflowing with things to do—from hiking the Great Smoky Mountains to dancing to live music, riding Dollywood’s many roller coasters to an all-day shopping spree. Here, adventures wait for you around every corner. Across the region, there is a great pride in the history and heritage of the mountains. On a land once inhabited by Cherokees, the Smoky Mountain region has been witness to conflicts between Native Americans and settlers, as well as Union and Confederate soldiers. But throughout

the years, the community has fostered their mountain heritage above everything else, which is reflected in the culture, museums, music and theater across the region. So come see what the locals are so proud of—the beautiful and majestic Great Smoky Mountains. The national park, created in 1934, was once a haven for the logging industry. In fact, timber was the main economic engine of the area. But intervention came just in time—only 20 percent of the forest remained uncut at the time of the park’s inception. Now, tourism has replaced timber, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, beating even Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the park offers a world-renowned

natural landscape with endless forests, an awe-inspiring diversity of plants and animal life and the quiet beauty of the ancient mountains towering above. The park is the heart of the Smoky Mountain region, and visitors and locals find solace in the serene wilderness, where the freeway buzz and cell phone rings can be left far behind. Of course, surrounding areas are also teeming with ways to enjoy the outdoors, such as white water rafting on the Pigeon River, horseback riding, underground caverns, fishing and much more. In the winter, head up to Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s only place for skiing and snowboarding. This region is also full of many attractions that don’t involve nature but still have that Smoky Mountain spirit. Dollywood, the famous theme park owned by legendary country singer Dolly Parton, offers the thrill of roller coasters paired with unbeatable live entertainment and events. The music, crafts and food around every corner echo the cherished heritage of the Smokies. There are also loads of museums—from Ripley’s 1.4-million gallon Aquarium and Believe It or Not! Museum, to Cades Cove, an open-air museum that preserves the history of 19th century settlers—making for endless options that will keep you and your family engaged for hours on end. But if your idea of entertainment is shopping, you’re in luck. Choose from dozens of outlet malls, hundreds of shops and thousands of bargains. Find everything from designer brands to handmade crafts, beautiful art to unique holiday decorations. Be sure to check out the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The 8-mile loop of studios and galleries allows visitors to watch as artisans create their wares. Of course, one of the most popular ways to spend a day or night in the Smokies is to sit back and be entertained. Top quality shows, from comedy to country, gospel to Elvis, are constantly exciting audiences. Find breakfast variety shows, religious spectacles, gospel harmonies, supper shows and more. In addition to all of the daily entertainment, the Smokies hosts several events and festivals throughout the year. Check our Calendar of Events to see what is happening while you’re in town. As you can see, the Tennessee Smokies is never lacking in things to do. So get out there and enjoy your stay!

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SEVIERVILLE Big Daddy’s Pizzeria.......................... Coupon, 3, 42 Forbidden Caverns.................................Coupon, 20 Fox Fire Mountain Adventure Park................. Coupon, 25 Genos Pizza.................................... Passport Booklet Great Smokies Flea Market................................ 33 Hank’s Pizza...........................................Coupon, 38 Mountain Edge Grill........................ Passport Booklet NASCAR Speed Park..............................Coupon, 17 Needlecraft Cottage................................Coupon, 30 Paws Etc......................................... Passport Booklet Pizza Hut......................................... Passport Booklet Shoney’s Restaurant........................ Passport Booklet T.G.I. Friday’s.................................................... 41 PIGEON FORGE Adventure and Raceway Golf..................Coupon, 18 Adventure Ziplines of Pigeon Forge.................Coupon, 20 Alamo Steakhouse................................... Coupon, 2 Bennett’s BBQ.......................................... Coupon, 3 Big Daddy’s Pizzeria.......................... Coupon, 3, 42 Big Rock Dude Ranch At Ponderosa... Passport Booklet Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet..................Coupon, 40 Comedy Barn Theater .............................. Coupon, 6 Country Jamboree Breakfast Show................Coupon, 12 Country Tonite........................................Coupon, 13 Dixie Stampede................................. Coupon, 9, 13 Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.......................Coupon, 18 Fusion Asian.......................................... Coupon 38 Genos Pizza.................................... Passport Booklet Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show................ Coupon, 5 The Incredible Christmas Place..............Coupon, 31 Lid’l Dolly’s...........................................Coupon, 29 Little Tokyo Restaurant............................Coupon, 39 Lumberjack Feud...................................Coupon, 11 MagiQuest...................................... Passport Booklet Mama’s Farmhouse Restaurant................. Coupon, 2 Mel’s Diner............................................Coupon, 38 Old Mill Pottery House & Café Grille.................. 28 Old Mill Restaurant........................................... 28 Old Time Pottery................................ Back Cover Parrot Mountain......................................Coupon, 15 Pizza Hut......................................... Passport Booklet Shoney’s Restaurant........................ Passport Booklet Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson..................... 27 Smoky Mountain Opry.............................. Coupon, 7 Smokey Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular................................ Coupon, 12 T.G.I. Friday’s.................................................... 41 Titanic Museum ............................................... 19 Tomb................................................................ 12

GATLINBURG Alamo Steakhouse................................... Coupon, 2 Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que............................ Coupon, 3 Celtic Heritage.......................................Coupon, 30 Climb Works..........................................Coupon, 43 Fudge Shoppe Of The Smokies....... Passport Booklet Genos Pizza.................................... Passport Booklet T.G.I. Friday’s.................................................... 41 Shoney’s Restaurant........................ Passport Booklet Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson..................... 27 Mountain Edge Grill........................ Passport Booklet The Melting Pot................................................. 41 Pizza Hut......................................... Passport Booklet TOWNSEND Davy Crockett Stables............................Coupon, 34 Laurel Valley Golf Course.......................Coupon, 35 Pizza Hut......................................... Passport Booklet Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing................ Coupon, 22 Tuckalechee Caverns ........................................ 34 Wood-N-Strings.....................................Coupon, 24 NEAR BY Appalacian Outdoors....................... Passport Booklet Knoxville Zoo.........................................Coupon, 33 Outdoor Adventure Rafting......................Coupon, 21 USA Raft................................................Coupon, 22 Wild Water LTD......................................Coupon, 16

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS Adventure and Raceway Golf..................Coupon, 18 Adventure Ziplines of Pigeon Forge................. Coupon, 20 Appalacian Outdoors....................... Passport Booklet Big Creek Expeditions..................... Passport Booklet Big Rock Dude Ranch At Ponderosa... Passport Booklet Climb Works..........................................Coupon, 43 Comedy Barn Theater............................... Coupon, 6 Country Tonite........................................Coupon, 13 Davy Crockett Stables............................Coupon, 34 Dixie Stampede................................. Coupon, 9, 13 Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.......................Coupon, 18 Forbidden Caverns.................................Coupon, 20 Fox Fire Mountain Adventure Park..............Coupon, 25 Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show................ Coupon, 5 Knoxville Zoo.........................................Coupon, 33 Laurel Valley Golf Course.......................Coupon, 35 Lumberjack Feud...................................Coupon, 11 MagiQuest...................................... Passport Booklet NASCAR Speed Park..............................Coupon, 17 Outdoor Adventure Rafting......................Coupon, 21

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THEATERS The Comedy Barn.................................. Coupon, 6 Country Jamboree Breakfast Show....................................Coupon, 12 Country Tonite................................................... 9 Dixie Stampede................................................. 9 Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show.............. Coupon, 5 Lumber Jack Feud........................................... 11 Smokey Mountain Opry.......................... Coupon, 7 Smokey Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular.............................. Coupon, 12

WHAT’S NEW? Foxfire Mountain’s Swinging Bridge Face a terrific fear by taking a walk across America’s longest swinging bridge. Swinging bridges have long been used in the Appalachian Mountains for folks to get from one mountain to another, and they’re made of steel cable, wood, rock and a lot of sweat. Start at the base camp at Foxfire across Dunn’s Gorge to Prosperity Mountain, a 400-foot trek that takes about one hour to complete. 865-453-1998 www.foxfiremountain.com/ amercas-longest-swinging-bridge

Old Time Pottery New to Pigeon Forge at Pigeon Rivers Crossing, Old Time Pottery provides stunning home décor, gorgeous floral pieces for arrangements, trendy houseware items, fine linens and rugs plus so much more—and everything is offered at extremely affordable prices. Find the most adorable pieces for your home at prices that will keep you coming back at Old Time Pottery. www.oldtimepottery.com

Wild Eagle at Dollywood As America’s first wing coaster, Dollywood’s Wild Eagle is the closest thing to flying you’ve ever experienced. Perched 21 stories above Dollywood, the coaster takes passengers on a unique experience where they’re sat on either side of the track, so there is nothing but air above and below! Go wild and soar above the Smoky Mountains on this thrilling ride. 800-DOLLYWOOD www.dollywood.com/themepark/rides/wild-eagle

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WINNER FUNNIEST SHOW! The Comedy Barn Theater is a multi-million dollar entertainment complex featuring “America’s Funniest Family Variety Show!” Enjoy good, clean fun with our comedians, magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters and unique characters. We also feature great country music with The Comedy Barn All Star Band. www.ComedyBarn.com COUNTRY JAMBOREE BREAKFAST SHOW FEATURING THE BLACKWOODS AT THE HATFIELD & MCCOY THEATER 119 MUSIC ROAD, PIGEON FORGE 865-908-7469 • WWW.BLACKWOODSSHOW.COM

What A Morning! Start your Smoky Mountain day with the Blackwoods Breakfast Variety Show. The Blackwood family has won 8 Grammy Awards, 27 Dove Awards and 5 All American Music awards. Enjoy a bountiful Smoky Mountain Breakfast and then sit back & enjoy the harmonious sounds and hilarious comedy of the Blackwoods! www.BlackwoodsShow.com COUNTRY TONITE THEATRE 129 SHOWPLACE BLVD. PIGEON FORGE, TN 800-792-4308 • 865-453-2003 WWW.COUNTRYTONITEPF.COM

Repeatedly VOTED BEST SHOW IN THE SMOKIES! Country Tonite is a two-hour powerhouse of large scale production numbers featuring the

best singers, dancers and musicians in the business. Moving at a non-stop pace, the lineup also features youth performers and side-splitting comedy that make the show a must see! Showtimes 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is the Best Show— Ask Anybody! HATFIELD AND MCCOY DINNER SHOW 119 MUSIC ROAD, PIGEON FORGE 865-908-7469 OR 1-800-985-5494 WWW.HATFIELDMCCOYDINNERFEUD.COM

Family, Food, Feudin’ and Fun- that’s the theme of the newest show in town—The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud! Become part of the longest running feud in history and help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singing and dancing, might feats of strength, jaw dropping antics and sidesplitting comedy. There’s something here for everybody! And the country cookin’ — whooee it’s good! www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com LUMBERJACK FEUD 855-BIG-FEUD (855-244-3383) TICKETS@LUMBERJACKFEUD.COM WWW.LUMBERJACKFEUD.COM

Don’t miss The Smokies’ Rowdiest Good Time Dinner Show, LUMBERJACK FEUD! This ain’t no song and dance show! Competing ESPN Lumberjacks, High Flying TimberDogs and Mischievous Bears will have your family out of their seats and on their feet! Already have dinner plans? Ask about our Show Only option.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2046 PARKWAY, PIGEON FORGE 865-428-7469 • WWW.SMOKYMTNOPRY.COM

The Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular is a multi-million dollar Christmas production that features flying sugar plum fairies, soaring angels, dancing elves, enchanted reindeer, Jolly ol’ Saint Nick, state of the art special effects but most importantly enjoy the celebration of the birth of Christ with the area’s largest living nativity! This cast includes talented singers, dancers, comedians, adorable live animals, and a huge band spotlighting the orchestral sounds of our incredible brass section! So don’t be a Grinch, make plans now to see the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular! It’s sure to become a family tradition! www.SmokyMtnOpry.com SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY 2046 PARKWAY, PIGEON FORGE 865-428-7469 WWW.SMOKYMTNOPRY.COM

Smoky Mountain Opry- BRAND NEW for 2012 The Smoky Mountain Opry brings the region’s largest music variety production onstage in a fantastic high-energy show. A huge cast of top talent includes singers and dancers performing country, pop and much more, to the accompaniment of our live full band. Add amazing special effects, eye-popping sets and dazzling costumes plus side-splitting comedy and you have the BIG SHOW right here in Pigeon Forge! www.SmokyMountainOpry.com.

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25 Years and It’s Still the Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies! Nothing is more important for Dolly Parton than family. And you’re all family when you visit Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge! You’ll be welcomed with a warm smile, treated to a delicious four-course feast, and entertained with a rousing mix of down-home humor, lively music, galloping horses, and a little friendly competition. Dixie Stampede has been thrilling visitors for 25 years and has served more than 27 million guests. The most popular Dinner Attraction in the Smokies, it seats 1,100 people per show. During peak season, the Dixie Stampede will perform its unique pageantry of history, comedy and patriotism up to five times per day. The show has something for people of all ages, young and old, families with children, honeymoon couples, even grandparents. Visiting the Dixie Stampede has become a family tradition each year for thousands of guests. One of the show’s biggest fans happens to be its Marketing Director, Jim Whaley. “I have been coming to the Dixie Stampede since I was a senior in high school. My family loves the place now as much as I do.” Just like all the returning guests, Whaley loves those exciting show elements that thrill the audience; Mountain Ruckus and their great music in the Carriage Room preshow, the daring trick riding, horses that jump through a ring of fire, the exciting competition, the comedy, beautiful Belles of the Ball, and especially the friendly rivalry between the North and the South. The show’s main stars are their 32 Magnificent Horses, but the show is not entirely about horsemanship. Back for its third season, “Rumble in the Treetops” is a thrilling lumberjack competition that displays expert logging events. And after a 2 year absence, Dixie Stampede is bringing back over 8 tons of live Buffalo in 2012! Christmas at Dixie Stampede runs in November and December. A moving nativity scene, complete with 3 wise men atop live camels, will stir your heart and get you ready for the holidays. And you don’t want to miss “The Magic of Toys!” The Dixie Stampede is high-powered entertainment at its best from the first charge of those magnificent horses and their talented riders through the grand finale as Dolly sings her proud tribute “Color Me America.” If you haven’t visited the Dixie Stampede before, it’s time you did and started your own Dixie Stampede Family Tradition!

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long with the plethora of wildlife animals you’re accustomed to seeing in the Smokies (white-tailed deer, black bear, raccoons, turkeys, woodchucks), visitors now have the special opportunity to get a glimpse of wild elk. Elk once roamed this region but were eliminated by over-hunting and loss of habitat. The National Park Service sometimes reintroduces certain species to different regions in order preserve them, and therefore, they began releasing elk into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2001 and again in 2002. Adult male elks weigh an average of 600–700 pounds and get as long as seven to 10 feet from nose to tail with antlers sometimes reaching as much as five feet wide. Elk can be found grazing on grass, acorns, bark and leaves and are endangered by black bears, coyotes and bobcats, which have been known to kill young, sick or injured elk. The animals have an acute sense of smell and excellent eyesight and can live as long as 15 years. If you’re interested in spotting an elk for yourself, the best times to search are in early morning and late evening. However, be sure to keep a safe distance if you do happen to discover one of these creatures. Elk are larger than any of the park’s black bears, and they can be dangerous. Summer is a wonderful time to search for elk since most calves are born in June and it would be such a rare opportunity to see a young elk with its mother, but the female elks have been known to charge in defense of their offspring, so again, keeping a safe distance is key.

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n the Tennessee Smokies there is always something to do! If you have seen the Smoky Mountains, caught a show, tried the wonderful shopping and sampled the food, you are ready to try our attractions. With an endless assortment of different activities, there is something for everyone in your family during each season of the year.

For the outdoor adventurer, the Smokies offer unlimited outside activities. The newest craze to catch on is the action-packed sport of zip lining. Hang out among the treetops of a lush, green forest as you glide your way along the canopy path suspended on a cable. Foxfire Mountain Adventures offers an allinclusive tour package with exclusive handlebar trolleys that allow you to control your orientation. CLIMB Works Canopy features 13 unique adventures that allow guests to learn about nature and overcome their fears as they make their way over nine different zip lines, three canopy sky bridges and a fun, unique surprise at the end. Another fun activity for the brave at heart is whitewater rafting with companies featuring up to Class 4 rapids. For the urban cowboy or cowgirl there are several horseback riding companies offering guided and unguided tours.

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From May to September you can ride the waves at Dolly’s Splash Country, or if you prefer cold weather sports, ski or snowboard on the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg in the winter. The area also offers miniature golf, exotic and tropical petting zoos and Tennessee’s most visited amusement park, Dollywood, with enough rides, games and activities to keep the family busy all day long. Outdoor festivals such as the Barbeque & Bluegrass, Kids Fest and Festival of Nations—a month long celebration showcasing international dance concerts and ethnic cuisines— are featured throughout the year at this amusement park. If you are visiting during the hot summer months, try this new sport: rolling down a hill in a large plastic bubble filled with holes. This fun-filled attraction gives visitors a chance to cool off from the blazing temperatures with wet and dry ride options available! Continued On Page 18

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If being indoors better suits your vacation plans, the area has an array of interesting indoor activities. Indoor museums offer lessons from the past, the bizarre and unusual and exciting displays that range from cars to dinosaurs. See natural wonders in one of our local caves, beautiful live animals at the reptile museum, sharks and other aquatic creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, hands-on adventures aboard the re-created Titanic ship, hair-raising frights at our haunted houses, or take flight at the indoor skydiving wind tunnel.

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Along with its regular exhibits such as a reproduction of the larger-than-life ocean liner, the museum will host an exclusive behind the scenes look at the Titanic movie exhibit. In anticipation of the excitement that will stem from the movie’s 3D version releasing in April, the museum’s exhibit will follow Titanic’s Jack and Rose story and will feature actual props, costumes, scripts and other valuable collectibles from the film. Relive and celebrate the passengers and crew aboard the Titanic by hearing their stories and seeing more than 300 artifacts left behind. As you look, hear and feel what the passengers and crew experienced, interactive exhibits will excite your senses and allow you to see what it might have been like to be onboard. Its Titanic-sized features and stories of that evening in 1912 take you on a fascinating historical journey. When you first enter, each person receives a boarding pass with the name of one of the 2,208 actual passengers or crew members and learns his or her story. A self-guided tour will then lead you through the exhibit where you can experience things as they were on the Titanic. Anchored in Pigeon Forge in the Tennessee Smokies, this attraction is truly unique and will take your breath away just like the original Titanic did when she opened her doors 100 years ago. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 800-381-7670 or visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com. nc dA Size Titanic

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idge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, its beautiful ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, it is no wonder this is America’s most visited national park. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike to the crest of a mountain or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sun set, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities to engage your adventurous spirit. The hardest part may be choosing which auto tour, trail, waterfall, overlook or historic area to explore!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses more than 800 square miles of rustic mountain ranges and is one of the most pristine natural regions in the East. An auto tour of the park offers a variety of experiences including panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings and mature hardwood forests stretching to the horizon. There are 384 miles of road to choose from in the Smokies. Most are paved, and even the gravel roads are maintained in suitable condition for standard passenger cars. Travel speeds on most of the park’s paved roads average 30 miles per hour; all the better to take in the breathtaking views. Inexpensive booklets are available to serve as your personal tour guides along the many park roads. These booklets are keyed to numbered posts or landmarks and include information on park history, wildlife and plants.

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Ride through Cades Cove on a misty summer morning for a truly memorable way to experience the park. Bicycles can travel on most roads within the park. However, due to steep terrain, narrow road surfaces and heavy automobile traffic, many park roads are not well suited for safe and enjoyable bicycle riding. Cades Cove Loop Road is an exception. The 11-mile oneway road is a popular bicycling area. It provides bicyclists with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and touring 19th century homesites. During summer and fall, bicycles may be rented at the Cades Cove Campground Store (located near Cades Cove Campground). For information call 865-448-9034.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,115 miles of streams within its boundaries and protects one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. The park offers a wide variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, cool water small mouth bass streams. Most streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of fish and offer a great opportunity to catch these species throughout the

year. Fishing is permitted year round in the park, from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset. Detailed information, including a complete list of regulations and a map of fishable park waters, is also available at any visitor center or ranger station.

HIKING

Hikers enjoy the Smoky Mountains during all months of the year with every season offering its own special rewards. During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone wells, chimneys, foundations and other reminders of past residents. Spring provides a weekly parade of wildflowers and flowering trees. In summer, walkers can seek out cool retreats among the spruce-fir forests or follow splashy mountain streams to roaring falls and cascades. Autumn hikers have crisp, dry air to sharpen their senses and a varied palette of fall colors to enjoy.

One of the most daunting tasks facing hikers is choosing a trail. Start by deciding on what you would like to see. Waterfalls? Old-growth forests? Endless views? Then decide how far you would like to hike. If you haven’t hiked much recently, be conservative. Five miles round trip is a good maximum distance for novices. Be sure to allow plenty of time to complete your hike before dark. As a rule of thumb, hikers in the Smokies travel about 1.5 miles per hour. Many people travel slower. Sunset times vary from just after 5 p.m. in December to almost 9 p.m. in June.

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1. ABRAMS FALLS A five mile roundtrip hike on the Abrams Falls Trail. The trailhead is midway around the Cades Cove Loop Road, before you reach the Cable Mill area and visitors center.

2. CHASTEEN CREEK FALLS

6. GROTTO FALLS

A four mile roundtrip hike. From Smokemont Campground, take the Bradley Fork Trail, which begins in “D” Loop. Then turn onto the Chasteen Creek Trail after 1.1 miles.

A three mile easy walk to a beautiful waterfall through a hemlock forest with large trees.

3. HEN WALLOW FALLS

An eight mile roundtrip hike. Take Highway 321 east of Gatlinburg, TN to the Greenbrier entrance to the park. Follow the signs to the Ramsay Cascades trailhead.

A four and one-half mile roundtrip hike. Take the Gabes Mountain Trail which begins from the parking area at the entrance to Cosby Campground. Following Gabes Mountain Trail beyond the falls will take you to old-growth forest.

4. CHIMNEY TOPS TRAIL Roundtrip distance: 4 miles. Difficulty: strenuous. The Chimney Tops trailhead is signed and located on the Newfound Gap Rd. 6.7 miles south of Sugarlands Visitor Center (7 miles north of Newfound Gap).

5. LAUREL FALLS TRAIL Roundtrip Distance: 4 miles. Difficulty: moderate. The Laurel Falls trailhead is located between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont Campground. This trailhead is very busy during the summer and on weekends year-round. By hiking 0.75 mile beyond the falls you can enjoy an old-growth forest and big trees.

7. RAMSAY CASCADES

8. ALL-ACCESS NATURE TRAIL This new, wheelchair accessible nature trail begins 0.5 mile south of Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road. It’s a 0.5 mile paved loop trail through a pretty hemlock grove to a splashy mountain stream.

9. APPALACHIAN TRAIL Park at the large parking area at Newfound Gap. Cross the Newfound Gap Road at the cross-walk and look for the trail sign. Follow the Appalachian Trail to Indian Gap (where the trail meets the Clingmans Dome Road). Its 3.4 miles to Indian Gap and back. This trail provides a pleasant introduction to the Smokies high elevation spruce-fir forest. Turk’s cap lily and pink turtlehead bloom here in late summer.

10. ANDREWS BALD A 3.6 mile roundtrip hike on the Forney Ridge Trail. The trail starts at the upper end of Clingmans Dome Road. The first mile of the trail is very rocky, but views from the bald are spectacular on clear days.

11. MT. CAMMERER FIRE TOWER A long 11 mile roundtrip walk beginning at the Cosby Campground. Take the Low Gap Trail 2.5 miles to the Appalachian Trail then east (left) 2.5 miles to the Mt. Cammerer side trail. The eight sided stone and timber tower has been restored to its 1930’s splendor. The views are spectacular.

12. WALKER SISTERS FARMSTEAD Drive to Little Greenbrier School on the unpaved spur road off the Metcalf Bottoms Road. The Little Brier Gap Trail begins at the locked gate up the hill from the school. After walking 0.75 mile, a grassy road goes straight while the gravel road you’ve been following switches back. Stay on the gravel road for the last 0.25 mile to the log buildings.

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Get the Adrenaline Pumping with a Slew of Outrageous and Wild Adventures

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One activity in particular that has gained immense popularity among thrill seekers is ziplining. Imagine being suspended in the air on a cable as gravity provides the running force to swoop you through the air among the treetops. If you’ve always wanted to know what it was like to fly, ziplining is indeed the adventure for you, lending access to gorgeous views that only birds have gazed and providing the carefree feeling of soaring through the air at a brisk speed. CLIMB Works Canopy gives their guests a bird’s eye view of what makes the Smokies so unique by taking them on a fun four-wheel adventure to the top 24 | www.visitorsguidenetwork.com | 2012/2013

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of the mountain, and once they take that first step onto the beautifully constructed tour, their feet won’t touch the ground—for the next 2 ½ hours! Dare devils will have a chance to explore as they zip over ravines, streams, trees, wildlife and gorgeous views of the National Park. Foxfire Mountain takes visitors on a ride anywhere from 600 to a breathtaking 1,500 feet in length. Their all-inclusive tour package includes rental of the best zip line gear in the industry and two friendly, highly trained and certified tour guides, who will show you the ropes and ensure that your adventure is not only action-packed, but safe as well.

Another way to soar through the air at top speed is by taking a ride on one of Dollywood’s famed roller coasters, especially their newest attraction, Wild Eagle. As America’s first wing coaster, Wild Eagle is perched 21 stories above Dollywood and takes riders on a unique experience that feels as if they are actually soaring high above the Smoky Mountains. Also, instead of having the train located on the track, Wild Eagle seats riders on either side so there is nothing but air above and below the rider! If you’re looking to conquer your fear of heights but aren’t crazy about the idea of flying through the air, Foxfire Mountain also offers a swinging bridge adventure—America’s longest swinging bridge in fact. Begin at the Foxfire base camp, and just over 400 feet later, you’ll be at Prosperity Mountain. In case you’re trying to figure in your mind how far 400 feet is, it’s one and a third times the distance from goal post to goal post across a football field—quite a distance to get over that pesky fear of heights. To avoid heights altogether but still get your fair share of adrenaline rushes, try white water rafting on the Big Pigeon River. Depending on the level of adrenaline you want to reach, you could choose the upper section of the river, filled with continuous class III–IV rapids, or you may opt for the lower section, a fun, two-hour rafting experience for those who aren’t quite ready for the big rapids but enjoy the outdoors. Summon your inner natural explorer by going spelunking in one of Tennessee’s many caves. You’ll want to prepare by having a headlamp, flashlight with extra batteries, helmet, knee pads, first-aid kit (just in case), plenty of water and extra snacks along. Tennessee just happens to have the most caves out of every state, making it wildly popular for spelunking, but be sure to let someone know where you’re going and only go in caves that have been deemed safe for exploration. If you visit during the winter months, there’s nothing like zipping down a steep slope on a snowboard or pair of skis to get the heart racing. At Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park, choose your slope based on your level of experience, and glide through the invigorating twists and turns! You can still have a blast on the slopes during the summer months as well by zooming down the Alpine Slide, a fun-filled weaving, wandering, dipping descent on a track through woods and ski rails. Not intended for the timid or the faint of heart, these extreme activities are reserved for the adventurer, the bold explorer and the thrill seeker looking to achieve a wildly unforgettable experience in the Tennessee Smokies.

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MOUNTAINS MADE FOR MOTORCYCLES T The Tennessee Smokies are the Ultimate Place to Get Your Vroom On here’s nothing wrong with loading up the car and heading to the Smokies, but to really breathe in the fresh mountain air and see the gorgeous natural scenery up close, a motorcycle is the way to travel. Whatever you may call it—a hog or a chopper—and whether you rent or own, there’s nothing like feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your back as you let loose along the mountainside. Perhaps the most famous route for motorcycles in the region is the Tail of the Dragon. Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/ North Carolina state line, this route is considered by many as one of the world’s foremost motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for

an exciting highway will enjoy this 11-mile stretch. Be on the lookout for bears, turkeys, deer and wild boars along with fallen trees and treacherous 18-wheelers. It’s not the ideal path for the faint of heart but perfect for those seeking adventure. The Cherohala Skyway descends 21 miles into the deeply forested backcountry of Tennessee and crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. It has become well known in motorcycling circles for its long, sweeping corners, scenic views and cool summer breezes. Watch out for thick fog and cold temperatures— even in July—but look forward to the unforgettable experience of viewing river basins and breathtaking waterfalls from the comfort of your bike.

For majestic views at a much lower altitude, try Foothills Parkway. Offering incredible mountain vistas across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the parkway takes visitors above the treetops and foothills from the valley below. Take an early evening ride when light along the mountain ranges peek through the rugged slopes, and feel free to stop along the way to enjoy peaceful overlooks as well as the Chilhowee Dam that holds back the waters of Little Tennessee River. For more information on these routes, visit www.tailofthedragon.com, www.cherohala.com and www.theblueridgehighlander.com/scenic_drives/ tennessee/foothills_parkway

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ith more than 300 outlet stores and hundreds of specialty shops and galleries, this region is overflowing with shopping opportunities. From designer clothes to home accessories, original art to children’s toys, the variety is sure to please everyone in the family. Whether exploring Townsend or Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, shopping is one of the top attractions and one of the reasons more than nine million people visit this area every year. If you are planning on enjoying the Smokies in the summertime, be sure to visit during their annual tax-free weekend where you can purchase everything from clothes to computers without paying the sales tax. Wherever you go, you’ll find amazing deals, one-of-a-kind gifts with a Smokies touch and, as always, a level of sweet Southern customer service you won’t find anywhere else.

SHOPPING

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Mall, Strip Shops & Sidewalk Shopping GATLINBURG Boasting more than 400 shops and five malls in downtown Gatlinburg, you won’t have to do much exploring to find some unique treasures to take home. In fact, Gatlinburg is host to a variety of specialty shops that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Looking for a shop selling more than 1,000 varieties of hot sauce? They’ve got it. What about a store devoted entirely to beads? They have that, too. Whatever your heart desires, be prepared to find just the thing in Gatlinburg.

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Of course, one of the most meaningful mementos of a Smokies vacation is a piece of art by a local artist. The nation’s largest group of independent artisans, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, offers a wide selection of paintings, pottery, quilts, candles, handcarved items and other mountain crafts, all in a scenic eight-mile loop on the edge of Gatlinburg.

PIGEON FORGE When shopping in Pigeon Forge, get ready to reel in some fabulous finds—all with outstanding savings. In fact, the shopping is so good, it has even attracted national attention! Pigeon Forge is consistently named one of the Top Shopping Spots in the South by the readers of Southern Living Magazine and has been named Best Place to Outlet Shop by Blue Ridge Country Magazine. Once you’ve shopped at Pigeon Forge, you’ll never want to pay full price ever again. Home to a number of major outlet malls fully stocked with name brand designer garb for all ages, this is a frugal fashionista’s mecca. All of the outlet malls are located right near the Blue Ridge Parkway, so leave your hubby and kids to hike some of our breathtaking trails while you get a retail workout of your own. Trust us, at Pigeon Forge, shopping is a sport.

TOWNSEND For the artsy antique collector who is looking to take home the heart of the Smokies, Townsend is the perfect place to visit. Quaint and charming, this town embraces the works of the local artists. Galleries and studios featuring paintings, woodcarvings and drawings are the most popular, and handmade pottery makes for a memorable—and useful—keepsake. If you’d like to bring home the music of the mountains, a local music shop specializing in handcrafted wooden instruments is just the thing. And a large antique mall just north of Townsend, in Walland, is a great destination to rediscover some one-of-a-kind treasures.

SEVIERVILLE Home to the world famous Dolly Parton, Sevierville is a main destination for those looking for a little Southern inspiration and a glimpse into the star’s hometown. Big on customer service, this little town is bursting with antique shops, from one-room style stores to huge antique malls. Give the kids a treat to take home from one of the toy stores, and get something for yourself from the handful of specialty shops.

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he Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge is one of the country’s largest and most beautiful Christmas stores! Visit this beautifully landscaped Bavarian-style village for all of your Christmas decorating and gift-giving needs.

Christmas Place is known for its new, exciting displays and products each season, including over 65 decorated trees. A visit to The Incredible Christmas Place is well worth the trip, and includes: · Christmas Place · Personalizing Gallery · The Boutique · Mrs. Claus’ Candy Kitchen · Second Nature · Pictures with Santa Shop from hundreds of themed ornaments, personalized for free, to create a one of a kind gift that will be treasured for a lifetime. Our Floral team creates the finest custom floral décor for your home or business, and we have the best selections of your favorite Christmas collectibles, including Dept. 56 houses, Christopher Radko ornaments, Byers’ Choice carolers, and many more. Come celebrate the spirit of Christmas every day at The Incredible Christmas Place! For further information visit us online at www.christmasplace.com or call 865-453-0415 • 800-445-3396.

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Any Emergency 911 Gatlinburg Police Department (865) 436-5181 Gatlinburg Fire/Ambulance (865) 436-5112 Sevier County Sheriffs Office (865) 453-4668 District Attorney General (865) 429-7021 General Sessions Court (865) 453-6116 Sevier County Ambulance (865) 453-3200 Sevier County Fire Department (865) 429-7200 Pigeon Forge Fire Department (865) 429-7381 Pigeon Forge Police Department (865) 453-9063 Poison Control (800) 222-1222 Forest Fires (865) 429-7020 Time and Temperature (865) 453-6171

HOSPITALS

Sevier County Health Dept. (865) 637-6853 LeConte Sevier Medical Center, Sevierville (865) 446-7000 Medicenter Walk-In Clinic, Pigeon Forge (865) 453-1122 Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Medical Clinic, Pigeon Forge (865) 774-7684

PHARMACIES

Pigeon Forge CVS Pharmacy Kroger Pharmacy Pigeon Forge Drugs Pigeon Forge Food City Stewart’s Drugs Walgreen’s, Pigeon Forge Sevierville CVS Pharmacy Kodak Food City Reams Drug Store Sevierville Food City Gatlinburg Gatlinburg Food City Gatlinburg Walgreens

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VETERINARY HOSPITALS Sevier County Animal Clinic (865) 453-1221 Mountain Home Veterinary Clinic (865) 453-9346 Tri-County Veterinary Clinic (865) 577-2866

AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SERVICE

Advance Auto Parts, Pigeon Forge Five Oaks Tire & Service Co., Sevierville Mullins Mountain View Auto & RV Repair Smoky Mountain Auto Repair

BANKING/ATM LOCATIONS

(865) 453-0472 (865) 453-3469 (865) 453-4656 (865) 428-7471

BB&T (865) 908-2170 CNB (865) 453-9031 Home Federal (865) 453-5515 Mountain National Bank (865) 428-7990 Sevier County Bank (865) 453-6101 Smart Bank (865) 453-2650 Sun Trust (865) 544-2509 Tennessee State Bank (865) 453-0873 32 | www.visitorsguidenetwork.com | 2012/2013

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INTERNET ACCESS

Free Anna Porter Public Library, Gatlinburg

(865) 436-5588

Wireless Many hotels and RV parks offer free wireless internet; some charge a small fee. Other public locations include: Sevierville Visitors Center, Sevierville (888) 738-4378 Starbucks, Sevierville (865) 429-2650 (865) 429-1210

LOCKSMITH

Jim’s Lock & Key Sevier Lock & Safe Co.

(865) 453-4247 (865) 453-8344

MARRIAGE LICENSES License Offices: 405 Reagan Dr., Gatlinburg Open Monday and Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m.– 12 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (865) 430-3404. 300 Pine Mountain Rd., Pigeon Forge Open Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (865) 908-6613. 125 Court Ave., Suite 107, Sevierville Open Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (865) 453-5502. In order to obtain a marriage license, applicants must: • S upply proof of identification, driver’s license or birth certificate. • Supply social security card. •B  e married within 30 days after taking out a license. •A  pplicants between 16 and 17 years of age must contact the office. •A  pplicants under 16 years of age must contact the office. • L icense signed by person solemnizing vows should be returned in person or by mail within three days of the ceremony. Applicants do not need to be residents of Sevier County, nor of Tennessee. Blood tests are no longer required in Tennessee. The marriage ceremony can occur anywhere in Tennessee.

PLACES OF WORSHIP Gatlinburg First Baptist First United Methodist Gatlinburg Presbyterian Our Saviour Lutheran St. Mary’s Catholic Trinity Episcopal Sevierville Evergreen Presbyterian First Baptist Church First Presbyterian Church

(865) 436-4685 (865) 436-4691 (865) 436-5592 (865) 436-5641 (865) 436-4907 (865) 436-4721 (865) 428-3001 (865) 429-7729 (865) 453-2971

First United Methodist Church Smoky Mountain Christian Church Seymour Seymour Community Church Seymour Heights Christian Church Pigeon Forge Conner Heights Baptist Church First Baptist Church First United Methodist Church Holy Cross Catholic Church

(865) 453-5754 (865) 453-6031 (865) 577-5500 (865) 577-0842 (865) 453-0633 (865) 453-4647 (865) 453-8333 (865) 429-5587

POST OFFICES Sevierville Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg

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Cades Cove Visitors Center Inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road Open 9 a.m.–7 p.m. April– August. Winter hours vary. Gatlinburg Welcome Centers US-441 South, 2 miles outside of Gatlinburg Open Sunday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Pigeon Forge Welcome Centers 1950 Parkway, near traffic light #0 3107 Parkway, traffic light #5 Sevierville Visitors Center US-66 in Sevierville Open daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sugarlands Visitor Center Inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441 Open 8 a.m.–7 p.m. June–August. Closes one or two hours early in the other seasons. Townsend Visitors Center US-321 Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. November–May, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. June–October

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ust an hour drive from much of the Smokies, Knoxville is an exciting city in the center of a unique Southern region. To learn more about the town’s history, take one of the popular walking tours or carriage rides to historical homes and estates. Or trace your own family history at the East Tennessee History Center, which houses the Southeast’s largest resource for genealogical research. Home to more than 20 museums and seven historical houses, Knoxville is rich in culture and arts. The University of Tennessee provides a great stimulus for growth and a youthful energy that is felt throughout the city. With its own symphony, opera and ballet companies, alongside many theaters and live music venues, the arts are alive and well in Knoxville. In fact, the local music scene is often compared to that of Austin, Texas. A vibrant nightlife, dozens of festivals and performances throughout the year and a wide selection of spectator sports means there is never a dull moment in Knoxville. Sports are a major draw in Knoxville. The University of Tennessee’s renowned basketball program is complemented by the laid-back environment at the Tennessee Smokies baseball games. Hockey, semi-pro and professional sports round out the mix, making this a top-notch area in the eyes of any sports enthusiast. If shopping is more your speed, Knoxville won’t disappoint. From eclectic boutiques to spacious malls, there’s an extremely wide range of options when it comes to browsing and buying. Art collectors can meander about several intimate galleries, and fashionistas will love the designer stores and boutiques, while antiques aficionados could spend hours browsing the many elegant antique stores. Knoxville also has that big-city feel when it comes to dining. Whether you’re craving classic Southern cooking or some international flair, you’ll find it here. There are more than 600 restaurants in Knoxville, from totally casual family favorites to upscale romantic eateries. Whatever you want to explore, from the basketball court to the boutiques and beyond, Knoxville is the place to go.

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nown as the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” Townsend is a quiet mountain community that sets a change of pace from the rest of the Smoky Mountain region. Just miles away from the bustling towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Townsend is the quintessential Appalachian town, full of rich heritage and surrounded by breathtaking nature. Townsend lies in the beautiful Tuckaleechee Cove, a mountain valley at the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Little River descends from the mountains into the heart of town, making it a natural gathering place for recreation. The clean and clear mountain waters are used often for swimming, fishing, kayaking and tubing. With such convenient access to the Smoky Mountains, Townsend is popular for outdoor enthusiasts. From biking and hiking to golfing and fishing, there is an endless number of ways to enjoy the outdoors around Townsend—especially next door at the most visited national park in the country. While the surrounding nature looks so pristine and untouched, this beautiful valley has actually been inhabited for thousands of years. In fact, evidence of inhabitants as early as 10,000 years ago was unearthed at a recent archaeological dig. Adding to that long history is a rich Appalachian heritage and the thriving logging industry of the past. Historic sites, museums and trails give visitors a taste of this town’s rich history, from the historic railroad to the life of Native Americans. The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center displays artifacts and highlights the major periods in the region’s history, all the way from 3000 B.C. to 1930. An excellent way to combine recreation and history is to take a ride on the historic bike trail, an eight-mile route right through Townsend. Grab a brochure at the Townsend Visitors Center and then follow the markers—they point out historic sites and explain important historic periods. Townsend is also adjacent to Cades Cove, a once-thriving mountain community built in the 1800s. Today, an 11-mile driving loop takes visitors back in time as they explore a working grist mill and other historical buildings and churches. Reenactments, a visitor center and an interpretation facility make it one of the most popular attractions in the Smokies. No matter where you want to explore during your vacation, the quaint town of Townsend is the perfect place to stay. Choose from many types of accommodations—cabins, hotels and bed and breakfasts abound across the landscape as do campgrounds. And if you’re tired from all your outdoor D U L C I M E R S H O P adventures, Townsend Locally Handcrafted is the perfect mountain FREE Pickin Porch Appalachian Dulcimers town in which you can Saturday Evenings May - Sept • Psalteries spend a low-key day. In the • Hammer Dulcimers town’s charming shops, art • Celtic Harps • Ban-Jammers galleries and antique stores, 7645 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Plus Accessories you’ll find one-of-a-kind Townsend, TN 37882 • Books items, mountain-style 865/448-6647 • Crafts crafts, original art and www.clemmerdulcimer.com sweet Southern hospitality 10% OFF ALL ACCESSORIES INCLUDING STRINGS, TUNERS, CASES with a smile. Use this coupon or coupon found in your Passport to Savings Booklet to receive offer.

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he Great Smoky Mountain courses offer golfing experiences at all levels. Golfers can find many challenges on the courses in the area. First is the challenge of playing on courses designed by greats like Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Edmund Ault. Then there is the challenge of concentrating on the game while surrounded by the splendor and majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For those not accustomed to it, mountain golf presents its own unique challenges and thrills. “Reading the green,” for example, can be particularly difficult when the slope of the putting surface is severe, yet disguised by a mountainous backdrop. Addressing the ball and obtaining the proper stance can be challenging when the terrain is rolling and often rough. Golfers, particularly those with errant

drives, often will find themselves with a lie going into a hill or with the terrain going away from them. The change in altitude on many mountain courses, many times from tee to green, can give golfers the thrill of a lifetime with drives that travel 300 yards and more to the fairway below. Even the crisp mountain air seems to allow the ball to travel farther and roll longer. The golf business is booming in the Smokies, with a wide range of golfing experiences, course designs and unique challenges. Bent Creek in Gatlinburg offers a diverse, Gary Player-designed course with a very different front and back nine. For golfing in Townsend, visit the lush Bermuda fairways at Laurel Valley Golf Course. The course, rated 68.6 with a slope rating of 120, exhibits 5,753 yards of golf from the back tees for a par of 70. The Sevierville Golf Club features two 18-hole championship courses: The Highlands, a par 70 that winds through lush rolling

hills and fresh water mountain ponds and The River, a par 72 plays along and across the Little Pigeon River. Courses in the Smoky Mountain area have taken advantage of the scenic beauty and the natural surroundings to create an experience that will be long remembered and a challenge for golfers at all skill levels as well. It is an easy transition to take America’s favorite pastime and place it in one of the most scenic spots in the country. All set to golf but missing the gear? Not to worry! Visit one of the many pro shops for a wide selection of golf bags, balls, clubs and apparel from name brands like TaylorMade, Nike, Callaway and Titleist. Then head out to the course of your choice and swing like you mean it. Make sure to plan a couple rounds of golf during your visit. If you love golf, you’re going to love it even more here in the Tennessee Smokies.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Dates and events are subject to change. Please call ahead prior to making final arrangements.

June 2012 May 31- June 3- Mountain Hounds Weekend Owners of retired racing Greyhounds gather in Gatlinburg to support the rescue efforts of rescue activists. Mynatt Park. Free. www.gfncmountainhounds.com 1- 3- Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge- Music Road Hotel & Convention Center See classic Pontiacs in Pristine condition. (865) 379-9595. www.pontiacsinpigeonforge.com 2- Zoofari Knoxville Zoo call (865) 637-5331 www.knoxville-zoo.org 2- Smoky Mountain Mopar Car Show Walter State Great Smokie Mountain Expo Center (423) 318-1484; (423) 748-2231 14-16- Parker’s Greatest Knife Show Large-scale collectable knife show at the Sevierville Events Center. (423) 892-0448. www.bulldogknives.org 15- 16- All Chevy Supernationals III Pigeon Forge. For more information call 423-623-4644, 423-623-1871, 423-625-5855, or visit autoshows.cc June 15- Aug. 11- Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Every evening as you stroll in downtown Gatlinburg, it is Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales- featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying various time periods from to 1800s to today. Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-56-VISIT. www.smokymountaintunesandtales.com

July 2012 1- 31- Christmas in July The Inn at Christmas Place www.innatchristmasplace.com 3-4- 37th Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade 12:00 a.m. Parade starts the Nation’s very First Patriotic Tribute with Floats, Entertainment, and Balloons on the Downtown Parkway. (865) 568-4748. www.gatlinburg.com 4- 22nd Annual Patriot Festival Patriot Park (865) 453-8574 4- Annual Raft Regatta Enjoy a free, unmanned, floatable object race for the whole family in the downtown Little Pigeon River. Race begins at noon. Prizes in two categories. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Christus Gardens on River Road. Race ends at Aquarium bridge. www.gatlinburg.com 4- “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale Independence Day concludes with a tremendous fireworks show! The skies above Downtown Parkway explode into color as the finale to a special day. 10 p.m. 1-800-568-4748. www.gatlinburg.com 4- 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza @ Smokies Stadium 7:15 p.m. (865) 286-2300 6- Mel Tillis in Concert Country Tonite Theatre. 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

September 2012 Aug. 31-3- Labor Day Tent & Sidewalk Sale Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall, Tanger Outlet Center. (865)428-7002, (865)428-7002 1-Dec. 31- Old Fashioned Hayride- Gatlinburg Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg. As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath-taking views of our beautiful mountains and Winterfest displays. Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall. Rides run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and leave approximately every 45 minutes. (865) 436-3897. 7- 8- Shades of the Past Hot Rod Round-Up. XXIX- Dollywood’s Splash Country Rods, customs and classics throughout 1972. www.shadesofthepast.com. 27- 15th Annual “Taste of Autumn” Sample signature dishes from over 30 area’s finest restaurants. Gatlinburg Convention Center. (800) 568-4748. 13- 15- Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival Experience great bluegrass music at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Camping hook-ups are available. For tickets call toll free 1-888-377-9888 or (865) 397-7942 or go to www.dumplinvalleybluegrass.com 13-16- Grand Fall Rod Run- Grand Resort Hotel (865) 687-3976

6-7- Great Southern Tractor Pull See Tractors & Trucks from over 6 states compete against one another in different classes and try to out pull, out smart and out last the “predator sled.” (865) 453-0770. www.seviercountyfairgrounds.com

Sept. 1-Oct. 28 - Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival A countywide celebration including cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville. Fall decorations, old fashioned hayrides, events, entertainment, and local craft exhibits. Free. www.gatlinburg.com. www.smokymountainharvestfestival.com.

15- Ronnie McDowell, T. Graham Brown, & Jimmy Fortune in Concert Country Tonite Theatre. 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

20- 29- Craftsmen’s Fair- Gatlinburg Convention Center Over 180 of the finest craftspeople gifted in woodcarving, pottery, broom making, stained glass, metal work, basket weaving, calligraphy, jewelry and much more. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. (865) 436-7479 or visit www.craftsmenfair.com $6 admission. Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Sept. 13-Oct. 31 - Autumn Color in the Smokies The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. www.gatlinburg.com

16-17- Fathers Day Garden Party Pigeon Forge. The Incredible Christmas Place. 1-800-445-3396; 865-453-0415 or visit www.christmasplace.com

27-28- George Jones Country Tonite Theatre. 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

23- The Diner’s June Jam $$ Advance Entry Fee. Open car show with categories including: Classic Truck, Mini Truck, Classic Car, Vette, Sports Car, Classic Original, Antique, Muscle Car, Sport Compact, Late Model & Bike. 2 to 9 p.m. Prizes before 9 p.m. (865) 908-1904. www.thediner.biz

28- The Diners “Hot Nights, Cool Cars” Cruise In Open Cruise In. Trophies: Best of Show, The Diner Pick, The Diner Rats Big Cheese. 2-9 p.m. Games, prizes, drawings by 9 p.m. (865) 908-1904. www.thediner.biz

30- Tennessee Smokies Baseball- Salute to Heroes Smokies Stadium, Kodak, TN, vs. Bermingham Barons. Pays homage to America’s fallen heroes and their families with a pregame memorial program while saluting our veterans, active-duty, reserves, and guard memebers for their service.

3- 5- Tax Free Weekend- Tanger Outlet Center For back to school items, (865)453-1053

June 22 - July 29- Kidsfest Dollywood 1-800-DOLLYWOOD 14- 17- Father’s Day Sidewalk Sale Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall, Tanger Outlet Center. (865)428-7002, (865)428-7002

August 2012

18- Feast with the Beasts An evening fundraiser for adults benefiting the Knoxville Zoo call (865) 637-5331. www.knoxville-zoo.org 24- Mickey Gilley in Concert Country Tonite Theatre. 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

21, 22- Don Williams in Concert Country Tonite Theatre. 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com 29- The Diner’s North to Sevierville or Quiet Side Cruise-In Open Cruise In. Trophies will be awarded for: Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese. 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors enjoy Games, Drawings & Prizes (before 9:00 p.m.). (865) 908-1904 www.thediner.biz 29- 30- Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament The 13th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children- and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. www.gatlinburg.com

October 2012 Oct. 3-Nov. 3 - National Gospel & Harvest Celebration- Dollywood 1-800-DOLLYWOOD

25- The Diner’s Back to School Cruise In Open car show and cruise in. (865)908-1904. www.thediner.biz

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS TS 1-2- Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming Located at the Robert Tino Gallery off Hwy 66, Smoky Mountain Homecoming unveils Robert Tino’s latest mountain print and features authentic mountain craftsmen, roving storytellers, mountain music, and antique games for the kids. Admission is free. (865) 453-6315 or 1-800-675-6961. www.smokymountainhomecoming.com 11- 28- Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Art, crafts and music lovers can find almost 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Gatlinburg Convention Center. Admission. (865) 436-7479. www.craftsmenfair.com 5- 8- Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale Tanger Outlet Center (865) 453-1053 26- Ray Stevens in Concert Country Tonite Theatre. 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com 12- 13, 18- 21, 25- 30- Boo! AT THE ZOO Call for dates and times. Knoxville Zoo call (865) 637-5331. www.knoxville-zoo.org

November 2012 Nov. 5-Feb. 28 - 23rd Annual Sevierville Winterfest Celebration Sevierville is transformed into a wonderland of brilliant lights, dazzling decorations and magnificent shows! For more information, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-SEVIERVILLE Nov 7 - Feb 28 - Annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter with over 2 million spectacular lights. Light displays changing annually throughout the town. 1-800-588-1817 6- Feb 26- 22nd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Beginning with a Veterans Parade on the 8th, experience more than 5 million lights and Pigeon Forge displays. Fun for the whole family. 10- Veterans Day Cruise In The Diner. $$ Advance Entry Fee. Open car show with categories including: Classic Truck, Mini Truck, Classic Car, Vette, Sports Car, Classic Original, Antique, Muscle Car, Sport Compact, Late Model & Bike. Noon to 7 p.m. Cruise in will honor veterans and their sacrifice. (865)908-1904. www.thediner.biz 6- 23rd Annual Winterfest Kickoff Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge 6- Dec. 31 - Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights Fun Time Trolley Station @ Patriot Park 6:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri except Dec 25) call (865)453-6444 for reservations. 7- 23rd Annual Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cook-Off Join the City of Gatlinburg as we kickoff Winterfest with over two-million twinkling lights, live entertainment and a magnificent fireworks display. Sample chili recipes from our area restaurants and businesses. Downtown Parkway. Admission. www.gatlinburg.com. 9- Jan. 30- Winterfest Trolley Rides Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg’s spectacular Winterfest lighting displays. Admission. (865) 436-3897 or www.gatlinburg.com 20-24- Gatlinburg Festival of Trees Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors to this Winter Wonderland at the W.L. Mills Convention Center. Admission. www.gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com

21- 25- Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show Unique handcrafted Christmas gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. 1-800-568-4748. www.gatlinburgcrafts.com 26- Dec. 2- Christmas Arts & Crafts Show Unique handcrafted Christmas gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. 1-800-568-4748. www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

December 2012

driving to us! Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights begins and end at Patriot Park. Departure times: 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, please call 865-453-6444 for details. January and February there are tours on Mondays and Fridays only and then there must be a minimum of 15 passengers before the trolley will run. www.mypigeonforge.com Nov. 23- March 16 OberGatlinburg Winter Sports 800-251-9202. www.obergatlinburg.com.

January 2013

1- Sevierville’s 50th Annual Christmas Parade For more information, 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378). www.visitsevierville.com

1- New Years in Gatlinburg Visitors enjoy a New Years Eve in Gatlinburg observing the town’s well-known ball drop and fireworks show.

7- “Fantasy of Lights” Christmas Parade 37th Annual Christmas Parade- Downtown Gatlinburg. Recognized as one of the Top Twenty Events in the South by the Southeast Tourism Society. Enjoy lighted floats, marching bands and giant helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at traffic light #1A and continues through downtown to traffic light #10. www.gatlinburg.com

12-19 - Wilderness Wildlife Week An event committed to the education and enjoyment of the public as to the wonders of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. www.mypigeonforge.com

6-8- Parker’s Greatest Knife Show Large-scale collectible knife show at the Sevierville Events Center. Open to the public. For more information, call (423) 892-0448 or visit www.bulldogknives.org 11- Santa Hustle This great winter themed 5K and half marathon will provide every participant with a FREE santa hat, beard, and customized shirt. Everyone with love the holiday decorations, the Christmas music, and the after party offering a buffet of food and plenty to drink. Call (865) 829-4536 31- 31st Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Grand Resort Hotel Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. For more information, call 1-800-251-4444. 31- 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show The Space Needle at traffic light #8 will come alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Live Entertainment. (800)568-4748.

ONGOING 2012/ 2013 WINTER Nov. 7- Feb. 28, 2013- WinterFest Smoky Mountain Winterfest is a magical celebration that begins in late fall. Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville team together with local businesses like Dollywood, Christ in the Smokies & Ripley’s Aquarium to bring you the most festive Christmas light displays in East Tennessee. Millions of twinkling light are arranged in festive theme displays, offering you lots to enjoy town after town! Nov. 7 -Jan. 2 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights.These popular guided excursions are available by advance reservation by calling 865-436-0535 after October 15, and embark from the city’s trolley center located at Traffic Light #5.The specially designated trolley carries its guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. 865-436-0535 November - February See the Winterfest light displays and their five million shining lights on board the Pigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights. Your heated, enclosed trolley comes complete with its own personal tour guide who will share stories about Pigeon Forge’s history and our famous Winterfest displays. Park your car and leave the

FEBRUARY 2013 Early February - Winter Heritage Festival Townsend, Cades, Cove, and more. Four days celebrating the history, culture and beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Featuring storytelling, hiking, crafts, history, nature, and food. 800-5256834. SmokyMountains.org. 21-24 - Saddle Up! Pigeon Forge Grab your cowboy gear and come to Saddle Up! Enjoy concerts from America’s most legendary western musicians, find a Chuckwagon Cookoff, two-stepping & the Western Marketplace. Saddle Up! Pigeon Forge is a four-day event that celebrates the American West. www.mypigeonforge.com.

MARCH 2013 13-16 A Mountain QuiltFest Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest quilt show is a beautiful display of a variety of quilts from all over the country. Classes, Appraisals, and Antique Quilt Bed Turning. Pigeon Forge. 800-251-9100. www.mountainquiltfest.com Mid-March - ClausFest Come meet hundreds of Mr. and Mrs. Clauses, elves and helpers at this parade on the downtown Parkway in Gatlinburg. www.clausfest.org Mid-March - June -Smoky Mountain SpringFest Enjoy spring decorations, mountain wildflowers and plenty of great events during Smoky Mountain Springfest. For more information call 1-888-738-4378 or 865-436-4179

APRIL 2013 Gatlinburg’s Ribfest & Wings In a street fair setting, each admission allows visitors to sample the ribs and wings until they run out. Live entertainment, hot wing eating contests, an ice cream eating event, and children’s activities will all take place during the festival. gatlinburg.com. 865-436-4179 Mid-April - Spring Grand Rod Run Grand Hotel and Convention Center. 1-800-251-4444. www.grandrodrun.net

MAY 2013 3 - 28th Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade Join Grand Marshal Dolly Parton for her 28th Annual Homecoming Parade! Relish in the fanfare that will start near traffic light #6 and commence north on the Parkway to traffic light #3. The parade begins at 6 p.m., but get there early to claim a spot! www.mypigeonforge.com

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pone of corn bread now. Much like a fried polenta, the dish consists of a cooked mixture of corn meal, water, grease and salt. Even some native foods are enjoying a gourmet renaissance now, such as in the case of ramps, which is a wild spring onion-leek type plant often fried with potatoes in bacon grease. Cooking methods, too, influenced what was eaten and how; settlers were limited to cooking on hearths originally, and then pot-bellied stoves came onto the scene. With American expansionism and the advent of railways, many places in the Appalachians weren’t as isolated as they first were; the opportunities to buy from mail-order catalogs became available, even if the luxury wasn’t always affordable or limited to special times like the holidays. Special treats, like oranges from Florida, were found in stockings or cut up with coconut and tossed with pecans and honey for ambrosia fruit salad to be served at the Christmas table. Railroads brought immigrants, too, to work in coalmines dotting the region. With them came their foodways, married into the established Appalachia ones.

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Poles brought pierogies and crullers. Germans brought sauerkraut and sausages. There were also dishes introduced by Russians and Greeks and Italians. And, although over the years the recipes changed and adapted to be prepared with available ingredients and to be more palatable to a larger audience, the influence was made and even today is unmistakable.

Because of the mountainous terrain, electricity didn’t reach many areas of the Appalachians until the 1940s and 50s, but the arrival struck a huge change in dining. With reliable refrigeration, dishes could be made in advance and kept—especially dishes with perishable items like mayonnaise. What arose were elaborate social events like supper on the lawn at church and summer picnics for the whole community complete with chicken salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs and the like. The strong sense of family, felt when early settlers huddled in their cabin around an open hearth, was extended even more to a wider family—that in the same and neighboring communities. With the advent of television networks devoted solely to food and cooking, the cuisine of Appalachia continues to expand, but evident still are the pride of local ingredients, sense of heritage in decades-old recipes, even if they are updated a bit, and desire to share a meal with a neighbor, regardless of what corner of the world they hail from.

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