Grotto Falls near Gatlinburg.

6 of the Best Hiking Trails in Gatlinburg for Waterfalls and Scenic Views

Do you want to hike a mountain and see an amazing view at the top? Do you want to awe over a huge waterfall along the trail? Seeing these sights in nature is unlike any other experience! If you want to experience the amazement of seeing an amazing view of mountains in the distance or watch water gush over the side of a rock formation, you’ll definitely want to check out these hiking trails in Gatlinburg: Read more


Forbidden Caverns: One of the Unique Things to Do in the Smokies

Looking for a unique attraction that you can’t find anywhere else? You’ll want to go to the Forbidden Caverns, a cave under the Great Smoky Mountains where natural caverns are so large and amazing you won’t believe your eyes! Tour guides will take you on an entertaining journey through the cave and tell you about the history and science behind the formations. You’ll be able to purchase souvenirs to remember this great adventure.
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Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cades Cove

Want to do something that’s free yet fun when you visit the Smoky Mountains? You’ll definitely want to check out Cades Cove while you’re in town! There’s so much to do, and everyone will enjoy something while you’re there! Read our list of the 5 reasons why you should visit Cades Cove. Read more

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Best 8 Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you want to make your trip to the Smokies one to remember, a visit to the national park is an absolute must! From hiking scenic trails to exploring historic buildings, there are so many ways to have fun! To help you make the most of your time there, here are 8 of the best things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

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6 of the Best Places to Take Photos in the Smoky Mountains

Whether you’re looking for the perfect location for your next family photo or profile picture for social media, there are tons of breathtaking places that will add that wow factor to all your snapshots! The Smokies are filled with scenic spots and attractions that are sure to make your photos stand out. With hundreds of destinations to choose from, you might feel a little overwhelmed to select the best one. For your convenience, we put together a list of the top 6 places to take photos in the Smoky Mountains. Read more

Beautiful fall colors along the Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains.

New Section of Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains to Open Soon

Tennessee’s oldest unfinished highway project is about to take a giant leap forward! After 50 years of waiting, a new 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway is set to open on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Running from Walland to Wears Valley, this 16-mile stretch of the Parkway has been delayed for decades because of construction crews’ inability to finish a 1.65-mile portion of the road known as the “missing link.” Read more

fall leaves on the ground in the Smoky Mountains

6 of the Best Trails to Hike During Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall is a beautiful time in the Smoky Mountains. Gorgeous shades of oranges, yellows, and reds can be seen everywhere you turn. Each year, visitors flock to the Smokies to see the fall colors at their peak. One of the best ways to experience fall in the mountains is by going for a hike! To help guarantee you have the best time while you’re here and the best views, we’ve made a list of the top 6 trails for you to hike during fall in the Smoky Mountains: Read more

The sign for Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg.

8 Unique Shops in the Smoky Mountains You Have to Visit

Whether you’re searching for the perfect souvenir to remind you of your time in the Smokies or an item in particular, your search can start anywhere! The Smoky Mountains are full of shops that have everything you could ever dream of, from homemade fudge to apparel. To make your shopping adventure the most fun, we recommend going to some of the unique specialty shops in the area. Here are some of the best unique shops in the Smoky Mountains that you have to visit: Read more

Black and white photo of a creepy cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

3 Smoky Mountain Ghost Stories That Will Scare Your Socks Off

The Great Smoky Mountains are famous for their ghost stories! From Cherokee legends to tall tales from Cades Cove, the Smokies are brimming with supernatural yarns that have been passed down for generations. If you’re looking for a good fright, check out three of our favorite Smoky Mountain ghost stories. Read more

Smoky Mountain picnic areas.

The 4 Best Smoky Mountain Picnic Areas

No vacation in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains is complete without a picnic! When the weather is nice, nothing beats eating outside amidst the natural splendor of the Smokies. The national park is home to a number of wonderful picnic spots and the Gatlinburg area boasts a great selection of restaurants where you can pick up a quick meal to enjoy al fresco. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to four of our favorite Smoky Mountain picnic areas. Read more