Monthly Archives: June 2009

July 4th Fireworks Displays

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg each have fireworks displays scheduled for the evening of July 4th. Pigeon Forge’s will be held downtown at Patriot Park while Gatlinburg states the best viewing will be on the downtown streets between light number 3 and the sky lift. Both events are scheduled for just after sunset.
For those looking for last minute accommodations The Resort has just a few remaining units available for this upcoming holiday weekend.

Dollywood to begin construction on Adventure Mountain

Dollywood announced this week it will begin construction on a new attraction for 2010, Adventure Mountain. Originally scheduled to open this year the project was delayed due to a road construction project and the poor economy.

The new attraction, to be located on a hill above the Tennessee Tornado rollercoaster, will cover 2 acres. The attraction will offer visitors some of the challenges of the outdoors with three different courses rated from easy to expert to test the skill and strength levels of participants.

Abrams Falls Trail Closed Again

Due to a continued bear problem park rangers have closed the Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove for the second time this month. Park officials stated that they do not plan to reopen the very popular trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park until the black bear can be tracked or caught. The park service’s web site has updates on road and facilities closures.

Nuisance Bears in the Park

This spring in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park there have been many instances of nuisance bear activity. The popular Abrams Falls Trail was closed for a day this past week due to two reports of a black bear becoming aggressive towards hikers.
Some shelters and backcountry campsites are currently closed and bear warning signs have been posted at many shelters and trails including the Abrams Falls Trail. The nuisance bears have been a particular concern in the popular Cades Cove area.
The Nation Park Service web site has a very interesting article on Black Bears that has safety guidelines if you encounter a bear. Visitors may wish to check at the parks visitor centers or ranger stations before hiking or camping for further information.