Monthly Archives: May 2010

National Park Announces Delays in Opening of Popular Areas

Officials of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park announced Wednesday that the road to Clingman’s Dome and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will remain closed.
The road to Clingman’s Dome is now scheduled to be open June 19th. The major setback on the project was the weather. The park recorded over 130 inches of snow this past winter.
The Roaring Fork Motor Trail in Gatlinburg has not set a new opening date. In addition to weather, this project has faced major delays due to the steep, narrow winding roads. Contractors have faced challenges maneuvering heavy equipment on the scenic roadway.
For complete information on park road, trail and campground closures please go to their web site.

Upcoming Knife Show in the Smokies

The Sevierville Events Center will host Parker’s Greatest Knife Show on Earth for the third consecutive year. The Parker’s show has grown to be the premiere antique pocket knife show in the region.
This years summer show will be held June 10-12 and feature vendors from around the country. Show admission is $5 per day per person or you may purchase a three day pass for $10.

Five Oaks Riding Stable to add Zip Lines

Five Oaks Riding Stables, located in Sevierville across from Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center, is in the process of adding zip lines to go along with the stables. Installation has already begun as the towers, manufactured off site, are already at the location. Construction is scheduled to be completed in June and the attraction will change its name to the Adventure Park at Five Oaks.

The 25th Annual Dolly Parade

This upcoming Friday (May 7) Pigeon Forge will host the 25th Annual Dolly Parade, the unofficial start of this year’s tourist season and the 25th Anniversary season of Dollywood.  Legendary local singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be the parade’s grand marshal. The parkway will be lined with parade watchers admiring floats, marching bands, celebrities and of course the areas favorite daughter, Dolly. This year’s parade will begin at 6PM.

In addition to the Dolly Parade this weekend, Saturday morning at 9AM the Shrines will hold their Fun Fest Parade in downtown Pigeon Forge.

Let’s not forgot Mom this weekend with Mother’s Day on Sunday. The Resort has a special for this weekend including a two night stay and a $50 restaurant gift card for those looking for accomodations this weekend.