The 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week will be held Jan. 25-Feb. 1st at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. The annual salute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the great outdoors has been recognized by many organizations including the International Festivals & Events Assoc. and Southeast Tourism Society.
Among the many different activities offered is the new Smokies through the Lens! (Photography workshops), hiking, and crafting. Some of the many lectures will cover the Civil War in the Smokiesand East Tennessee, fly fishing, wildlife, conservation, and much more.
Visitors to The Resort at Governor’s Crossing and the Smoky Mountains look forward to attending certain area events year after year. Listed below are dates of some of the earlier events for 2014. Dates are subject to change.
· Feb. 19-23 14th Annual Saddle Up Celebration TBA
· Mar. 19-22 20th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
· Mar. 21-22 Corvette Expo Seviervville Events Center
· Mar. 22 Dollywood Opens
· April 11-13 Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run
· May 2 Dolly’s Homecoming Parade Pigeon Forge
· May 16-17 Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Sevierville
One of East Tennessee’s and here in the Smokies great attractions is the chance to see a black bear in the wild. People come from near and far with the hope of seeing one of these bears and other wildlife as this area holds the greatest bear population in the entire state.
Mother & Cub
On top of that viewing them in the wild is free as The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has no admission fees. That’s right; you can drive through Cades Cove, the Roaring Fork, all over the park and only have to pay for your fuel. Sadly foolish, uneducated, and uncaring tourists are ruining the chance for you and your family to observe these bears.
A recent report by Knoxville WBIR TV News brought to light that poor behavior by certain tourists is harming these bears leading to their removal or even causing the need for certain bears to be killed. They reported how tourists fed a female black bear and her three cubs in Cades Cove causing them to become “Nuisance Bears”. This forced the park service to capture and relocate the mother bear and her cubs 40 miles from the area. The article goes on to tell of a bear having to be euthanized in 2010 because of it approaching hikers in the Laurel Falls area wanting food.
The WBIR article also reported on the story in Country Magazine where the lady bragged about approaching an angry mother bear and her cubs in Cades Cove to get that “photographic treasure”. Thankfully enough public backlash caused the magazine to retract the story.
Cub in tree eating berries
The law states you must stay back 50 yards and may not disturb or displace these animals. Visitors can be arrested and fined for violating this law. Bring a zoom lens and stay back. Don’t feed the bears! Keep your distance, stay safe and keep them safe.
Newfound Gap Road (US-441), the main route from Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC, has been closed since January due to a land slide on the NC side, near mile marker 22. Park officials have reported that road repairs are on schedule and should be completed by May 15, 2013. Newfound Gap Road is open from Gatlinburg to the Newfound Gap overlook and to Clingmans Dome Road weather permitting. UPDATE: Newfound Gap Road repairs are completed and the road is now open from Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC as of 4/15/13.
The following roads are scheduled to openApril 12:
Parsons Branch Road
The Roaring Fork Motor Natural Trail Little Greenbrier
Due to federal budget cuts the following campgrounds and picnic areas will be closed in 2013: Look Rock campground and picnic area Abrams Creek campground Balsam Mountain campground and picnic area (includes Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain Roads) Tow String horse camp (NC)
Current park road and facilities information click here.
Many guests choose to stay at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing during the Christmas Holidays and inquire about places to eat on Christmas Day. This is a partial list of restaurants open Christmas Day in the greater Sevierville and Pigeon Forge area. This list is incomplete and subject to change.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start celebrating July 4th early and go late into the night with fun and excitement for the whole family. The two cities bring back the charm of years gone by with many small town traditions plus some modern day entertainment.
The 8th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for May 18 & 19 in downtown Sevierville. This free street style festival features live Bluegrass music as well as some of the finest BBQ in the country.
For only our guests here atThe Resort at Governor’s Crossing, visit Hillside Winerybetween 4:00 – 5:00pm any Thursday for a complimentary Cheese & Wine Tasting on us! With over a dozen handcrafted bottles on site, Hillside Winery is sure to have a wine that fits your group’s preferred flavors. Wines offered range from the traditional dry white and red wines to the exceptional fruit & sweet wines. Tours of the facility are also available from Noon – 5pm everyday and they also have great gift items for the local traveler and wine enthusiast alike!
Stop by our front desk here at The Resort and ask for your special invitation. Present the invitation upon arrival at Hillside Winery and enjoy. Must be 21 years of age.
Again in 2011 Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is at TN Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, TN. With hundreds of thousands of lights programmed to music, this is a “can’t miss” experience for the family during the holidays.
While taking in the light show the children will enjoy “Santa’s Village” with a free petting zoo. There are also pony and camel rides, photos with Santa, and festive refreshments.
Hours are dusk to 10PM. Fees schedule.
Today’s Knoxville News Sentinel has a nice article on corn mazes in their life section. They list local corn mazes with two located in Sevierville. The Apple Valley Corn Mazeis located at 460 Lonesome Valley Rd. and theKyker Farms Corn Maze is at 938 Alder Branch Road. So if you are visiting the Smokies this fall and looking for some fun family activities give these a visit.
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