July 4thPatriot Festival– Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park will again be home to this annual festival starting at 12 noon with fun and activities for kids. Onstage entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m. with concerts featuring the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar.
July 4th Fireworks- Pigeon Forge’s fireworks display will be at Patriot Park starting somewhere between 9:30 till 10 p.m. depending on the conclusion of onstage entertainment. Gatlinburg’s fireworks will be centered downtown (recommended viewing around traffic light #3) to begin about 10 p.m. All fireworks subject to weather conditions.
In 2010 the US Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The mint began issuing quarters embossed with designs featuring national parks or national sites.
This past week the mint released the Great Smoky Mountains Quarter, the 21st coin in the program. The coin’s design features a historic log cabin found within the National Park (presumably the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove) with a mountain backdrop and a hawk soaring above.
The Great Smoky Mountains Commemorative Quarter
The Resort at Governor’s Crossing was fortunate to receive some of these quarters at their release. As a special thank you to our guests staying the nights of February 16th and/or 17th during the Presidents Day weekend, we will be handing out a “mint state” Great Smoky Mountains Quarter in a protective plastic case.
Commemorative quarters are limited to one per guest unit. The quantity is very limited and not for sale.
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
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.
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.
The new Lumberjack Feud Dinner & Show will open Aug. 26 on the parkway in Pigeon Forge. The show will feature both actors and professional lumberjack athletes, some of whom have been seen on ESPN. The athletes, in head-to-head competition, will participate in log-rolling, boom-running, speed climbing and wood chopping.
The show, in its new 26,000 square foot arena, will be based loosely on this area’s logging business as the woodlands were transformed in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With three different price plans guests can choose from a show-only option, a snack-lunch ticket, or the full dinner show. The full dinner show option will include chicken breast, ribs, several sides, dessert, and a beverage.
Adjoining the theater’s retail & ticket center is the new Smoky Mountain Forestry History Center. The museum will highlight the area’s history beginning with native inhabitants continuing with the pioneers & homesteaders in the Smokies during the early days of the logging industry.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 7th annual “Music of the Mountains”. The three day event will begin on April 8th at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. On Saturday the 9th the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just south of Gatlinburg, will host 6 free events through out the day. The final day’s event will be held Sunday afternoon in Cosby, TN at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center.
There is a $5 per person admission charge at the concert in Townsend, which will begin at 7PM. The concert in Cosby costs $4 per person and will begin at 2PM.
Travelers on Newfound Gap Road (U. S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will experience delays beginning March 1st. Repairs on the heavily traveled two lane mountain road will begin on the Tennessee side at the state line proceeding north. In addition to repaving and drainage work the stone retaining walls will require repairs including re-construction to support the roadbeds, forcing closure of one lane from March 1st through June 10th.
Just above the Morton Overlook the work on the retaining wall and roadbed will require flag crews to direct traffic from 8AM until 9PM. Overnight traffic will be open to both lanes. At a slightly lower location traffic lights will control traffic around the clock.
From June 11 through August 15 there will be no lane closures during daytime hours. Overnight between 9PM and 8AM construction will again cause lane closures.
The expected completion time of this first phase of the road work project is scheduled for October 2012. An additional two phases are schedule to complete the repairs of the 15 mile stretch of road between Newfound Gap and the park entrance north of Gatlinburg with projected completion in 2016.
Ah, to be in a mountain cabin during a winter storm with the beautiful snow covered scenery. Sounds nice, doesn’t it. Think twice.
Being one who lives in the mountains here in Sevier County, winter time can be an eventful season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy where I live and would not want to be in town. I am also prepared for winter as I have four wheel drive with tire chains for all four wheels but many times that vehicle is parked down by the main road as I am hiking up the steep, winding mountain road to our home, due to too much snow and ice.
Is this how I want to spend my vacation, hiking up a snow covered road carry my possessions to find out when I get to the cabin the electric service is out because snow or ice covered trees have taken down the wires? Do I want to listen to my kids complain that they can not play their video games that I drug up the mountain? How are we going to cook with out electric for the stove? No TV?
This is in no way to belittle the fine cabin rental companies in this area. Most are very reputable and try to get you to your cabin. They attempt to get the roads clear and safe, but sometimes that is impossible. The sad thing is, there are few cabin companies that feel it is your problem not theirs; “We can’t control the weather”.
Think about a condo when making that winter getaway. The majority of the condominium complexes locally are in town with city road service and underground utilities. Basically a condo is a cabin in town. Many have indoor pools, game rooms and restaurants within walking distance. Enjoy the shopping, shows and attractions; don’t be stuck on that mountain the one time of the year you can get away with the family.
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