Millions of people have visited here before and many more will arrive for a first-time visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. Almost universally, once you have visited the Smokies these mountains become a part of you. You feel the undefineable need to keep returning. Here are some of the reasons why you have this urge ... this addiction:
Mountains: There is something for everyone to enjoy outdoors in the Smoky Mountains. Whether you drive the Cades Cove Loop, hike the hardest trail to Mount LeConte, camp in the pristine scenery of Elkmont Campground or participate in one of the many opportunities available, you can choose your level of comfort in nature. There is so much to see and do that you cannot get bored. Every season has its outdoor delights.
Valleys: If you are not the outdoor type or the purveyor of nature you can still enjoy shopping of all types, numerous theater shows, various foods from fattening to healthy, theme parks of all kinds, exciting rides and a myriad of thrills.
Landscapes: every season, in any weather, a watchful eye can find something to appreciate every day in Sevier County, the surrounding area and especially in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This area is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty - mountain vistas, verdent forests, pastoral lowlands and an incredible variety of flowers, trees and wildlife. Such natural wonder never grows old and is there for the enjoying.
The Addiction: There is always a reason to return. There is so much to do here in the Smokies that you can't help but feel that you want to come back again and try something different. And as an extra temptation, there is always something new to explore and check out. Come stay with us at Smoky Mountain Cabin Services and get your “mountain fix”. We promise you that untold wonders and delights await you in the Smokies.
Have a Happy and Blessed Easter from all of us at Smoky Mountain Cabin Services/Hidden Springs.
Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have many exciting options to savor the flavor of these majestic mountains. You can experience the serenity of the forests, the beauty of the open meadows, the calming effect of rushing water or the spectacular vistas of the high places. There is something for everyone, even if you just sit in your car with the windows open. Three very different areas of the park that provide an overall experience of all the Smokies has to offer are:
For "Open Vistas" without steep mountain climbing, consider: Cades Cove: Located in the area of the park closest to Townsend, Tennessee, this 11-mile loop road goes through valleys and hillsides, with beautiful picturesque mountain views. It has many historic buildings, including churches and cemeteries and is a great day trip. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best chance to see animals. Deer and wild turkey, as well as, black bears can often be seen on this loop.On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the loop is open only to bicycles and pedestrians until 10 am during the peak season.
For "Mountain Views" at the highest elevation, consider: Clingman’s Dome and Newfound Gap Located at the highest point in the park, go straight through Gatlinburg into the GSMNP park and keep going straight to Newfound Gap Road. Park at the parking area. There are majestic views of the Smokies and the original park dedication site. From this area there is a paved 1/2 mile trail that goes to the concrete lookout tower at the top of Clingman's dome the highest point in the park at 6.643 feet above sea level. On a clear day you can see many miles in all directions but mountain haze can obstruct the view on occasion.
For a "Forest" experience while driving or hiking, consider: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail: Has easy access. Go to traffic light #8 (Airport Road) This paved one-way driving loop has multiple stopping points of interest. Historic sites of homesteads, cabins, and mills dot the trail, water streams are abundant throughout, and there are several open vista overlooks. There are also trailheads for Rainbow Falls, Baskins Creek, and Grotto Falls.
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website for additional information: http://www.nps.gov/grsm
The 2014 Gatlinburg Easter Craft Show will be on Wednesday, April 16 - Saturday, April 19, 2014 Show hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am - 5pm - Fri-Sat, 10am - 6pm Our craft shows are held in the Gatlinburg Convention Center, which is conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg. We brag of our largest group of independent artists and craftsmen in the nation. For more information visit: www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/craftshows.html
We've got word that Pigeon Forge's newest restaurant, Dick's Last Resort, plans to open April 8!
Pigeon Forge has had quite a few big restaurants opening soon. "Dick’s Last Resort" is one of the new restaurants coming and will be opening on April 8, 2014 at "The Island" in Pigeon Forge. There is also currently a Dick’s Last Resort in neighboring Gatlinburg.
"The Island" is the latest and greatest new multi-activity area in Pigeon Forge.
You’ll find that Sevier County is a magical place to visit. The county, made up of three cities, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and features some of the best attractions, festivals and events you’ll ever experienced, along with the best variety of lodging anywhere. The Great Smoky Nountain National Park, the most visited park in America is in our very own backyard!
For an amazing 100 things to do in this area visit: http://www.hiddenspringsresort.com/100things_to_do.html
Beautiful luxury cabin rentals on the scenic Little Pigeon River close to the heart of Pigeon Forge.
Romantic, peaceful and private with excellent amenities. Our semi-secluded, beautifully appointed and decorated cabins are just what you need for a relaxing and enjoyable getaway.
Get up in the morning and enjoy your coffee while walking along the river. Plan an active day of tourism in the area and come back to your cabin to relax in the hot tub, play a game, read a book or just dangle your feet in the creek.
If you want adventure during your stay, our beautiful cabins are in the middle of the Smokies area which is an outdoor playground.
The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a brand new attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that opened late in the summer of 2013! It's located just 1.4 miles off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Turn onto Wears Valley Road at traffic light #3. It currently is the longest Alpine Coaster in the United States. The track is more than a mile long and you can control how fast your ride is!
Located at: 867 Wears Valley Road Pigeon Forge, TN37863 Phone: (865) 365-5000
Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the GSMNP will again be accessible by road starting March 31st with the opening of Clingmans Dome Road. At 6,643 feet above sea level Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in the state of Tennessee and the third highest east of the Mississippi River. Once you reach the top, you’ll notice the paved half mile walking trail that leads to the observation tower. This tower provides some of the most spectacular 360° views in the nation. If clear views are available you can see over 100 miles. Weather and air pollution are often a problem, as the entire peak can often be shrouded in clouds. If it’s a clear day you can likely spot Pigeon Forge to the north. To the south you might be able to spot sections of Fontana Lake in North Carolina.
Several trails intersect at Clingmans Dome, including the famous Appalachian Trail (AT). Hiking is the only way to access the tower. Bicycles are not permitted on the paved trail. Take advantage of the reopening of Clingmans Dome road and plan your visit to one of the most unique places in the Smoky Mountains!
For those planning a hike through the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has put out its schedule of road openings for 2014.
Secondary Roads are scheduled to open as follows: Forge Creek Road will open on March 7. Clingmans Dome Road will open on April 1. Round Bottom/Straight Fork Road will open April 4. Parson Branch, Rich Mountain Road, Roaring Fork Nature Trail, and Little Greenbrier will open on April 11. Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain roads will open on May 23 and so will Balsam Mountain Campground.
Peyton's Place Cabin is a newly renovated and decorated cabin in the Hidden Springs Resort. It sports a "Football" theme in the living room and kitchen and a "Smokies Wildlife" theme in the bedroom and bathroom.
The cabin is on one Level and has one bedroom and one bath and sleeps four. Other amenities include Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Air Hockey Game, Non-smoking, two Gas Fireplaces, one King Size Bed, two TVs with DVD/VCR, Washer and Dryer and Motorcycle Friendly Parking.
“Peyton's Place” is a beautifully decorated cabin that would also be perfect for a honeymoon. For a relaxing stay in a cabin, retreat to this peaceful Tennessee resort. Hidden Springs Resort is only minutes from Dollywood theme park. This makes for easy entrance and exit from one of the busiest amusement parks in the United States. Dollywood theme park is a must see when you visit the Smoky Mountains. We want your stay in your cabin to be as relaxing and comfortable as possible.Our Tennessee resort boasts its own enclosed year round swimming pool. If you happen to get bored, Dollywood theme park is just a short drive down the street. What more can you ask for, a lovely cabin that is located near Dollywood theme park, access to a pool and easy access to all the area activities!
On May 2, 2014, Dolly Parton will be the grand marshal of Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, a 29 year old tradition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Floats, marching bands, local entertainers and more will follow Sevier County’s favorite daughter as the parade travels the Parkway through downtown Pigeon Forge. The parade begins at 6 p.m. south of traffic light #6, and travels north to traffic light #3. Bring your lawn chairs, find the perfect viewing spot, relax and enjoy the parade.