Mypigeonforge.com has posted information on this year’s Festival of Nations at Dollywood that will begin on March 14th for 2020, and we want to re-post and share that information here. Take a look: “Dollywood welcomes the world during Festival of Nations, a fascinating multi-cultural celebration…
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years, either here in the Smokies with us or where you call home. Now we enter the second half of Winterfest in the Smokies and what can effectively be considered the quietest season on the calendar.
However, it being the “quiet” season does nothing to diminish reason to visit the Smokies between the holidays and Spring Break – in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cosby and Sevierville, it’s only after the holidays do we get to experience the greatest universal (or planetary, rather) phenomenon associated with the Winter season: snow. January, February and even March have great chances to turn Sevier County into a true Winter wonderland.
Many of our guests ask for some recommendations to see the Smoky Mountain snow when it falls. In this blog, we have some places listed where you can see, experience, and have fun with snow. Take a look:
Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow
The first recommendations are sort of a cheat, but if you want to be as close to guaranteed snow-styled fun in the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow are the best places for them. The reason for this is they CREATE their own snow at their attraction establishments daily – Ober Gatlinburg from early-mid December to around the start of the March (give or take a week) and Pigeon Forge Snow all-year-round. Ober Gatlinburg creates snow so winter sports enthusiasts can get their snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and fill of more while Pigeon Forge Snow offers indoor snow tubing and a snow play area for the little’uns. And don’t forget the views you can see from the Ober Gatlinburg attraction and its gondola cars.
Newfound Gap is also somewhat tricky as it comes with the caveat that, often, when there is snow, the National Park Service will close sections of the road for safety. That being said, because Newfound Gap is the road that goes straight into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connecting Gatlinburg to Cherokee, even if the road is closed at the Sugarlands Visitors Center, you will still get quite a lot of gorgeous views of the snow covering the dense and lush surrounding forest – and the Visitors Center itself and the outdoor trails to it are usually open during snowfall as well. This author himself has hiked the nearby trail when 2 or more inches of snow had fallen and shut down much of the rest of the town. It was an extremely memorable experience.
See the Sugarlands Visitors Center at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm.
Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge
The Gatlinburg SkyLift is one of the oldest attractions in town and has consistently provided decades of views and atmospheric wonder for Gatlinburg visitors. They have a much newer attraction and one that got national attention with the SkyBridge that was completed in 2019. The SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge on the continent and both the Lift and the Bridge will give you incredible views of snow-covered Smoky Mountains – some that were previously unable to obtain without a drone.
See more on the Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge at https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com.
Short of turning yourself into a bird, there is no better way to see the sights of Gatlinburg from the center of the city than the impossible-to-miss Space Needle. The Space Needle takes visitors over 400 feet above the ground of the downtown strip and allows for full 360 degree views of the city, the woods, the mountains and the peaks of the mountains as well as coin-operated super binocular stations that let you see incredibly close up on the city and those distant, white-covered peaks. Practically no visit to Gatlinburg is complete without going to the Gatlinburg Space Needle.
See more on the Gatlinburg Space Needle at https://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/.
By now, you likely know that Ober Gatlinburg becomes a center of Winter season excitement for its sledding, snowboarding and snow tubing accommodations. If not, this is a great time to introduce you to what they can offer. Rather than a long article as usual,…
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One of the biggest and most significant new things to come into Gatlinburg in the last few years has been the Anakeesta Theme Park Village in the highlands overlooking the city. We now have two attractions you can spend a few hours at that you can enjoy a gondola ride up on up to and they compliment each other very well – Ober Gatlinburg and Anakeesta’s park offerings do not overlap very much, so you would be able to enjoy one and the other on the same day and still get a wide variety of sights, sounds and fun high above the parkway!
So what is Anakeesta like? Here’s what their website says:
“Your journey begins here… at Anakeesta where we have created a unique outdoor family experience by immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors.
Our Gatlinburg-based theme park is a great family value! Admission to Anakeesta includes a scenic ride via the Chondola ride or choose to experience our Ridge Rambler adventure trucks to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you enter our magical Firefly Village. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Gatlinburg along the way. At the top, you’ll experience majestic scenic views of Mt. LeConte, quaint gift shops and casual dining at our Smokehouse BBQ food truck or savory pastries, hot drinks, and of course ice cream at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. Look for our new mountaintop restaurant, which features a delicious menu, full-service bar, and outdoor seating. Cliff Top Grill & Bar is named after the majestic mountain peaks that serve as the backdrop to our dining pavilion, making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset!
Stroll along the Treetop Skywalk 40’–60’ feet above the forest floor and discover over 800′ of connected skybridges, then explore our whimsical Treehouse Village Adventure with the kids. Follow the Memorial Forest Walk to learn about the November 2016 fire and how it impacted our ‘mountain strong’ community, and discover our new and interactive Vista Gardens botanical walk that features 1,700′ of walking trails that meander through lush gardens filled with a variety of flowers, plants, and sculptures like our 20′ Willow Man.
For even more excitement purchase tickets on our Dueling Zipline Adventure and race side-by-side with friends on over 3,500′ of lines soaring 125′ above the ground. At each challenge tower, you will experience the thrill of rappelling to your next zip course. Everyone will enjoy racing down the mountainside on the Rail Runner, the only single-rail coaster in the United States!
We invite you to join us at Anakeesta—be inspired by nature, enjoy time with family and friends, and discover the magic in the mountains.”
Anakeesta’s items of interest include:
* Treetop Skywalk
* Dueling Zipline
* Treehouse Village Adventure
* Gem Mining
* Rail Runner
* Cliff Top Grill & Bar
* Pearl’s Pie in the Sky
* Anakeesta Smokehouse BBQ
* Memorial Forest Walk
See more on Anakeesta at https://www.anakeesta.com/.
It’s been a hot minute or two since we last talked about one of Cosby’s most noteworthy community items – the most famous apple orchard in East Tennessee with Carver’s Orchards and Applehouse on Cosby Highway. Carver’s has been in business and growing the best…