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Park Completes Comprehensive Stream Mapping Project

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park geographic information system specialists and scientists in collaboration with scientists from Tennessee, North Carolina, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), completed a three-year stream mapping project. Park scientists used a combination of aircraft-mounted scanners and a Global Positioning System verification system to re-inventory streams throughout the park.

Using this modern mapping technology, scientists determined the park contains 2,900 miles of streams. Of these, 1,073 miles of streams are large enough to support fish. Previously, using topographic maps, the scientists estimated there to be approximately 2,000 miles of streams in the park. A water features is considered a stream if it exhibits the hydrologic, geomorphologic, and biologic characteristics of moving water at least part of the year.

Working with the USGS, the park incorporated the new stream data into the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) which allows the researchers and the public real-time access to detailed information about streams across the nation. Park staff and research partners rely heavily upon the accurate information in the NHD to manage park water quality and aquatic ecosystem health. The NHD data is accessible via The National Map at and re-mapped streams within the park can be seen at

For more information about aquatic resources in the park, please visit the park’s website at

PHOTO Credit: NPS/Everitt: The Middle Prong stream along the Ramsey Cascades Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Area Appreciation Days at Titanic Pigeon Forge!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is having Area Appreciation Days!

Now through January 31, 2015, residents of Sevier County, Knox County, Jefferson County, Blount County and Cocke County are able to visit the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge for $9 per person. Residents can bring one guest at that rate, or their immediate family. Visitors must bring proof of residency or employment (such as drivers license, state issued ID, utility bill, or pay stub). For more information, call 800-381-7670 or click the picture below!

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Ringing in 2015, Pigeon Forge Style!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Looking for a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Check out what our Members have planned.

Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge is having a New Year’s Eve bash! Beginning at 9 p.m., the band Kincaid takes the stage and kicks the party off. They will continue throughout the night with a countdown to midnight and a champagne toast. For more information, call 865-430-7625.

The 2nd Annual New Year’s at the Island Celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2014 with free live music and entertainment. The musical guests currently scheduled include Joe the Show, The Live Rock ‘N Roll Theater and Fairview Union. Music will continue throughout the evening.
There will be free activities for kids, including face painting, a bounce house and more.

The event is free! Bring your chairs and blankets, or enjoy the fireworks from the rocking chairs that surround the beautiful Island Show Fountain.

The official Island Party will kick off at 8:00 p.m. The countdown will take place at 11:59 p.m. with fireworks to ring in the New Year!

The Smoky Mountain Opry will welcome the New Year by starting out the evening with the Christmas at the Opry show. Following the show, the party will start! The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square and a midnight balloon drop. After the ball drop there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.

Temporary Closures for Cades Cove Loop Road in January

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the temporary closure of the Cades Cove Loop Road for 6 days in January to complete hazard tree removal. The road will be closed to all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists January 6 through January 8 and January 13 through January 15.

“We regret the inconvenience to Cades Cove visitors,” said Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan. “We chose mid-week dates in early January when visitation is expected to be low to accomplish the needed work, but we realize that some visitors will be disappointed.”

In addition to the Cades Cove Loop Road, hazard trees will be removed from the Cades Cove Campground. The campground will remain open during the closure, but campers may be relocated during the work period.

For more information about temporary road and trail closures, please visit the park’s website at or by following the park’s Twitter account for road updates at

NPS Invites Proposals to Operate Cades Cove Riding Stable Concession

Monday, December 29th, 2014

National Park Service Invites Proposals to Operate the Cades Cove Riding Stable Concession in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Office has issued a prospectus seeking proposals from individuals or businesses interested in competing for a 10-year concession contract to provide guided horseback rides and related services at the Cades Cove Riding Stable in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The new concession contract is expected to begin on January 1, 2016.

The Cades Cove Riding Stable is about 9 miles from Townsend, TN and is adjacent to the Cades Cove Campground and Picnic Area in one of the busiest areas of the park. In addition to offering visitors guided horseback rides, the concession operator will be required to provide hayrides, carriage or wagon rides, and vending services.  The services required under the new contract include guided horseback rides, wagon and/or carriage rides, hayrides, and vending.

The stables have been in operation under National and State Park Concessions Riding Stables, Inc. since 2009. The current contract expires on December 31, 2015. Under the terms of the NPS Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998 (Act), concession contracts must be awarded through a competitive selection process. The prospectus explains the business opportunities and the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the concession contract. The NPS Director, pursuant to 36 CFR, Part 51, has determined that there is no preferred offeror for the contract, so the contract is fully competitive.

Any proposal, including that of the existing concessioner, must be received by the Chief of Commercial Services, Southeast Region, National Park Service, 100 Alabama St, SW, Bldg 1924, Atlanta, GA, 30303 by 4:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in order to be evaluated and considered for award of the concession contract.

The prospectus will be available at Hard copies will be available upon request for a printing cost recovery charge. The fee is $50.00 per copy to be delivered via Federal Express or $45.00 per copy if picked up in person. Persons interested in obtaining a prospectus should mail, or bring in person, a check or money order made payable to the NPS (cash will not be accepted). You must include a business address (no post office box) and telephone number to receive a Federal Express package. For personal pick up please contact Molly Schroer, Concessions Specialist, Great Smoky Mountains National Park at (865) 436-1209 or Bill Stevens, Chief of Commercial Services, Southeast Region, NPS, in Atlanta at (404) 507-5636 prior to arrival.

If you have obtained your prospectus from the website, please advise Bill Stevens, Chief of Commercial Services, at (404) 507-5636 of your contact information in order to receive future responses to questions or amendments to the prospectus. Those requesting hard copy or who have been placed on the mailing list will be provided with any additional information specific to the prospectus in writing. Information relative to the solicitation will also be posted to the above mentioned website.

For more information about Cades Cove, please visit the park’s website at


Winter “Just in Case” Numbers

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

East Tennessee is beautiful no matter what the season and winter is one of the most spectacular.  Winter weather can be unpredictable and often will change at a moment’s notice.

Downtown Pigeon Forge receives an average of only seven inches of snowfall throughout the winter, whereas the upper elevations can see as much as two feet per storm. This variance makes winter planning when traveling to the area important.

There are days you can find the lower elevations are clear and sunny with views of the snowcapped Southern Appalachian Mountain breathtaking.  The mountains beckon for a trek into the splendor.  However, Great Smoky Mountain National Park may not be accessible because of snow packed roads and icing conditions.

The Greater Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of emergency and non-emergency important phone numbers to keep with you while traveling. Even though emergencies are unlikely, it is always better to be prepared.

If you are staying in a cabin during your visit, keep the phone number of your rental company with you, as well as your cabin’s physical address. Should you experience issues with your cabin during your visit, you will want to contact the cabin company. As always, if the emergency is life threatening or dangerous, first contact 911.

If you are staying at a hotel, it is always a good idea to have the hotel’s address and phone number handy throughout your visit.

For information on Winter Vehicle Travel Preparedness, click here.


Holiday Dining and Shopping Hours in Pigeon Forge

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Looking for dining schedules and shopping hours in the Greater Pigeon Forge Area during the holidays? Look no further!

National Park Hosts Holiday Homecoming

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The visitor center will be decorated for the holiday season including an exhibit on Christmas in the mountains. Park staff and volunteers will provide hands-on traditional crafts and activities from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about and experience some of the traditions surrounding an Appalachian Christmas. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served on the porch with a fire in the fireplace. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the park will host the monthly acoustic old time jam session.

“Musical expression was and still is often a part of daily life in the southern mountains, and mountain music is strongly tied to the Smokies history and culture,” said Lynda Doucette, Supervisory Park Ranger, Oconaluftee Visitor Center. “This month our music jam will focus on traditional holiday tunes. We would like to invite musicians to play and our visitors to join us in singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday songs as was done in old days.”

The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is located on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441), two miles north of Cherokee, N.C. For more information, call the visitor center at (828) 497-1904. All activities are free and open to the public. Generous support of this event is provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association.




Are you looking for great Holiday entertainment?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Look no further than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

BIBLICAL TIMES DINNER THEATER – November 1st through January 3rd:
“The Christmas Story” as told through the eyes of Simeon is playing at Biblical Times Dinner Theater. The first half of the show, guests experience the 7 item feast, accompanied by the singing talents of the cast as they sing traditional Christmas music, southern gospel, old hymns, new contemporary and patriotic music. The second half of the performance continues with “The Christmas Story” and features 3D holograph technology mixed with live performers. 865-908-3327

COMEDY BARN THEATER – November 10th through January 1st:
Featuring Christmas music, Christmas costumes and special Christmas acts, The Comedy Barn is all decked out for Christmas! Voted the Funniest Show in Town year after year, be prepared to laugh. The Comedy Barn Canines also have Christmas acts ready to show off their skills! Live clogging, singing, jokes, magic and more can be found at the Comedy Barn, all with a Christmas twist! 865-428-5222

CYRUS FAMILY THEATER – call for dates:
Cyrus Family Theater is celebrating the season with many special guest visitors! Call the theater for information.  865-446-4329

DOLLY PARTON’S DIXIE STAMPEDE – November 4th through January 3rd:
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is celebrating the Christmas season with an incredible Christmas wonderland! Twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes, holiday music and more are all waiting in the arena! See toys come to life and Santa! Dixie Christmas also features a large live Nativity with live camels, three kings, sheep, angels descending from above and more! Dixie performers, including 32 horses, with take you on a nostalgic holiday adventure! 865-453-9473

HATFIELD AND McCOY DINNER SHOW – November 4th through January 3rd:
Come see the famous Hatfields and McCoys try to set aside their differences for the spirit of the Season. Can the two families get along for one day to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season? Watch the holiday singing, dancing, stunts and comedy all while enjoying a holiday meal made by Granny! Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show Christmas Disaster puts the FUN in dysFUNctional! 865-908-7469

LUMBERJACK FEUD – November 1st through January 4th:
Santa has sent his best elf to the Great Smoky Mountains in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Unfortunately for the elf, the tree is right between Dawson and McGraw land! The Dawsons and McGraws will compete against each other in 18 events in hopes of getting a Christmas wish granted from Santa himself! Visitors have the option of having dinner with the show or enjoying the show only option. Don’t forget about the world class ESPN Lumberjack athletes, talented Lumberjills and the award winning Timberdogs! 865-428-8688

MEMORIES THEATRE – November 4th through December 20th:
Take a trip back in time and see music legends! Visit with Elvis, Conway Twitty, the Blues Brothers, Reba and more! Enjoy traditional Christmas and holiday music, while taking in other incredible tunes from years past! 865-428-7852

SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY – November 4th – January 4th:
Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry features talented singers, outstanding performers, fabulous ice skaters, incredible acrobats, funny magicians, live animals and more! This multimillion dollar production also has dancing elves, reindeer and Santa Claus. Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry also has the area’s largest living nativity! 865-428-7469

SABLE’ EQUESTRIAN THEATER – closed for renovations but will reopen in March with a new, spectacular theater and exciting new changes! 865-365-0780

Bill Gladwell Live, The Tribute Theater, The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and Live Rock N’ Roll Theater will be performing their great shows throughout the year! Be sure to visit our website to learn more about each theater!

The Island is Having a New Year’s Celebration!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Island in Pigeon Forge, home of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Dick’s Last Resort, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, International Flair Jewelers, the Island Show Fountain, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen (opening late winter 2015), Poynor’s Pomme Frites and Timberwood Grill, is having a huge New Year’s Celebration!

The 2nd Annual New Year’s at the Island Celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2014 with free live music and entertainment. The musical guests currently scheduled include Joe the Show, The Live Rock ‘N Roll Theater and Fairview Union. Music will continue throughout the evening.

There will be free activities for kids, including face painting, a bounce house and more!

The event is free! Bring your chairs and blankets, or enjoy the fireworks from the rocking chairs that surround the beautiful Island Show Fountain!

The official Island Party will kick off at 8:00 p.m. The countdown will take place at 11:59 p.m. with fireworks to ring in the New Year!