Cades Cove Closure Scheduled

Cades Cove scheduled to close for road maintenance.
Cades Cove scheduled to close for road maintenance.

Cades Cove Closure Scheduled. Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the Cades Cove Loop Road will close for three weeks in September, 2021 to resurface the roadway. Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies and hosts over two million visitors per year. The one-way road will be closed to all motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and horseback riders from Tuesday, September 7, 2021 through Monday, September 27, 2021.  

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Remember When, Lost Smoky Mountain Attractions – Rebel Railroad and Goldrush Junction

Dolly as the engineer on the historic #192 steam engine.
Dolly as the engineer on the historic #192 steam engine.

Remember When, Lost Smoky Mountain Attractions – Rebel Railroad and Goldrush Junction?

These two attractions are technically “lost” as in gone and somewhat forgotten…but can you guess what they turned into?  

Yep you got it – Dollywood!

Dollywood saw many incarnations over the years before it became a mega-popular amusement park in Pigeon Forge, TN combining crafts, food and rides that draw on the Appalachian heritage that also produced its namesake Dolly Parton. Of course, music is an extremely important part of Appalachia as it is for Dolly and Dollywood. 

Dolly opens the friendliest town in the Smokies.
Dolly opens the friendliest town in the Smokies.
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Alum Cave Trail Closes For Bridge Replacement

Alum Cave Trail closes for bridge construction
Alum Cave Trail closes for bridge construction

GSMNP officials will implement a temporary, weekday closure of Alum Cave Trail and its parking lot during February to accommodate the replacement of two log bridges near the Arch Rock area. The footpath will be closed weekly on Monday through Thursday from February 8, 2021 through February 25, 2021. The trail will be fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, along with President’s Day on Monday, February 15, 2021.   

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Smoky Mountain Pileated Woodpeckers

Smoky mountain pileated woodpeckers bring color and music to the mountains!
Smoky mountain pileated woodpeckers bring color and music to the mountains!

Smoky Mountain Pileated Woodpeckers, America’s largest woodpecker, announces its arrival with a drum solo.

The Pileated Woodpecker’s drumming echoes across the Smokies and indeed the entire U.S. This largest woodpecker found in North America measures in at some 16-19 inches in length and features an impressive bill that is the same length as its head.  

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Smoky Mountain Full Wolf Moon

Smoky Mountain full wolf moon is on the rise!
Smoky Mountain full wolf moon is on the rise!

Smoky Mountain Full Wolf Moon. Full Wolf Moon to rise on January 28, 2021. Mother Nature is getting ready to howl as the Full Wolf Moon rises above the Great Smoky Mountains on January 28, 2021. Scheduled to begin its ascent a few hours past noon, the huge silver disc will not be visible until it appears above the horizon after sunset.

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