Smoky Mountain Valentine’s Day Events. Valentine’s Day is always a special event in the Smokies and this year’s romantic day falls on Thursday, February 14, 2019 (hint, hint guys and ladies), allowing time for a memorable three day weekend in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Here are a couple of great ideas for you and your special someone.
Appalachian Bear Rescue Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 9, 2019. In addition to a great meal, this evening also provides an opportunity to support the Smokies iconic Black Bear rescue facility. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Abbey In Townsend, TN. The Abbey is a new, unique, and delicious venue in Townsend, TN. Reservations, which cost $30.00 per person, includes non-alcoholic drinks, a salad, a pasta entree, and dessert. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the $30.00 cost but will be available for purchase at The Abbey. For reservations or more information call Lisa at 865-227-8543 or email Appbearevents@gmail.com.
The event benefits Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) whose mission is to rescue orphaned black bear cubs and return them to the wild. ABR was founded in 1989 by a concerned group of volunteers, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in early 1991 to make a difference in the lives of orphaned bears.
Orphaned bears lucky enough to make it to ABR receive a second chance at life in the wild. To date ABR has taken in 269 cubs and yearlings. Volunteers work diligently improving the facility to provide the best possible care for each bear needing a new lease on life.
Valentine’s Hike at Seven Islands State Birding Park
February 14, 2019
5:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Seven Islands is for lovers this Valentine’s Day with a sunset hike up the Hickory Ridge Trail.
Lace up your boots, grab your significant other and enjoy the romance of one of Mother Nature’s most precious gifts with this rare event.
This hike will be moderately strenuous, gaining almost 300 feet in elevation in .6 miles. Hikers are urged to bring cameras as the trail offers opportunities for amazing photos. Seven Islands, which closes at sunset, is offering visitors a rare chance to visit after hours. A beautiful Valentine’s Day sunset at Seven Islands is a must share with your special someone.
Closed toe shoes and weather appropriate attire are recommended. This out-and-back hike begins at the park entrance Bluebird Barn and is approximately 1.2 miles in length.
Pre-registration is required and costs $5.00. To register visit Seven Islands.
Seven Islands State Birding Park is located at 2809 Kelly Lane
Kodak, TN 37764. For more information or questions call (865) 407-8335.