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We have decided that an advertising opportunity for all of the Hidden Springs Resort property owners would be an invaluable asset to all the cabin owners and to their rental business.

The Hidden Springs Resort url and website will now be used for the purpose of advertising for owners of property on Hidden Springs Resort. No parties will be able to book cabin rental reservations from this site. All inquires about your property will be directed to the owner of the cabin or their rental company.

You can’t beat this golden opportunity to increase targeted audience exposure for your cabin rental. Contact us today to secure your place on this new rental portal in the smokies to be launched soon! Email us at hiddenspringsresort1@gmail.com.

Dollywood recently named several big changes scheduled for the 2015 season. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the park, and it is also introducing several new and exciting projects that families are sure to love.

The outside of the park will be getting a new upgrade. The park is making plans for a $5.5 million project to enhance the visitor experience. Upon their arrival at the entrance to Dollywood in 2015, guests will find larger and more easily navigable parking facilities, as well as, new modern trams to transport them more efficiently from their vehicles to the front gate. The new entrance and parking lot are part of the Pigeon Forge amusement park’s 10-year, $300 million plan of improving and expanding to increase the amount of fun activities that families can enjoy there. Other recent additions include their newest ride, FireChaser Express that opened last season.

Dolly Parton also plans to open her DreamMore Resort beside Dollywood in late spring.

Families looking for musical entertainment will find enough to keep them happy at Dollywood. The park is home to some of the most exciting shows in the Smoky Mountains, including the brand new “Rock the Smokies” show. “Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies” is going to be the brand new contemporary Christian music festival scheduled for the Labor Day weekend 2015. There will be stages placed in several areas around the park which will feature singers and performers from all across the country.

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The Little Brier Gap Trail is located in the heart of an old mountain community known as Little Greenbrier. The Little Brier Gap Trail connects the area to the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area along Little River Road to the south.The homestead includes a cabin, springhouse, and corn crib.

This small mountain community achieved national fame when five spinster sisters continued to live here decades after the park was established. After the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed in the 1930s, they obtained a lifetime lease.

The Walker Sisters refused to sell their farm to the national park. They maintained their traditional mountain life into the 1960s when the last of the sisters died.

The trail is 2.6 miles round-trip and an easy hike. It is most easily accessed from the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.  It is an especially enjoyable hike in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming.

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It is a cold day in January here in the Smoky mountains. You can still enjoy the majestic views and stay warm by checking out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park webcams.You may be many miles and many months away from your next trip to the Smokies but you can visit virtually at any time on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

There are two views you can enjoy:
1. Look Rock: Located on the western edge of the park at mid elevation, this webcam offers views of Mount Le Conte, Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove

2. Purchase Knob: Located at high elevation on the eastern end on the park, the Purchase Knob webcam offers views to the northeast. Even in winter these cams show awesome views and on a clear day “you can see forever”.

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Wilderness Wildlife Week is one of the most popular events in Pigeon Forge each year and will be held at the LeConte Convention Center on Jake-Thomas Road from January 24th until January 31st, 2015. This amazing weeklong event celebrates its 25th year this year. It’s open to the public and completely free!

Wilderness Wildlife Week is made up of exhibits, performances, workshops, classes, walks and talks that are both informative and entertaining. These programs celebrate the features, creatures and cultures of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding region. It offers activities for all ages and brings thousands of nature lovers to Pigeon Forge each year.

For music lovers there are different musical presentations each day which will highlight the Appalachian region. Visitors can listen to old-time mountain ballads, hymns, bluegrass, and traditional mountain instruments.

Children will also be able to enjoy the event through the KIDS’ TRACK! program which consists of a series of informative and activity-filled workshops where they will have the opportunity to learn more about nature in unique and fun ways. Hikers will also find a lot to participate in during the week too, as multiple hiking activities are provided.

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Winter in the Smoky Mountains is a time of festivals and lights, shows and shopping. Dollywood becomes a winter wonderland and all the theaters have special holiday shows such as: Christmas at Dixie Stampede, Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, Comedy Barn Christmas Show and Pigeon Forge Christmas Show at Country Tonite. The Trolley Tour of Lights tours around the town to see the Winterfest lights.

The Craft Loop through the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is the perfect place to find that unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gift and the festiveatmosphere of Gatlinburg makes holiday shopping an exciting treat.

The Tanger Outlet at Five Oaks in Sevierville offers great outlet deals with great holiday specials on famous name brands.
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort offers downhill skiing and snowboarding on several trails, that are lighted for night time skiing as well as an amazing snow tubing park.  Ober Gatlinburg also has a ski school and ski equipment rentals.

Remember to bundle up and pack your winter wear!  The temperature can get very cold, especially in the mountains. If you plan to travel into the Smokies be sure to check the weather forecast.

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Here are some ideas for thoughtful, different and unique gifts  that can be easily purchased while you are enjoying your vacation in the smoky mountain area.
“Gifts of Doing”: These are wonderful gifts to give to those who live within a few hours drive of our area. Some ideas include: theater tickets (Smoky Mountain Opry, the Comedy Barn, Hatfields and McCoy Theater and many others) Dollywood or Splash Country day or season passes are always a good choice for just about everyone. Wonderworks is especially great for kids. Titanic tickets are a sure win for the historic buff or romantic on your list. For that avid sports enthusiast Smokies baseball tickets are an exciting option. There are also several amusement park attractions throughout the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville area. For the nature lover there is Parrot Mountain and Rainforest Adventure. A stay in a cabin in the smokies is a definite must for that very special person or family.
Handmade Gifts: There are over 100 artists and craftsmen in the 8-mile loop in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. This is a great source for original holiday gift giving. Choose from pottery, jewelry, woodwork, accessories, clothing, artwork, decorative items for the home and much, much more. For additional information visit: http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com
Food and Food-Related Gifts:There are so many local sources of delicious, delectable treats. For starters here are a few famous area landmarks for gifts:
a. The Old Mill  Complex in Pigeon Forge: This historic enterprise carries all sorts of baking supplies, kitchen pantry items, simple and an assortment of rustic items.  You can also enjoy a tour of the mill, as well as a meal in one of the two restaurants.  http://www.old-mill.com/old-mill-pantry
b. Apple Barn Cider Mill Complex: Located just off the parkway in Sevierville, this is the mecca for apple enthusiasts. Famous for all things country and apple. There is much to see: an antique barn, a cider mill, a candy factory, a creamery, a winery, the General Store and a restaurant.
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c. The Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen: Located on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, this local institution has been a monument to all things sugar for many years. They have a wide selection to suite varied tastes. Candy is always great for stocking stuffers.
While shopping for your special Christmas gifts, come and stay with us in a cozy cabin in the mountains. Give us a call at 1.888.477.8366.

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