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Gatlinburg Fire

Gatlinburg Fire Information and Updates

Updated 12/7/2016 4:23pm – On Monday evening, November 28, 2016 the city of Gatlinburg TN and portions of Pigeon Forge TN literally burst into flames.   More than 14,000 people were evacuated.  Police and fire officials converged on the city in and effort to get control and save lives. Due to high winds at the time, […]

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Westen NC Fires by Mark Houser

Forest Fires in Western NC November 2016

Updated December 8, 2016 – More than  59,000 acres in Western NC have now been charred by over 20 wildfires in Western NC.   There are currently 18 active fires in North Carolina alone; however, the fires at this point are mostly contained.  Many are smoldering with only small amounts of active burn activity.   For information, updates,and […]

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Snowvember 2014

The mountains of Western NC and Eastern Tennessee received an early snowstorm this year.  The storm began last night (10/31) and continues today as I write this.   At our house near Maggie Valley we have about 4 – 6 inches, depending on where you measure.   Other areas, higher up and closer to the Tennessee […]

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Graveyard Fields Renovations Update

Graveyard Fields Renovations

On April 22 of 2014, Graveyards fields was closed for 11 weeks, while “extensive renovations” where done.  They were re-opened recently, so we headed up to Graveyard Fields this past weekend to check out the changes. As you arrive at good old milepost 418.8, the most noticeable change is the new and large restroom facility near […]

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Chimney Rock Open

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is open again

Winter park hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, with the Ticket Plaza closing at 4:30 p.m. The park is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays until spring. For visitor information, go to Grady the Groundhog’s prediction on February 2 for six more weeks of winter proved to be accurate when much of northern […]

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park Closed Sign

The scoop on the closed Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountain National Park

UPDATE: Thanks to our Government working through the funding issues, both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smokey Mountain National Parks have returned to their normal operating schedules. We pulled lots of information together yesterday from a number of different sources on Facebook and the internet to provide you with as much information as we […]

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Fall Foliage Options Government Shudown

Government Shutdown – Fall Blue Ridge Options

The government  shutdown and the resulting closure of all National Parks and National Forests has certainly put a big dent in the options you have for seeing Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but don’t panic.   There are still many other options for seeing fall foliage, including the National Parks.   Of course, […]

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Government Shutdown Impacts to National Parks and National Forests


Updates are still coming in, and things are changing rather quickly, but here are the latest updates on the impacts to National Parks and National Forests in the Blue Ridge, including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Please watch this page and our Facebook page for the latest updates!   […]

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