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Smoky Mountain Region

Straddling the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park packs scenic punch as America’s most visited national park. Hikers traverse over 800 miles of trails across lush, forest-covered mountains that give the region its name. Outdoor adventures from horseback riding to fishing abound while the small towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer Southern hospitality, music, and family fun. The natural beauty, pioneer history, and down-home charm make the Smokies a quintessential mountain escape in the American South.

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Visit the City Where it Rained Meat in 1876

The morning of March 3, 1876 started just like any other. Residents of Olympia, Kentucky went about their normal activities. Then suddenly the unexpected broke out from the sky.
Lightning Rod at Dollywood, Tennessee

Explore these Rides and Coasters at Dollywood

Nestled into the beautiful mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood is a country inspired amusement park filled with excitement and entertainment at every corner. From busy shops filled with amazing food to thrilling rides, this park is a wonderful destination to add to your mountain getaway!
Kayaking at Great Dismal Swamp State Park, North Carolina

Dare to Venture into the Great Dismal Swamp

Over 14,000 acres comprise the dense forest and swamp land of Great Dismal Swamp State Park. The area is known for its abundant wildlife and outdoor adventures. One of the most popular things to do at the park is to paddle the 22-mile long canal!
Vegetable Skewer

Dining at Dollywood for Vegans or Vegetarians

If you are visiting Dollywood and wondering if there are any vegan or vegetarian options for you, be sure to check out the list below! This may be helpful when planning your visit.
Apple Pie

A Guide to Dining at Dollywood

Dollywood boasts a variety of cuisine for guests including the famous 25 lb apple pie! From sweet treats to down home Southern dinners, this mountain amusement park has plenty of amazing food options. Pick from a selection of cuisine and plan out your dining for when you get to the park. This guide is designed to help you gorge your inner food lover in order by each area of the theme park!
Gluten-Free Pizza

A List of Gluten-Free Dining Options at Dollywood

If you are on a gluten-free dietary restriction, Dollywood has made accommodations to offer food that meets this criteria.
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Witness Kentucky’s “Moonbow Phenomenon” at Cumberland Falls

Corbin, Kentucky’s Cumberland Falls is home to the only regularly visible moonbow in the entire Western Hemisphere. This waterfalls gorgeous surroundings and tranquil cascade make the park absolutely worth the visit. The waterfall is often nicknamed the “Niagara of the South” for its width and beauty. 
Hanging Rock, North Carolina

See For Miles Atop Hanging Rock at this North Carolina State Park

Nestled within the ancient Sauratown Mountain range lies one of North Carolina's most scenic parks. Spanning over 9,000 acres, Hanging Rock State Park is located in Stokes County, about 30 miles north of Winston-Salem. Its spectacular waterfalls, soaring cliffs, and panoramic views have been drawing visitors for decades.
Girls Swimming

Guide to Dollywood’s Splash Country

Ready to take on Dollywood’s Splash Country? This fun-filled waterpark is filled with plenty of amazing attractions that will be fun for the whole family. Dive down water slides or wait for the big bucket to drop! Bring your swimsuit and sunscreen and splash away!
Heartsong Theater at Dollywood, Tennessee

All About Shows at Dollywood

From mountain music to rescued birds to sensational holiday performances, Dollywood displays a variety of shows for guests every day! Be sure to grab a map or download the park app to learn more about all the shows that are available on the date of your visit!

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