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The 7th annual “Music of the Mountains” festival will be held this weekend, April 8th through the 10th. Come out and experience the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

The schedule of events includes:

Friday, April 8
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend
Admission: $ 5
7 p.m. – Celtic Music by “The Good Times Ceilidh Band”; come early to enjoy Art on the Porch with members of the Townsend Artisan’s Guild
Saturday, April 9
Sugarlands Visitor Center
Admission: Free
10 a.m. – Mountain Strings
11 a.m. – Boogertown Gap Band
12 p.m. – Tony Thomas
1 p.m. – The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
2 p.m. – Ted Olson
3 p.m. – The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
4 p.m. – Brien Fain
Sunday, April 10
Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, Cosby
Admission: $4
2 to 4 p.m. – Heritage, harps and hymns – traditional offerings from Cocke County
For more information, click here.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often referred to as the Wildflower National Park because of the great diversity of flowers found in the park. A group of flowers known as spring ephemerals appear above ground only in late winter and early spring.

Included in this group are flowers such as lady slipper orchids, showy orchids, crested dwarf iris, fire pink, columbine, bleeding heart, phacelia, jack-in-the-pulpit, little brown jugs, and violets.

The Deep Creek Trail, Gregory Ridge Trail, and Oconaluftee River Trail are great trails for viewing spring wildflowers. For more information on these walks, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/wildflower-walks.htm.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, TN - A Top 10 Family Award-Winning Great Destination to Discover.

Today, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its inaugural 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Family award-winning best family destinations. Gatlinburg, TN ranked #6 in the top 10 Great U.S. Destinations to discover.

Winning destinations were identified based on the greatest number of recommendations from reviewers who traveled with family.  Unlike any other honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. Winning destinations offer a myriad of opportunities for families, including first rate attractions, restaurants, and vacation rentals.

Come experience for yourself why Gatlinburg, TN made the Top 10 list. For things to do in Gatlinburg, TN visit GatlinburgConcierge.com

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This week is Wilderness Wildlife Week, a weeklong celebration of the wildlife here in the Smokies. This is just one of many events held during WinterFest. Wilderness Wildlife Week features 9 days of nature seminars, interactive exhibits, guided hikes, and music by legendary performers. All events during Wilderness Wildlife Week are free of charge and open to the public. This year, the Music Road Hotel Convention Center will serve as headquarters. For more information, please visit mypigeonforge.com/wildlife.

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Contrary to popular belief, black bears living in the Smoky Mountains do not truly hibernate. They enter long periods of sleep but occasionally leave the den for short periods if they are disturbed.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of just a few locations in the eastern part of the United States where black bears can live in wild, natural surroundings.

During winter, bears find shelter in hollow stumps, tree cavities, and other safe places. Bears in the Smoky Mountains are unlike bears in other regions in that they often den high above the ground.

Check out this site for more information: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm.

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There are just a few days left in your vacation from work and school, and before you head back you should take a day to relax in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A great place to take an individual or group shot photo is by the old style entrance signs as you enter the park from any direction. They are uniform in appearance, and pictures are a great way to remember your day of activities. This is a fun way to start a new tradition, every year when you visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park you can take your picture by the entrance signs to show how you and the park change year to year.

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The Great Smoky Mountains is a premier location for bird watching. The crest of the smokies towers almost a mile above the foothills, while provides a diversity of habitats and climates for the nearly 240 birds that have been found in the park. Out of these 240 birds, only sixty are year round residents. The spruce-fir forest of the high ridges is home to the Black-capped Chickadee, the Golden-crowned Kinglet, and the Blackburnian and Canada Warblers. The northern hardwood and cove hardwood forests are home to the Blue-headed Viero, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and the Black-throated Blue Warbler. To learn more about which birds make their home in the smokies, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/birds.htm.

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