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You have 5 more days to register for the Overnight Adventure (Aug. 15-17) on Mt. LeConte with the Institute of Tremont. You will stay in the LeConte lodge, which is the highest elevation lodge in the eastern U.S. Saturday night will be spent at Tremont, and then Sunday morning the climb up Mt. LeConte will begin. You will learn about the National Park, the ecology around you, and the natural history of the area as you hike. Everyone will stay in the lodge over night, and return to the Institute on Monday. The program last from Saturday supper to Monday late lunch. The cost is $365 & includes all meals, lodging, transportation, and instruction. Click here register.


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For two days, starting August 8th, the String Time American Music Festival will be in Pigeon Forge. The event will be held at Patriot Park from 6-10 p.m. each night. The festival brings together a variety of artists, some include Doc Watson & David Grisman, Lost Mill String Band, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier Timberwinds. There will be live bluegrass music at the Old-Mill. All admissions are free, for more information call 865-429-7350.

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Be one of the first to celebrate Independence Day at Gatlinburg’s 34th Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade.

This year, the parade will be led by a recreation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s motorcade through Gatlinburg when he dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1940. The reenactment will include cars, costumes, and motorcycles from the era.

The streets will close late on July 3 and the parade begins at 12 a.m. For more information click here.

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The Living History Civil War Reenactment will be returning to Gatlinburg today through the 15th. The men from the “Southern Guards Battalion” will be acting out the only battle fought in Sevier County during the War. Beginning at 9 a.m. you will be able to view the Civil War era camp life, and tonight at 6 p.m. the soldiers will walk through Gatlinburg reenacting The Siege of Gatlinburg. On Saturday at 2 p.m. cannons will blaze and soldiers will reenact the “Battle of Burg Hill”. At 10 a.m. on Sunday there will be a church service similar to the services during war. There is no admission price to this event, so bring your family out to experience the history of the Civil War right here in East Tennessee.

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During the hot summer months, everyone is looking for a way to cool down and have fun. So relax and float down the Little River in Townsend, Tenn. From slow moving waters to quick mountain rapids, tubing is an exciting way to enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Here is a list of tubing rentals in the Smoky Mountain area:


Tube Junction

8215 State Hwy 73

Townsend, TN 37882


River John’s Float Service
4260 Old Walland Highway
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 982-0793


River Rage
8307 State Highway 73
Townsend, TN 37882
(865) 448-8000


River Rat Tubing & Kayak
205 Wears Valley Road
Townsend, TN 37882
(865) 448-8888

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Every year an amazing synchronization occurs with fireflies in Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains.  During June 6-14, the natural phenomenon continues to baffle scientists with thousands of fireflies blinking in unison.  As a growing attraction, hundreds flock to Gatlinburg to visit the only place in the world that this occurs. This year the crowd was huge! Make sure to plan ahead for next year.To get an idea of just what they do, check out this video.


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Enjoy music and celebrating culture? If so, the Smoky Mountain Music & Heritage Series is for you!

What: The 3rd Annual Smoky Mountain Music & Heritage Series

When: July 3, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Old Mill Square

Admission is free. For more information call 865-423-0771.

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