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5 Things To Be Thankful For When You Visit The Smokies

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on November 27, 2019

Since this is Thanksgiving week, we thought it would be fitting to make this week's blog post about thankfulness. So naturally, that got us thinking about reasons to be thankful for living in or visiting the Great Smoky Mountains. There are way more than five, but for blog purposes, we're just mentioning a few of the main ones that come to mind. So keep these in your mind the next time you visit the Smokies. And Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines!


1. Great Smoky Mountains

Our mountains are the reason there's a tourism industry here in the first place. Their majestic beauty has existed since before human beings found their way to North America, and their protectiveness and abundant natural resources gave this land's earliest inhabitants even more reasons to call the region home. Millennia later, there's something about looking out over a sweeping expanse of the Smokies range that still inspires awe and wonderment about the world we live in. No matter how many times you see some of these views, they never grow old. The mountains have a way of putting things into perspective and reminding us of how small our concerns are in the vast scheme of things. They were here long before any of us, and they'll still be there long after we're gone.

2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

These mountains just happened to be awesome enough to justify the creation of a national park to preserve them and their surrounding acreage. For some 80 years, the park has been protected from development, which has enabled generations to experience its unspoiled beauty. And in a world that has become increasingly swallowed by technology, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been a refuge where visitors can reconnect with all things pure and natural and simple. The park offers some 800 miles of hiking trails – from waterfalls to mountaintops – as well as fishable streams and facilities for camping, hiking, picnicking. It's also one of the few national parks that don't charge a visitor fee, so this resource is accessible by anyone who chooses to enter its boundaries.

3. Outdoor Fun

One of the great things about visiting the Smokies is that you get to do a lot more than just look at the beautiful landscapes; you have ample opportunities to get out in the middle of it all and experience fun on a whole new level outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors to the Smokies can do things like go whitewater rafting, take scenic helicopter tours, ride chairlifts to mountaintops, visit waterparks, cross high suspension bridges on foot, ride ATVs, go horseback riding and yes, go ziplining at places like our Gatlinburg zipline attraction.

4. Indoor Fun

Because of the abundance of awesome attractions in the Smokies, there are tons of ways to have a great time during your visit. This can come in handy on days that the weather isn't cooperating, but these are things that are worth doing any time of year, rain or shine. Pigeon Forge is the home of Dollywood theme park, and there are dozens of other attractions in the area where there's virtually no limit on what a visitor can see or experience. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and the Titanic Museum are just a couple of the world-class attractions you'll find here, not to mention dozens of interesting interactive museums, animal-themed attractions and family amusement centers. And don't forget about the many music theaters in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, which offer not only a wide spectrum of musical entertainment but also comedy, magic, lumberjack competition, horseback competition, battling pirates and much more.

5. Shopping and Dining Opportunities

You can round out any visit to the Smokies with a shopping excursion and a great meal. From the outlet malls of Sevierville and Pigeon Forge to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, you'll find an unimaginable array of merchandise to take home or share as gifts. And when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner, there's something for every set of taste buds – pancakes, Southern comfort foods, classic American favorites and a wide range of ethnic cuisines are all on the menu when traveling in the Smokies.


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