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Gatlinburg Gets Natural With Multiple Earth Week Events

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on April 21, 2015

Millions of people travel to the Great Smoky Mountains every year to enjoy the beauty and the majesty of one of the most awe-inspiring locations on earth. After all, there would likely be no tourism industry in East Tennessee at all if it hadn't been for the existence of our mountains, green valleys, diversity of flora and fauna and breathtaking rivers and waterfalls.

So it's only natural (pun intended) that the Smokies would be the ideal place to celebrate Earth Week, which runs through Saturday, April 25. And if that sounds like your cup of tea, then the city of Gatlinburg is the place to go for multiple events, which are sponsored by the Hilton Garden Inn on Historic Nature Trail. Each day for the rest of this week, you'll find family-friendly events and activities designed to help participants enjoy, appreciate and even help preserve our planet.

On Tuesday the 21st, you can get hands-on by helping to clean up the Spur, along with the Keep Sevier Beautiful organization. Many of you regular Smokies visitors may know that the Spur is the section of road that connects the south end of Pigeon Forge with the north end of Gatlinburg. Now you can be a part of the team that picks up litter along that often-traveled and often-viewed stretch of the national park.

On Wednesday, folks can drop off recyclable materials at the Goodwill Recycling Drop-Off Center, which is at 1855 East Parkway. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the staff will be accepting materials like newspaper, cardboard, metals, aluminum and steel cans, plastic containers, all electronics oil and antifreeze. The Gatlinburg Police Department will also be on hand to help safely dispose of old prescription medicines.

Thursday April 22 is the Earth Day Festival, where guests can enjoy live music, games, crafts and food, while local green-minded businesses and organizations will be on hand to provide information about green practices. Earth Week T-shirts featuring the artwork of a local student will be on sale, and all proceeds will benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation. That organization is a source of funding for local scholarships, school donations and the Gatlinburg Goes Green program.

On Friday, you can lace up your running shoes and get moving in the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk through downtown Gatlinburg. This is actually a nighttime race starting at 10 p.m. All ages are welcome to run in this USA Track and Field-sanctioned event.

Finally, on Saturday, there's something just for the kids thanks to National Junior Ranger Day. Special activities will be taking place at all three of the national park's visitor centers, including Sugarlands near Gatlinburg. Kids and families can get in on free hands-on fun, including ranger-led walks, toy making and learning more about animal skins, skulls and scat at a touch table.

And while it's not affiliated with the Earth Week Celebration, we also recommend that you check out the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Gatlinburg, which also runs through the 25th. This 65th annual event takes place at the W.L. Mills Conference Center and is presented by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. It's another great way to appreciate nature's gifts.

We have one more suggestion for celebrating our area's beauty, and that's enjoying it on an outdoor zipline adventure. But if you're looking for the best place to zip line, Gatlinburg attractions don't have what Smoky Mountain Ziplines has to offer. Our canopy tours in particular run through beautiful wooded foothills and valleys and combine a gorgeous natural setting with the fun and excitement of high-speed zipline travel.


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