Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains National Park received some 12 million visitors in 2022? That's the second highest total in park history, cementing its claim on being the most visited national park in the country.
Here in the Great Smoky Mountains, we've definitely noticed that the evenings and mornings are getting chillier. Fall is not only officially here on the calendar, but it's starting to feel like that time of year as well. For those who live here as well as those who visit the area each October and November, that means it's also time for the foliage to begin changing colors.
Fortunately for locals and visitors alike, East Tennessee is teeming with opportunities to play outside in the summer, whether it's in the national park, a state park or one of the region's many lakes or TVA reservoirs. Recreational staples like boating, fishing, hiking, camping and cycling are just a few of the examples of how a person can spend some quality time in the fresh air and sunshine.
Summertime is playtime in the Great Smoky Mountains. Warm weather ushers in a host of outdoor recreations like boating, swimming and cycling, just to name a few. In the national park alone, visitors have options for hiking, fishing, camping and more.
We hope that your next trip to the Smokies includes a stop at Goats on the Roof in Pigeon Forge, TN. Located on Wears Valley Road, our family attraction has a little something for everyone, from our thrilling mountain coaster to our gem mining operation. And yes, we have live goats living on the roof of our gift shop and store, where we carry a wide array of souvenirs and handmade craft items.
Even though the name of our attraction is Goats on the Roof, many visitors still seem surprised to discover that we actually do have goats living on the roof of our main building. (See our last blog post for the full story on WHY we have goats on our Pigeon Forge rooftop.) Our guests love getting up-close views of our goats and even sending them buckets of feed with our unique “goat cycle” device.