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From Vacation To Relocation

Sevierville is a great place to live.It's a very familiar story: Family vacations in the Great Smoky Mountains. Family falls in love with the Great Smoky Mountains. Family decides to actually relocate to the Great Smoky Mountains. If this scenario has ever rung true for you - if you're seriously thinking about making the Smokies a permanent home instead of just a vacay stay, then we can offer you some unique insights as longtime residents of the area ourselves.


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Your Winter Guide To Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Continued

Water feeding mill is frozen in Cades CoveOur previous blog post was dedicated to those of you who enjoy exploring (or who are eager to explore) Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the off season. Since then, our area has received nearly a foot of snow in the lower elevations and even more on the mountains. Administrators even closed the national park to all activity on January 16 due to hazardous weather conditions.


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Your Winter Guide To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ice covered stream in the Smoky MountainsNow that the holidays are over, the Great Smoky Mountains area finds itself in what it traditionally refers to as the “off season.” But there's nothing “off” about the Smokies. Most of what you can do during peak season is still available, and there are many other compelling reasons to visit in the middle of winter, including lighter traffic, smaller crowds and lower rates on lodgings. (By the way, Goats on the Roof is open all year long, so we hope you include us in your winter travel itinerary.)


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Setting Up Camp In The Smokies

Campgrounds in the national parkAsk five different people and you'll probably get five different definitions of what qualifies as camping. For some, it's not truly a camping trip unless a tent is involved. For others, motoring about in a 40-foot RV with all the amenities is also considered camping.


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This Spring, Visit The Falls!

Water fall in the mountains.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.


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Fall Colors In The Smokies

Great time to visit the Smokies is in the FallHere 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.


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Get In Gear For The Great Outdoors - Part 2

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.


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Get In Gear For The Great Outdoors - Part 1

Stay in a tent under the stars.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.


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A Sweet Start To Your National Park Experience

Smoky MountainsWe 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.


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Goats Are Amazing!

Baby goats are called kidsEven 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.


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