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Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

"Dollywood has hogged the spotlight long enough," Dolly Parton says. more

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Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. more

Sweet Appalachia

Away up there

Treehouse Hideaways photo

Southern Appalachia’s latest crop of guest retreats deepen the experience of some of the region’s most popular destinations—from the glitz of Dollywood and Biltmore Estate to the rugged allure of Pisgah National Forest and Lookout Mountain. more

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MoonPie photo

What do you get when you stick two graham cracker cookies together with a layer of marshmallow, and dip the whole thing in chocolate? more

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Old Forge French Toast Bread Pudding.

Courtesy of Old Forge Distillery

Housed in a 100-year-old barn constructed of Tennessee timber, Old Forge Distillery, a mountain distillery crafting small batch spirits with local flavors, opened in Pigeon Forge this summer. more

Sweet Appalachia

Dolly Parton recently announced a $300 million investment in her Dollywood empire that will expand the country singer’s Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park to include new rides, shows, and, most notably, a 300-room resort. more

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Zorbing in the mountains

Marla Hardee Milling photo

Perched on a hillside in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., three humongous balls crafted out of flexible, transparent plastic provoke natural curiosity. At first impression, the oversized globes resemble exercise balls for giant hamsters. more

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T. Wayne Waters

It’s time once again to saddle up and head out to Pigeon Forge for the city’s celebration of the cowboy lifestyle. The 12th annual Saddle Up! will be Feb. 23-26 and this year the festival will add an extra dose of storytelling and song. more

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Even at half-scale size, this massive ship looms large as one of east Tennessee’s hottest new attractions. The 30,000-square-foot, $25 million Titanic Museum debuted earlier this spring with more than 20,000 visitors for its opening weekend. more

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Sha-Kon-O-Hey!

Donated photo

Cascading waterfalls, scenic elements and new stage effects on a lush set at Dollywood transport the audience back to the Great Smoky Mountains during the 1930s, when change was insurmountable. more

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