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Lumberjack Feud To Host Rib Fest

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Aug. 22, 2022)—Oct. 1-2, 2022, Lumberjack Feud is hosting its first annual Rib Fest presented by Sugarlands Distilling Co. The weekend-long festival will be fun for the whole family with fresh ribs from local vendors, games, inflatables, live music, and an authentic lumberjack competition. The vendors will be competing for the title […]

Friends of the Smokies to host first “Plein Air in the Park” event and gala this fall

MARYVILLE, Tennessee – Aug. 19, 2022 – Friends of the Smokies, an official nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is bringing 20 nationally acclaimed artists to the park to paint “en plein air,” an outdoor painting practice and style, throughout various park vistas. The event activities, which include a ticketed gala and art sale, […]

Park announces upcoming morning closures of Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove Loop Roads 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced two morning closures of Clingmans Dome Road on Friday, Aug. 26 and Wednesday, September 7 until 1:00 p.m. each day. The seven-mile roadway will be closed on both mornings to facilitate a special curriculum-based education program. On Thursday, September 8, Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed until 3:30 p.m. to accommodate an additional education […]

Big Bear Mountain Roller Coaster Set To Open at Dollywood in Spring 2023

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Aug. 5, 2022) — Dolly Parton today announced the newest addition to Dollywood Parks & Resorts, the $25 million Big Bear Mountain, a nearly 4,000-foot-long roller coaster which allows guests to embark on an unforgettable expedition through the Smokies in search of the elusive “Big Bear.” Big Bear Mountain, which at 3,990 ft. becomes […]

Dollywood Offers Thanks with Everyday Heroes Days Aug. 7 – Sept. 18

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Aug. 3, 2022) — Frontline workers in essential roles protect, heal, support, provide and reassure their communities with actions that place service above self. To honor the commitments of courageous everyday heroes, Dollywood invites qualifying frontline employees to enjoy discounted theme park admission for only $45 plus tax. This promotion will last for a […]

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa Nominated for USA Today Award

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 18, 2021) — After being named runner-up in 2021 by USA Today Readers in the publication’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Family Resort, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa has another opportunity to be named number one in the category.  DreamMore Resort, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this month, has quickly become a […]

New Aerial Act Adds Even More to Dolly Parton’s Stampede This Summer 

PIGEON FORGE, TENN. (June 27, 2022) – For guests taking in Dolly Parton’s Stampede during its 35th season this year, an all-new thrilling and moving performance segment has been added to this dinner show – combining the show’s equestrian stars, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and original new music from Dolly herself.  This addition truly multiplies the excitement […]

Dolly Parton Shares Her “Heartsong” about Dollywood’s Newest Resort

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 24, 2022) — Dolly Parton today visited the construction site of Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort, marking her first media appearance at the property which is slated to open in late 2023. During the media-only event, Parton also accepted an award from the American Chestnut Foundation on behalf of her late uncle, Bill […]


PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 15, 2022) — With a wide range of new experiences and returning favorites occurring throughout the day and into the night—and with its new recognition as Tripadvisor’s number one park in the nation—Dollywood finds itself atop the list for best family road trips this summer. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration presented by Bush’s® […]