Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Smoky Mountain Outdoors Gtalinburg

Smoky Mountain Outdoors promises you the journey of a lifetime on the beautiful Pigeon River in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) is one of the premier rafting companies in the Smokies with over 23 years of experience and they love taking people down the river and giving them an unforgettable experience. They offer three different trips, an upper Pigeon, Lower Pigeon and Upper Pigeon Extreme. Let me tell you about each one.

Whitewater Rafting in the Smokies

The Lower Pigeon River Rafting trip is a great family trip or an ideal trip for those who want a relaxing and fun ride down the river. You travel down the river at a little slower speed as there are fewer rapids that will give you a gentle thrill but they are safe enough for young children. In fact, kids love the Lower Pigeon trip because there is time to play, to splash and to enjoy the ride. Kids need to be at least 3 years old an accompanied by an adult.

Attractions near Pigeon Forege

The Upper Pigeon River Raft trip is an exciting 6.5 mile thrill ride down Class III and IV rapids. Hold on to your paddle as your guide navigates the river and the rapids while you supply the power when needed. You will run about 70 rapids during this trip and will experience plenty of big waves and lots of splashing water. Of course you are wearing life jackets and helmets and you are in the secure hands of an experienced guide.

Outdoor attractions in the Smokies
Class 3 & 4 rapids Gatlinburg
The Upper Pigeon Extreme trip is for thrill seekers. You travel in a smaller, 4-person raft that your guide will direct right into the heart of the waves. You will shoot the mightiest part of the rapids and hydraulics as your guide pushes the limits and heads for the go-for-it-lines for a fast, exciting and extreme ride down the Pigeon River.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors prepares you and your family or group for each adventure that you choose. You will be safe and well-prepared for the trip but nothing will prepare you for the beauty, the enjoyment and the thrill of riding down the Pigeon River in a whitewater raft. This is something you must experience for yourself.

And there is so much more to experience in the Smokies, so come on down! You can find out about the live shows, attractions, restaurants, shopping, coupons and accommodations at
http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. And you can get more deals and info by downloading the BRG App.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Krispy Kreme Pigeon Forge
     Sweet and sugary, melt-in-your-mouth goodness - that describes  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and you can get them at their new location in Pigeon Forge. You can din in-store and enjoy your doughnuts and the famous Krispy Kreme coffee, or go through the drive-through and take home a dozen or more.

Doughnuts in the Smokies     There are 39 types of doughnuts available to you on a regular basis, and at least 9 specialty doughnuts. The regular menu includes the original glazed, maple glazed, glazed sour creme and glazed cinnamon. Chocolate covered goodies include Chocolate Iced Glazed, Kreme filling, Custard filling, Iced Cake, Glazed Cruller, Raspberry filled, Double Dark and Mint Chocolate made with Ghiradelli. Of course there are powdered doughnuts filled with strawberry, lemon, strawberry kreme, blueberry and Bavarian Kreme, and doughnuts covered with sprinkles!

Coffee Mocha Lattes near Gatlinburg     There is nothing better than a good cup of coffee with your Krispy Kreme doughnut, and you can choose from over 30 types of coffee, lattes, mochas, iced and frozen delights. If soft drinks are your choice there are many options including Hi-C products and hot chocolate.

Hot Now doughnuts Great Smoky Mountains     And don't forget about the "Hot Now" sign. When the "Hot Now" sign is lit you can increase your taste-bud tickling with hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Is there anything better?

     Yes, you can make a special trip to the Smokies just for Krispy Kreme, but if you want to do anything else you can get attraction, live theater, dining, shopping, outdoor activity information and coupons from http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. You can get additional deals - like the Krispy Kreme offer - when you download the BRG App. Enjoy your trip to Pigeon Forge and Krispy Kreme!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Attractions Moonshine

Moonshine Gatlinburg TN
"Simple is best", Doc Collier used to say, that's why his recipe for Tennessee Moonshine was only corn, sugar and mountain spring water. And you can taste that shine at Doc Collier Moonshine on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But that pure, clear, "straight off the still" moonshine is just one of the many regular and seasonal flavors available at the mercantile store.

Shopping Shine Brandy Mercantile Another basic and simple distilled product is Corn Liquor also known as White Lightning. This is corn, water and yeast and is a true American Spirit. Doc's serves-up a barrel full of flavored shines including cherry, blackberry, peach and apple, but they have also cooked-up several specialty flavors. Mountain Blossom is a blend of cherries and apples, Smoky Mountain Sunrise combines pineapple, orange and cranberries and Firecracker is a cinnamon moonshine. You can also try limited editions of brandy's using wine from the Rocky Top Wine Trail and seasonal flavors including Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Buckeye. Buckeye has a milk chocolate start and a peanut butter finish.

Brandy Flavored moonshine
You will want to wander through the Mercantile store to shop the unusual products Doc Collier's has to offer. There you will find a great selection of unique products to take home as souvenirs or give as gifts to those who couldn't come to the Smoky Mountains with you.

For more things to see, do, eat, buy, ride, explore and experience in the Great Smoky Mountains, go to http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ where you can get coupons, maps and more. Also, download the BRG App for deals and info on your phone!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Outdoor attractions family fun

     Take a drive down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to stoplight #10 and take a right into valley making your way to Little Cove Road. Along the way you drive through the woods of the Great Smoky Mountains region. This pastoral scene puts you in the right state of mind for an exciting afternoon at Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa. There you will enjoy some of the best horse riding conditions in the Smokies, as well as ATV rides, Gem Mining, Fishing, Petting Zoo, Picnic area, Museum and General Store. Plenty of activities for an exciting day in the Smokies or just a relaxing afternoon picnicking with the family and drowning worms in the pond.

Fishing Museum General Store in Pigeon ForgeHorseback riding in the SmokiesThe horseback trail is 3.5 miles long and takes about an hour and a half. You will ride horses that are well-groomed, sure footed, even tempered and well taken care of, so they will take care of you on the trail. The stable flooring is concrete and is kept exceptionally clean which is not only good for the horses, but good for the rider, especially if they aren't wearing their boots. Their loading ramp is safe and easy making mounting your gentle horse a very comfortable experience. On the trail your guide will inform and entertain you and you will return to the stable smarter, relaxed and feeling like a real accomplished horse rider.

ATV rides Smoky MountainsThe ATV experience is also a great experience but know that you will ride through some creeks and mud holes and there may be some flying dirt, which for most of us just improves the experience. The one-hour ride will take you to the top of the ridge where you will experience some amazing views of our gorgeous Smoky Mountains.

Big Rock General Store and Museum near Gatlinburg

Fishing, Gem Mining, the Petting Zoo, Museum, General Store and Playground all provide you and your group with plenty to do for kids of all ages. The staff at Big Rock Dude Ranch is there to ensure that you have a wonderful time enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer in her beautiful Smoky Mountains. Get more information about Big Rock and the other attractions, restaurants, live shows, accommodations and restaurants in the Smokies at  http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. Also download the BRG App for additional deals and information.