Forthcoming Fall Plans In The Smokies 2020

This last weekend was pretty interesting in Pigeon Forge as many hot rods and well-designed, custom-made cars drove into our side of the Smokies as we normally expect in mid-September. What makes it interesting, though, is that the official Pigeon Forge Rod Run 2020 is THIS weekend from September 17th to the 19th – there is only one September Rod Run scheduled for 2020 that hasn’t begun yet, but our Smoky Mountain visitors brought their cars, families and party materials anyway!

Now that’s the spirit of the Smoky Mountain guest, right there. That’s the appeal of our mountains and cities – we’re having a Rod Run come Houston or high water!

Additionally, there are more Fall time Smoky Mountain events that are still scheduled to go on and we’re going to showcase a few of the more immediately upcoming ones here:

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Dollywoods Harvest Festival
9/25/20 – 10/31/20

One of the most beautiful times of the year is autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a colorful patchwork of orange, red, yellow and gold painted throughout the hills and valleys of East Tennessee, fall provides the perfect backdrop for festive family fun at Dollywood.

* Great Pumpkin LumiNights
The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun. Numerous lighted pumpkin displays throughout the park will delight families looking for a new and unique tradition.

* Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Concerts
Dollywood park will be filled with the sounds of Southern Gospel and Bluegrass during the Harvest Festival. Over 800 concerts will be spread over ten stages, in addition to roaming concert-style performances throughout the park. Don’t miss the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ringing through the crisp air this fall at Dollywood.

* World-class Artisans
Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for your family to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

See more information on these events at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/national-southern-gospel-harvest-celebration.

Chalkfest 2020 at The Island
9/26/20

Professional and aspiring chalk artists will gather at The Island in Pigeon Forge to adorn its concrete with colorful masterpieces made entirely with chalk during the annual Chalkfest. All artists, professional and aspiring, are invited to create a masterpiece. Registration is free and chalk and concrete are provided. If you prefer to just watch, come check out our four featured artists and be sure to vote for your favorite community piece!

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/chalkfest-at-the-island.

National Quartet Convention
9/27/20 – 10/3/20

Hear the finest in Southern gospel music when the National Quartet Convention returns to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge! Reserve your seats now for the National Quartet Convention.

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/national-quartet-convention.

Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
10/3/20 – 10/4/20

Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. This event is fun for adults, children, tourists, and locals. Over 5,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event and features $10,000 in cash & prizes!

See more information on this event at
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/fall-smoky-mountain-trout-tournament.

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Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
9/25/20 – 11/1/20

OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from September 25 through November 1, 2020 as the resort commemorates the 208th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany. The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/12/.

Hands on Gatlinburg
10/2/20 – 10/4/20

The 2020 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands. Take a look around your house and you’re likely to find a multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all telling the story of the personal character of your home. That beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been complimented on over 100 times. The intricately carved broom hanging on your mantlepiece constantly admired by visiting houseguests. What if those unique pieces weren’t just a compliment to your style, but a point of personal pride? Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host classes, providing guests with the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/hands-on-gatlinburg/5/.

Ripley’s Fright Nights
10/2/20 – 11/1/20

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights happen every weekend in the month of October. This year the theme is Nostalgic Nightmare.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/18/.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
10/8/20 – 10/25/20

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, are beautifully displayed inside for your shopping pleasure. As these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents, you can witness works of art come to life. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, painted artwork, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, photography, and many more unique items.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair October is the premier holiday shopping destination! We are your one-stop-shop for everyone on your list.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/52/.

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Tennessee Crafts Week & Hands On Gatlinburg

A surprise new event popped up in our info boxes over the weekend and we wanted to share it with you. From October 2nd to October 11th, 2020, Gatlinburg will be celebrating Tennessee Crafts Week and Hands On Gatlinburg back-to-back.

From their official event page:

“The 2020 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands.

Take a look around your house and you’re likely to find a multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all telling the story of the personal character of your home. That beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been complimented on over 100 times. The intricately carved broom hanging on your mantlepiece constantly admired by visiting houseguests. What if those unique pieces weren’t just a compliment to your style, but a point of personal pride?

Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host classes, providing guests with the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend is October 2-4 and would make a great Christmas gift for the art lover in your life.”

See their official event page at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/hands-on-gatlinburg-20/.

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Halloween Events Coming Up in 2020

The main questions in the Smoky Mountain tourism industry this year have all revolved around what traditional special events will still be going on for 2020 and when. While indeed things will continue to be different this year for the next season with the iconic Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years event lined up one after another, those who come to the Smokies to celebrate those events specifically will still find we are indeed celebrating them!

For Halloween, as of September 1st, here are some events that locals and visitors can plan on enjoying.

* Great Pumpkin LumiNights *
Sep 25, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
Held at: Dollywood

“Great Pumpkin LumiNights is just one of the fun things to see and do at the annual Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana. Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights features spectacular lighted pumpkin displays throughout the Dollywood park, which glow with the fire of fall. And this season’s event promises to be even more spectacular with artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and loads of fun for families to experience all throughout Timber Canyon.

Here is just a sampling of some of the fun family activities taking place at Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights:

* Character Meet & Greet
* Master Carvers
* Glow Face Painting
* Specialty Foods”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywood-great-pumpkin-luminights.

* Halloween Spooktacular Event *
Oct 29, 2020
Held at: Pigeon Forge Community Center

“Join the family-fun Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on the Thursday before Halloween. This free and non-scary event is a safe alternative for families to go Trick or Treating.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/spooktacular-halloween-event.

* Ripley’s Fright Nights *
Oct 2, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
Held at: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

“Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights happen every weekend in the month of October. This year the theme is Nostalgic Nightmare.

Reserve the Exclusive Package that includes the Fright Night VIP Couple Package PLUS a Meet & Greet, Photo with the Monsters and Front on the Line entry for Fright Nights! Limited Availability.”

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/.

* Halloween Trick of Treat *
Oct 31, 2020
Held at: The Island in Pigeon Forge

“Step right up! Step right up! Join us for our annual Halloween Trick of Treat at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Enjoy free Trick or Treating Halloween night at The Island In Pigeon Forge and unlimited rides for just $5 for those in costume. Watch live Bluegrass band, Midnight Run, from 5pm-11pm on the Ole Smoky Stage.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/halloween-trick-treat.

 

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Upcoming Events in Townsend at GM Heritage Center

See what’s going on at the Great Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Townsend throughout this month and next:

Now – August 16th
* Reba Rhyne and Robin Greenlee
Book signing, coasters and cutting boards.

August 24 – August 29
* Maxine Falls
Art and jewelry.

August 28, 2020
* Elizabeth Rose and Sam Venable
Tall Tales of Tennessee: An Evening of Storytelling

September 1, 2020
* Jeff Ross
“Informal and informative social coffee-talk on a variety of subjects of interest to those living in the area.”

September 04 – September 06
* Ken Justice
Woodcrafts by Ken Justice

September 07 – September 12
* Bonnie Mueller & Doug Bartlett
Abstract acrylic paintings, gourds, polymer clay jewelry and needle felting, wooden flags.

See these events and more information on the GSM Heritage Center at https://www.gsmheritagecenter.org/.

 

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Fudge Shops In The Smokies

Want to know what some of the most varied unsung heroes of Smoky Mountain tourism are? The fudge shoppes. From downtown Gatlinburg to midway through Sevierville, the main connected road has more than a few cocoa confectionery places with a variety of flavors to suit tastes, along with sugar-free fudge available at many of the stores. Most fudge that can be purchased come in candy stores that offer even more taste-tackular options for the sugar-craven.

Here are some fudge places to hop through listed here:

* Old Mill Candy Kitchen *
177 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(877)-653-6455
https://old-mill.com/

From their website:
“Appalachia has long been a haven for homemade candies. The Old Mill Candy Kitchen proudly carries on this regional tradition, with fudges, brittles, divinity, caramels, taffy, hand-dipped chocolates, and hard candies to satisfy every sweet tooth. From bubbling copper kettles cooking up brittle to our vintage taffy-wrapping machine, The Old Mill Candy Kitchen is filled with old-time candy-making fun. And we add a fresh twist with seasonal favorites and our own innovations like our famous Bear Paws. Stop by or shop online today!”

* Country Candy Kitchen *
3341 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-6006
http://countrycandykitchen.com/

From their website:
“See taffy being made daily in our stores (times vary somewhat). Choose your favorite flavors or grab a handful of assorted. The copper kettle fudge is our original recipe, and really is handmade in copper kettles. Choose assorted or your favorite flavor, a handy knife is included (Peanut Butters are not included in assortments). Marble slab homemade fudge is a new recipe and comes in 8 oz. slabs all the way up to 6 pound slabs. Great for parties and family get-togethers! Our hand-dipped chocolate candies come in an assortment of nut clusters, caramels, pecan turtles and jellies. A wonderful choice for gift giving or sampling.”

* Farmhouse Sweets *
3220 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 366-1283
https://farmhouse-sweets.business.site/

* Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen *
744 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-4886
https://www.olesmokycandykitchen.com/

* Fudge Shoppe Of The Smokies *
716 Parkway #114, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-5052
https://www.fudgeshoppeofthesmokies.com/

From their website:
“Fresh delicious fudge. Seasonal and year around programs. Low minimum orders. We combine sugar, pure cream, butter, corn syrup and the base flavoring to make each batch. For example, we use real imported Dutched Chocolate for the chocolate bases and pure natural vanilla extract for the vanilla bases. All the base ingredients are combined in a big copper pot and cooked until they reach the correct temperature. The base is then poured onto a marble slab and allowed to cool. After about 10 minutes of creaming air into the fudge it begins to get thick and its much harder to toss. That’s when we swap out the paddle for a small spatula and continue the creaming process. The final step is for you to come and enjoy some for yourself!”

* Kilwin’s Chocolates *
645 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(888) 454-5946
https://www.kilwins.com/

From their website:
“We at Kilwins always enjoy serving you the highest quality, best tasting products we possibly can. As we work through the recovery phase of the pandemic our caring store owners are doing their best to serve you. Each store is now open subject to that store’s specific needs, requirements and guidance from national, state, and local authorities. We continue our concern and support for those impacted by the pandemic with our number one concern being health and safety. Please call your local store or select the “Locations” link at the top of this page to find a Kilwins store near you for store hours or any questions you may have. Thank you very much for your patronage, which we really appreciate. We continue to do our very best.”

* Chocolate Monkey *
2631 Parkway #1, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862
(865) 366-3181
https://chocolate-monkey.business.site/

1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Located in Ober Gatlinburg
(865) 436-8244

* The Fudgery *
131 The Island Dr #3106, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-774-7800
http://www.fudgeryfudge.com/

* Big Rock Candy Kitchen *
131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865)-366-1701
https://islandinpigeonforge.com/poi/big-rocky-candy-kitchen/

From their website:
“Homemade sweets and treats made from scratch. Between salt water taffy, creamy fudge, crisp caramel apples, gourmet popcorn and gelato you are sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Come on down, meet our friendly staff and taste the best candies in the Smokies! Free samples anyone?”

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All Pro Group’s Corporate Division

Welcome to All Pro Group! Since 1995, Jeff Schoenfield has worked in Sevier County, Tennessee real estate and has been committed to providing the most professional real estate service possible. From that time to today, All Pro Group has expanded its operations to include additional services and business branches that are designed to meet the same standard of quality and excellence that Jeff and his team of managers have been successful at exceeding since 1995.

All Pro Group includes:
* All Pro Realtors
* All Pro Property Management Services
* Wall Street Storage
* All Pro Storage

Dedicated to superb and professional service regardless of the business division, All Pro Group is proud to serve East Tennessee from our office in Sevierville, TN.

See more on All Pro Group’s Corporate Divisions at https://allprogroup.us/.

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All Pro Property Management Services

Tired of landlord headaches or of being the Neighborhood “Bad Guy”? All Pro Property Management Services is your local solution for ANY property management need. As a team, we are committed to the utmost professional service at a reasonable price. Our unique combination of skills and experience together bring all of the necessary components to the task of professionally managing several local home owner associations.

We currently provide professional Property Management for over 100 properties in East Tennessee, delivering to our owner clients all of the following services:
* Your Lease Property is Marketed on a Large Number of Leading Platforms.
* Robustly Screen Prospective Tenants with both 50 State Criminal Background Check AND Detailed Credit Bureau Reports.
* Tenant Lease Creation.
* Collect Rents via state of the art online platform and at all Citizens National Bank locations (in store locations are open Saturday mornings!)
* Property Inspections.
* Maintain Property as Necessary (with input and approval of the owner of course).
* Provide Many Services In-House to Reduce Owner Expenses.

In addition to providing individual long term (lease-type, NOT overnight/vacation rental) property management, we also provide management services for Homeowner Associations. We currently manage several area HOA’s and will be happy to discuss how we might serve your East Tennessee area Home Owner Association.

See more on All Pro Property Management Services at https://appms.us/.

Dollywood Opens With Flower & Food Festival For 2020

New update from Dollywood on its Grand Opening featuring new festival:

“Dollywood adds to the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with the all-new Flower & Food Festival. Immerse yourself in a colorful array of larger-than-life mosaicultures accented by delicious dishes featuring the flavors of spring.”https://www.dollywood.com/35

AttractionsMagazine.com provides further detail:

“During this brand-new event, guests can explore larger-than-life plant sculptures covered in half a million flower blooms. These displays can reach heights up to 14 feet, and floral carpet beds will envelope walkways, decorate buildings, and fill flowerbeds throughout the park.

During the festival, the park will stay open until 9:30 p.m. each evening. In addition, the nights will come to a close with a fireworks show.

Special Instagram-worthy photo-ops will be set up throughout the park as well, including the Umbrella Sky, a display of more than 600 umbrellas dancing above guests’ heads.

In addition to the blooms, Dollywood’s team of culinary experts have created a new menu of garden-fresh dishes, including:

* Grilled Citrus Shrimp Over Delta Peas and Rice
* Gyros
* Greek Orzo Pasta
* Grilled Chili Lime Skirt Steak
* Chicken Stir Fry
* Zucchini Fritters
* Lobster Rolls
* Charcuterie in a Cone
* Pork Sliders with Pineapple Chutney”

A video teaster on the festival can be seen by clicking here.

For more information on Dollywood’s 2020 Grand Opening, visit www.dollywood.com.

For the full article from AttractionsMagazine.com, visit https://attractionsmagazine.com/dollywood-inaugural-flower-food-festival-start-june/.

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Dollywood 2020 Opening Date

We’re happy to announce that Dollywood has unveiled its long-awaited opening date for 2020 with a statement as follows:

“Dollywood Parks & Resorts will begin a phased reopening on June 15.

Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country reopen June 17, with Season Passholder Exclusive Days on June 15 & 16. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa opens June 10.

During this unprecedented time, we are implementing a number of new safety measures based on the guidance of health officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. The safety and well-being of our guests and employees are our top priorities and guide our decisions.” ~ statement.

Dollywood, for probably the first year in a couple decades, will not be opening the operating season with Festival of Nations, however, Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is still scheduled to go on from June 20th to August 2nd for 2020 as of now.

See more on Dollywood’s re-opening information and Summer Celebration at www.dollywood.com.

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Important Smoky Mountain Travel News – May 9th

As the state of Tennessee is beginning its first stages of re-opening tourism and general business, much is going in during this initial transition: some places have opened, some places are beginning to re-open and some places will not be opening for a bit. Additionally, some events have been rescheduled and some have been cancelled for this year entirely.

Due to the nature of slowly transitioning out of social distancing, information on what and when for re-opening is highly de-centralized at the moment, so we would like to help pass on current news for openings and other pertinent travel information coming up this month and further for travel preparation and consideration.

* Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade Has Been Cancelled *
From WBIR.com:

“Gatlinburg officials said the city’s Fourth of July parade is canceled for a second year in a row due to public health concerns. The city will plan new patriotic events for families who want to celebrate while following social distancing guidelines, officials said in a Tuesday press release.”

See full article by clicking here.

 

* Gatlinburg Release on Re-openings *
From gatlinburgtn.gov, dated April 29th, 2020:

“Safety precautions and sanitization procedures will be handled at all City facilities to help keep the community, residents, employees and visitors safe. All City facilities will be heavily sanitized during the phased reopening.

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.”

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.

Plans are also in place to install signage throughout the City in visible areas outlining CDC practices on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On Friday, May 1, the McMahan/Parkway parking garage in downtown Gatlinburg will reopen, as will the public restrooms at the garage. The public restrooms located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center will also reopen.

Also on Friday, May 1, the Gatlinburg Golf Course clubhouse will reopen. The course has remained open for play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, May 4, the administrative offices located at Gatlinburg City Hall, including the City’s Finance Department, Building and Planning Department, Police Department and Fire Department, will reopen to the public. The administrative offices located at the Schilling Center, will also reopen on this date.

On Monday, May 18, all Gatlinburg City Parks – Mynatt Park, Mills Park and Herbert Holt Park – will open for public use. Upon initial opening, playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at each park.

The Gatlinburg Community Center will also reopen to the public on May 18, with reduced operating hours and restrictions on the amount of patrons allowed in areas of the building. The Tone Zone portion of the building will be the only space open to the public, in accordance with the April 28 release of the Tennessee Pledge pertaining to gyms. Operating hours will be 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Anna Porter Public Library plans to reopen its facility in phases on Monday, May 18. The library will limit the number of patrons to 10 at a time through the end of May, and hold temporary operating hours of 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will wear masks and gloves when interacting with the public and the public will be allowed to access computers for 30 minutes at a time, with social distancing practices applied. Desks will be sanitized after each use.

Rocky Top Sports World is actively following the guidelines and directions presented from the Governor’s office and CDC while coordinating with County and City offices. Because of the continued fluidity of the COVID19 situation, no opening date has been determined. Rocky Top Sports World is working diligently on events currently scheduled and continues to focus on venue cleanliness, safety and health.

The municipal parking garage located at Ripley’s Aquarium will be reopened at the same time as the Aquarium opens to the public. A resumption of Gatlinburg Trolley Services will be announced at a later date.”

* Pigeon Forge Local Business Opening Status *
The Mypigeonforge.com site hosts scheduled information in separate, downloadable files.

For Pigeon Forge attractions, click here:
For Pigeon Forge restaurants, click here:
For Pigeon Forge retail, click here:
For Pigeon Forge grocery store information, click here:

More information on Pigeon Forge’s re-openings, updated frequently, can be found at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/planning/travel-resources#business-closed.

 

* Sevierville Partial Re-opening of Parks and Recreations *
From https://www.seviervilletn.org:

“Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions, including:

* All playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and swimming pools remain closed indefinitely;

* Walking trails and tennis courts are open, social distancing of at least six feet will be enforced;

* Picnic shelters will be open, but groups must be less than ten persons;

* The PetSafe Dog Park is open, but each area (small dog and large dog) will be limited to less than ten persons and each person is limited to 45 minutes per visit; and

* Cemetery Park will be limited to less than ten people.

Some areas of the Sevierville Community Center will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions. The gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and racquetball courts remain closed indefinitely. All children’s programs are suspended indefinitely.

The Bowling Center will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.”

See more details by clicking here.

 

As more significant information becomes available, we will post new information on our blog here. Thank you and stay safe!