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Are You Ready For The Winter Storm?

We’re still waiting on the big snow storm here next to the Smoky Mountains. The current forecast is calling for 4-9 inches total for Townsend and  6-14 inches in the Park –but you never know, it could be a lot less or a lot more.

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast


Are you prepared if the power goes out?

Staying Warm

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, make sure you have enough wood to last a few days, and stack it somewhere out of the weather –it’s no fun digging out wood from under 3 feet of snow (did that during the blizzard of ‘93). Same thing if you use a kerosene heater -be sure you have a few days supply of fuel.

Here are some ideas to stay warm, if you don’t have an alternative heat source:

  • close off all but one room of your house
  • cover all your windows and doors with blankets
  • share body heat –dress warmly and pile up together under blankets
  • stay with a neighbor who does have heat


If you have a woodstove or fireplace, you should have no problem –just cook right on top of the woodstove or on the coals in the fireplace.  You can also heat food on top of a kerosene heater, depending on how hot it gets. Do you have a BBQ grill? You can cook on that, too (outside).

No way to cook? Just make sure you have plenty of food stocked up that you don’t have to cook.

Some examples:

  • cold cereals
  • canned tuna
  • crackers
  • peanut butter
  • bread
  • granola bars
  • fresh and canned fruit
  • Vienna sausages
  • Beanie weenies
  • lunchmeats –ham, bologna, turkey, etc.
  • cheese
  • salad vegetables –carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.

(Be sure you have a manual can-opener)

And, if the power does go out, don’t worry about your refrigerated or frozen food –stick it outside in the snow!


Be prepared by jugging up some water, anywhere from 1-4 gallons per person per day for drinking, cooking, washing, and using the bathroom (and don’t flush the toilet each time you go). If you have pets, you’ll need water for them, too.

You can also melt snow (it takes a lot) or get water from a creek for your bathroom needs (8 drops of bleach per gallon will purify water for drinking –or boil it, which is best).

Be sure you have a big pot to heat water in (if you have a non-electric heat source).

Light And Communication

Be sure to have on hand:

Candles or oil lamps (and lamp oil)

Battery operated radio

Extra batteries

If you have a cell phone, be sure it’s completely charged (and have a car charger in case the battery runs down)


Above all, stay safe and don’t go anywhere unless it’s an emergency (life or death situation) –and don’t bother the police with trivialities.




Free Admission To The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center This Friday And Saturday

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee is hosting a free event this Friday and Saturday January 29-30, 2010.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center to host ‘Hurry-Back-Spring-Fling’

The Heritage Center is located at 123 Cromwell Dr. in Townsend (just off Hwy 73, between the traffic light and GSMNP entrance) and is open 10am-5pm.

Please call (865) 448-0044 for more information.




Thanksgiving Buffet In Townsend, TN

View of TownsendTN

Will you be in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies for Thanksgiving this year?

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

Don’t want to cook?

Thanksgiving Buffet At Smoky Junction Restaurant

Thanksgiving plate

If you are going to be in Townsend for Thanksgiving, head over to Smoky Junction Restaurant  for their “Thanksgiving Harvest Table Buffet”.

Buffet is all-you-can-eat and includes ham, roast beef and turkey with all the trimmings, vegetables, bread and choice of pumpkin pie or banana pudding for dessert. Drinks are extra.

Cost: $10.95 for adults, $4.99 for children

Time: 11:30 am to 7-8pm (?) 

Reservations/Groups: No reservations are required, large groups are welcome –more than 12-14, please call ahead: (865) 448-6881

Smoky Junction Restaurant is located at 7753 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend TN (beside the train).

 Smoky Junction, Townsend

* Breakfast will be served on Thanksgiving morning.




Townsend, Tn: Free Music Tonight At The Pickin’ Porch

Every Saturday night, in season, you can enjoy free music at the Pickin’ Porch, located behind Wood ‘n Strings Dulcimer Shop in Townsend, Tennessee.

Tonight, listen to Native American flute music performed by Randy McGinnis –music starts at 7:00pm.

Wood ‘n Strings is located on the left side of the road going East at 7645 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy. in Townsend.

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Townsend,TN: Railroad Museum Is Hosting Free Historical Tours On Saturday

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum in Townsend will present two special tours this Saturday.

There will be an  “Old Town” tour at 9:00am, focusing on the old lumber mill in Townsend, and a tour of the old logging camp at Tremont will start at 10:30 am.

Townsend museum hosts special tours Saturday

There is no charge for the tours and they are repeated on the fourth Saturday of every month.




Travel Alert: Another Flood Watch For East Tennessee Including The Smoky Mountains

We dried out a little today from the flooding yesterday, but…

Flooding July 31 2009

another flood watch has been issued!

A flood watch is in effect through Sunday afternoon for parts of East Tennessee, including The Great Smoky Mountains. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move into the area tonight through Sunday and rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches or more are possible. Due to the already saturated ground, quickly rising streams and flooding of low lying areas is expected.

East Tennessee Flood Watch

Smoky mountains Radar

Monday is forecast to be dry, but a slight chance of rain is possible the rest of next week.

Smoky Mountains Forecast



Blessings and travel safely,


Smoky Mountains And Townsend Area Flooding And Severe Weather Update

The flood watch has been lifted for the Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas in Tennessee but we are still under a hazardous weather outlook. Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the weekend and into next week.

Smoky Mountains Forecast

Earlier today we had flooded roads all over the area, there was a power outage near Townsend and a landslide on Wears Valley Road.

A man was removed from an overturned car in Sevier County during a swift water rescue operation and authorities will resume their search in the morning for a woman who went in the river near Metcalf Bottoms picnic area in the Park.

Little River Road is closed between Townsend and Metcalf Bottoms picnic area.

Authorities continue to close roads due to floods

1 pulled to safety in Sevier County swift water rescue operation

Search underway for woman missing in Little River near Townsend

Some flood pictures:

Mountain stream river!

July Flooding In The Holler 

Smoky Mountain Flooding

Our roads:

Flooding In The Holler

Flood In The Holler

Reagan Springs Flooding_2 

Flood Damage_2 

Little River in the Smoky Mountains.

Little River  Smoky Mountains July 31 2009

Little River At The GSMNP Line July 31 2009

Little River at the swingin’ bridge on old 73 in Townsend.

Little River At The Swingin' Bridge July 31 2009

View upstream of Dark Island from the swingin’ bridge.

Little River Dark Island From Swingin' Bridge_2 July 31 2009


Little River July 31 2009 

At the picnic area on 321 in Townsend.

Little River AT Picnic Area_2 July 31 2009

Little River AT Picnic Area_3 July 31 2009


Please be safe and don’t get in the creek or river during a flood and if the water is over the road, don’t drive through it-running water is powerful enough to roll boulders down creeks, and overturn cars!






Flood Warning Issued For The Smoky Mountains

A flood warning has been issued for Blount, Monroe and Sevier counties in Eastern Tennessee, including the Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountains Flood Warning

And it is flooding!

2200 ft. elevation, 100 feet from Foothills Parkway at the Blount/Sevier county line…

July Flood

It is also flooding in parts of Townsend and the power is out in the Rudd Holler area.

Our 3 foot creek bed is now a 10 foot wide river!

July Flood_2


Weather updates:

Smoky Mountains Forecast

Smoky Mountains Radar



Smoky Mountains And Townsend Area Flooding And Severe Weather Update

Latest: Travel Alert: Another Flood Watch For East Tennessee Including The Smoky Mountains


Blessings and stay safe,


July Fourth Fireworks Show In Townsend, TN This Weekend

Independence Day Fireworks Show

Join us in Townsend this July 4th for our annual Independence Day Fireworks Show. It will be held in the usual place -the field next to the Highland Manor Inn on 321 -with Patriotic music at 8:30pm and fireworks at 9:45pm.

Bring your lawn chairs and come an hour early to find a good spot to park, they fill up fast!

Update for 2010:



Smoky Mountain News, Events And Weather

Mountain Laurel 1 (2)a

Heading to the Smokies soon?

News and Events

There are more bears than usual this spring and some campsites have been closed:

  • Park officials close 5 backcountry campsites due to aggressive bears

Tall tales will be told in Pigeon Forge:

The second annual Smoky Mountains Pottery Festival in Townsend is coming up soon:

Firefly Time at Elkmont -Elkmont entrance road will be closed nightly June 6th-14th for the fireflies (lightnin’ bugs):

  • Elkmont Entrance Road Closed/Synchronous Firefly Viewing Information June 6-14, 2009 -$1 per person to ride the trolley from Sugarlands Visitor’s Center
  • Firefly Festival at The Happy Hiker in Gatlinburg, June 6th -free

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing in Cades Cove -Laurel Creek and Cades Cove Loop roads will be closed on June 13th for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert:

  • Cades Cove Loop Road and Laurel Creek Road to be Closed for Concert On Saturday, June 13, 2009
  • 75th Anniversary Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Outdoor Concert in Cades Cove, June 13, 2009

For the full schedule of the Great Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary Celebration:


After all the rain and storms we’ve had this month, there is finally some dry weather in the forecast –just a slight chance of rain today and partly sunny over the weekend:

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast

Foggy May Mornin'

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Happy traveling,