Your Next Outdoor Adventure Awaits at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Are you looking to plan your next outdoor adventure? For a one-of-a-kind travel experience in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, look no further than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you are travelling solo, with the significant other, or with the whole family, Smoky Mountains National Park features something for everyone.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers fun for all ages; from hiking to biking and beyond. The park encompasses 522,419 acres, making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States.
When planning your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first, you will need to decide where you want to stay. Think about if you’re seeking a long camping trip or looking to glamp in style? There are numerous different types of campsites and hotel options available, both in and outside of the park.

Some examples of campsites include Backcountry, which are nestled deep within the park and are used mainly for backpackers. An easier lodging option would be the Frontcountry campsites, where you can camp near your car in a more developed campground. Frontcountry campsites contain restrooms with running water, a fire grate, and picnic table. There are also Group Campgrounds for groups of eight or more people, located withinin the Frontcountry campgrounds and easily accessible. For those who are equestrian lovers, another option for camping includes the Horse Camps. The 5 horse camps located in the park are accessible by vehicle; horse camps are small campgrounds that offer hitch racks for horses and a basic camp site. If you’re not the camping type, but you’re willing to hike, there is also the LeConte Lodge; only accessible by foot, the lodge sits atop Mount Le Conte, the park’s third highest peak, at an elevation of 6,593 feet. Hiking routes to the lodge can range from 5 to 8 miles in length. The lodge is generally open from mid-March through mid-November and requires a reservation.Finally, if you’re not the type for roughing it outside, there are also several hotels nearby, including the Motel 6 Gatlinburg, Super 8 Downtown Gatlinburg, and the Glenstone Lodge.

Once you plan where you will sleep during your adventure, the real fun begins. Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains numerous things to explore, see and do. Hiking is abundant, as there are over 850 miles of trails in the park for hiking; 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail exist within the park. Mount Le Conte is one of the most frequented destinations in the park, with an elevation of 6,593 feet. It’s the third highest summit in the park and, measured from its base to its highest peak, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. While on your hike, also check out some of the waterfalls Great Smoky has to offer. There are over 10 different waterfalls that you can hike to, and three more other waterfalls that are accessible by vehicle.

In addition to hiking and enjoying the scenery, fishing is a very popular activity within the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,900 miles of streams within its boundaries, and protects one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. Fishing is permitted year-round in the park, from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset. The park allows fishing in all streams; however, you must possess a valid fishing license or permit from either Tennessee or North Carolina. If you’re teaching your little ones the basics of fishing, or if you’re already an expert angler, the park will have something to offer for people of all ages and experience levels. Whether you catch your dinner in a natural stream, or if you’re just looking to purchase and prepare something yourself, there are also limited stores and concessions stands available within the park.

After meeting all your dining needs, there are endless more opportunities to feed your fun. There are several bike loops in the area that provide prime opportunities for wildlife viewing. During the summer and fall, bicycles may be rented at the campground store, located near Cades Cove Campground. There are no mountain biking trails located at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bicycles are prohibited on all trails except for the The Gatlinburg Trail, the Oconaluftee River Trail, and the lower Deep Creek Trail. However, if you would rather ride a horse than a bike, horseback riding by the hour is available from mid-March through late November at four stables in the park. You may also bring your own horse to the park , with 550 miles of the park’s hiking trails open to horses. The park also offers hayrides at Cades Cove Riding Stables, and carriage and wagon rides are another option.

If you’re looking to bring your furry friend along for the adventure? Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and also on two small trails – the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Unfortunately, pets aren’t allowed on any other walking paths. Pets must be kept on a leash with a maximum length of 6 feet at all times.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park truly has enough entertainment to keep you and the family busy for days. With so much land, iconic Appalachian nature, and abundant outdoor recreation, it’s no wonder why the park is one of the most visited national parks on the east coast. Stop by for your next outing and see it for yourself!

Pigeon Forge TN

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If you’re planning a trip to Pigeon Forge, whether the primary draw is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood or another major local attraction, make sure to set aside a little time to do some shopping. In fact, that might even be your main reason for visiting this lovely Sevier County community. Make your first stop Lidl Dolly’s Factory Store, where you can take your pick from a massive selection of beautiful quilts and lovely southern belle dresses. Needless to say, we want you come by to check out our wares, but we also hope that you take time to explore what else the city has to offer.

Outlet Malls

People come from far and wide to shop at outlet malls both here in Pigeon Forge and in other nearby Sevier County communities. Tanger Outlets, which is located in nearby Sevierville, is among the best-known options. It includes dozens of outlet stores from some of today’s most popular brands, and it is bursting at its seams with incredible deals. Stock up on your favorite brands for a fraction of the usual cost. You’ll return home with a great assortment of designer goods without having spent a small fortune.

Antique Stores

Antiques lovers have a hard time tearing themselves away from this area, as it is chock-full of unique, locally owned antique stores that are filled with incredible treasures and exciting finds. There’s no telling what you’ll run across while shopping in these popular stores. There are even antiques malls that are made up of several smaller shops, so you can check out a variety of different options without having to travel far and wide. Even if you visit here multiple times per year, you’ll always find something new and interesting to bring home with you because these stores constantly update their inventories.

Specialty Shops

More than anything, Pigeon Forge is known for its unique array of specialty shops, including Lidl Dolly’s. After purchasing your favorite quilts and southern belle dresses, mosey down the road to check out other local specialty shops. Find something great to remember your trip by at one of the many souvenir shops. Regardless of where your interests lie–or whether you’re traveling alone or with a spouse, children, friends or others–everyone will have a blast shopping in this vibrant community.

Welcome to Our Blog!


After proudly operating as a Pigeon Forge institution for more than 25 years, Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store is ready to take the Internet by storm! Word-of-mouth buzz from our satisfied customers has gotten us far, but attempting to answer the many questions that people have about our business, quilts, the local area and other topics isn’t easy! Instead, we’ve created this blog to share interesting stories, tidbits, advice and other information with the world at large. If you’re intrigued by Pigeon Forge, southern style, quilts, the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood or by anything that remotely touches upon our business, be sure to bookmark this page–we will be bringing you tons of exciting content in the weeks to come!

Unlike so many blogs that are operated by small businesses, ours isn’t designed to be salesy or promotional. Instead, it’s just our way of engaging with our audience in new and interesting ways. With this blog, we plan to share information that we’d enjoy just as much as you will. We’re bursting with ideas that we’d like to share with you, and we’re confident that you’ll enjoy learning more about everything from patchwork quilts to local attractions like Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This page is more than a quilt blog, but many of the topics that we cover will, indeed, pertain to southern quilts. After all, they’re a huge part of what we do! Our reputation was made by the quality, style and sheer abundance of these lovely pieces, but there’s so much more than meets the eye in terms of their designs, how they’re made, how new designs are created and other related topics. If you’re intrigued by this kind of thing, you’re going to have a blast checking out our newest posts.

The world has changed at breakneck speeds over the last few decades, but Pigeon Forge is one of those places where time sort of stands still. In this part of the country, we value tradition and understand that sometimes, the old way of doing things is still the best way. We’re proud to be located in this beautiful mountain resort city and know local attractions like Dollywood like the backs of our hands. Our goal with this blog is to make you feel like you’re experiencing a little slice of southern pride and hospitality whenever you stop by for a visit–and for you to come away with a better understanding of quilts and other goods that we supply.

Whether you’ve been to Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store in the past or are hoping to check it out for the first time in the near future, this blog is sure to keep you intrigued and entertained. It may also make you wistful for a simpler time. Just remember that while many things change and evolve on a daily basis, the quality of our goods and the southern hospitality of our staff are unwavering. This is merely our inaugural post, but we will have plenty of new ones for your reading pleasure in the days to come, so stay tuned!