Visitors Information and Resource Center

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Welcome to the Piddlin Library, here you will find articles and information about the Great Smoky Mountains, all the many different places with the park and places that surround it. 

If you own a vacation rental (Cabin, Chalet, Condo) or maybe considering a purchase in the near future, be sure to check out the Lodging and Accommodations section which has many useful articles written just for people who own vacation rentals or are considering the purchase of a cabin or chalet and giving thought to putting it on a vacational rental program.  You’ll find some great tips that can help you save money and time. Learn the top ten mistakes commonly made by owners of vacation rentals or the best way to make use of a property manager (Rental Management Company), and ideas on how to ensure your rental property is available for your use when YOU want to use it!

People frequently search for The Top Things to Do.  If you’re going to vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll want to make the best use of your time.  Whether you’re planning on horseback riding through the hundreds of trails, or checking out Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg, you’re sure to find things to do that fits you and your family.  You wouldn’t want to miss out on the best restaurants with live entertainment, or miss golfing on the best courses the area has to offer!

Getting married soon? Thinking of a wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains? We have a useful section in our library you’ll want to use.  We have information on planning your wedding to fit the season, or time of year, you've chosen to tie the knot and how to match your venue to your budget or picking your flowers to match the backdrop and even how you’re going to spend the night (and following nights if you’re staying for a honeymoon!) with your new life partner.

There are also various posts written about points of interest in the Great Smoky Mountains.  If you’re a history buff, you might want to visit some of these historical points and see for yourself why they’re still an important part of the Great Smoky Mountains.  This also goes for the Smoky Mountains historical articles.  Take time to read up on some of the more interesting historical tidbits we’ve compiled for you:  such as the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Indian Timeline, and how the Smoky Mountains first came to be hundreds of thousands of years ago!  You can also read up on things such as the wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains, the myths surrounding the black bears that you might encounter during your stay, and money saving tips that will make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

If you’re planning to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take the time to read up on some of the information we’ve compiled for you.  You might find out more than you expected!