PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains during the winter will give you a vastly different experience than a summer or fall trip. That's why representatives with the City of Pigeon Forge decided to create an event for winter outdoor enthusiasts. 

The Smoky Mountain Winter Experience runs Jan. 27 - 29, 2020 at The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. 

The free event includes several lectures on everything from the history of Cades Cove to how to take the perfect nature photograph. There are also scheduled excursions to places like Cove Mountain, Old Sugarlands, and more. 

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Tuesday's field trips include a birding expedition to Seven Islands State Park, a bus trip to Appalachian Bear Rescue, Cades Cove Preservation Museum and the Foothills Parkway.  

Throughout the week, various vendors will be set up in the ballrooms at the Ramsey Hotel selling gear, art and more.

Smoky Mountain Winter Experience
Smoky Mountain Winter Experience runs Jan. 27- 29, 2020 in Pigeon Forge.

2020 is the first year for the event that aims to connect nature lovers to the Smokies. 

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For a complete schedule of lectures, excursions and vendors, CLICK HERE