This weekend in the Smokies boasts a weather forecast with temps near seventy degrees. It will be a beautiful weekend for Pigeon Forge to kick off it’s 23rd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week™. Slated to begin on Saturday the 12th at Music Road Hotel & Convention Center, the week long event offers a wide range of learning opportunities with many workshops, hikes and demonstrations. The event is designed to offer activities for every age level and interest. Let’s take a look at a few of the topics and excursions that will be available.
The Keynote Program will be held on Saturday at 7:45 PM. Presented by Sam Venable, a humor columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel it is titled “How to Tawlk and Rite Good: An Introduction to the Native Tongue of Southern Appalachia.” Mr. Venable is the author of 10 books and holds more than three dozen writing awards. If you are looking for a bit of Southern humor you won’t want to miss this presentation.
Each day is packed with a wide choice of events. Sunday at 12:30 the Lost Mill String Band will perform Kids’ Track! Kiddin’ Around: A Concert For Kids of All Ages. At 1:00 Steve Garrett will present Smoky Mountain Llama Treks: Hiking With Llamas In The Smokies. Llamas are used to take supplies to LeConte Lodge and they love eating pancakes when they get to the top – you can find a great video here.
If you wish to spend part of the week in the outdoors the event offers numerous hikes and field trips throughout the week. For the early risers, Sunday at 6:00 AM begins a bus trip titled Cades Cove Photo Trek. If you enjoyed the llama video above why not take a hike with them? Wednesday from 10:00-4:00 and Friday from 10:00-5:00 will be a llama hike. Spaces for hikes and field trips fill up fast, all hike sign ups will be held at Holiday Inn Express, located directly across the street from Music Road Hotel & Convention Center. Hiking rules and the sign up procedure may be found here.
This is just a small listing of the many things this annual event offers. Take a look around the event website, you may find something that has to go on your “must do” list. If you participate in the event we are confident that you will find even more reasons to fall in love with the Smoky Mountain region. Want to make it easy to spend time in the mountains? A Smoky Mountain home away from home may be the answer. You can browse all of the homes for sale in the area at our website. If you decide it may be time for your mountain home purchase, let us know. We are happy to schedule an appointment to begin your search process.
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