Fall Color and Christmas Shopping

Stores line a wide walkway at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

A visit to Clabough’s Campground during the glorious month of October presents a perfect opportunity to experience the wide spectrum of the best that the area has to offer. Most people flock to the region at this time of year to see the fall color, some of the best in the world. Through the month you’ll see the leaves changing everywhere that you go. Start Your Christmas Shopping And as long as you’re in the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area to enjoy the autumn display, you can …

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Autumn Color Comes to Clabough’s

Autumn color is coming to Clingman's Dome.

There’s no doubt about it. Autumn is definitely on its way. The air is getting cooler, especially at night. Football season is in full swing. Apples and pumpkins are everywhere. And the trees have started their miraculous yearly transformation. It’s one of the best reasons to visit the Smokies each year: fall color. Throughout October, everywhere you look near Clabough’s you’ll see brilliant bursts of reds, oranges, and yellows. Autumn Color at Clingman’s Dome The trees up high in the mountains have already begun to …

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Ingredients for slow-cooker black bean soup.

Nothing beats this slow-cooker black bean soup after a day of making the most of autumn in the Smokies. This fairly simple recipe is easy enough to prepare while you’re camping at Clabough’s Campground, but it’s even easier to fix at home, then freeze for the slow-cooker later. You’ll want to start cooking this soup right after breakfast so you can get double-duty out of your bacon. Ingredients 1 lb dry black beans 1 medium white onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 2-3 garlic cloves, …

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Cosby Daytrip

Holloway's County Home Quilts in Cosby, Tennessee

Cosby is a quaint Tennessee town only 45 minutes from Clabough’s and makes the perfect daytrip because no matter which route you take, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. GPS will route you either through Sevierville or through Gatlinburg. Consider traveling to Cosby in one direction and coming back from the other so you can soak up as much scenery as possible. Trolls Created from Found Art at Studio 5 in Cosby Originally from Denmark, the Arensback family was drawn …

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Caves in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee

Caves - Cumberland Gap National Historic Park Gap Cave

Learn about the past lives of Appalachian Mountain caves – everything from bootlegger havens for brewing moonshine, to ancient Native American Indian dwellings, to the playgrounds of curious kids from the previous generation. Go from mountain top, to under the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. See one of a kind rock formations, feel the coolness of the constant 58 degree temperature of the caves and enjoy the perfect indoor rainy day activity. Many caves operate with seasonal hours (peak times April to October), so be …

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Slow Cooker Chili

An Easy Recipe for a Perfect Slow Cooker Dish The weather might still be warm as summer comes to a close, but there’s already a hint of chill in the air during the evenings that reminds us of fall. Now is the time to start thinking about all the slow cooker recipes that you’re going to make when you visit Clabough’s Campground in the cooler weather months. And nothing beats a hot pot of chili on a crisp day. This particular recipe is great because …

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Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum

Lots of Chickens at the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum.

Looking for Something to Do? Whether you’re a long-time visitor to Clabough’s or you’re a first-time camper, you’re going to be interested in something to do in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area. Many of the places are right out there in the open: you can’t miss the Tanger Outlets, for instance. Others, like mini-golf and go-karts, have been covered before in past posts on this blog. Drive up the main drag of the Parkway and plenty of opportunities will catch your eye. But if …

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Master the Greens with These Mini-Golf Tips

After a day relaxing around the pool or floating along the lazy river at Clabough’s Campground, your family will be ready for a little competitive excitement. When you head out to one of the several mini-golf locations in the Pigeon Forge area, you’ll want to maximize your putting potential by using these five mini-golf tips for a more successful game. Grab the putter that’s right for you. Too short and you’ll be hunkered over the golf ball like a lumbering black bear. Too long and you …

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Super Easy Slow Cooker Ribs

The Easiest Ribs You’ll Ever Eat No matter how you spend your days when you’re camping at Clabough’s, working away in the kitchen probably isn’t at the top of anyone’s list of favorite activities. This recipe for slow cooker ribs is just what you need to set it and forget it. Ingredients 1-2 racks of ribs ½ cup chili powder 2 tbls cumin 1 tbls coriander ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup salt 2 tbls black pepper 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (more …

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Mastering the Go-kart Track

Visiting one of the many go-kart tracks in the Pigeon Forge area is supposed to be a fun, thrill-packed, adrenaline-pumping speed experience. Here’s how to make the most out of your chance to cross the finish line first. Follow these tips and you’ll be mastering the go-kart track in no time. Remember your posture. Slouching will get you nowhere fast (that’s just good advice for life in general). Sit up straight with your back against the seat. It might feel like you’re going faster when …

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