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Wilderness Wildlife Week 2020

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the world’s most beautiful places to take in everything the great outdoors has to offer. During the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week events in Pigeon Forge, you’ll have a chance to learn about the fauna, flora and folks who call this rustic region home.

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Wilderness Wildlife Week

2020 Event: Cancelled

This year’s 30th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is based at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. This week long event features a series of free, family-friendly activities designed to educate budding and experienced outdoors people and instill a love of nature in all those who attend.

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A Smoky Mountain Experience

Wilderness Wildlife Week is one of Pigeon Forge’s most-revered annual events. Not only do the mid-winter festivities relieve cabin fever, but it provides an excellent opportunity for education. The week-long event features a tremendous line-up of speakers, artists, demonstrations and hikes that provide an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited national park.

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Something For Everyone

Over the course of the week, nearly 100 experts on nature and the great outdoors will host walks, hikes, seminars and lectures on a wide variety of topics, including Smoky Mountain history and plant and animal life. A number of programs are designed for children. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots for the chance to walk through the national park.

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Wilderness Wildlife Week is an interesting introduction to the national park’s natural and human history. During the course of the week, participants can attend a wide variety special sessions, seminars and workshops to learn more about the wilderness and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains. Additionally, participants can lace up their hiking boots for a number of walks through the national park — ranging from easy treks to see frozen winter waterfalls to strenuous climbs for experienced hikers.

Nature lovers can hear lectures on topics ranging from Smoky Mountain history and fly-fishing to plant and animal habitation. Music lovers will enjoy tunes performed by authentic Smoky Mountain musicians at AppalachiaFest. There will be many special events for children and families alike, with hikes through the Smokies ranging from peaceful strolls to demanding, multi-mile voyages; storytelling, fishing, music, photography and more.

The week is a fun series of educational events for the entire family. Make plans to attend to learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains and the area’s rich history!