Next weekend Townsend, Tennessee will hold its 5th annual Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies.
The festival, to be held on February 3-6, will include hikes, history, exhibits, lectures and craft showcases during the Thursday through Sunday event.
Some of the hikes scheduled this year will include an Elkmont Hike with Herb Handly, as well as a short walk to Gourley Pond with Park Ranger Mike Maslona.
Among the many programs and presentations there will be:
* A Winter Birds, Slide Show and Walk with Kelly Caruso.
* Winter on Mount LeConte with Doug McFalls, the winter caretaker at the lodge from last year.
* Kermit Caughron, Bee Man - the Man, the Myth, the Legend with John Davis.
The Winter Heritage Festival has received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, and has been designated a "Top Twenty Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society.
For a full list of programs and events, please click here.