Cosby, Tennessee, with a population of 5,234, is located in Cocke County, TN and 18 miles from Gatlinburg. Cosby is known as the "Moonshine Capital of the World."
The closest airport is Moore-Murrell Airport (MOR) in Morristown, TN.
Cosby, Tennessee was established in the 1830s.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park; image by Jeaneane Payne
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Great Smoky Mountains, the majestic climax of the Appalachian Highlands, are a wildlands sanctuary preserving the world's finest examples of temperate deciduous forest. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts unspoiled forests similar to those the early settlers found. Wildflowers and migrating birds abound in late April and early May. Autumn's pageantry of colors in the Smoky Mountains usually peaks in mid- October. Some 800 miles of trails thread the whole of the Smoky Mountains natural fabric - and its waterfalls, coves, balds, and rushing streams. The Great Smoky Mountains, a wild landscape rich with traces of its human past, calls people back year after year.
Cosby in the Park Festival - This annual festival is held at the Cosby Picnic Area and Amphitheater in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and features live entertainment, craft demonstrations, children’s programs, history talks and guided hikes. Cosby in the Park highlights the splendid spring atmosphere and presents a glimpse into the past by paying tribute to a previous way of life. Spring time in the mountains was difficult, but strenuous chores eventually gave way to a time for relaxation, when residents passed time by making music. Local residents also celebrated their rich Scotch-Irish heritage through traditional song and dance. The day’s events feature bluegrass performances. In addition, there are performances of traditional Cherokee music and dance as well as a performance by the Dogwood Dulcimers. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lunch and their own instruments and join in during the all day bluegrass “pickin’ party.” There are various craftspeople and musicians in attendance at Cosby in the Park.