About Jan Walker

Jan Walker (Dollywood Insider 2018-2019) is an East Tennessee native who found herself in South Carolina after pursuing her dream job as a college art professor. She loves all things Tennessee, including hiking and camping in the Smoky Mountains, running the Knoxville Marathon and of course, Dollywood. The mother of two teenagers (and one German Shepherd), Jan loves bringing her family to Dollywood every year because there is something fun for everyone to enjoy during their visit. Her favorite ride at Dollywood is Blazing Fury, which she loved as a child and now gets to enjoy with her own kids. In addition to teaching, Jan is an avid runner, certified fitness instructor, author and aspiring cake decorator.
24 July 2019

9 to 5: How to Make the Most Out of One Day at Dollywood

By | 2019-07-24T14:15:24+00:00 July 24th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

When Dolly Parton penned the Grammy Award-winning hit 9 to 5 in 1980, it quickly became an anthem for those who spend day after day tolling away at their jobs. Did you know the average person spends a whopping 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime? All that work and no play [...]

3 May 2019

A Single Parent’s Guide to Dollywood

By | 2019-05-03T14:42:09+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Whether single parenting is your full-time arrangement, or just a temporary gig due to your spouse’s schedule, Dollywood is an awesome experience for you and your child! As a single parent of two children, I have learned a few tricks along the way to make solo adventuring at Dollywood possible (and incredibly fun!). 3 [...]

29 March 2019

26.2 Things to Do at Dollywood

By | 2019-03-29T15:58:19+00:00 March 29th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

If you are a runner, you have dreamed of crossing many finish lines. Perhaps you’ve even pondered the ultimate runner’s goal – completing a full marathon (26.2 miles). This weekend, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will fill the streets of nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, as runners attempt to earn that coveted medal. Why not make [...]

25 February 2019

A Hiker’s Guide to Dollywood

By | 2019-02-25T16:09:45+00:00 February 25th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

There may be frost on the ground right now, but East Tennessee is anticipating some exciting spring growth – both at Dollywood and within the winding trails of the Smoky Mountains! This May, Dollywood will unveil its largest expansion ever - Wildwood Grove! This new area will echo the spirit of the Great Smoky [...]

21 November 2018

Staying Fit at Dollywood: Your Guide to Getting 10,000 Steps

By | 2018-11-21T15:23:15+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Whether you’re beginning a fitness journey for the first time, or you’ve been at the wellness game for a while, you know that finding ways to stay fit on vacation can present a challenge. But your fitness goals don’t have to take a vacation, even when you are! Staying fit can be an attainable [...]

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