The Smokey Mountain National Park Entrance is 2 miles, lots wildlife.
Things To Do in Wears Valley
Wears Valley is literally your gateway to the Tennessee Smokies! This is an unincorporated area between Pigeon Forge, one of the most active cities in East Tennessee, and Townsend, one of the quietest. If you crave some excitement and attractions, Pigeon Forge is just 15 minutes away, if it’s peace, solitude and the dignity of the mountains you’re after, Townsend is also just 15 minutes away!
And the immediate area offers plenty to see and do as well, the following list should be a good starting place to building your itinerary.
Places To Visit:
Gear up for the great outdoors at GSM Outfitters in Wears Valley. Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking gear, outdoor clothing, hiking snacks and trail foods, cold refreshments, hammocks and so much more. Specializing in outfitting the Smokies’ visitors at the most reasonable prices in the area.
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
A large surprise for most of us living here, not even that it exists but gives Dollywood a decent run for its money, The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a newer attraction on Wears Valley Road and it’s been getting a lot of acclaim from locals and visitors alike. This is a thrilling 7-8 minute journey through the hills on a one or two-person coaster. There isn’t anything quite like this in the area, so be sure to check it out!
Wear Farm City Park
This is Pigeon Forge’s newest municipal park and it’s on the side of Wears Valley Road towards Pigeon Forge. This area has a playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, a large pavilion, snack complex, a proper football field and much more! You’ll barely even see much of it from the road, but you’ll be surprised how expansive it is once you get out there.
One of the most popular recreational riverbeds in East Tennessee, the Townsend Wye is a tradition for thousands of locals and visitors every year. The Wye is just a single river cutting through the National Park running alongside the main road of Townsend, but it’s just wide enough without needing to be too wide, and shallow enough for people to enjoy swimming, fishing, tubing, what have you! There are also plenty of good spots to enjoy a simple picnicl. Parking is free, but you need to expect parking spaces will fill up quickly during the Summer and most vacation periods outside of Winter. Shuttles may also be available for transport. Also, as the river has no lifeguard or safety regulation in place, exercise good judgment at all times.
Cades Cove is a valley offering a multitude of natural attractions for visitors coming through Townsend. Wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bears, coyotes, groundhogs, turkeys, raccoons, skunks, and just about every other type of animal you can find in the mountains. You can hike, bike, go horseback riding, go fishing, go on a nature shoot (photos of course) and even go camping in the backcountry. You can tour Cades Cove by foot, bike or motor vehicle and numerous hiking trails start in Cades Cove – like Abrams Falls, Thunderhead Mountain, Rocky Top (as in THE Rocky Top that made the song) and the Cades Cove Nature Trail. There are many historic sites like the John Oliver Cabin, the Primitive Baptist Church and the Becky Cable House. Cades Cove is history, nature and potentially raw excitement and fun on one spot. See more on Cades Cove at www.cadescove.net.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Probably the finest museum capturing all the nature, beauty and spirit of Southern Appalachia you will ever see, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization dedicating to preserving the history and culture of the Tennessee man from Native American to European Pioneer and on. The Heritage Center provides scout programs, field trip opportunities, facility rentals, and special events like the Fiber Arts Festival, Music of the Mountains, Spring Concert Series and more. See more information. http://www.gsmheritagecenter.org
Enjoy the listed dining locations in Wears Valley and Townsend of course there are many others in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville and are just a short distance from your Bungalow.