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The wonders of Wears Valley

From homey cabins in the forest to luxury condos with spectacular views, Wears Valley vacation rentals are designed to make the most of their proximity to the majestic Smoky Mountains. Named for War of Independence hero Samuel Wear, who helped to draft the influential Tennessee Constitution, the town hugs the northern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. Whatever the season, Wears Valley vacation rentals open the door to a wealth of exciting activities, from hiking to horseback riding, along with fascinating heritage attractions dating back over 2 centuries.

Things to do

Wears Valley—a microcosm of Tennessee culture

Wears Valley vacation rentals make an ideal base for exploring the region’s many attractions. The community straddles U.S. Route 321 between Townsend and Pigeon Forge; Townsend is home to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, where visitors can admire displays of cultural artifacts and explore historic structures typical of the area, while Pigeon Ford showcases a very different side of Tennessee culture in the world-famous Dollywood. Dolly Parton took inspiration from the traditional crafts and music of her native Smoky Mountains to create this family-friendly theme park, which has grown into one of the state’s biggest visitor draws.


Alternative outlooks on Wears Valley

One of the most memorable ways to experience the Smokies is from the air—biplane sightseeing tours offer the chance to ride in an authentic piece of aviation history while you catch your first breathtaking glimpse of the magnificent mountain range. Back on solid ground, take a closer look on a stroll through Metcalf Bottoms—this popular picnicking spot attracts visitors all year round thanks to springtime flowers and autumn leaf fall. The Coves Creek cascades are another much-loved local landmark, with their dramatic waterfalls fringed by a pretty gorge carved out by the gently meandering brook.


Wears Valley highs and lows

The peaks and troughs of the Smoky Mountains are mirrored in its climate. Warm sunny days down in the valley can drop several degrees at higher elevations, so if you’re planning a hike it’s a good idea to pack a few extra layers of clothing. Spring and fall experience the most changeable conditions, with snow falling on high ground well into March and night frosts typically arriving in late September. The humidity of summer is mitigated by the fresh mountain air, making July and August ideal months to enjoy outdoor pursuits like mountain biking or fishing.

Natural features

Wears Valley—a natural phenomenon

Wears Valley vacation rentals near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offer the chance to explore different aspects of this unique environment right on your doorstep. Forming part of the vast Appalachian chain, the Smokies’ diverse terrain is home to an abundance of wildlife. Black bears are the stars of the animal population, while a program to reintroduce elk has met with great success. Bobcats, opossums, and river otters are among the other native species to look out for. Visitor centers within the park provide information on its wildlife, geology, and history.

Where to stay around Wears Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,785 vacation rentals near Wears Valley. From 3,998 Cabins to 238 Chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wears Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Wears Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wears Valley:

  • Chalet Village: 2,096 vacation rentals
  • Smoky Mountain Village: 327 vacation rentals
  • Black Bear Falls: 317 vacation rentals
  • Hemlock Hills: 131 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 36 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Wears Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Wears Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dollywood: 6,954 vacation rentals
  • Cades Cove: 6,635 vacation rentals
  • Wild Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark: 7,753 vacation rentals
  • Island at Pigeon Forge: 7,726 vacation rentals
  • Fort Fun: 7,777 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wears Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Wears Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,998 Cabins in Wears Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Wears Valley include:

  • Chalets: 238 rentals available
  • Houses: 315 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3,998 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Wears Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,169 vacation rentals with pool available in Wears Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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