Wears Valley, Tennessee Attractions

Wears Valley, Tennessee Attractions
Wears Valley, Tennessee is a small community, located between Pigeon Forge and Townsend, just outside the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This beautiful valley of homesteads and farmland offers picturesque mountain scenery, as well as distinctive shopping and lodging choices. Although Wears Valley offers a quieter view of the Smoky Mountain area, many attractions and activities are available to visitors in the valley and the surrounding areas.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the area's largest attraction, and one of the country's most popular national parks. Located on the border of Wears Valley, the park includes over 800 miles of hiking trails and is a sanctuary for a wide variety of animal and plant life. Programs, guided by park rangers, are offered in the spring, summer, and fall, allowing visitors to explore the park through the eyes of experts. Many other activities are available to the public, including: fishing, biking, and horseback riding. The park is open year-round, but some secondary roads, trails, and campgrounds close in winter and other times of year, due to bad weather or construction.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Dollywood

Named after country music legend Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a nearby theme park that offers thrilling rides, exciting seasonal festivals, handmade crafts, and live musical entertainment. Located approximately 8 miles from Wears Valley in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood includes attractions that appeal to people of all ages, including gigantic roller coasters, waterfall rides, and kiddie rides for small children. On-site restaurants offer fast food and full service dining options that feature southern-style cooking.

Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(800) 365-5996
dollywood.com/

Rafting in the Smokies/Apple Valley Riding Stables

The Wears Valley area also offers a vast array of additional fun-filled outdoor attractions and activities for its visitors. Hiking and bicycle trails are plentiful in and around Wears Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park also has over 2000 miles of fishing streams located within its boundaries, and has one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern half of the United States. Rafting in the Smokies is a local company that offers whitewater rafting with professional river guides, and visitors can also enjoy horseback riding and hayrides at Apple Valley Riding Stables.

Rafting in the Smokies
P.O. Box 592
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(800) 776-7238
raftinginthesmokies.com/index.php

Apple Valley Riding Stables
614 Old Walland Highway
Walland, TN 37886
(865) 448-8300
applevalleyridingstables.com/

Article Written By Barbara Biehler

Barbara Biehler is a freelance writer who has written articles for various websites, as well as online specialty courses for MyComputerBuddies.com. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida and over 15 years experience in business development, sales and marketing. An avid gardener, cook and voracious reader, Biehler resides with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.

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