By Darryl Payne
Posted on February 2, 2011
Most visitors who head to the Great Smoky Mountains tend to gravitate toward one of Sevier County’s main three cities—Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. But there’s another great place to focus on when you’re in the Smokies, and if you’re not familiar with it already, here’s a quick primer.
Wears Valley is a hamlet that lies about 7 miles from Pigeon Forge. If you’re familiar with Pigeon Forge, you’ve probably seen the busy Wears Valley Road intersection along the Parkway. Just take Wears Valley Road, aka U.S. Hwy. 321, until you get there.
The community is framed on one side by majestic Cove Mountain, which overlooks a fertile, rolling valley. In addition to its beauty, it’s known for its relatively laid-back atmosphere. There’s not nearly as much traffic as in neighboring cities, and while it’s not known for its attractions, there is still a decent selection of craft shops, antique malls and restaurants.
Wears Valley has an easy-to-access back entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park too, which takes you straight to the popular Metcalf Bottoms picnic area as well as a hiking trail leading to the Walker sisters’ cabin.
Visitors planning to stay locally, also have access to dozens of Wears Valley cabin rentals, offering a superb combination of amenities and breathtaking views.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.