At the foothills of the Smoky Mountains sits Sevierville, a quaint, quiet and friendly town that delivers the best of the rich Appalachian culture along with plenty of opportunities for family fun.
Country comfort meets modern amenities in Sevierville, which makes exploring, dining, shopping and relaxing in this part of Tennessee memorable for so many visitors.
Getting to Sevierville by car is the choice of many visitors – which is only natural, as the town is within a day's drive to over half the nation's population. Interstate 40, which passes through Nashville, takes you to Exit 407, which is an easy and fast route to Sevierville as well as to nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Coming from the north, I-75 takes you to Knoxville, from which you can catch 1-40. Scenic Route 66, which runs through Sevier County, is being widened to improve the flow of traffic to Sevierville.
If you travel by plane, Sevierville is served by Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport, which lands 100 commercial flights daily.
Once you're in town, ride the Sevierville Trolleys for just 50 cents per ride – it's a fun and affordable way to tour the city.
From March to May, the weather systems can radically and quickly change. Average highs are in the 60s to 70s Fahrenheit with lows from below freezing to the mid-40s.
Once summer hits, June, July and August bring humidity and highs in the 80s to 90s with comfortable lows in the 60s.
September through November deliver a true sense of fall with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the middle-50s. From December and into February, you could easily see snow with highs in the 40s to 50s and lows in the teens to upper 20s.
Because you'll be spending quality time outdoors, layers of breathable, moisture-wicking materials will serve you well. Bring a jacket to handle sudden wind or rain from the mountains, and always have a pair of comfortable, well-fitting shoes or boots to tackle the trails. Rain and snow are common in this part of Tennessee, so pack accordingly. The region maintains a consistent precipitation of about 3 to 5 inches per month.
Make your first Sevierville stop the Visitor Center to pick up valuable coupons and timely information about the town's many attractions.
The biggest attraction, of course, is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just minutes from the city limits. The opportunity to try out your hiking skills pays off in the vast scope of natural beauty of the Appalachian trails. Guided tours by foot or minibus accommodate every visitor, and get your camera ready for sights you won't find anywhere else on earth.
From waterfalls to caves, there's something to spark your imagination in the Smokies. Popular beginner-level hikes include Andrews Bald, which takes you up just far enough to marvel at the Smoky Mountain highlands; and Porters Creek Trail, which delights the senses with its backdrop of waterfalls and wildflowers. Tennessee is the home to the most caves in America, and Forbidden Caverns, conveniently located in Sevierville, is a top attraction.
Sevierville fun continues with a host of attractions and activities for the whole family. Adrenaline Park is the home of the longest glass-bottom skybridge. Also within easy access are petting zoos, horseback rides and NASCAR-themed go-kart tracks, plus golf, tennis and swimming are all nearby.
Sevierville pulls out the stops each year with a variety of family-friendly festivals and events. A downtown Easter Egg hunt kicks off the spring season in April; in May, the town hosts its annual Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass, billed as the largest event in town. The stars of country music regularly stop in Sevierville, and for sports fans the Tennessee Smokies – a Double-A Chicago Cubs affiliate team – plays at Smokies Park right off I-40 in Sevierville.
Winter brings Winterfest, which lights up Sevierville with millions of twinkling lights – a must-see, especially through 3D glasses purchased for $1 each at the Sevierville Visitor Center.
Sevierville welcomes its guests with classic Tennessee hospitality. A wide choice of lodging includes moderately priced hotels within the city limits. You'll also find convenient and affordable motels, and both rustic and luxury log cabin rentals that deliver all the comforts of home with a view from your deck or window that you won't soon forget.
For many visitors to the Smokies, the first and last word in entertainment is Dollywood – in fact, Dolly Parton is a native of Sevierville! Located in the adjoining town of Pigeon Forge, Dollywood provides endless opportunities for fun, food and music. Plenty of vacation packages include Dollywood visits, so you're never too far from the action.
Sevierville's Appalachian heritage is evident in its food selections. Authentic mountain cooking is highlighted by barbeque that never disappoints. But all tastes are served in this Tennessee town: you'll find seafood, chophouses, pizza, vegetarian, Thai food and a host of other casual and upscale dining options.
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