About the Area
You’ll encounter a diverse collection of cultures, landscapes and personalities in East Tennessee as the region thrives as a hub of cultural activities, scenic views and outdoor recreation.
Nationally acclaimed as a top outdoor adventure destination, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is also the most visited national park, offers visitors the experience of nature in its purest form. Known for its diversity of plant and animal life, the park contains more than 1,500 species of flowering plants and is home to more species of trees than the rest of the entire continental U.S. combined. Tourists and locals alike enjoy hiking, mountain biking and kayaking through East Tennessee’s most-talked about jewel. Soak up the sounds of waterfalls and mountain streams as you ride your horse along any of the 550 miles of horse trails. No matter the season, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 500,000 acres appeal to everyone.
For entertainment and attractions, nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the backdrops for family fun or a night out. After a day of riding, kick up your boots by catching an award-winning live show at Dollywood, one of the world’s best theme parks.
WonderWorks, an educational and entertaining indoor center in Pigeon Forge, will inspire, challenge and excite the imagination of every age. Pick out your favorite marine animal when you walk through Ripley’s underwater aquarium tunnel. Challenge your adrenaline at the NASCAR Speedpark or other activities in the area for the young and old such as bungee jumping, zip lines, laser tag or the ferris wheel. Shoppers will enjoy a vast selection of artisan and craft shops along with outlet stores boasting bargain basement prices.
The area’s dynamic restaurant scene fulfills more than just its Southern Appalachian roots. Whether it’s fine dining for a romantic night out, relaxing on a patio sipping beers or a family-friendly dinner theater, you’ll find it here, leaving you full and content after the final bite.
Choose from these or plenty of other options for adults and children alike, or simply come back to Wears Valley for a peaceful mountain experience. Blairs Valley Ranch is conveniently located within the area for guests to easily create the horse and family vacation of their dreams.