Cosby, Tennessee

Cosby, Tennessee

Cosby, Tennessee is a quieter, less-traveled town adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cosby allows access to the Park via one of five of the major entrances to the Park facilities. Besides the Park entrance, Cosby is best known for its richly textured past–moonshiners and cock-fighting. Cosby is a little tamer these days and offers travelers a full range of lodging accommodations, independently-owned restaurants and small motels and motor inns. There are even a few bed and breakfast inns. Cosby TN also offers a route to Gatlinburg TN and beyond to Pigeon Forge that might save you substantial driving time to your ultimate Smoky Mountains destination. While this route is a little farther, you will be pleased by time saved during July-August and October when tourist traffic is very frustrating. This route is as follows: From Interstate-40, exit at 440 or 443 – then take Hwy 321 approximately 20 miles–it will turn into East Parkway–towards Gatlinburg TN and continue straight on Hwy...
Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville TN, is a thriving east Tennessee city situated near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Three Interstates run through Knoxville. Knoxville is home to The University of Tennessee Volunteers football team and the folks around here take their football very seriously. Knoxville has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The fall is a favorite time and the colors are something to behold! Travelers come from all over the east to visit Knoxville TN and the Great Smoky Mountains to see Mother Nature at her most colorful. Knoxville’s accommodations for both casual and business travellers include everything from B&B inns to luxury hotels, and prices suit most any budget. Knoxville has an excellent Chamber of Commerce, which promotes fine facilities for conventions. Transportation in Knoxville is excellent as well, including the KAT public transportation system, taxis, limos, car rentals, and McGhee-Tyson Airport is less than 20 miles away. The culturally inclined will find Knoxville a great host—with opera, dance, theater, symphony, visual arts. And perhaps most interesting of all is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 30 miles...
Sevierville, Tennessee

Sevierville, Tennessee

Sevierville, Tennessee was founded in 1795 and named for John Sevier, the first governor of the state of Tennessee. The oldest of Sevier County’s four sister cities, it is also the 8th oldest town in Tennessee (Nearby Jonesborough TN takes the #1 spot). Sevierville has a popular heritage—daughter Dolly Parton’s statue resides on downtown’s courthouse lawn. Dolly is known just as well for her namesake theme parks in nearby Pigeon Forge TN–Dollywood and Splash Country. Dolly Parton returns home each Spring during her seasonal Dollywood Grand Opening and she even makes other special appearances during the year. Sevierville, Tennessee sits between Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC, at exit 407 of Interstate 40. Sitting near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge TN, Sevierville is a major draw for the Great Smoky Mountains area and is also accessible via nearby Asheville NC and Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airports. Sevierville, Tennessee is prepared for the millions of visitors it gets annually. There are literally dozens of hotels and motels and thousands of log cabin rentals to choose from. Sevierville TN has become a very popular marrying place and plays host to thousands of brides and grooms each year in its several Smoky Mountain wedding chapels. Naturally, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains are a favorite of...
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, TN was originally called Fanshiers, but later renamed “Pigeon” from the river and “Forge” from the iron works at the Old Mill on the river. The Old Mill (right) is on the National Register of Historic Sites and serves to remind us of the original pioneer community that once lay alongside the Pigeon River. Pigeon Forge TN is home to Dollywood Theme Park, which was named for country superstar Dolly Parton and which highlights the rich heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains area. Tennessee’s most visited attraction (next to the Park), Dollywood draws over 2 million travelers annually and features rides, live entertainment shows and artisan’s work. Next to Dollywood sits Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park, which has rides for kids of all ages. In 1996, Southern Living magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Pigeon Forge, TN as the #1 shopping spot in the South. Truly a shopper’s paradise, Pigeon Forge has some of the best outlet shopping in the South with more than 100 outlet stores. You can spend days checking out River View, Belz and Tanger outlet malls. Some of the companies represented are: Eddie Bauer, Nautica, Oshkosh, Nike, , Coach, Liz Claiborne, Rockport, Tommy Hilfiger, Samsonite, and many more. Check them all out yourself! Lodging choices in Pigeon Forge run the gamut: dozens of hotels and motels, thousands of cabin and chalet rentals, bed and breakfast inns, campgrounds, and condo rentals will ensure that you’ll have a place to rest your head at the end of a busy day. Enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas from your own luxury cabin rental, get pampered at a bed and...
Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Maggie Valley is located right beside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) and very near Interstate-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Maggie Valley has been a favorite for generations of folks in need of a cool mountain getaway. Its location near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plus a large number of fine dining choices, and craft, souvenir and gift shops guarantee an enjoyable altitude change and experience. A wide selection of Maggie Valley hotels, motels, cabins and condominiums serve as lodging accommodations for Maggie Valley NC visitors. Hotels and motels dot the main parkway. Among the hotels are locally owned motor inns, but increasingly, the hotel and motel chains are available, including Best Western, Ramada Inn, Country Inn and Suites, and the Comfort Inn. The fall brings the most visitors, who are eager to get away from the city, and to see the splendid colors of autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. But spring and summer are also extremely popular with travelers, and for good reason. The kids are out of school and the cooler air in the mountains offer a respite from summer heat. Spring, of course, is a time for renewal and the burst of color from wildflowers is enchanting. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and its majestic peaks is one of the main reasons for Maggie Valley’s popularity with travelers. The Smokies have more plant and animal species than any other national park. Deep within its rugged mountains and down miles of tree shrouded roads, you’ll find places like Cataloochee, with its restored historic buildings. These homesteads, barns and other outbuildings, serve...
Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville NC sits at the foot of the highest mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a model for the classic small town, with Main Street consisting of three blocks of very interesting shops, galleries and eateries. Downtown is small so you can explore Waynesville NC on foot and take pleasure in the work of area artists and craftsmen. In the summer, partake of Main Street’s art festival or July’s Folkmoot, a gathering of dance troups which perform throughout the area. You can spend the night in Waynesville in great comfort at any of the delightful B&B inns-not the least of which is The Yellow House, which is a luxury bed and breakfast near downtown (formerly a century-old house on a pond surrounded by gardens). Otherwise Waynesville NC has a long list of cabins and lodges and comfortable inns. If you stay for any length of time in Waynesville or the surrounding mountain area, be sure to take the walk around Lake Jualuska, which is only 4 miles from Waynesville. The walk is level, on a paved path, through beautifully landscaped park land. The walk, which is open to the public, consists of a 3-mile walk along the lake shore with breathtaking mountain views. The surrounding Balsam Mountains offer up several interesting hiking trails, including Balsam Knob and Graveyard Fields, with trailheads that lead to a system of trails that guide you along the river, around wildflower meadows (in season), and down to splendid waterfalls. Moreover, the Black Balsam Trail follows the mountain ridge line that offers great views. The Mountain-to-Sea Trail is an easy 3.5 mile round...