A lot of our first-time guests to the area have usually never heard of Wears Valley, TN. True, our little hamlet in the Smokies doesn’t have quite the same name recognition as Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, but there are a lot of rental properties here for a good reason. Actually, there are multiple reasons why choosing to stay in Wears Valley is a great idea for your next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Give us a chance, and you very likely will want to make our community a regular vacation stop.
The valley itself offers dreamy views of rolling pastureland, but it's the adjoining Cove Mountain that catches everyone's eyes, whether they're staying in town or just passing through. Many rental properties offer spectacular views of the mountain, which watches majestically over Wears Valley and surrounding foothills.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is right in our backyard. From your cabin, you can be within the national park boundary within five or 10 minutes via an infrequently used park entrance, saving you a drive to Gatlinburg and a lot more traffic, in all likelihood. Favorite spots like Elkmont, Tremont and Cades Cove are easily accessible from our side of the park.
Once you're inside the park, your options really open up. Take a hike, tour historic sites, bike around Cades Cove or pack a picnic spread for an al fresco meal at the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, which is the first site you'll reach after crossing over into the national park from our back entrance.
Wears Valley isn't exactly Pigeon Forge when it comes to having a ton of attractions (and we actually prefer it that way), but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do around here for amusement. You can be a daredevil for a day at a zip line attraction, take a wild ride on a mountain coaster, search for hidden gems or go horseback riding with the family.
We even have some pretty decent restaurants here in Wears Valley. One we recommend in particular is Elvira's Café, a great spot to grab crepes or pancakes for breakfast or a hearty sandwich for lunch – maybe before or after your hike in the national park.
Wears Valley is conveniently located near so many other areas of the Smokies. Hop in the car and be in Pigeon Forge in 10 minutes and then Sevierville or Gatlinburg in another 10 or 15 minutes beyond that. Or head in the other direction and you'll be in Townsend, TN, in 10 to 15 minutes as well. Townsend has some cool attractions like the Little River Railroad/Lumber Museum and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center – both locations offering fun, unique insights into the history of this neck of the woods. So, why wouldn't you choose to stay in Wears Valley?
If all this sounds too good to pass up, book one of our Wears Valley cabins today.