Rocky Top Trail - Knoxville Smoky Peaks to Craft & Creeks

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Get to know the spirit of Appalachia on the Rocky Top Trail when you explore the culture, history and beauty of this region through its world-class attractions and “best-kept secret” spots outside the city limits.

From serious adventurers to shutterbugs and picnickers, the natural attractions provide something for everyone. You’ll visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, explore an underground world, take a wildflower hike and see firsthand why this magical landscape draws nature-lovers from around the globe.

Bring your appetite for Southern cuisine; enjoy a meal overlooking an apple orchard or a scenic lake, get an oldfashioned soda at a classic diner, eat lunch with a side of live music or make a reservation for fine dining, Rocky Top style. Experience East Tennessee’s amazing stories when you tour stately homes and museums, get a glimpse into early 20th century mountain life, walk through settlers’ forts and stroll vibrant historic districts. From the 1700s to the Civil War and coal mining, this trail’s legends are complex and fascinating.

From start to finish, You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience and appreciate how history and the arts come together as you visit crafts communities, artist studios and unique shops along the way.

Find the best of Tennessee on the Rocky Top: Smoky Peaks to Crafts & Creeks Trail.