Rocky Top Trail
Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, explore an underground world, take a wildflower hike and see first hand why this magical landscape draws nature-lovers from around the globe — from serious adventurers to shutterbugs and picnickers.
Gatlinburg / Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcome Center
Stop here for great information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
1011 Banner Rd
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
The five galleries of this nationally recognized center for contemporary arts and crafts are popular stops for tourists and collectors alike. Check out the center's class schedule and return to hone your skills with the staff and artists in residence.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Get up close and personal with a shark and a giant sea turtle, or watch the penguins play at America's No. 1 aquarium, featuring a 1.4 million-gallon, world-class saltwater aquarium filled with more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
88 River Rd
Said to be Tennessee's oldest pancake house, they've been serving pancakes and other favorites for more than 50 years. Considered a Gatlinburg tradition, if you plan to have breakfast here, make your way early, or expect a short wait.
"Rocky Top," the trail's namesake song, was written in 1967 by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in this 1930s-era inn. The inn also appears in the movie, "A Walk in the Spring Rain," (1970) starring Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn and Fritz Weaver. Visitors are welcome in the lobby; stop in and view memorabilia. Open April-Oct.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Slow down and cruise this 6-mile, one-way driving journey through the forest to enjoy the historic buildings and scenic beauty of the area. This drive offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well preserved log cabins, grist mills and other historic buildings. Along the way is the trailhead for the popular Grotto Falls and a "wet weather"" waterfall called Place of a Thousand Drips. Closed in winter. Buses, trailers & motor homes not permitted on trail.
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery - Gatlinburg
Visit Tennessee's first legal moonshine distillery to sample and buy authentic spirits, created from recipes over 200 years old. Learn about the area's moonshine history and try the original mountain moonshine mixture, made with local corn. See why this fascinating stop was featured on The Today Show.
Visitors enjoy bits of Gatlinburg"™s rich and abundant history along with a carefully chosen selection of fine wines made on site. Free samples of all their ward-winning wines are offered daily to all those 21 years and older.
If you're planning for outdoor adventure on the Rocky Top Trail, this is the place for gear. Designed by the team responsible for Bass Pro Shops, this LEED certified outfitter features a large selection of camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing supplies. There's so much to see here that the shop offers guided tours.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Even if you don't hike or camp in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, drive two miles into the park to this stop. Watch the free 20-minute film for an overview of this 800-square-mile national park and American treasure; pick up a park map; have your questions answered by a ranger; purchase books and guides to the park. Behind the center is a short and easy nature walk to the smallest waterfall in the Smokies, Cataract Falls. This entrance to the park is one of the most popular, leading to favorite attractions like Cades Cove, Newfound Gap and the road to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park.
Salt & Pepper Museum
What's a road trip without an unusual collection or two? Check out this museum in Winery Square to see more than 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers from all over the world; you'll also view the world's largest pepper mill collection. Admission charged.
461 Brookside Village Way
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail
This 8-mile loop is more than an arts district; it's a window into an Appalachian artist's way of life. See craftsmen and artisans at work in the 120 shops and studio spaces that dot this drive. From copper, gold and Lucite to leather, painting and pottery, this area features compelling work in a true artistic community. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs, gifts and mementos. A brochure of all the artists is available at points 1 and 4.
461 Brookside Village Way
Elegance and period charm mix with grand views of the Smokies at this classic 1938 inn. Stop here to experience one of the largest meditation labyrinths in the U.S., open to people of all faiths and creeds from sunrise to sunset. Evening dining open to public.
In spring, this area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its wildflowers. The drive from here to the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead provides good wildflower viewing from your car, while the Porters Creek Trail makes a good wildflower walk. Picnic area & trout fishing available year-round; limited park access.
Emerts Cove Covered Bridge
This covered bridge is dedicated to the area's first family of settlers. Frederick Emert was a Revolutionary War soldier who found this haven in 1784, calling it Emerts Cove. Travel another .5 mile to visit the cemetery, where he is buried.
Pittman Center Heritage Museum
Located in the new elementary school, this museum tells the town's cultural heritage. Open only during school hours, the view from the parking area alone is worth the trip.
2851 Webb Creek Road
Foothills Parkway (East)
This is the state's oldest unfinished highway project, dating back to 1944. If completed, its 71 miles would run parallel to Tennessee's boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy beautiful mountain views to the south and the valley to the north.
Holloway's Country Home
Representing centuries of rural tradition, shop here for original and vintage quilts, or pick up a kit and supplies.
3892 Cosby Hwy
Carver's Orchard & Applehouse Restaurant
This 60-year-old roadside wonder overlooks 40,000 apple trees. Locals and travelers return often for a country breakfast or catfish dinner, served with crispy apple fritters, apple butter and apple cider. Browse the farmers market for many seasonal favorites, and find an Appalachian treasure at the gift shop.
3460 Cosby Hwy
Briarwood Auto Safari
Drive your car or ride the wagon on this 4-mile safari; see animals from around the world.
255 Briar Thicket Road
The state's second-oldest town is charming and well preserved, with a downtown National Historic District that has boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.
Head underground to view sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, grottos and a crystal clear stream. Special lighting effects, a stereophonic sound presentation and knowledgeable tour guides make this one of Tennessee's best cavern experiences.
Clint's BBQ and Country Cooking
This Sevierville roadside favorite features down-home hospitality, good country cooking and live musical enter tainment from proprietor Clint Carney and other special guests. You'll even find a train set to keep little ones busy.
2334 Newport Hwy
Built in 1896, the Sevier County Courthouse is the centerpiece of downtown. At a cost of $21,042, this is the fifth one built within 100 years after the others burned at various times. Prominent African American brick mason, Isaac Dockery, was instrumental in the city's post Civil War construction boom and was hired to complete the brick work for the courthouse. Walk to other highlights in downtown including D Garden Floratique housed in historic Sevierville Hardware building, and a photo opportunity at, the bronze statue of hometown girl Dolly Parton.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Built in 1921, this six-room farmhouse, known as the Roger Mullendore House, is now a restaurant, well liked for its charm and home cookin'. In the parlor, look for woodwork by craftsman Lewis Buckner. The site is a working apple orchard, and also features a general store and cider mill (housed in the original barn) and winery. Restaurant 250 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-428-1222 The Apple Barn & Cider Mill 230 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-453-9319 The Apple Barn Winery 220 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-428-6850
220 Apple Valley Road
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge
Tour 20 galleries filled with authentic artifacts carried from the infamous ship by passengers and crew as it sank into the ocean in 1912. Learn their stories at the world's largest permanent Titanic exhibit.
Incredible Christmas Place
It's Christmas all year long at the South's largest Christmas shopping village. Be amazed by over 60 designer Christmas Trees, hundreds of unique and personalized ornaments, décor and other festive treats. Across the street, stroll inside the Inn at Christmas Place, a rising four-star hotel with holiday sights and sounds year-round. Inn at Christmas Place: 865-868-0525
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Experience human flight in this vertical wind tunnel. Pigeon Forge is one of only a handful of cities in the U.S. where you can enjoy the thrill of skydiving without jumping from a plane. Don't miss your chance!
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
See why they call this "the most fun place to eat in the Smokies." Enjoy a four-course feast with your fingers while watching thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects and some friendly North/South competition. Drop by throughout the day and enjoy a free, leisurely stroll alongside their open-air stables to sneak a peek at the magnificent horses. Reservations suggested.
The Old Mill
This 1830s structure is one of the most photographed mills in the country, and it still grinds the flour and meal used every day in the Old Mill Restaurant and Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille. Pick up a bag of either at the Old Mill General Store and stroll the shops on the Old Mill Square for area crafts and goodies, including Pigeon River Pottery, first started in 1945 using local clays for their art. This is also a great place to park and take the trolley to Dollywood. 175 Old Mill Ave. Pigeon Forge: 865-428-0771 Old Mill & General Store: 865-453-4628 Old Mill Restaurant: 865-429-3463 Pottery House Café & Grille: 865-453-6002 Pigeon River Pottery: 865-453-1104
Open early spring to Dec., Dollywood features amusement-style thrill rides and celebrates the Appalachian culture and heritage that surround it with craft demonstrations and festivals. And of course, it's only fitting that Dollywood provides live music and entertainment, drawing visitors from around the world, and you can still take a look at the locomotive that inspired it all. See calendar at Dollywood.com.
1198 McCarter Hollow Rd
Smoky Mountain Knife Works & National Knife Museum
Over a million people visit the "world's largest knife showplace" every year. This place has blades for gourmet cooking, adventure camping, and game hunting to replicas of movie knives and historical weapons.
Historic Ramsey House
This 1797 home was built by Thomas Hope for Colonel Francis A. Ramsey, one of the founders of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. His son, William B.A. Ramsey, was the first elected mayor of Knoxville. Visit over 100 acres, including a visitor center, gift shop, museum exhibits, picnic areas and heirloom gardens for strolling. Bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds, and don't miss your chance to tour a home that's over 200 years old.
View the historic home of Tennessee Governor John Sevier (1745-1815), a true American frontiersman, soldier, and politician. Many Revolutionary War re-enactments take place on this site as well, and it's a great place for a picnic. Open Wed.-Sun.
1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Hwy
This is one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions that protected Knoxville during the Civil War and is said to have the best preserved earthworks. From here, get a great view of the whole city, the high ridges beyond Fountain City and the Great Smoky foothills.
3000 Ft. Dickerson Rd.
Ijams Nature Center
This 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center is one of Knoxville's jewels with forests, streams, caves and wetlands preserved and protected for all to enjoy. There are 10 miles of hikerfriendly trails, including a boardwalk along the Tennessee River. The visitor center showcases nature exhibits, past and present, of the area. Mead's Quarry and Ross Marble Natural Area also open to mountain bikers.
Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
Learn about the region's outdoor opportunities at this recreational hub. Rent a bike, a boat or a standup paddleboard from River Sports Outfitters while shopping for premier outdoor brand gear and equipment.
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Stop in to shoot some hoops at the only facility of its kind in the world dedicated to women's basketball. This is a great stop for visitors of all ages, featuring an excellent collection of multimedia presentations, artifacts and hands-on experiences.
700 Hall of Fame Dr.
James White Fort
Revolutionary War veteran James White was given a land grant of 1,000 acres for his service; he built his two-story log house on the present site of Knoxville in 1786. Today, this re-creation of his homestead is the city's most visited historic site, containing some of the original logs, pioneer artifacts and furnishings. See how people lived during the pioneer era through tours and hands-on interpretations of open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing and spinning.
East Tennessee History Center
See the first rifle of Davy Crockett, America's frontier hero and Tennessee's native son. Walk along a re-creation of the city's early 1900 street corner and climb aboard Streetcar No. 416. Stroll through the signature exhibit, "'Voices of the Land: the People of East Tennessee," interpreting history and culture of the region's 35 counties over the last 250 years.
Art Market Gallery
This cooperative of local East Tennessee artists provides a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. Over 60 artists and craftspeople are represented here; works range from traditional to contemporary. Pick up a true East Tennessee original.
Mast General Store
As you walk along this main thoroughfare, enjoy some of the city's greatest assets and icons: Mast General Store, home to over 500 old-fashioned, hard-to-find candies. Art Market Gallery, an East Tennessee artist cooperative. Downtown Grill & Brewery, the city's first modern brewpub. East Tennessee History Center, where the signature exhibit explores 250 years of East Tennessee's culture from Native Americans and the Civil War to civil rights and country music. The 1928 Tennessee Theatre (Tennessee's Official State Theatre) and the 1909 Bijou Theatre. Tours by advance reservations.
Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour
Learn all about the city's attractions here. This spot serves as a platform for all that is unique about Knoxville —gifts, music & food. Catch WDVX's live Blue Plate Special broadcast, free to all visitors. The acclaimed radio show has a worldwide fan base and has drawn an astonishing array of musicians, from local unknowns to major stars like banjo wizard Bela Fleck and Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to play for the casual lunchtime crowd.
Arts & Culture Alliance
This renovated space is Knoxville's first true arts center. It functions as the hub of the city's growing arts district in the 100 block, an area fully renovated in 2010 through a beautification project. Stroll the collection of gallery and studio spaces to see works by local artists as well as artists at work.
This district is a vibrant evolution of what was known as "The Bowery" around 1900: a bawdy neighborhood of saloons, pool halls, houses of ill repute and gambling dens. Later it became known as "The Bottom" and was settled by early Greek immigrants, segregated African-Americans, and bootleggers. Revitalization in the 1980s turned it into a unique historic district with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, clubs and Knoxville's first winery, Blue Slip Winery.
Central St. and Jackson Ave.
Knoxville Museum of Art
Get your fill of awe-inspiring works of contemporary 20th- and 21st-century art in four galleries dedicated to design, emerging artists, a wonderful permanent collection and thematic group exhibitions. Admission is free, and you'll find live music almost every Friday night. Walk next door for a sweet snack at the Candy Factory, home to some of the South's finest chocolates with a history dating to 1917. Knoxville Museum of Art 1050 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville Candy Factory 1060 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville 865-522-2049
Frank H. McClung Museum - University of Tennessee
This acclaimed museum is a great place to learn about East Tennessee and the world around us. Established in the 1960s, its exhibits focus on anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, and natural and local history, including the Battle of Fort Sanders. Experience all the site has to offer, and don't miss the museum shop for unique items and books for kids and adults.
University of Tennessee Gardens
Take a peaceful stroll along the trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants in this beautiful garden, a part of UT's Institute of Agriculture. Plant sales, a weekend farmers market and educational programs make this a great yearround destination. Next door is the UT College of Veterinary Medicine's War Dog Memorial, commemorating canines that lost their lives in the line of duty.
Corner of Neyland Dr. & Jacob Dr.,
Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
Also known as the Armstrong- Lockett House, this 1834 home was once the centerpiece of a 600-acre farm. Today, it displays decorative arts from the 17th and 18th centuries, including 1832 French wallpaper intended for President Andrew Jackson's Nashville home, valued at $500,000. The superstitious Jacksons never hung it because it had been rescued from a burning barge. Stroll the grounds among the site's five magnificent fountains, nine beautiful terraces and formal Italian gardens.
Visit this museum, located in the Farragut Town Hall, for a treasure trove of photographs and artifacts that tell the story of the town and surrounding community, including items from the Battle of Campbell's Station and other events during the Civil War. Outside the museum, see the statue of Admiral Farragut, America's first U.S. Navy admiral and famous for the command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Open Mon.-Fri.
Loudon County Visitor's Bureau
The intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 11 is known as Dixie Lee Junction. From the advent of automobile travel in the late 1920s until the Interstate System arrived in the 1960s, these were major cross-country routes, and this community developed as a "last chance" stopover for tourists traveling south from Knoxville.
1075 N. Hwy 321
Fort Loudon Marina / Scenic Overlook
Located in Lenoir City Park, this marina on Fort Loudoun Lake is a great place to experience lake life. Catch great views from the dam, or take a seat at local favorite Calhoun's dockside restaurant and experience some of the finest BBQ ribs around. You can even reserve a pontoon boat to do some exploring just remember to place your Calhoun's order to go.
5200 City Park Dr.
Fort Loudon Marina
Lenoir City Museum
To the left of the Civil War marker is this Victorian cottage building from 1890 in the heart of Lenoir City. Make a stop and discover relics and documents from early 19th-century settlers. After you've taken your trip into history, sit down to a home-cooked meal at Good Eats Café & Bakery across the street. Museum open Thurs.-Sat.
Lenoir City Museum 110 Depot St.
Tennessee Valley Winery
Perched on a bluff overlooking Loudon County, this winery offers more than awardwinning wines; you'll find music most weekends during the summer and a lively festival in October. Stop in for a tasting and stock up on your favorites —- wines sold here are made from grapes grown here. It's a true taste of Tennessee.
Historic Downtown Loudon
Explore this charming county seat, starting at the 1872 Colonial Revival -style Loudon County Courthouse.
101 Mulberry St.
Loudon, TN 37774
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
This reconstruction offers a glimpse into 18th-century life in a British fort in the Cherokee Nation. The original fort was used from 1756-1760 by the Independent Company of South Carolina. The compelling history of the fort and surrounding area is told through living history programs throughout the year; the 18th Century Trade Faire is just one of these spectacular events. The park surrounding the fort offers a beach for swimming, walking trails and a covered picnic pavilion. Visitor center open daily, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; fort open daylight-dark.
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this stop is your chance to learn the story of Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee writing system. Learn about the fascinating history of the Overhill Cherokees, their family life, customs, beliefs, and the sadness of the Trail of Tears. Visit the Cherokee Memorial, also at this site, a common burial site for Cherokee remains that were recovered during archeological studies of the Little Tennessee River prior to the creation of Tellico Lake. Open Mon.-Sat., 9a.m.-5p.m.; Sun., noon-5p.m.
Explore Broadway Avenue, tracing the ridgeline path of a major Cherokee trade route. Stop to admire the music-themed mural after you enjoy great casual fare at Sullivan's Downtown, located in a renovated department store; catch some caffeine at Capitol Coffee and explore the historic Capitol Theatre or the 1934 Palace Theatre for music and shows. Sullivan's Downtown 121 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville 865-681-3334 Capitol Coffee & Theatre 127 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville 865-980-1966
113 W. Broadway Ave.
Sam Houston Schoolhouse
This schoolhouse museum, built in 1794, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Tennessee historic site. At the age of 18, Sam Houston taught school in what is now a museum displaying artifacts and teaching tools used by Houston and other area educators.
Foothills Parkway (West)
Take a scenic detour to experience unparalleled views of the Smokies and valley and ridge from the western section of Chilhowee Mountain. You'll find many scenic pull-offs along the way. About 10 miles into your drive, visit the observation tower at Look Rock, the section's highest point. At the end of the parkway, turn left on Hwy 129 to find yourself on the Tail of the Dragon, a favorite stretch for motorcycle and sports car drivers with 318 curves in just 11 miles, leading across Deals Gap into North Carolina.
Dancing Bear Lodge & Restaurant
Looking for a fine dining option? The Appalachian Bistro uses the best ingredients from the area for a tasteful and sophisticated experience with mountain tradition in mind. The lodging here is cozy and luxurious, providing premier accommodations in Smoky Mountain style. Dinner only, Wed.-Sun.; reservations recommended.
133 Apple Valley Way
Discover some of the best history lessons and stunning natural beauty at the "Greatest Sight Under the Smokies." Take a guided tour of these 20- to 30-million-year-old caverns to learn about caves, their animal residents, cave onyx, rock formations and more; you'll never forget gazing in wonder at the "Big Room," which is more than 400 feet long, 300 feet across, and 150 feet deep. Open mid-March-mid-Nov.
825 Cavern Rd.
Little River Railroad Museum
Learn about the historic logging and railroad industries that cleared more than 77,000 acres of what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park between 1901 and 1939. See interpretive exhibits and the restored Shay Engine No. 2417, the last train that ran for Little River Railroad Company.
7747 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Little River Outfitters
This familyowned fly shop and school has become a landmark in the fly fishing world and serves anglers who visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park to fish in its 800 miles of wild trout streams. Free fly tying demos most Sat., Nov.-Feb.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Discover Appalachian history and the culture of the people who lived in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about Native American and pioneer life, see an original, once-operational underground moonshine still, saw mill and a "set-off house," a one-room temporary home used by loggers on their jobs. This is also the meeting place for the Cades Cove Heritage Tour, and tickets can be bought inside.
This beautiful valley is one of the most popular destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's a great place to watch wildlife or explore history, with more historic buildings than any area of the national park including houses, barns and a working grist mill. At the cove entrance, you'll find camping and picnicking opportunities along a mountain stream. Take the 11-mile, one-way loop around the cove to visit the historic structures, take a nature walk or hike, rent a horse for a trail ride, or simply take in the spectacular views. Allow a few hours to experience the area; you'll find a visitors center with restrooms about half way around the loop. Cade Cove's moderately strenuous Anthony Creek Trail leads to Rocky Top atop Thunderhead Mountain.