Things to do in the areaWHAT TO DO while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains/Wears Valley/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Townsend area
Current Conditions & Alerts
Parking tag required effective March 1, 2023
Your vehicle has a valid, state-issued disabled placard or license plate.
Great Smoky Mountains
Foothills Parkway “Missing Link”
A 16 mile drive with multiple scenic overlooks starts in Wears Valley
- GSM Outfitters
outdoor gear and clothing store in Wears Valley
- GSM Outfitters Coffee Cafe
super coffees, teas, light snacks
- hiking advice!
Tips for our 4-footed guests
Smoky Mountain Grocery
“Do The Loop”
Enjoy the 8 Mile Loop Road
With Over 100 Artists & Craftsmen
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park.
Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to all vehicles on Wednesdays from May – September to provide for pedestrian and bicycle use. Exact 2023 dates TBA.
Smoky Mountain Horses
Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, are known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” and are the highest rated Cave or Cavern of the Eastern United States.
Mini Golf – so many in the area – this one is at least partially w/c accessible plus Mini-Bowling!
Crave Golf Club
Waterfalls in the Park
Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park.
Wears Valley Tour Flight!
* Next To Heaven Unguided
* Cades Cove Riding Stables
Accessible Travel Writer Candy Harrington
Fishing in the area