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4 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Sevierville

In Sevierville, Tennessee, the number of things to do on a family getaway keeps rising: summer baseball, national park hiking, white-river rafting, amusement parks. The area gets high marks year in and year out for its family attractions and activities. Its location near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park also keeps families returning because of the sheer number of things to do in and around the park. But there are some things you can do in Sevierville that are impossible to do anywhere else. Here are four things you probably didn’t know you could on a family vacation in Sevierville.

  • 1. Take a picture with hometown girl Dolly Parton. The country music star is from Sevierville, and visitors can get their picture taken with her—or, at least, her bronze figure. A statue of Dolly by local artist Jim Gray sits on the lawn in front of Sevierville's courthouse. Parton was on-hand when the statue was unveiled in 1987, and in the three decades since, thousands of fans have taken pictures with the Dolly statue while in Sevierville.
  • 2. Walk across the longest swinging bridge in the U.S. Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park is a zip-line and family outdoor adventure destination with more than 150 acres to explore by hike or rope swing. Foxfire is home to the Bridge to Prosperity, the county’s longest swinging bridge at 335 feet, stretching across Foxfire Gorge. Other activities at the park include an obstacle course, lawn games and a climbing wall.
  • 3. Attend the award-winning Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. Sevierville has a variety of events and festivals every year celebrating everything from cars to music to the holidays. But the Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival, once named the Southeast Tourism Society’s Festival of the Year, is one of the most popular annual events. It takes place every May in downtown Sevierville during the Smoky Mountain Springfest, and the event’s Barbeque Cook-Off is the official barbecue championship of the state of Tennessee. The event isn’t just family-friendly—it’s family-focused with a variety of activities for your littlest travelers.
  • 4. Shop specialty stores you can’t find anywhere. Sevierville is home to the Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center that brings in shoppers from all over the area, but Sevierville also has a number of specialty shops that can send you home with gifts for the family they might actually enjoy. The Apple Barn and Cider Mill, for example is a working apple and general store that sells everything from apple butter to apple candies and home decor items, and Tara Jean’s Ice Cream and Bakery is a family-owned eatery with specialty sweets that change daily.