No matter how many times you’ve been to the Smokies – there’s always more to discover. Recently, Smithsonian Magazine named Sevierville one of its 20 Small Towns to Visit in 2015 – particularly because of some lesser known attractions that deliver big on vacation fun. From the Relic Room to a spiral mountain biking trail, here are 7 places you’ve probably never visited in the Smokies and the reasons why you should see them…now!
Historic Downtown Sevierville:
A recent addition to Tennessee’s Main Street program, historic downtown Sevierville was founded in 1795, is graced by
an 1896 Beaux Arts style courthouse, and offers up quaint shops and restaurants (including a design-your-own-donut shop
and an award-winning quilt shop). Did we mention the Dolly Parton statue is there?
The Relic Room at Smoky Mountain Knifeworks:
Located in the heart of Sevierville’s popular Smoky Mountain Knife Works, the Relic Room is easy to walk through without
taking the time to look. But look you should! From vintage aviator sunglasses to ancient pottery – and even a few silly
things thrown in (like casts of Bigfoot foot prints) this is definitely a fun place to shop.
One of the area’s oldest attractions, Forbidden Cavern’s hour-long guided tour points out natural wonders such as a wall
of rare white cave onyx. This spectacular cave once served as a refuge for Eastern Woodland Indians and a hideout for
Thunder Road Distillery:
This hip distillery revels in rebel spirit and celebrates the legendary Thunder Road – a moonshiners run located not
far from Sevierville and immortalized by Robert Mitchum’s movie of the same name.
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation:
In the whole world, there are believed to be 12 airworthy WWII era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. Two are located at the
Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville. This warbird focused museum is also home to the Doolittle Medal of
Honor (awarded to James Doolittle for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo during WWII),
as well as a host of other 20th century aircraft – some of which take to the skies in impromptu flights.
Foxfire Mountain Adventures:
Adventure grows wild on this farm. Fly through the Smoky Mountain foothills on the longest and highest zip lines east of
the Mississippi (The Goliath) or cross America’s longest swinging bridge to Prosperity Mountain before hanging your
wishes in a covered bridge to blow in the wind. Or, just hang out with farm puppies on the porch while enjoying homemade
ice cream churned up by a Rube Goldberg machine right there in the front yard.
Climbworks Mountain Biking Trail:
The two-mile trail can be as technical or as easy as you’d like depending on your level of mountain biking experience. The
stand out feature here is known as “The Curliest” – a wooden corkscrew in the heart of the Smokies, they say its pleasing
to the eyes as well as the wheels. Not planning to bring a bike? No problem. Bike rentals are available.