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Sevierville, Tennessee has a whole lot to brag about! Here are just a few of our most noteworthy claims to fame.
Sevierville is Dolly Parton’s hometown! The most honored female country performer of all time, Dolly has been inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She has said that the bronze statue honoring her on the Sevier County Courthouse lawn ranks among her favorite recognitions.
Sevierville is Tennessee’s eighth oldest town, founded in 1795 and continuously incorporated since 1901. It’s named after John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. The Sevier County Courthouse was built in 1896 and in 1976 became the first courthouse in Tennessee to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sevierville is nestled near Great Smoky Mountains National Park , the #1 most popular national park in the U.S. Among its many highlights is Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the tallest point in Tennessee, the highest point along the Appalachian Trail, and the third-highest mountain east of the Mississippi River! Climb the observation tower to see up to 100 miles in any direction on clear days.
Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Refuge ranks as East Tennessee’s premier site for warm-season waterbirds. Located on the north end of Douglas Lake, it’s a very popular area for birdwatching, photography, and kayaking.
Sevierville’s Forbidden Caverns boasts the nation’s largest known wall of rare cave onyx. Guided tours pass spectacular formations, towering natural chimneys, grottos, and a stream.
The Harrisburg Covered Bridge located off Old State Highway 35 near U.S. 411 is 83 feet long and one of only four historic covered bridges in Tennessee.
The Tail of the Dragon is considered one of the world’s best and most challenging roads for motorcycles and sports cars. The two-lane, 11-mile stretch boasts 318 twists, turns, hairpins, and curlicues and has been featured in several movies including The Fugitive.
SkyLand Ranch, the area’s newest amusement and theme park, offers an array of fun things to do for all ages, including its ‘Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster,’ the longest of its kind in the U.S. at over 1.25 miles. Enjoy a 12-minute scenic ride in a single-person car powered by belts and gravity.
Sevierville is home to Tennessee’s largest waterpark resort, Wilderness at the Smokies. Its “Timber Rattler” ranks as the state’s largest waterslide. “Wild Vortex” is the only near-vertical translucent looping body waterslide in the Southeastern U.S. “Smokies Surf Rider” is the region’s only simulated body-surfing experience. “Cubs Climbing Den” is Eastern Tennessee’s largest climbing, playing, and interactive playhouse for youngsters.
The 50-acre Soaky Mountain Waterpark offers more than 19 attractions including “Avalaunch Watercoaster,” a first-of-its-kind, two-person tube ride with a drop-and-dive sensation, curved wave wall, and whitewater finish.
Skydive East Tennessee is the state’s No. 1 skydiving center. Whether you want to jump tandem or learn to skydive, their licensed professionals are ready to go.
Sevierville Golf Club has been named by Golf Advisor as one of the Top 10 courses in the state and one of the Top 50 courses nationwide. It features two award-winning 18-hole championship courses.
Tanger Outlets Sevierville ranks among the brand’s most popular locations and is Tennessee’s largest authentic outlet center. Over 100 stores sell designer clothing, shoes, accessories, and more at discount prices up to 70% off retail.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works , “the world’s largest knife showplace,” stocks every kind of knife and sharp edge imaginable, as well as some you never knew existed. The Relic Room on the ground level is the world’s only store with 3.4 billion years of history for sale.
Pepper Palace crafts more than 1,000 products at its Sevierville headquarters in small batches using all-natural ingredients, including the world’s hottest pepper. “The Planet’s Number One Hot Shop” produces award-winning products in several categories.
The Robert A. Tino Gallery showcases works by one of the most celebrated artists in the Southeast. Known for his paintings inspired by Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains near Sevierville, Robert A. Tino routinely offers new paintings, prints, notecards and more from his gallery in Sevierville.
Sevierville’s Sanctuary Treehouse Resort aims to be the world’s largest treehouse resort. Its first units opened in Fall 2022. When complete the unique resort will boast 130 treehouses of three different styles on its 40 acres!
Construction is underway on a new Bu-cee’s in Sevierville, part of a 200-acre development at Exit 407 off I-40. When complete, it will rank as the largest Bu-cee’s east of the Mississippi, the largest on the East Coast, the largest in the Southeast, the largest in Tennessee, and the second largest in the world!