The Smokies’ latest and greatest.
The list of great reasons to visit Sevierville, Tennessee, is already jam-packed—and it keeps growing with even more excitement! Here’s a peek at some of the newest developments underway in Dolly Parton’s hometown.
Buc-ee’s —a Texas-based roadside stop known for its extensive gas pumps, clean bathrooms, variety of snacks, and clever billboards— has built a new location that ranks as one of the world’s largest convenience stores! The flagship Buc-ee’s Family Travel Center sprawls 74,000 square feet and anchors a 200-acre development planned for Exit 407 off I-40, one of the nation’s most traveled roads. The new Sevierville Buc-ee’s boasts 120 fuel pumps (as well as several EV stations), a 250-foot car wash, and lots of Buc-ee’s staples including Texas barbecue, homemade fudge, and Beaver Nuggets. It occupies land owned by Kituwah, LLC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who are also looking into developing shops, restaurants, a world-class golf attraction, go-cart facility, and distillery experience at what’s dubbed “The 407: Gateway to Adventure.”
“The Edge” is a new first-of-its-kind dueling water coaster at Soaky Mountain Waterpark. As long as two football fields and perched on the edge of the waterpark, it boasts double tubes that propel riders down a three-story drop into a surprising sequence of up and down blasts through a kaleidoscope of colors, including AquaLucent stripes that give riders a sense of sci-fi speed. “When riders shoot out of their tube, they will see not one but two imposing Boomerango walls ahead of them before dropping to the base of the wall, feeling extreme Gs,” says Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark. “As the momentum takes the riders up the parallel walls, they will be able to see their competitors and feel a sense of weightlessness before sliding back down. As a finishing touch, the riders will go over a zero-G hump to end the ride. The finish line is stacked with lights and effects to indicate who went over ‘The Edge.’” In addition to the new water coaster, the waterpark has expanded decking for 1,000 new seating options plus adding multiple large umbrellas for more shaded areas around the park.
From splashing in the waterpark waves to diving into an immersive cinematic experience, Xperia: Ocean Journey takes guests on a voyage through the sea with life-sized humpback whales, fighting Humboldt squid and playful sea otters.The recently opened attraction is located at Tanger Outlets Sevierville and is the first of its kind in the Smokies.
SkyLand Ranch aims to be a first-of-its-kind entertainment venue. Located on a 100-acre farm, the new Sevierville attraction offers visitors the chance to ride a thrilling mile-long mountain roller coaster then enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to the mountaintop for opportunities to amble along the treetop canopy walk (called Legacy Lookout), meet and snuggle miniature animals (including cows and donkeys), shop the boutique shops, enjoy live entertainment, have a great meal and more.
Just down the road, Iron Forge Brewing Co.’s award-winning head brewmaster Herus Shultz offers a rotating menu of 30 house brewed beers and a hearty menu of American cuisine. The restaurant’s ample dining room and patio overlook the LIttle Pigeon River with mountain views, creating a peaceful experience.
In the mood for seafood? Pinchy’s Lobster & Beer Co. serves up New England Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, and decadent Lobster Bisque alongside locally sourced beers. Sit indoors or bring your pup for the dog-friendly patio seating at this trendy downtown Sevierville eatery. The large patio also features cozy fire pits, cornhole boards and a stage area for live music on weekends.
Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ,
owned and operated by the same team behind
(and located just steps away from that restaurant in historic downtown Sevierville),
has added a new flavor to downtown Sevierville. Chef David Rule aims to create a barbecue restaurant unlike
any other in the region, where all the pigs are born, raised, slaughtered, sourced,
and prepared within Sevier County. “It’s an opportunity to really define East Tennessee
barbecue,” says owner Austin Williams. Local ingredients like sorghum will be featured
in menu items from barbecue sauce to sides.
…Can’t find something you crave? Ask the staff for help and they’ll try to help source it for you.
Nights are getting livelier in downtown Sevierville with the addition of The Pines Downtown, a new entertainment venue featuring duckpin bowling, snookball, foosball and more. A top notch cocktail menu and elevated pub food make it a great place to hang out with friends and family - and photos in front of the Dolly Parton mural painted inside The Pines are even more special when you know that the building was also the original Pines Theater where Dolly played her first paying gig at the age of 10.
The public art scene in historic downtown Sevierville is expanding. Of course, the bronze statue of Dolly Parton is sure to remain the city’s most iconic photo op, but two new sculptures have joined that famous feature. The Tracks of Time was made by a local metalworker using railroad tracks from The Old Slow & Easy railroad that once ran along Bruce Street. A second sculpture by regional artist Mary Ruden depicts Bertie the Bird Dog who delivered his owner’s business deposit to the bank every day by himself and returned with the deposit slip held safely in a money pouch between his teeth.
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