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Outdoor adventure in Sevierville, the gateway to the Smokies

The perfect basecamp for exploring the mountains

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Created by Sevierville - September 13th 2017

The Great Smoky Mountains are a sprawling, stunning landscape covering nearly 300 miles. Located at the edge of the region is Sevierville, a gateway to the Smokies. This town is full of adventure all its own and is the perfect way to scratch the surface of everything the region has to offer. From waterfalls and walking tours to subterranean wonderlands and epic ziplines, Sevierville offers endless excitement. Here's how to make Sevierville the perfect basecamp for an unforgettable Smoky Mountains trip.

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With world-class amenities, fun attractions for the whole family, friendly staff, and rates that won't break the bank, Wilderness At the Smokies is the perfect getaway resort, and some of the best of what Sevierville has to offer. It's also home to the Wild WaterDome Indoor Water Park, the largest indoor water park in Tennessee, as well as two outdoor seasonal waterparks. Take a swim in the wave pool, chill out in the hot tubs, or ride the many indoor water slides.

Sevierville Historic Walking Trail

The incredible Sevierville Historic Walking Trail offers a glimpse of the rich history of this unique town. Stop by the Dolly Parton statue, a Native American burial mound, and scores of historic homes and buildings that epitomize a homey, charming small town vibe. The Forks of the River Cemetery, town square, and Sevier County Courthouse are stunning gems you won’t want to miss. With a self-guided tour, you'll quickly discover how rich in history Sevierville really is.

Finally, a chance to live in the trees! Adventureworks Climb Zip Swing offers an incredible 2-hour treetop adventure where you can climb, zip, and swing your way through a variety of obstacles big and small. Adventureworks has courses for all ages. Some of the "easier" challenges on the "Climb Zip Swing" course have you swinging 15-20 feet from the ground, and the higher, more intense challenges put you on the ropes 30-40 feet up in the air. With a thorough safety training before you start your journey, you'll feel safe and secure up in the air. And, you're free to explore the course at your own pace. Due to its high popularity, be sure to schedule your outing ahead of time.

Sky High Air Tours

Offering views you quite literally can't get anywhere else, Sky High Air Tours takes you up into the sky in a refurbished 1927 "barnstormer" plane, offering 30+ minute flights you won't soon forget. The historic, open cockpit biplane adds a sense of romance and adventure to the tour. Feel the wind in your hair as you gaze down on one of America's most incredible landscapes. Your pilot, Marc, is both friendly and knowledgeable. When it comes to seeing the Smokies, this Sevierville classic is as good as it gets.


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For a more calming moment in nature, stop by the Harrisburg Covered Bridge. This bridge has stood here since the mid-1800s, when this was a main road for those traveling to and from the former town of Harrisburg. The first was washed away in an 1875 flood, and the current one was built shortly after as a replacement. Like many small towns, the development of major county roads that bypassed Harrisburg ultimately led to its demise as a major destination, but the bridge still stands strong over a century later. It's been fixed up twice, once in the 1950s and again in the 70s, and today, Sevier County actively maintains the historic structure. It's a rare example of an authentic timber truss bridge, and an incredibly scenic one at that.

Forbidden Caverns

Once used as a shelter for Indians during hunting trips, the Forbidden Caverns is now one of the most famous show caves in Tennessee. See stunning sparkling formations, natural chimneys, secluded grottos, and a crystal-clear spring-fed stream throughout your tour. Included in the 45-60 minute guided tour are a breathtaking light show and tons of fascinating historical information about the caves; you'll even get to learn about the moonshiners who brewed illegal hooch here during and after Prohibition.

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Whether you want to get a birds-eye view of the Smokies through a guided airplane tour, or explore below the mountains in a gorgeous cavern, there's outdoor beauty and adventure aplenty in Sevierville. Kick back and relax at a luxury resort, swing and climb through zipline adventures, or explore the unique mountain town on your own.


There’s no better place to start your Smoky Mountain adventure than Sevierville, TN where the fun truly begins. Let Sevierville be your guide to all the Smokies have to offer, from outdoor adventure and family entertainment to southern cooking, great places to stay and majestic mountain views.