A Peaceful Escape For Those Looking For Anything But Ordinary
With the majestic Smoky Mountains in their backyard providing ample outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as a rich history dating back thousands of years, the residents of Blount County have created a destination hot-spot that provides visitors with first-hand cultural tourism experiences, thrilling outdoor adventures and peaceful mountain escapes are all located in one East Tennessee community. This popular vacation destination has become one of the area’s most visited locations without losing its charm, making it a great place to live and visit.
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blount County has embraced its rich Native American and Appalachian culture, heritage and traditions. The county is a Preserve America Community, and it regularly celebrates its heritage with festivals and events designed to share its culture and educate people on many traditional crafts and skills. Numerous attractions in the area share the area’s history, including a historic bike trail that meanders through Townsend showcasing some of the community’s sites; the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, which shows how the area has evolved from 5,000 B.C. to 1930 – through Native American inhabitants to European settlers; the Sam Houston Schoolhouse, a 1794 school named for the soldier, statesman, and pioneer from East Tennessee; and the Little River Railroad Museum, which depicts the area’s logging and railroad history; to name a few.
Cades Cove, the most visited spot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is located here. Described as an open-air museum, it is 1,800 acres of wide-open space nestled along the base of the Appalachian Mountains. The Cove’s rolling hills, meandering streams and generous selection of plants and wildlife, as well as a handful of structures remaining from its first settlers in 1819, allow visitors see what life was like in the Smokies during the 19th and early 20th centuries on a short drive, hikes or even on bicycle.
With the Smoky Mountains in its back yard, Blount County’s outdoor recreation opportunities are unmatched. The year-round outdoor opportunities range from hiking in the national park to fly fishing in a mountain stream to motorcycle rides along the Foothills Parkway and even horseback riding along a mountain trail. With Tuckaleechee Caverns to explore, arts and crafts and antique stores to discover and award winning restaurants showcasing local cuisine at its finest, visitors will not be at a loss for things to do.
However, for those looking for a quiet escape, there are also cabins tucked away in the woods, romantic bed and breakfasts and unique lodges and inns that range from rustic to luxurious, unique to traditional.
For more information about Blount County, please visit www.SmokyMountains.org or call 800.525.6834.