Smokies—The life, history and beauty of Appalachian culture
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blount County brings together its rich Native American and Appalachian culture, heritage and traditions with outdoor adventures, award-winning cuisine and picturesque scenery to provide a year-round destination for visitors.
Whether you come for the lively festivals and events designed to showcase Appalachian heritage, to experience the great outdoors and explore the Smoky Mountains, for a peaceful escape in a rustic cabin or lodge, or for a romantic get-away in a luxurious bed and breakfast, Blount County has something for everyone.
Things to do on the peaceful side of the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The most visited spot in the Great Smoky Mountains Park: Cades Cove is an 1,800 acre open-air museum nestled along the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Blount County, Tenn. The cove's rolling hills, meandering streams and generous selection of plants and wildlife, as well as a handful of the structures remaining from its first settlement in 1819, lets visitors see what life was like in the Smokies during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Blount County is home to more than 20 hotels, seven bed and breakfasts, eight campgrounds, and hundreds of cabins and cottages for rent. Whether you're looking for a traditional hotel room or a quiet cabin with beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains, you'll find plenty of options to suit your taste and budget.
Fishing and Water Recreation
Row, row, row your boat through the middle of some extreme beauty. Come explore these scenic waters by angling for trout, bass, catfish and bluegills, or by canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or swimming. Nothing quenches your thirst for fun like Blount County.
Clayton Center for the Arts
The 136,000-square-foot facility is Blount County's hub for performing and visual arts. It features heritage collections, and local and regional performances in the theatre and dance. The Clayton Center is also a learning environment, with a music library and practice rooms, classrooms and art studios, rehearsal rooms for the band and chorus, dressing rooms, and offices for fine arts faculty.
After a long day of mountaintop adventure, you’ll need to refuel with a wide range of unique dining experiences. Whether it’s a five-star inn, a rustic lodge, or a small quaint diner, our homemade masterpieces and Southern delights offer you a delightful taste of Appalachia.
If you're looking for a unique view of the Smoky Mountains, climb on a horse and enjoy a relaxing tour of the mountain trails meandering through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Whether you're an experienced rider or just a beginner, exploring the mountains on horseback is always an adventure.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
To experience the history of the area, visitors can stop by the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. They will see firsthand how the area has evolved from 5,000 B.C. to 1930 - through Native American inhabitants and European settlers. The Heritage Center contains 11 historic outbuildings, two galleries featuring Native American and pioneer living, a Transportation Gallery displaying the evolution of the region's travel, a 100-seat auditorium, and a 500-seat covered outdoor amphitheater offering a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains.
The Tuckaleechee Caverns experience take visitors on a one-mile trip through the cool, damp cave, where they will file past formations jutting from the floor and ceiling that have been there for thousands of years. The rock and crystal formations are illuminated to create a fairyland atmosphere.
Antiques and Shopping
For those wanting a piece of Appalachia to take home, there are numerous unique shops scattered throughout Blount County. At the many local shops, visitors can find one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, fine pottery and paintings, timeless antiques, and handcrafted Appalachian instruments.
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