Feeling Great in Wears Valley!
Wears Valley, unincorporated, is situated between Pigeon Forge and Townsend, Tennessee. The valley is accessed via Highway 321. Wears Valley sits in a cove known as Wear Cove. A drive through the valley is always a delight any time of year. The valley is adjacent to and provides access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park via Lyon Springs Road. The elevation of the valley is 1,454 feet above sea level with the highest nearby peak rising to 4,078.
The valley affords many opportunities to enjoy your time in the mountains. There are numerous unique shops and restaurants like Elvira’s Cafe. Everything from hiking gear at Great Smoky Mountain Outfitters to antiques can be found just around the corner. You’ll also find plenty of cabin rentals in the Valley for lodging during your mountain vacation. There’s even Smoky Mountain Grocery in the valley that delivers right to your cabin!
The scenic beauty of the cove is a draw to motorcycle and automobile enthusiasts from all over the country. A fun hangout for bikers is Friendly Falls; they have tasty burgers and you can even have your wedding there by the waterfall. Access to the popular Metcalf Bottoms picnic area in the National Park invites families and fisherman for a great day in the Great Smoky Mountains.
“We just love cruising through the valley with the top down,” says one happy motorist, “this place is amazing especially when the leaves are changing in the fall!”
Rich in cultural history, the valley was settled by Europeans in the late 1700’s by Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Wear. Wear built a fort at the entrance of the cove in what is now Pigeon Forge to protect the residents from Cherokee reprisals for occupying their lands.
For more information, contact the Wears Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 865-296-4779.