5 BEST Small Towns in the Smoky Mountains

Wears Valley TN

One of the best cities near Pigeon Forge TN, Wears Valley is a short drive down US-231. The farming community serves as another entry point to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s surrounded by mountains on all sides, giving it a dramatic backdrop any time of year.

Cosby TN

Just a short drive from Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, Cosby TN is the perfect place to enjoying sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, or other outdoor activities.

Townsend TN

Townsend Tennessee and the surrounding Blount County area are a great quiet alternative to the busier Great Smoky Mountains National Park entry points. 

Cherokee NC

Cherokee is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and offers a look at the history of the tribal community at the Oconaluftee Indian Village.

Maryville TN

For beautiful walks through colorful landscapes and peacefully meandering waterways, Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects Alcoa’s Claytons Disc Golf Course and Springbrook Park with Maryville’s Bicentennial Greenbelt Park and Pearson Springs Park. 

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