10 Most Beautiful Small Towns In The Tennessee Mountains – TheTravel

10s, 10s, 10s across the boards for these charming mountain towns in Tennessee.
Tennessee volunteers itself as a great recreational destination, as it should be, because it has the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited in the United States. The Volunteer State hosts varied attractions like the adrenaline-packed Dollywood, the majestic Parthenon in the capital Nashville, museums, scenic byways, and historical landmarks, among others.
However, those who want to experience raw beauty should visit the state's charming mountain towns, where the breeze is not just fresh but energizing. The said towns are the best hangout spots for lovers of the outdoors and those who want to be close to Mother Nature. So charming are these destinations that tourists would want to become locals.
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Pigeon Forge is probably the most famous mountain town in Tennessee because of its proximity to the Great Smokies and for being the home of Dollywood. Country music fans and culture buffs will enjoy spending a vacation in this town because, aside from the previously mentioned attractions, it also has musical theaters and museums. Amusement rides and sightseeing are favorite activities in town, but outdoor lovers are in for a treat, too, thanks to the biking paths, hiking trails, and rafting. Pigeon Forge will take tourists to cloud nine.
Gatlinburg follows Pigeon Forge as one of the best vacation towns in Tennessee, thanks to its location on the border of the Great Smokies. In this destination, the mountain calls travelers to explore further. There's the SkyLift that will take them to the top of Crockett Mountain, where they can cross the country's longest footbridge. Hikers can conquer the trails of Charlies' Bunion, while winter adventurers can take on the hills of the skiing destination Ober Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg got talent, indeed.
Being a border town of the Great Smokies, Wears Valley is an adept host to those eager to explore where the wild things are. The national park is the main attraction, so hikers, horseback riders, and other outdoor lovers can consider booking accommodation in town. Wears Valley offers wonderful views of the mountain, especially during fall when the scenery turns from green to red, yellow, and orange. Though a small town, only 3 miles wide and 5 miles long, Wears Valley knows how to wow.
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The scenery is exciting in the census-designated place of Walland. Not only is this destination located in the foothills of the Great Smokies, but it’s also hugged by the mountains of Chilhowee, Hurricane, and Bates. With such wonders, outdoor lovers will experience zen in Walland. Dubbed the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” this Tennessee charmer’s most famous spot is Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort where family fun is guaranteed. The town also has antique shops but what takes the cake is the endless trails for nature buffs.
Also dubbed the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” Townsend is a refuge for those who want to be one with nature. It is near the entrance of the park but has fewer crowds, perfect for those who want to stay away from them. The town is home to many natural attractions like Cades Cove, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Clingmans Dome, and Clingmans Dome, so there’s something for all types of travelers. Townsend sends anyone on a satisfying outdoor journey, be it mellow or action-packed.
Though small, Cosby is known as the “Moonshine Capital of the World” when the said beverage was once a thriving industry in town. Aside from the national park, the community also offers other outdoor adventures for travelers who want to keep their legs busy. Hikers can take the trail that will lead them to Mount Cammerer's lookout tower, while casual travelers can join a llama trek. Those who want to take a dip can hike to Midnight Hole from the town, while Cosby Campground awaits those raring to explore the area for more than a day. Cosby is indeed charming.
Pittman Center prides itself as a “community dedicated to preserving our mountain heritage,” evident in the town’s attractions. After all, it’s located in the Great Smokies, where mountain life is at its best. The historic landscape of the town is well-preserved, something to entice lovers of the past who want to step back in time, all the while having a fun day with Mother Nature. The activities in this charming destination include hiking, fishing, birdwatching, wildlife watching, and sightseeing. There’s something for everyone in Pittman Center.
North of Maryville is the Great Smokies, while it has Chilhowee Mountain to the south, making the breeze in the town not just inviting but inspiring. The main street in the downtown area is the best introduction to the area's charm before tourists head to any of its parks. The parks are perfect for picnics and quick strolls, like Maryville Alcoa Greenway, Pearson Springs, Sandy Springs, Bicentennial Greenbelt, and Jarvis. Parks and recreation, while a show for some, is a lifestyle in Maryville.
Not more than 800 souls (as of 2020) are living in Tellico Plains, so the town is always eager to welcome those curious enough to visit the charming community. Located by the Tellico River, the town is a gateway to the lush Cherokee National Forest and the scenic Cherohala Skyway. It has stunning views of the Smokies, so even those sightseeing in the streets and shopping will have a beautiful panorama at their disposal. From the falls and rivers to the eateries and shops, Tellico Plains aims to impress.
Those who want their heart pounding should visit Hartford, where adrenaline-filled moments are always guaranteed. Situated in a valley along the Pigeon River, rafting is a favorite recreational activity in town. Conquering rapids in this charming destination is not just action-packed but scenic because it's surrounded by mountains: Cammerer, Green, Stone, and Snowbird. With that, it’s possible that while rafters are shouting, they are lulled by the area’s beauty. Only in Hartford that such a blissful experience can be had.
Bryan Reyes enjoys hiking and nature trips. He also loves attending arts and cultural festivities. This writer wants to experience things that enrich the soul.


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