Just 15 minutes from Pigeon Forge going south is a community known for its quieter status and “less is more” approach to showcasing the Smoky Mountains. This community is Wears Valley (and one like it in Townsend further down that same road) and while it offers much less in the way of instant excitement in the way Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville often does, it has more than a few things worth the drive to experience. So if you spent a day in Wears Valley with your family, what might you do? Here are 5 ideas we can recommend: #1. Go Gem Mining. All ages love gem mining!
#2. Antique Shop. You will find many antique shops along Wears Valley Road. Many memories have been held for your shopping pleasure at more than a few antique stores you will find all along Wears Valley Road.
#3. See Goats. Whether you choose to see them on the roof or on a rock, only in Wears Valley can you see them both, all within just a few miles of each other. This is a must see, just turn on Wears Valley Road and watch for both. Goats on the Roof and Goats on a Rock.
#4. Wear Farm Park. The city of Pigeon Forge built a beautiful park on Wears Valley Road that is called Wear Farm Park. Let the kids play on their fantastic playground area, take a walk, visit the store next door for some ice cream.
#5. Metcalf Bottoms. Metcalf Bottoms is the Wears Valley entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It is a must do, must see area of Wears Valley Road. Turn on Line Springs road and continue in to the park. There are picnic areas and places to put your feet in the water. It is amazing and you must go.
Why stay in Wears Valley? Well, because it is cool, quiet and much like you dream the Smokies should be.