The Maryville Alcoa Greenway is a cooperative effort by the two cities and Blount County, Tenn., to connect existing parks with a paved foot and cycle path. There are numerous access points to the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway, including Maryville's parks: Sandy Springs, Pearsons Spring, Founders and Greenbelt. In Alcoa, access the greenbelt from Richard Williams Park and Hall and Springbrook parks. This trail is for all levels of experience. 

 

The 9-mile paved Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects Springbrook Park in Alcoa with the Bicentennial Greenbelt and Sandy Springs Park in Maryville. From Alcoa, the greenway starts near the swimming pool at Springbrook Park, passes the schools, crosses Springbrook Road near Edison Road then follows Pistol Creek to Maryville. At the junction of the two cities, the greenway is marked as Mile 0. Heading north through Alcoa, the greenway travels for 5 miles. Southbound, the greenway goes 4 miles to and around Maryville. The greenway loops through each of the parks along the way with the exception of Sandy Springs. The greenway provides users with links to shopping districts, businesses, nature areas, fitness stations and picnic pavilions.

 

For more percise directions of the greenway, beginnning at Springbrook Park, located in Alcoa, which has a circular trail of 1.5 miles that features a pond, memorial trees, wildflowers, picnic tables, a playground and the Alcoa Swimming Pool. Parking and restrooms are provided next to a recreation building and pavilion with tennis courts, on Dalton St. Start near the swimming pool of the park,  passing Alcoa Elementary School and Alcoa High School, crosses Springbrook Rd. near Edison St. and continues beside Pistol Creek to Maryville.The Greenway joins the Bicentennial Greenbelt Park trail at the parking lot across from the Blount County Library.The path continues from Bicentennial Park, starting across Lamar Alexander Parkway from behind the Blount County Courthouse. The trail follows Pistol Creek, passing near Sam Houston Elementary School and Maryville Middle School to Sandy Springs Park. The Greenway starts again across the Best Street parking lot in Sandy Springs Park, continuing beside Pistol Creek and turning to follow Montgomery Lane to Mize Lane and Foothills Elementary School. 

 

A map of the Greenway can be downloaded here: www.knoxtrans.org/plans/bikeprog/resource.htm#maps

Access: Turn right from Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Follow Hwy. 73 to “Wye” intersection. Turn right and follow to Cades Cove. Parking available at Cades Cove Store.

Bicycles may be rented April through October at the Cades Cove Bike Shop (See Bicycle Tours & Rentals).

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Loop Road is closed to autos from sunrise until 10 a.m. During this time it is bicycles and hikers only!

  • 11-mile loop
  • Great for all levels
Phone:
(865) 448-9034

Open every day except Christmas Day.

  • January 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • February 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • March 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • April - August 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • September - October 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • November 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • December 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.              

Location:

Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.

Exhibits:

Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture; includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

 

Address:
10042 Campground Drive
National Park TN, 37882

Turn off Little River Road toward Elkmont Campground and explore the community of rustic vacation homes dating from the early 1900's.  The Little River Trail leads up along the river, and you can do a 5 mile loop back by way of Cucumber Gap Trail to enjoy both the stream and many spring wildflowers.

At the Townsend "Y," park and take a stroll up Chestnut Top Trail for a beautiful array of many early spring blossoms. Watch your step because there are steep sections, and the path is narrow! 

From the Townsend "Y," heading toward Gatlinburg, enjoy displays of wildflowers along the roadside from March through May. Stop at the overlook to Meigs Falls and at the Sinks. There are places to pull off and enjoy Little River for fishing and photography, or just sitting on a rock and putting your feet in the cold, clear water.

Access: 6.5 miles from Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St. Maryville. From Church St. parking lot exit, turn left on Church St.; right on Washington (U.S. 321 North); continue on Lamar Alexander Parkway. 5 miles; left on Tuckaleechee Pike 1.7 miles to Coulter Bridge.

.0 START – at Coulter Bridge, turning right on Old Walland Hwy.
1.7 Peery’s Mill site and dam.
21. Old Gamble family cemetery on hillside on left.
3.6. Walland community, site of old tannery for lumbering industry and old Chilhowee Inn. (Store and post office across bridge.)
4.8 Foothills Parkway soars overhead.
8.2 Pee Week spring on right.
8.3 Sunshine Station – the oldest resort community in Tennessee.
8.4 FINISH – Left on U.S. 321 at the Townsend Bike Trail. 

  • 9 miles one way
  • For beginner, intermediate or advanced bicyclists

Located at the high point of the prominent 16.5-mile long Foothills Parkway, following the crest of Chilhowee Mountain southward from US 321 is Look Rock, where a modernist observation tower gives 360 degree views. The path leading up to the observation tower is slightly steep, and also paved. The trailhead is 11 miles along the Foothills Parkway at the 321 entrance. From this direction, the parking area is on the left.

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January - February
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
March
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April - May
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
June - August
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September - October
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:

Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for location and times.

Exhibits:

Visitor center museum exhibits tell the story of life in these mountains from Native Americans and early European settlement time periods through the Civilian Conservation Corp and the development of the National Park. The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, apple house, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop; public restrooms and telephones; soda and water machines; backcountry permit station

Address:
1194 Newfound Gap Road
National Park TN, 28719
Phone:
(828) 497-1904

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January - February
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
March
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April - May
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
June - August
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September - October
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:

Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times.

Exhibits:

Free admission to 20-minute film about the park; extensive natural history exhibits

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop; public restrooms and telephones; soda and water machines; backcountry permit station

Address:
1420 Old State Highway 73 Scenic
National Park TN, 37738
Phone:
(865) 436-1200