Easy

5 miles up and back
Start: Trailhead exit at Cades Cove Loop Road (approximately 5.5 miles)
Features: Abram's Creek walkway and Abram's Falls
Caution: Slippery rocks around falls. Alternate route from Abram's Creek Ranger Station - 12 miles

 

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm


Address:
6537 Abrams Creek Road
National Park TN, 37878
Phone:
(865) 856-2445

Moderate

11 miles up and back
Start: Rich Mountain Rd. to Beard Cane Trail.
Features: Ace Gap, crossing of old railroad bed, Great Smoky Mountain National Park boundary and solitude. 

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

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

Address:
4538 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Walland TN, 37886
Phone:
(865) 977-8641
Address:
319 S. Magnolia Street
Maryville TN, 37803
Phone:
(865) 977-0270

The Appalachian Ballet Company is the resident dance company of the Clayton Center for the Arts. ABC is East Tennessee's premier classical performing company that makes its home at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville, Tennessee. Chartered in 1972, ABC's talented company of dancers performs an annual three-program season, providing the region with the highest quality dance performances. ABC offers a wide repertory from traditional classics to creative contemporary ballets and regularly performs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Youth Symphony, and the Knoxville Opera Company. The company also collaborates with area performing arts groups and is active in educational outreach.

Address:
215 W Broadway Avenue
Maryville TN, 37801
Phone:
(865) 982-8463

Apple Valley is actually three stores in one Townsend TN shopping center. Stretch your legs and browse the Country Store and the Dancing Bear Mercantile, perhaps grab a bite in the Cafe.

In the Country Store, you’ll find a huge variety of merchandise – from fudge and jellies to garden and home decor. Here you’ll find the perfect souvenir to capture the spirit of your Smoky Mountain adventure and take a bit of fun home with you.

Dancing Bear Mercantile is the finest store in Townsend, and is all about capturing the tone of the Smokies by combining the best in cabin decor, the highest quality food items, and brands such as Kavu, Minnetonka & more! Dancing Bear Mercantile isn’t just a store — it’s the only store of its kind, providing special selections with a Smoky mountain emphasis.

Finally, the Apple Valley Café is a popular Townsend spot to grab a bite of breakfast, lunch or just a snack. Our World Famous Apple Fried Pies are a must. We also have Blue Bunny ice cream and assorted home made fudge. Our new front deck is a great place to unwind with before heading into the mountains, or upon your return.

Address:
7138 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend TN, 37882
Phone:
(865) 448-9878

We have the most amazing trails in East Tennessee. We are a very small, stable, and are available to ride by reservations only. The one hour ride is very gentle, with no mountain climbing involved. The longer ride gains 450 feet in elevation and is absolutely breathtaking.  Please call or e-mail 24 hours in advance to reserve a ride.

Address:
5641 Old Walland Highway
Walland TN, 37886
Phone:
(865) 785-2708