There is so much to explore in East Tennessee. Start with these unforgettable experiences.
Once you move to Blount County, you have plenty of exploring to do. Along with sampling local restaurants, browsing boutiques and shops, and tasting whiskey at a local distillery, here are eight outdoor spaces you need to check off your list before you take the 12th month off your calendar. Consider these eight outdoor experiences a rite of passage to your home in Blount County.
1. Hike the Abrams Falls Trail
The reward for this hike is a view of the scenic Abrams Falls (shown above). It’s small in size (only 20 feet tall), but it makes a splash, thanks to the large volume of water that tumbles down the falls into a plunge pool at its base. The moderate hike is 8 km round trip and winds through a pine and oak forest, where a parallel stream provides a serene soundtrack.
2. Foothills Parkway Bike or Car
If you’re up for a hilly ride, grab a two-wheeler and ride a section of the Foothills Walka scenic drive with breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
3. Canoeing on the small river
A good route to row your boat is from Perry’s Mill Dam to River John’s Island. the Little River starts in the Smokies and is surrounded by forests and fields. It is a popular spot for fishing, tubing and wading. For another perspective, hike along the river.
4. Go glamping at Little Arrow Outdoor Resort
For an unforgettable stay, escape to Little Arrow Outdoor Complex, a glamping retreat at the foot of the Smokies. You have a choice of accommodation, including glamping tents, campervans and cabins. The on-site lodge is open 24/7 and serves local coffee, offers a movie and book exchange, as well as a games room and games for children. The resort also has a swimming pool with caves, a kiddy pool, a hot tub, and quiet hiking trails.
5. Spend an afternoon at Pearson Springs Park
To do it right, pack a picnic to enjoy in the shaded pavilion at this Maryville park. Blount County has more than two dozen parks and facilities, and Pearson Sources is an 8-acre park that connects to the city’s greenway.
6. Jog or walk the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway
One of the best ways to discover your neighborhood is on foot, especially if you take the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway. You might want to make it an after-work or weekend ritual: in all, there are 15 miles of paved trails to explore this wind through Alcoa and Maryville. The greenway connects the parks and accepts pets.
7. Take your dog to PetSafe Pistol Creek Dog Park
Help your pet get to know your new neighborhood by visiting PetSafe Pistol Creek Dog Park, which is near McCammon Avenue. The park includes a one-acre area for large dogs and a separate half-acre park for small puppies. The area is fenced so Fido can go out off-leash, and amenities such as waste stations and dog water fountains are available.
8. Discover the Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend
Dubbed the “largest site under the fumes”, this cave known for its onyx formations is open to the public, with tours along lighted pathways. the Tuckaleechee Caverns are estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, and a must-see at this tourist attraction is the “Big Room”, which is over 400 feet long, 300 feet wide, 150 feet deep, and dotted with 24-foot stalagmites. feet long.