Spring Fun in Wears Valley
Spring in Wears Valley offers fun activities and lots of photographic opportunities. Hiking Trails provide scenic views and fun for everyone, and the floral is breathtaking. Horseback riding is also a popular activity during the Spring months.
Friendly Falls at Friendly Falls Restaurant
Wild boar at Sugarlands Visitor Center
Images by Jeaneane Payne.
2135 Wears Valley Rd
Sevierville, TN 37862
Dine outside with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop and relaxing sounds of beautiful waterfalls around you. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal or take a deep breath with a cool drink & snack. Been on the road all day and really need to cool down? Feel free to splash around or dip your feet while you wait for your meal.
Sugarlands Visitor Center
Gatlinburg TN 37738
Sugarlands is located just outside of Gatlinburg, TN. The center provides information on the Park, including maps. There is a fee for maps. The center also offers a brief movie about the Park and displays of animals found throughout the Park.
Wears Valley offers some of the longest and highest zip lines in the Smoky Mountains taking you through unspoiled and forested areas. You will experience gorgeous views of Mt. LeConte and other areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Fishing in Mountain Streams
The National Park offers a wide variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams. Most streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of fish and offer a great opportunity to catch these species throughout the year.
Fishing is permitted year-round in the park, from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset. You must possess a valid fishing license or permit which can be purchased online or in selected stores in Wears Valley or Townsend, TN.
Fishing limit is five (5) brook, rainbow or brown trout, smallmouth bass, or a combination of these, each day or in possession, regardless of whether they are fresh, stored in an ice chest, or otherwise preserved. The combined total must not exceed five fish. Twenty (20) rock bass may be kept in addition to the above limit. A person must stop fishing immediately after obtaining the limit.
Additional fishing regulations.
Cades Cove Loop Road
Location: Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
From Visitor Center in Townsend, 2.9 miles to "Y" intersection in Park: right 7 miles to Cades Cove, left to Campground and Store.
Length: 11 mile loop
Type Road: Paved
Features: Cabins, churches, mill, mountain streams, panoramic vistas
Start: Cades Cove store
Bicycles may be rented April through October at the Cades Cove Bike Shop. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial through September 27, the Loop Road is closed to autos from sunrise until 10 am. During this time, it is BICYCLES ONLY! For more information, call (865) 448-9034.
Bike rental rates: $3.25 per hour, $16.25 per day (all prices per bike). April to May, September thru October 9 am - 2:30 pm (return before 5 pm). June thru August 9 am - 4:30 pm (return by 7 pm).