Sevierville is the backyard of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country. Because Sevierville is much older than its neighboring cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, it has a darling historic town square that sets it apart from the others. From aviation history to Hello Dolly, a shopper’s haven to spirit tastings, see what awesome things to do in Sevierville, TN, this charming city offers today.
Experience Apple Barn Village
Apple Barn Village, a huge complex with everything apple-related and then some, is one of the attractions in Sevierville. Enjoy a tasty meal at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, beginning with the complimentary apple fritters served at each table.
Then, stroll around the Apple Barn property to have a tasting at the Cider Mill or Winery.
Save room for handmade ice cream or freshly baked apple cobbler from The Apple Valley Creamery, and be sure to admire the 4,000 apple trees on the premises. I like the shopping opportunities at Apple Barn Village, and the year-round Christmas store is a must.
Check out Downtown Sevierville Dolly Statue
Take a selfie with country music superstar Dolly Parton at the statue made in her likeness outside the 1896 Beaux Arts-style Sevier County Courthouse. The 6 1/2 foot statue honors Sevierville’s most famous native.
Dolly is also an actress, author, philanthropist, and much more. She has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and is best known for her singles “Jolene,” I Will Always Love You,” and “Here You Come Again.”
Pro Tip: Take your love for Dolly to the next level with a visit to her fantastic theme park, Dollywood, just minutes away.
Explore Downtown Sevierville
Historic downtown Sevierville has become a destination with major renovations. There are brightly colored murals to take selfies at, exquisite restaurants, some with outdoor patios, and enjoyable shopping. It is worth mentioning that the streets of downtown Sevierville are well-maintained. I always appreciate seeing the vibrant blooms and whimsical decorations that make the guest feel welcome.
The highlight of downtown is the young Dolly at Red’s Cafe mural across from The Appalachian’s courtyard. Another Instagram-worthy mural is the “Wings of Wander” Dolly-inspired butterfly at Bruce Street. This one gives the nod to her hit song, “Love is Like a Butterfly.”
Feed your caffeine needs with a tasty coffee drink from Honeybee Coffee Co. The cold brew and nitro cold brew are delicious, or try a latte if you need the sugar fix.
Sample Sevierville Spirits
When you think of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee landscape, do you think of moonshine? I do! With a visit to the Sevier Distilling Company’s tasting room, you can sample or purchase moonshine made right from this artisan spirit distiller.
Enjoy an Appalachian tradition with Sevier Distilling’s Real Deal Shine, Yetti vodka, or Yenoh (pronounced ya-know) made from 100% honey.
Experience Thrill Rides
Experience the thrill of riding in a 1928 Waco Bi-Plane with Sky High Air Tours at the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Airport. As you soar amongst the Sevierville and Pigeon Forge skies, have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Smoky Mountains with pilot Marc Hightower.
You can choose between three different rides, ranging from eight minutes to thirty. This is an open-cockpit flight, so you will truly have an experience of a lifetime. Sky High Air Tours is located at the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge airport.
Find the Hidden Gems
Discover a hidden treasure in Sevierville – the Tennessee Museum of Aviation! Delve into a captivating world of historic aircraft collections and fascinating aviation history. Prepare to be mesmerized by the museum’s crown jewels – two P-47 Thunderbolts that bravely took flight during World War II.
These rare treasures, alongside an impressive array of planes, military vehicles, aircraft engines, fighters, helicopters, and jets, are housed in a vast 50,000-square-foot hangar.
Conveniently located at the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Airport, this attraction guarantees an unforgettable experience for aviation enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
Discover another Sevierville gem at Little River Gem Mine, a charming store and rock yard overflowing with a dazzling array of rocks, gems, minerals, and delightful surprises. Immerse yourself in the world of gemstones as you shop for treasures or try your hand at gem panning.
This picturesque gem mine is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM, providing many opportunities for a memorable experience.
Appreciate Sevierville Artist Robert A. Tito
Admire the talented artworks and Smoky Mountains interpretation from Sevierville’s local artist Robert A. Tino at his incredible gallery. Whether you fancy acrylic, oils, or watercolor paintings, there is something for everyone in his creative portfolio.
While Robert’s landscape, mountains, and wildlife portraits are genuinely impressive, I was even more smitten by the holiday artwork. Robert’s wife, Mary John, handles the interior decor of the warm and friendly gallery and beautifully displays Robert’s work.
While you are in town, pencil in time to explore nearby Gatlinburg, too.
Shop Like It’s Black Friday
Smoky Mountain Knife Works is unbelievable. It is the world’s largest knife store, but so much more. You can find collectibles, firearms, artisan cutlery, gourmet food, apparel, toys, and kitchenware at this mammoth property.
I will have to say that the SM Knife Works name did not interest me in the least, but once I got inside, I fell down the rabbit hole. It has so many cool things to see. Don’t miss The Relic Room, full of historical and Game of Thrones pieces.
Another excellent place to shop is the Tanger Outlets, with over 100 name brand stores and designer outlets. You will find big bargains at Vera Bradley, ASICS, Alex and Ani, Disney Outlet, Pink by Victoria’s Secret, and many other stores. Look at the Tanger website before visiting for coupons and special discounts.
One should not miss The Commons, historic downtown Sevierville’s newest neighborhood. Specialty boutiques include clothing, bridal shops, furniture, salons, and my favorite, Beyond 436, for the coolest t-shirts and apparel to update your wardrobe.
Take a Sevierville Driving Tour
A fall driving tour of Sevierville is second to none in the Great Smoky Mountains. Get your printer-friendly Boyd’s Creek Fall Driving Tour map here and see the photo-worthy areas that truly celebrate fall.
The peak times for an autumn fall color drive are mid-October to mid-November. It’s always a great time to see the gorgeous Little Pigeon River, an opportunity from at least one of these drives.
A few places of interest on the driving tour are the Wade Family Barn, Battle of Boyd’s Creek Memorial, Island View School, Wilderness at the Smokies, Rock City Barn, and St. Paul Episcopal Church.
Eat Your Heart Out
Discover the mouthwatering flavors of Seasons 101, The Appalachian, Five Oaks Farm Kitchen, and Applewood Farmhouse. Treat yourself to the irresistible pleasure of Seasons’ Baked Brie En Croute appetizer, perfectly complemented by a blackberry jalapeño margarita that earns our approval.
Indulge in the delectable Shrimp & Grits, savory skillet cornbread, and even the scrumptious burgers and fries at The Appalachian that will leave you wanting to savor every last bite. Get ready for a dining experience that will leave you licking your plates clean.
Applewood Farmhouse’s food is highly desirable, I mean who doesn’t love a good Southern-comfort food breakfast that begins with complimentary apple fritters? And the spread that literally covers the table is what keeps people coming back for more to this beloved Sevierville restaurant.
You can find a more detailed look at the best restaurants in Sevierville in this post.
Pro Tip: Celebrate date night or a special occasion at Seasons 101, which has the primo rooftop patio (101 Sky Lounge) in Sevierville. It is an excellent spot at sunset and for listening to live music.
Have a Fantastic Stay
Welcome to The Lodge at Five Oaks, a charming rustic hotel nestled in the heart of Sevierville’s top attractions. With just a short walk, you can explore the nearby Tanger Outlets and a variety of delicious restaurants. The beautifully decorated rooms feature hickory furnishings, hardwood floors, and a lobby that tells the story of the property’s farming history.
Outside, you’ll find a delightful swimming pool complete with a water slide and a designated area for kids to play. You’ll absolutely love the fire pit, which serves as the centerpiece of the outdoor space. A tasty breakfast buffet is included with your stay.
If you’re looking for an extraordinary experience, let me tell you about The Ridges Outdoor Resort. After a year-long RV adventure across nine states, this was hands-down the most luxurious RV park I discovered. It’s truly sensational!
RVers can enjoy spacious concrete pads that offer plenty of room for camping festivities and taking in the stunning scenery. And if you’re in the mood for relaxation, the heated pool is the perfect spot to soak up the sun and connect with fellow campers.
Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear and try your luck at our fishing lake. Plus, the resort offers a wide variety of daily activities for you to enjoy.
And that’s not all – The Ridges Outdoor Resort also provides luxury tent camping and glamping cabins for those seeking something different. Treat yourself by booking one of our luxury Signature Sites, which come with outdoor stone kitchens, big-screen TVs, and hot tubs.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Treatment
The Spa at Oak Haven Resort at the foothills of the Smokies is the perfect place to treat yourself to a “me” day. Indulge in the Almost Heaven Massage, Reflexology, Sugar Scrubs, various facials, or even brow treatments. Enjoy the use of the sauna that is complimentary with any spa treatment.
Extend your time at Oak Haven Resort by staying in their quaint cabins.
Have a Ball in Sevierville!
Sevierville was one of my favorite Southeastern destinations for a weekend getaway and lots of fresh mountain air. Not only will you be visiting one of the nation’s most family-friendly vacation spots, but you will also be immersing yourself in Appalachia culture at its finest.
Have fun in Sevierville, Tennessee!
Thanks to Visit Sevierville for hosting my visit, meals, and lodging. As always, opinions and review are 100% mine and unbiased.
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