The Smoky Mountains cover quite a bit of Tennessee and North Carolina, and the Appalachian Mountains take up even more room. If you’ve been thinking about visiting America’s southern mountains, you’ve got a lot of choices. Let us make it easy for you. Here are 5 reasons you should take your next vacation in Blount County, Tennessee!

It’s at the Heart of Entertainment

If you’re interested in vacationing away from the bigger cities, you might still wonder what there is to do out where there’s a little more breathing room. Maybe you can imagine a weekend in the woods, but what else is there? If you vacation in Blount County, you’ll have easy access to all the things to do in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville is also just a hop, skip, and a jump away! Knoxville’s airport, which is south of the city, is actually in Blount. How’s that for convenience?

Great Access to Great Smoky

One of the area’s biggest draws is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and for good reason! The scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities (hiking, biking, horseback riding and more!) are unbeatable. The National Park actually occupies quite a bit of most of southeastern Blount County, and while it spreads out well beyond that, some of the access points outside the County are much more heavily trafficked than those in Blount. Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park via Blount County is a great way to beat the crowds!

A Piece of Peace and Quiet

They don’t call it the Peaceful Side of the Smokies for nothing. If you’re after charming Tennessee countryside, you can find it in Blount County. Whether you’d like to spend your vacation near a rustic cabin cooking at a fire pit, in a charming B&B, or in an upscale lodge with a farm-to-table restaurant attached, you’ll have your pick of accommodations in Blount. Outdoor adventures are within easy reach, and genuine Southern hospitality is par for the course. (Oh, and did we mention there are several golf courses?)

History Lives Here

If you’re a history buff, there’s plenty to feed your need in Blount County. The area was a Civil War crossroads and a historic pioneer settlement in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the area features the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum, Cades Cove and the Cades Cove Museum, the Sam Houston Schoolhouse, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and Blount County’s own Historical Museum. There are also historic bridges, educational programs in the National Park, and restored architectural treasures like the Capitol Theatre in Maryville.

Amazing Tennessee Flavors

It wouldn’t be a vacation without good food, would it? Whether you’re interested in authentic fried catfish at Allison’s Catfish Farm & Restaurant, good, old-fashioned Southern and American classics at the Trailhead Steakhouse, or the multi-year winner of the Taste of Blount Festival, a Jamaican restaurant called Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise, you’ll be sure to find yourself satisfied at the end of the meal. When it comes to delicious food, there’s a little bit of everything in Blount County!

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