The major advantage of choosing Wears Valley as your vacation destination is that you’re right smack dab in the middle between Pigeon Forge, the land of many attractions, and Townsend, the epitome of decency and solitary dignity in the natural majesty of the Smokies. 15 minutes driving could take you either direction, and 15 or 20 minutes more could take you to Gatlinburg or Maryville.
And then the town itself has plenty to see and enjoy on its own merits too. Visitors who come to see us will see we take more after Townsend in offering a low-traffic, simplified environment that intends to honor the Smokies with less of a focus on mainstream tourism and more on homegrown, traditional Appalachian culture.
Here is our list of featured attractions/places of interests:
Wear Farm City Park – On Wears Valley road towards Pigeon Forge is the Wear Farm city park where visitors and locals alike can spend an afternoon for simple fun and exercise. This is a large, open facility with two children’s playgrounds, football field, five baseball fields, pavilion, walking trails, basketball court, two concession stands and much more. http://www.cityofpigeonforge.com/wears-farm-city-park.aspx
Friendly Falls – Friendly Falls in Wears Valley offers something for everyone. Enjoy the beauty of nature, get married by our waterfall, host your reunion or retreat, bring your kids for some gem mining and more at our little hangout spot in Wears Valley. For more than 100 years, families and friends have gathered at our beautiful waterfall. It’s the perfect Smoky Mountain venue for a memorable reunion, a group retreat, or a party to celebrate a special occasion, anniversary, or birthday. Let the falls be the perfect and unique backdrop to your corporate event, private party, or family reunion. Catering and packages are also available! Come see us! www.friendlyfalls.com
Aunt Debbie’s Country Store – Aunt Debbie’s Country Store makes many of their items locally along with other items crafted here in Wears Valley. Lamps, finials, barnwood items, birdhouses, home decor, incense and much more. Aunt Debbie’s supports local artisans and carries items not found in other local stores. www.auntdebbiescountrystore.com
Moonshine Ridge – Moonshine Ridge Country Store is a vacationer’s delight. Find homemade crafts, souvenirs and more! Serving the guests of Wears Valley for years, Moonshine Ridge welcomes you in to say hello and try a bit of fudge and shop for mountain goods and fun vacation treasures. http://www.moonshine-ridge.com/
Wears Valley Antique Gallery – If there was one word to describe the Antique Gallery in Wears Valley, it would be “wow”. This is a huge store with many sections interlocking and many, MANY cool things to look for and at. Art, collectibles, toys, candies, and more treasures all wait for you to peruse. https://www.facebook.com/wearsvalleyantiquegallery/
Whaley Fresh Market and Deli – For those who want to avoid the traffic of Pigeon Forge to get groceries and high quality gourmet food items, Whaley Fresh Market and Deli in Wears Valley is an excellent alternative. They sell meats, Amish foods, local honey, sorghum, steamed sandwiches, pumpkin butter, and much more. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whaley-Fresh-Market-and-Deli/114056501959986
Goats on the Roof – Goats On the Roof on Wears Valley Road has been one of those success stories where no one really saw it coming or expected it would be as big a hit as it is, but it has, and now the attraction is expanding to offer an alpine coaster on the premises as part of their “one-stop-fun” approach. http://thecoastertn.com/
Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch & General Store – The Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch is hard to miss as you drive through Wears Valley – it’s a very, very festive-looking sight right on the main road as you drive into the community with much hay, pumpkins, farm decor, and stuff you can’t easily find elsewhere in the Smokies. A very unique stop indeed! The Harvest Moon has a pumpkin patch, naturally, bounce houses, a kids Zipline, a petting zoo, general store, cornfield maze and more! http://harvestmoonpumpkinpatch.com