Wears Valley is another little community just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's not much there...just some little tourist shops and some rental cabins. If you like to get away and not be around the hustle and bustle, then this is the place for you! If I were to describe it to you, it would sound similar to Townsend...except there's a lot more going on in Townsend!
Wears Valley is in Sevier County (home to Dolly Parton, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge), while Townsend is in Blount County. To get to Wears Valley, you can turn left at the stoplight in Townsend, or take 321 out of Pigeon Forge. This is a place you definitely have to look for...and know it's there.
Townsend has its festivals, and Wears Valley has just one: Octoberfest. Now that I know about this, I'm definitely going to look into it this October!
Wears Valley is convenient to the GSMNP, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Townsend, and is the ideal place for people to go to so that they can relax after a day of being a tourist!
The following are pictures taken from our cabin during our "Sisters' Weekend" in September of 2013. The cabin was on the top of a mountain overlooking Wears Valley.
This picture was taken on Saturday morning. The fog settling in the valley was absolutely gorgeous!