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Wear-Valley is located in the Great Smoky Mountains, between Pigeon Forge and Townsend, just minutes from Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although this area has some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, it was not well known by visitors until recent years. Many people call it the "quiet side of the Smokies." Peaceful homesteads and farmland abound with many lodging facilities and unique shops sprinkled in between and around the valley. It's just seven miles to the resort towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and about three miles to the nearest entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park, of course, offers unlimited recreational opportunities, such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, tubing, white water rafting, camping, wildlife viewing and golf. Over nine million visitors come to the Smokies annually, making it America's most visited national park. The lush forests, green valleys and misty mountains are a photographer's dream. Wear Valley is also just minutes to Cades Cove, which is an 11-mile, one-way loop road that is often called an "open-air museum." This peaceful, scenic drive takes visitors around historic log structures and homes that offer a look at how life was lived in the mountains in the mid-1800s. Other nearby attractions include Dollywood, the shops and art galleries of Gatlinburg and the 1830s Old Grist Mill in Pigeon Forge.

Surrounding areas: Townsend, Tennessee (6.3 mi), Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (7.5 mi), Gatlinburg, Tennessee (8.7 mi), Sevierville, Tennessee (11.8 mi), Cobbly Nob, Tennessee (11.9 mi), Douglas Lake, Tennessee (18.3 mi), Knoxville, Tennessee (24.1 mi)

Wear Valley Vacation Rentals

Wear Valley Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Parkside7824 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN5.9 mi.(865) 448-9000
Hampton Inn7829 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN5.9 mi.(865) 448-9000
Docks Motel8219 State Hwy 73Townsend, TN6.3 mi.(865) 448-2234
Highland Manor Inn7766 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN6.3 mi.(800) 213-9462
Family Inns Of America7239 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN7.2 mi.(423) 488-9100
Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg680 River RdGatlinburg, TN7.4 mi.(800) 228-2800
America's Best Value Inn202 Emert StPigeon Forge, TN7.4 mi.(865) 429-0150
Country Inn & Suites-carlson204 Sharon DrPigeon Forge, TN7.4 mi.(865) 428-1194
Park Tower Inn201 Sharon DrPigeon Forge, TN7.4 mi.(423) 453-8605
Shoney's Inn & Suites219 Emert StPigeon Forge, TN7.4 mi.(800) 552-4667
Super 8 Motel215 Emert StPigeon Forge, TN7.4 mi.(423) 428-2300
Quality Inn Creekside125 Leconte Creek DrGatlinburg, TN7.5 mi.(865) 436-4865
Econo Lodge Parkside114 Pickel StPigeon Forge, TN7.5 mi.(865) 453-2999
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites135 Reagan DrGatlinburg, TN7.6 mi.(865) 436-7991
Microtel211 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN7.6 mi.(865) 436-0107
Baymont Inn & Suites-pigeon Forge2179 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 428-7305
Capri Motel4061 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 453-7147
Comfort Inn & Suites3712 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 429-4494
Days Inn Of Pigeon Forge2760 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 453-4707
Econo Lodge2905 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 453-3906
Econolodge2440 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 428-1231
Fairfield Inn Pigeon Forge1650 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(800) 228-2800
Family Inn-twin Mall2647 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 429-2244
Grand Hotel & Convention CTR3171 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 453-1000
Hampton Inn & Suites2025 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 428-1600
Hampton Inn On The River2492 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 428-5500
Holiday Inn3230 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 428-2700
Holiday InnHwy 441Pigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 428-2700
Howard Johnson2826 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 453-9151
Mainstay Suites410 Pne Mtn RdPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 428-8350
Mountain Breeze Motel2926 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 453-2250
Mountain Melodies Inn1949 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 453-2250
Quality Inn & Suites3756 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 453-3490
Quality Inn Parkway2162 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 428-3824
Ramada Inn4010 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 453-1823
Ramada Limited Suites239 Dollywood LnPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 908-3011
Rodeway Inn4236 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 453-3530
Smoke Shadows Motor & Conference CTR4215 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 453-7155
Super 8 Motel2613 Smoky DrPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(865) 429-2047
Willow Brook Lodge3035 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN7.6 mi.(423) 453-5334
Bed & Breakfast
Maplehurst Inn Bed And Breakfast800 West Hill AveKnoxville, TN22.6 mi.(865) 523-7773

Wear Valley Weather & Climate

The Great Smoky Mountains,  with its' tracts of old-growth forest and mountain ridges draped in a hazy-blue "smoky fog" has a climate that varies greatly depending on the season and the elevation. Weather conditions within the National Park can change without notice, so visitors should be prepared for almost anything. Elevations in the park range from 800 feet to over 6,000 feet and topography affects local weather. Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is often unpredictable and summer is hot and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Fall has warm days with cool nights and is the driest season. The first frost is usually in late September and winter is generally moderate, but more extreme conditions occur with increasing elevation.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 4.88 in. -
February 52°F 26°F 4.25 in. -
March 60°F 33°F 5.56 in. -
April 69°F 39°F 4.36 in. -
May 76°F 48°F 5.58 in. -
June 82°F 57°F 5.82 in. -
July 84°F 61°F 6.07 in. -
August 83°F 60°F 4.59 in. -
September 78°F 54°F 4.62 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 2.96 in. -
November 60°F 33°F 4.02 in. -
December 51°F 27°F 4.47 in. -

Wear Valley Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located about 12 miles northeast of Wear Valley in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 20 miles northeast of Wear Valley in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located roughly 35 miles northeast of Wear Valley in Morristown, Tennessee, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located around 57 miles northeast of Wear Valley in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 65 miles southeast of Wear Valley in Asheville, North Carolina, and finally the Scott Municipal airport (SCX) located approximately 73 miles northwest of Wear Valley in Oneida, Tennessee.

Wear Valley Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN7.6 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN7.6 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN11.8 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC25.2 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC25.2 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC34.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA108.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Laurel Valley Country ClubTownsendTN6.3 mi.
Gatlinburg Municipal Golf CoursePigeon ForgeTN7.5 mi.
Eagles Landing Golf ClubSeviervilleTN11.4 mi.
Bays Mountain Golf CourseSeymourTN12.7 mi.
Egwani Farms Golf CourseRockfordTN17.7 mi.
Pine Lakes Golf ClubRockfordTN17.7 mi.
River Islands Golf ClubKodakTN17.8 mi.
Golf ClubMaryvilleTN17.9 mi.
Lambert Acres Golf ClubMaryvilleTN17.9 mi.
Royal Oaks Country ClubMaryvilleTN17.9 mi.
Knoxville Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN24.1 mi.
Three Ridges Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN24.1 mi.
Whittle Springs Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN24.1 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubKnoxvilleTN24.1 mi.
Dandridge Golf & Country ClubDandridgeTN24.6 mi.
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC25.6 mi.
Lost Creek Golf ClubNew MarketTN27.3 mi.
Patriot Hills Golf ClubJefferson CityTN29.3 mi.
Dead Horse Lake Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC34.0 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC52.1 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC62.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC104.4 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC104.4 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC106.2 mi.
State Parks
Panther Creek State ParkTN37.1 mi. 
Big Ridge State ParkTN39.3 mi. 
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN22.7 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN22.7 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN22.7 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN22.7 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN30.4 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN34.1 mi.(History)
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN40.1 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN22.7 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC62.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC92.7 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN104.1 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN104.1 mi.

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