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Wears Valley

Wears Valley is located between Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Townsend, Tennessee. From the main Pigeon Forge Parkway, take U.S. Highway 321, which is also known as Wears Valley Road.

The Smoky Mountain range overlooks the peaceful valley. This is a great place to capture mountain photography and scenes of farm life. Unique local mom-and-pop establishments can be enjoyed along the way to Townsend, TN.

This area is an unincorporated community of Sevier County. The valley has great historical significance, and was originally referred to as “Crowson Cove” in the 1700s because the earliest known white settler along this stretch of land was Aaron Crowson.  A Revolutionary War veteran named Samuel Wear came to the valley and erected a fort named “Wear Fort.” As time passed, residents transitioned into referring to the valley by the name of the fort…”Wear’s Valley.” During the Civil War, most of the farms were damaged or destroyed. After the Civil War, the valley was primarily settled by farming families. One tourist hotel was developed in the 1880s near a mineral spring entitled “Line Spring.” Visitors were attracted to the natural splendor and healing properties of the spring. Locals enjoyed peaceful farming life and attending church. Congregations were established at Bethlehem Church and Headrick Chapel.  Hendrick Chapel is now listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934, and the border of the national park runs parallel to Wears Valley Road. Since that time, the region has developed a reputation as being a quiet bucolic setting and an ideal zone for cabin rentals.  Many visitors today are attracted to the idea of renting a cabin in this quiet, less-commercialized area, then driving the short distance to action-packed Pigeon Forge.

Where is Wears Valley?

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