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Rocky Top Trail

Scenic Byways or Routes

Get to know the spirit of Appalachia on the Rocky Top Trail when you explore the culture, history and beauty of this region through its world-class attractions and the "best-kept secret" spots outside the city limits.

From serious adventures to shutterbugs and picnickers, the natural attractions provide something for everyone. You'll visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, explore an underground world, take a wildflower hike and see first-hand why this magical landscape draws nature-lovers from around the globe.

Bring your appetite for Southern cuisine; enjoy a meal overlooking an apple orchard or a scenic lake, get an old-fashioned soda at a classic diner, eat lunch with a side of live music or make a reservation for fine dining Rocky Top style.

Experience East Tennessee's amazing stories when you tour stately homes and museums, get a glimpse into early 20th century mountain life, walk through settlers' forts and stroll vibrant historic districts. From the 1700s to the Civil War and coal mining, this trail's legends are complex and facinating.

From start to finish, you'll have plenty of opportunities to experience and appreciate how history and the arts come together as you visit crafts communities, artist studios and unique shops along the way.

Find the best of Tennessee on the Rocky Top: Smoky Peaks to Crafts and Creeks Trail.

Driving Directions

282 miles full of historic sites, preserved homes and museums that bring the stories of the Rocky Top Trail to life

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

Arrowmont school of Arts and Crafts, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg Inn, Ole Smoky Distillery, Alewine Pottery, Jim Gray Gallery, Emerts Cove Covered Bridge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cosby Entrance, Holloway's Country Home Quilts, Briarwood Ranch Safari, Bush Beans Visitor Center, Historic Dandridge, Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, The Old Mill District, Dollywood, Cirque de Chine, Robert Tino Gallery, Ramsey House Plantation, Marble Springs, Fort Dickerson, Ijams Nature Center, Blount Mansion, James White's Fort, East Tennessee History Center, World's Fair Park, Long's Drug Store, Fort Loudon Marina, Historic Downtown Lenoir City, Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor, Riverwalk Grille at Carmichael Inn, Sweetwater Valley Farm, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Greenback, National Campground Meeting Place, Friendsville, Sam Houston Schoolhouse, Foothills Parkway, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Little River Railroad Museum, Cades Cove

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