A 2021 Fall Foliage Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains
Are you looking for a new Fall adventure this year? Come to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies! Our new Craft Kitchen opened just in time for you to enjoy the changing colors, views of the Smokies, and a craft beer from our patio at the foot of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Whatever you decide to do on your Fall Foliage adventure, you will certainly want to put Peaceful Side Social Brewery + Craft Kitchen on your radar!
If you’ve ever travelled to East Tennessee, then you are well aware of Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, but have you ever heard of the Peaceful Side of the Smokies? Townsend, TN resides on this side, and is one of America’s most beautiful small towns. Also known as a “Gateway to the Smokies,” Townsend is nestled just a few miles from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the pristine Little River running alongside the town, descending from the mountain, and providing drinking water to the community.
Dubbed the Peaceful Side of the Smokies for its slower pace and small-town feel, Townsend, TN does offer a quiet escape, but don’t let that stop you if you are an avid adventurer. There is so much to do! From hiking, camping, biking, fishing, and off-road excursions, the Peaceful Side of the Smokies has everything for any individual, couple or family to have a fun filled getaway and make lasting memories!
Some family Fall activities can include driving the Cades Cove loop for wildlife sightings and color changes, Sugarland’s Visitor Center for some education, history, and hiking, Tuckaleechee Caverns for cave exploration, Pink Jeep Tours for driving deep into the mountains, a Fall themed Dollywood trip to ride rollercoasters, or take advantage of the options Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center has. From hiking and fishing tours to bike rentals and a shuttle service, SMOC can deliver some ease to your Smoky Mountain adventure agenda.
This area of East Tennessee offers a mecca of mountain adventures including some of the best fly-fishing streams and off grid camping in the country. Little River Outfitters Fly Shop and Fly Fishing School is the place to stop for information about the river currents and for all your fishing needs. Head up to Tremont to enjoy some unique pull offs to hang your hammock and relax while you wade the streams.
In addition to a full-scale adventure scene, the Foodie scene in the Smokies is getting real! You can find all kinds of dining options, from upscale cuisine like the Appalachian Hot Pot at the Dancing Bear Lodge Appalachian Bistro to casual family-friendly options like Stone Hearth Baked Roundbread Pizzas, or the Half Chicken + Potatoes at our new Peaceful Side Social Brewery + Craft Kitchen. You can find a variety of other places to explore, eat and drink on Explore Townsend’s website.
Are you including your pets on vacation? If so, you will be pleased to know that the city of Townsend is a very pet friendly destination with everything from lodging to restaurants offering pet amenities. Like Peaceful Side Social, many of the restaurants have pet-friendly patios, treats and water bowls. There are a lot of pet-friendly activities that will keep your pets involved, like a stop along the Little River to let your pooch play fetch in the water or go for a dip. You can go for a hike on the Sugarland’s Gap Trail at the Sugarland’s Visitor Center in Gatlinburg, just 20 minutes away, one of the only pet friendly trails in the park. If camping is on your list of things to do then check out Little Arrow Campground for dog friendly amenities. No matter what you do, or who you bring with you, rest assured knowing that you will have a vacation of a lifetime on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies this Fall.