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Seven Totally Awesome Things to See and Do in Blount County

The Leconte Realty family is an active bunch when it comes to experiencing the great outdoors in Blount County.  This blogpost presents you all the information you need to visit 7 of our favorite places.

#1: Drive the Foothills Parkway

The scenic 18 mile drive from Walland to Lake Chilhowee takes travelers along the ridge of Chilhowee Mountain.  For the more brave hearted travelers, cycling is an option you won’t soon forget.


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#2: Sunset at Look Rock Tower

Take the Foothills Parkway 11 miles up from the Walland side and park in to lot on the left just past Flats Road. The entrance to the paved trail is across the road and it takes about 15 minutes to walk up to the tower.   There is also an overlook in the parking lot with a panoramic view of Smoky Mountain National Park.


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#3: Hike to Spruce Flats Falls

Park at the Tremont visitors center and follow the signs.  This trail is not on the park maps, so it’s usually not as crowded as many of the other well known hikes.  The approximately 45 minute hike is moderately strenuous, but well worth it.  Fantastic photo opportunities are available and the pool at the base of the falls is a great place to take a swim on hot days.


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#4: Paddle to River Johns Island

A one-of-a-kind place located in Wildwood where you can camp, fish, canoe, hang out, or have a wedding.  We recommend taking the shuttle service to the dam in Walland, where you then paddle the 7.5 miles back to River Johns.  This downstream paddle is a great way to spend the afternoon enjoying one of Blount County’s pristine rivers.


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#5: Drive Rich Mountain Road from Cades Cove

Rich Mountain Road is a one-way gravel road accessed from Cades Cove.  About 4 miles into Cades Cove you will turn right at the Missionary Baptist Church.  The 7 mile unimproved road takes you over the mountain, through Dry Valley and back to Townsend.  Great views and wildlife sightings await you on this road less traveled.


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#6: Hike, Bike, Run or Walk the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway

This 9+ mile paved trail is a great way to hike or bike through Maryvlle and Alcoa.  There are numerous access points, including Maryville’s parks: Sandy Springs, Pearsons Spring, Founders and Greenbelt. In Alcoa, access the greenbelt from Richard Williams Park and Hall and Springbrook parks. This trail is for all levels of experience.


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#7: Visit Tuckaleechee Caverns

Located in Townsend, this is a great activity for a rainy day.  Since 1931, this family owned business has been open to the public.  The site features an underground stream, several waterfalls and an amazing array of rock formations.  With a year round temperature of 58 degrees, don’t forget to bring your sweatshirt.


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We hope you consider visiting one or all of our favorite Blount County sites.  Give us a call if you have any questions and let us know any of your favorite places that we missed.     ~Harry McIntosh