Things to Do & Places to Visit

Things to Do near Sevierville, TN

Make The Sidecar Inn Bed & Breakfast your gateway to exciting activities and remarkable destinations. Your host, Roger, is eager to assist you in discovering the best places to visit and things to do near Sevierville, TN. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits, along with useful website links for more details.


Things to Do & Places to Visit Greenbrier area
The Little Pigeon River in Greenbrier (photo from the smoky mountain mom)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Encompassing over 800 square miles of majestic mountains, serene valleys, lush meadows, and babbling streams, Great Smoky Mountains National Park stands as the most visited park within the national park system. Whether you seek invigorating hikes, serene fishing spots, or picturesque picnicking areas, this sanctuary beckons for both full-day adventures and tranquil afternoons. Be sure to view the national park website for information on real-time conditions and any temporary closures.

One of Roger and Deb’s favorite spots in the park is the Greenbrier area. This haven boasts numerous hiking trails, including the popular Ramsey Cascades and Porter’s Creek Trail, a picnic area, and a refreshing swimming hole. Check out The Smoky Mountain Mom’s Guide to Greenbrier.

For quieter escapes from the crowds, the National Park Service website offers hidden gems. Another invaluable resource is the Friends of the Smokies website, providing a wealth of additional knowledge about the park.

For those interested in hiking or backcountry camping permits, be sure to contact the rangers staffing the Backcountry Office (865-436-1297) for insight on any required permits as well information to plan your visit.

Delve into guided tours with the locally owned business, A Walk in the Woods. Choose from various levels of guided walks, hikes, as well as driving tours and camping expeditions. They may be reached at 865-436-8283 or via email at [email protected]​​​​.

Things to Do & Places to Visit Seven Islands State Birding Park

Seven Islands Birding State Park

Set on the opposite side of the French Broad River, this expansive park stretches across 400 acres of serene landscapes, with eight miles of inviting trails. A sought-after launch site for kayaks, canoes, and paddle boarding, the park invites water enthusiasts to explore its splendor. Originally a dairy farm, the majority of the terrain has been converted back to native flora, enchanting visitors with waterfowl, harmonious songbirds, and souring hawks. The park’s charm is further enriched by the presence of barn owls, finding haven in the rustic barns scattered across the park. The park offers educational sessions such as “Birding Basics.” For more information, see the Seven Islands Birding State Park website or the Friends of Seven Islands website. I have also written blog posts on my walks there with our dog, Kiera!

Local Area

Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg

A great starting point for information on activities, dining, and events for Sevierville is at the Sevierville Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Map of Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville

A mere five miles from our inn, the recently opened Soaky Mountain Waterpark beckons with a world of aquatic excitement. From exhilarating water slides to captivating raft rides and even a thrilling water coaster, the park promises an array of exhilarating experiences. Amidst the aquatic thrills, a variety of on-site restaurants cater to your cravings, ensuring delightful refreshment throughout your visit.

Dollywood Theme Park sign

Dollywood is a world class theme park offering rides, shows, crafts, and dining throughout. Adjacent to the theme park is Dollywood’s Splash Country, a water haven with slides, a lazy river float, and inviting restaurants. Admission is available for the theme park or the water park, or both. As a cherished guest of The Sidecar Inn, you can enjoy the added perk of discounted tickets!

Skyland Ranch Chairlift

Discover boundless excitement at Skyland Ranch. Enjoy their chairlift/sky ride, mountain coaster, and their miniature animal zoo. Plus, with food options and refreshing drinks at your fingertips, there is plenty to keep one busy for several hours! The mountain is open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., while the ranch’s general admission hours stretch from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on most days. Be sure to verify the hours on their website before visiting.


Visit My Smokies Banner

Visit My Smokies is a great resource for planning your unforgettable vacation in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. They offer savings with their coupons and provide recommendations for places to stay (The Sidecar Inn is listed), things to do, events, and dining.

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community entrance sign

Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

Discover the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community – An independent organization of artisans covering almost every form from ceramics to musical instruments to painting.


Musicians jamming at the Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day
Musicians jamming at the Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day

Nestled at the threshold of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend is a charming small town renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and vibrant festivals that captivate both locals and visitors alike.

Little River Outfitters Fly Shop in Townsend

Unleash your inner angler at Little River Outfitters—a great shop for fly fishing enthusiasts.

The Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum entrance

Immerse yourself in the captivating stories of The Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum. This engaging destination takes you on a voyage through time, highlighting the integral role of the Little River and its significance to a diverse range of communities, spanning from Native Americans to diligent farmers and pioneering timber companies.

Overhead view of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center village

Be sure to also visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, a museum dedicated to preserving the rich history of Native Americans and settlers in the Appalachian region.

Further Afield


Situated 20 miles to the northwest, Knoxville’s downtown area offers a wealth of attractions for visitors to explore. For a comprehensive list of activities, dining options, and attractions in the Knoxville area, refer to the Visit Knoxville website. While their website provides an overview of activities and more, our Innkeeper is more than happy to discuss others with you!

This is a short listing of things to do and places to visit. Your Innkeeper has many others to discuss!