Last week, we passed along some useful information about one of our neighboring communities, Townsend, Tennessee. But this week, we’re going to keep things really close to home by doing some exploring just outside our own front door. Our Timbercreek offices and most of our rental properties are located in the charming Smoky Mountain hamlet of Wears Valley, and we think it’s worth talking about. It doesn’t take long to drive through our town, but there’s a lot more here than meets the eye.
Let’s start with what does meet the eye, and the most prominent feature is Cove Mountain, which looms tall over the town, providing an inspiring background to our peaceful rolling valley. Standing at 4,078 feet in elevation, it’s one of several mountains that form the framework for Wear Cove, the geological valley in which the community of Wears Valley is located. Many of our properties are located on or near Cove Mountain itself, so anyone headed to East Tennessee in search of luxury cabins, Smoky Mountains views and scenic pastureland will find this to be an ideal location.
The area was named after Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Wear, although it was originally named Crowson Cove in honor of Aaron Crowson, the area’s first settler in 1792. The name didn’t change to Wear Cove until around 1900.
Wears Valley is known geologically as a limestone window, which means older layers of Precambrian sandstone have worn away to reveal younger levels of Paleozoic limestone. The exposed limestone resulted in fertile soil, which is one of the factors that originally drew early settlers to the area. Also, Wears Valley was the site of several skirmishes with native Cherokee residents around the time of the Civil War, despite East Tennessee’s attempts to remain neutral in the conflict.
One of the things our visitors love so much about the town is that it offers so much pristine beauty but is still only about a 10-minute drive from Pigeon Forge, where there are more attractions, shops and restaurants than you could shake a stick at. The town also offers an often-overlooked entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park via Line Springs Road (or you might see it called Lyon Springs Road). From the main highway, U.S. 321, Line Springs will take you to the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area of the park in about five minutes. From there, you’re a short drive from Cades Cove, one of the most popular destinations in the national park.
While Wears Valley itself isn’t nearly as developed as Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg (and we like it that way), we do offer several attractions, restaurants and shops for those who want to enjoy those features without venturing too far from their cabins. Some of the things you can do around here include ziplining, horseback riding, hiking and fishing.