With the new year just around the corner, isn’t it about time you started planning your next trip to Maryville, TN? Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the original town was established as Fort Craig in 1785. It was renamed to Maryville ten years later. Today this town of over 25,000 is the perfect base camp for visiting towns such as Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, and of course the attractions in and around Maryville.

With a moderate year-round climate and temperatures in the summer hovering in the 70s and 80s, there is never a bad time to visit. There is so much to do here, that you could easily fill up your vacation planner. But, you will need to plan carefully to make sure you get a chance to see everything. In fact, you may have to make several trips to take it all in.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Maryville, TN, is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is only 13 miles from town. Inside the park, you will find over 800 miles of well-maintained hiking trails. They range in difficulty from easy enough for the kids or grandma and grandpa, to those you should take a backpack and sleeping bag on. Hike the half-mile trail to the top of Clingmans Dome to the observation tower where you can enjoy spectacular views covering over 100 miles around when the weather is right. There is so much to see in the park, you could spend days here and still never see it all.

One of the Last Drive-In Movie Theaters

Drive-in movie theaters have become a thing of the past across the country. However, the Parkway Drive-In Theater continues to offer the latest movies in a 50s – 60s atmosphere. You can check out double features on the weekends with your kids or better yet, cuddle up in the back seat with that special person in your life while you enjoy a great movie and a bowl of fresh, hot buttered popcorn.

Looking for Live Entertainment?

If you are looking for great live entertainment, look no further than the Capitol Theater. This art-deco theater was built in 1922 with a seating capacity of 1,000. Today it is a dinner theater that offers spectacular live entertainment that includes jazz, Motown, soul, and much more. The theater still has its original stage and offers a retractable silver screen, an art gallery, and a coffee shop. Can’t think of a better way to spend an evening or two while you are in town.

The Shed  

If you are in the mood to party the night away, you should check out the Shed next door

to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. This is a 16,000-square foot mega-watt outdoor pavilion that plays host to a wide range of live entertainment including Southern Rock, Country, and more. The musical season runs from April to September. While you may come for the music, be sure to sample some of the best “down home” country cooking in the area while you enjoy the show. Among the many artists that have been seen on the Shed’s stage are Ted Nugent, Eddie Money, Confederate Railroad, Billy Joe Shaver, and Leon Hubbard.

This is only a small sample of all there is to do in and around Maryville, TN. If you are looking for somewhere unique to visit while on your family vacation, plan to spend plenty of time in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come see all that Maryville, TN ,and the surrounding area have to offer.