Take in the Views of these Smoky Mountain Murals
You’ve got to see the many murals in the Smoky Mountains! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country’s most visited national park. Hiking trails and expansive views lure visitors into the park, but the businesses within its foothills keep them here. Hundreds of restaurants, attractions, shops, and accommodations provide guests with everything they need while in the area.
Many of these businesses go above and beyond to wow guests. One way these establishments accomplish that is by incorporating murals into the décor. During your next trip, don’t miss these picture-perfect murals in the Smoky Mountains!
Murals in the Smoky Mountains
Sevierville Mural Tour
The Sevierville Mural Tour guides guests through the historic downtown area. Many murals have popped up during the exciting restorations happening in the district. Dolly Parton is from Sevierville so most of them, and many of the other murals in the Smoky Mountains, are inspired by her. Some of the designs in Downtown Sevierville depict her at various stages in her lengthy career, and others feature one of Dolly’s favorite things: butterflies.
Read more about the Sevierville Mural Tour here. The tour leaves downtown and ventures out to other spots in Sevierville. With so many yummy and fun stops along the tour, you could spend an entire day just seeing the murals in Sevierville! Dine, shop, and sip your way through this fun and free itinerary.
Pigeon Forge Mural Tour
Sevierville is Dolly’s hometown, but Pigeon Forge is home to Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. That’s why Pigeon Forge is also famous for the legendary artist. Both of those attractions are noted in the Pigeon Forge Mural Tour. The whimsical murals found there represent her love of butterflies.
Visitors can find butterfly murals at other businesses in the Pigeon Forge Mural Tour, while some also have murals dedicated to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Read more about this tour here, and visit the attractions, shops, and restaurants that make up the tour. It’s a thrilling way to see Pigeon Forge!
Gatlinburg Mural Tour
Just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the charming mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN. Visitors love Gatlinburg for its nature and nostalgia. When tourism began as an industry in the Smokies, the town of Gatlinburg and its founders were the first ones to open attractions, shops, and dining and lodging establishments. That hospitality has been handed down for generations and still exists in Gatlinburg today!
When you find yourself in Gatlinburg, see the sites along the Gatlinburg Mural Tour. Dine at a local restaurant, spend a day at a world-class attraction, and then enjoy a scenic drive to one of the residents’ favorite spots. Read more about the Gatlinburg Mural Tour here.
American Eagle Foundation
The American Eagle Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of our national bird, the bald eagle. Headquartered in Kodak, TN, its reach extends nationwide and has worked to protect raptors for over 30 years. You may be familiar with the eagles and other non-releasable birds living at Dollywood. It’s awe-inspiring to see these majestic creatures! Now you can visit the site in Kodak to see even more eagles and birds of prey.
Kodak is in Sevier County, just outside Sevierville. Visitors know the community best for its proximity to I-40 Exit 407, Bass Pro, and Buc-ee’s Travel Center. The American Eagle Foundation recently moved to Kodak and will be open for tours. Visit this new location to learn more about raptors and the group’s efforts, and to capture a photo with this fun eagle wing wall. While it isn’t an actual mural, we felt that it fit the theme. It’s a photo opportunity and experience not to be missed.
Finding the Murals in the Smoky Mountains
Are you planning a trip to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, or Gatlinburg? Fit a stop to these businesses into your itinerary and make memories that will last a lifetime! The pictures you capture during your trip are great souvenirs, and best of all, the photos are free.
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Authored in Appalachia || Amy Morton