Just southeast of Knoxville, Tennessee and 10 miles northwest of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you will find the great little town of Sevierville. Best known as Dolly Parton’s home town and nearby Dollywood Amusement Park, Sevierville is just fun. There’s the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, The Tennessee Smokies Baseball Team, Apple Valley Farms, Heritage Tours, A Christmas parade, Rainforest Adventures, the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, and more shopping outlets, malls and golf courses. Tennessee is best known for its music and food, and you will not be lacking in this little town.
Sevierville is home to about 16,000 people and 17.8% of those are over age 65. The Middle Creek/Cherokee Hills neighborhoods have a median home price of $175,750 which is high for Tennessee and very low for the rest of the U.S.. The average rental price is in the $600-800 range. Most of the area is single family, owner-occupied homes. The crime rate in this area is very low. The unemployment rate is 3.7%. All these things make Sevierville a great place to call home.
Set in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the weather ranges in the high 40’s in the winter and in the 80’s May through September. They get about 46 inches of rain each year with August, September, and October are the driest.
The closest commercial airport is the McGhee Tyson Airport, about 40 minutes
Those who retire in Sevierville, Tennessee will find a great home base for outdoor activities with plenty of fishing, golf, hiking, historic drives and tours, horseback riding, boating and museums.
If you are ever in the area, one of the most interesting places to visit is the Smoky Mountain Knife Works and be prepared to spend some time. Not just thousands of knives for everything from cooking to hunting, they have flashlights, martial arts equipment, clothing, camping equipment, guns, holiday items. It’s one of those places to go on a rainy day and get lost in all the stuff. They often have events and vendor demonstrations. If you are short on time, don’t go there or be prepared to be late.