Autumn and David Hackney

Area Information

Sevier County:

Gatlinburg

Nestled in the majestic, lush beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the essence of small-town existence among the action-packed bustle of a thriving tourist community. If you have always wanted to be surrounded by nature, you can’t get much closer than a glance away when you make your home in Gatlinburg.

With its humble beginnings, named for Radford Gatlin, when a post office was established in his general store back in 1856, Gatlinburg is hemmed in on all sides by high ridges, creating a cradle of comfort for its residents and visitors alike.

Gatlinburg Statistics:
Average year-round temperature/weather: 54.8°F

Median price of homes: $130,000
Cost of living: 90.3 (less than U.S. average of 100)

Population of city/county and/or median age: Gatlinburg 5,555 (July 2008)
Median age: 46.8 years
Sevier County population in July 2007 was 83,527

Recreation:

Parks: Mynatt Park
Gatlinburg is a key tourism destination in Tennessee.

It not only contains many man-made attractions, but borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ober Gatlinburg, the only ski area in Tennessee, serves as both a ski resort and an amusement park.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies features special exhibits covering subjects like the Titanic, pirates and more recently the planet Mars.

Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country, which are both named after the country music singer and songwriter Dolly Parton, are nearby amusement parks located in Pigeon Forge.

A few music and family-oriented theaters make their homes in Gatlinburg as well, including the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, which hosts a musical comedy and the Patty Waszak theater.

Local Attractions: Salt and Pepper Shaker, Star Cars, Ripley's Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Fort, Hillbilly Golf, Earthquake the, Fun Buggies, Camp Thunder Fun Center

The Sevier County communities adjoin the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is the most visited national park in the country. It offers an infinite variety of recreational and educational opportunities for all ages. The park has over 800 miles of developed hiking trails.

The streams in the Smokies are a challenge for the fisherman, and are particularly famous for trout. Bass fisherman head for Douglas Lake and Cherokee Lake, while golfers have an appetizing array professionally designed courses in Sevier County. Some of our rivers offer boating, canoeing, and whitewater rafting opportunities beyond compare in the east.

There are camping both in and out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Education:
Colleges and Universities
Carson-Newman College (about 27 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, TN)
The University of Tennessee (about 32 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)
Pellissippi State Technical Community College (about 32 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)
Walters State Community College
Western Carolina University
University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 52 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC)
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College (about 54 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC)

Public high school in Gatlinburg:
Gatlinburg Pittman High (Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Gatlinburg:
Pi Beta Phi Elementary (Students: Grades: K-8)

Shopping:
Windmill Towne Shopping Center, Village Shopping Center, Park Plaza Shopping Center, Mountain Mall Shopping Center

Medical Facilities:
Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center (about 9 miles; Sevierville, TN)
US PHS Indian Hospital (about 18 miles; CHEROKEE, NC)
Blount Memorial Hospital (about 23 miles; MARYVILLE, TN)

Additional information:

Airports:
Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport
McGhee Tyson Airport

Sevierville

Severville’s homey appeal provides an idyllic setting in which to start or even reestablish yourself and your family, in work and play. The town is located along the Little Pigeon Forge River, which flows down from Gatlinburg and through Pigeon Forge. Nearby Douglas Lake, located on approximately 30,000 acres, provides plenty of recreational activities, including fishing, boating, leisurely strolls and picnics. Sevierville has also made its mark on the maps as the birthplace of country music singer Dolly Parton. The city is named for Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier. Industrial parks and outlet shopping centers are two areas that continue to provide revenue for the growing community.

Many of you have been coming here for years. Why not consider retiring to East Tennessee and the Great Smokies region. It is never too early to consider this alternative. You can even have your rentals pay for part of the investment if you choose a cabin. Also use your mountain home for vacations and weekend getaways. The Great Smoky Mountains region provides outstanding opportunities for retirement -- just name the type of retirement community you wan t-- golf, lake, mountain, town, or city living. It is all right here.

Sevierville Statistics:

Average year-round temperature/weather:
Sevierville, TN, gets 44 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 6 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 114.

July high is around 88°F
January low is 25°F

Median price of homes: $156,380

Cost of living: 93.10 (the U.S. average is 100)

Population of city/county and/or median age: 16,846 (July 2008)

Recreation:
Hunting, fishing, hiking, ATV riding, rafting, canoeing, horseback

Tourist attractions
Deer Farm Riding Stables
Fannie Farkle's Amusement Emporium
NASCAR Speed Park
Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum
Sevier County Heritage Museum
Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Forbidden Caverns
RainForest Adventures
Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo
Wilson's N. American Wildlife Museum
Sevierville Historic Walking Trail

Education:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sevierville
CARSON-NEWMAN COLLEGE (about 17 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, TN)
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE (about 24 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)
PELLISSIPPI STATE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 24 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)
WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 28 miles; MORRISTOWN, TN)
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY (about 50 miles; CULLOWHEE, NC)
ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 54 miles; HARRIMAN, TN)
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE (about 58 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC)

Public high schools in Sevierville
Hardin Alternative Learning Center (Grades: 6-12)
Parkway Academy (Grades: 6-12)
Sevier County High School (Grades: 9-12)

Private high schools in Sevierville
COVENANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Grades: Pre K-12)
SAINT ANDREW'S SCHOOL (Grades: 2 - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Sevierville
New Center Elementary (Grades: K-8)
Sevierville Middle School (Grades: 6-8)
Sevierville Intermediate (Grades: 3-5)
Sevierville Primary (Grades: K-2)
Pigeon Forge Primary (Grades: K-4)
Catons Chapel Elementary (Grades: K-8)
Wearwood Elementary (Grades: K-8)
Pittman Center Elementary (Grades: K-8)
Boyds Creek Elementary School (Grades: K-8)

Private elementary/middle school in Sevierville
THE DAY SCHOOL (Grades: K-3)

Shopping:
Governor’s Crossing Outlet Center
Tanger Outlet Center

Medical Facilities:
Hospital/medical center in Sevierville
FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTER

Other hospitals/medical centers near Sevierville
JEFFERSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, TN)
UNIVERSITY OF TN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)
BLOUNT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; MARYVILLE, TN)

Other info:
Airports and Heliports located in Sevierville
Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge
Seymour Air Park, Inc. Airport
Eagles Landing Heliport
Sixty Six Heliport

Pigeon Forge

The park-like setting of Sevier County’s Pigeon Forge and secluded, yet convenient location, provide just the right remedy for homesteaders who want to get away from it all, but still desire to go into town, when the need arises. The wooded, scenic and mountain views can all be part of any of the variety of homesites that you choose, whether it’s a condominium, secluded log cabin or a home on the water. And Pigeon Forge doesn’t lack for entertainment and shopping. The abundance of shops and entertainment venues are close at hand to satisfy even the toughest crowd. Pigeon Forge is a popular tourist stop, with its largest attraction, the theme park Dollywood.
Situated just five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist resort.
The name "Pigeon Forge" comes from an iron forge built by Isaac Love (1783-1854) sometime around 1820. The name of this forge referred to its location along the Little Pigeon River, in the vicinity of what is now the Old Mill. The name of the river comes from the flocks of Passenger Pigeons that frequented its banks at the time of the first Euro-American settlers' arrival.

Pigeon Forge Statistics
Average year-round temperature/weather:
Summer temperatures in the 70s
Winter temperatures in the 30s.

The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 87.20°F, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 24.90°F.

The annual average precipitation at Pigeon Forge is 44.03”. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is May with an average rainfall of 4.70”.

Median price of homes: $142,000
Cost of living: 88.7 (less than the U.s. average of 100)
Population of city/county and/or median age: 6,204 in July 2008:
37.6 median age

Recreation:
Tourist attractions: Elvis Presley Museum & Gift, Dinosaur Walk, Carbo's Smoky Mountain Police Museum, Smoky Mountain Zoological Park, Bluff Mountain Adventures, Adventure Raceway, Flyaway Indoor Sky Diving, Eastern USA Recreation & Manufacturing CO

Attractions and events in Pigeon Forge include the Dollywood theme park, the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the award-winning Country Tonite Theatre, the Comedy Barn, the Miracle Theater, and such seasonal events as Winterfest. These attractions and the natural beauty of the area draw approximately 11 million people per year. The Carbo's Police Museum, which is privately operated and not run by the Pigeon Forge Police Department, has been open since 1976.

Pigeon Forge has become the place for car and truck enthusiasts, with numerous car and truck shows throughout the year.

Pigeon Forge has two parks. Pigeon Forge City Park is an 18-acre park and Patriot Park covers 16 acres.

Education:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Pigeon Forge
CARSON-NEWMAN COLLEGE (about 23 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, TN)
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE (about 27 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)
PELLISSIPPI STATE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 27 miles; KNOXVILLE)
WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 33 miles; MORRISTOWN, TN)
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY (about 45 miles; CULLOWHEE, NC)
ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 55 miles; HARRIMAN, TN)
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE (about 56 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC)

Public high school in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge High School (Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge Middle School (Grades: 5-8)

Shopping:
Tanger Outlet Center
Z Buda Outlet Mall
Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall
Belz Factory Outlet World
Crossroads Mall
Governor’s Crossing Outlet Mall
Mountain Mall
Wal-Mart

Medical Facilities:
FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTER (about 3 miles; SEVIERVILLE, TN)
BLOUNT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; MARYVILLE, TN)
UNIVERSITY OF TN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 21 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN)

Additional Information:
Heliports located in Pigeon Forge
Boondocks Heliport
Pigeon Forge Heliport
Waldens Creek Heliport