Knoxville: Gateway to
the Smoky Mountains
Knoxville has been the social, commercial and cultural center of a unique region of the American South since 1791. Coupling visitors were recorded in 2007, making The Great Smoky Mountains Park the most-visited national park in the nation.
history with the conveniences of a metropolitan city, Knoxville The Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains provide
offers the perfect venue to enjoy this mountainous region.
beautiful national and state parks that have an abundance of
recreational activities from which to choose.
Five of the ‘Great Lakes of the South’ are within 30 miles of
Located in the geographical center of the eastern United States, Knoxville, and are host to a variety of outdoor activities such as
Knoxville is within a day’s drive of half the nation’s population. boating, swimming, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Fort
The greater Knoxville area has won accolades for its livability, Loudon Lake is of particular pride to Knoxville, with homes
a combination of qualities that encompasses such factors as along both the north and south shorelines.
economic outlook, climate, cost of living, education, transportation
Volunteer Landing, a waterfront development located in down-
and the arts. Though the city is the corporate hub of east Tennessee, town Knoxville along the Tennessee River, is home to several
home to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the University historical sites, including James White’s Fort and Blount Mansion.
of Tennessee at Knoxville’s main campus, it is not yet among Visitors can also take a train ride through some of Knoxville’s first
the South’s urban giants. In the last several decades, however, settlements aboard the Three Rivers Rambler, or cruise down the
Knoxville has experienced impressive gains, particularly in high- Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville riverboat.
technology industries and related firms.
The music scene in Knoxville continues to grow and diversify.
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The city’s contributions to old-time, bluegrass and country music
Things to See and Do
are legendary. The Old City and Market Square host several music
Just 30 miles north of the country’s most visited national festivals and free concerts throughout the year, including everything
park, Knoxville has long been known as the gateway to the from rock to reggae, bluegrass to blues, jazz to classic country.
Smokies. Over 9 million tourists and 11 million non-recreational