The Sunny Side Trail, one of the 16 self-guided regional driving trails in the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program, invites drivers to discover the country trails and experience the following events and attractions.
The Smoky Mountain Springfest will take place in Sevierville March 15-June 5. Visitors can enjoy a county-wide celebration of blooming flowers and trees along with special events and craft shows in Gatlinburg. For more information, visit www.mypigeonforge.com.
Pigeon Forge will salute the American West at its 11th Annual SaddleUp! Festival Feb. 24-27. Gear up for Western music and swing dance, enjoy cowboy chili and more. For more information, visit www.mypigeonforge.com.
While in Pigeon Forge, visit Dollywood which was recently awarded the Applause Award, the most prestigious award in the entire international amusement and theme park industry. For more information on Pigeon Forge events and attractions, visit www.mypigeonforge.com.
Dandridge was named as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2011 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Visit www.preservationnation.org/ddd to learn more about the charming small town and its historic significance.
In Johnson City, Gray Fossil Museum is undergoing a $2 million expansion. A 7,000-square-foot annex will include a café, a wet lab and classrooms. For more information, visit www.grayfossilmuseum.com.
A 14-mile Civil War Bike Trail recently launched in Greene County. For more information, visit www.greenecountypartnership.com.
Sunny Side Trail is a mapped driving route starting in Sevierville and covering 12 East Tennessee counties—including nearly 300 points of interest. The effort is the result of multiple agencies working together to showcase local gems such as wineries, historic main streets, quaint restaurants and scenic spots for outdoor adventure. For more information, visit www.tntrailsandbyways.com. For more event information, visit www.tnvacation.com.