Drug and alcohol addiction has devastating effects on the user. But it also affects that person’s loved ones. Part of addiction recovery means rebuilding relationships with loved ones, regaining their trust and forming new, happy, positive memories.
One way to create good memories with loved ones is to engage everyone in some sober fun. Whether you are new to addiction recovery or have been sober for many years, there are many fun things to do in and around Sevierville, Tennessee, while safeguarding your sobriety. Here are eight ways to go out and enjoy the beautiful eastern Smoky Mountain area.
- Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park
Foxfire Mountain is an adventure park for outdoor lovers. The 150-acre park offers five of the highest, fastest, and longest zip lines in the country. You are sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you zip over ⅓ mile at a height of 500 feet at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. Fox Mountain also offers rugged off-road ATV tours, a 330-foot swinging bridge, an aerial ropes challenge course, a 600-foot rock climbing wall, and hiking trails.
- Sky High Air Tours
Whether you are alone or with a loved one, Sky High Air Tours, is sure to be an adventure to remember. Enjoy a flight in the Waco Biplane, a vintage 1927 open-cockpit straight-wing airplane. The flight provides spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. You are provided goggles and a headset for the flight, and the pilot narrates a guided tour.
- Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Whether you love history or aviation, a visit to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation is a fascinating experience. Located in Sevierville on the grounds of the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport, the museum has a vast collection of aviation exhibits, aircraft engines, military vehicles, trainers, helicopters, fighters, amphibious aircraft, and jets. Vintage aircraft often perform unscheduled flight demonstrations.
- RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo
RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo is in Sevierville. It is the home of many beautiful and unique creatures from rainforests all over the world. Open year-round, RainForest Adventures is home to more than 600 live animals from 130 species, most of which were hatched or born in captivity. There are fun activities for all ages to enjoy, such as animal feeding, interactive experiences, and petting areas.
- Uncle Hank’s Knives
Seiverville’s oldest brick building is home to Uncle Hank’s Knives. It is located in the Smoky Mountain Knife Works parking lot. Here you can learn from Hank how to make your own knife from a half pony shoe or half horseshoe. From the firing and hammering to the hardening and sanding, you will create your knife, finishing it with sharpening and polishing. Depending on the knife size, finished pieces take 30 minutes to three hours to complete.
- Go Hiking
The Sevierville area of Tennessee is just thirteen miles away from the Great Smoky Mountains, which has hundreds of miles of trails through beautiful natural scenery. Whether you want to take a stroll or prefer a great hike, there is a trail for you to enjoy. Many trails go through lovely treed areas, up mountain sides, and along side of streams. This page highlights several of the most popular trails, from easy to difficult.
- Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park
Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park in Sevierville is not just for kids. All ages can enjoy the 38,000-square-foot play area featuring trampolines, junior and advanced Ninja Warrior Courses, a two-story rope climb, and a three-story net system. Enjoy a game of trampoline dodgeball, or fight a laser tag battle. There is a concession area with food and non-alcoholic drinks.
- SkyLand Ranch
Whether you want to relax and enjoy the scenic views or experience the thrill of riding the Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster Ride as you race down more than a mile track while controlling your own speed, SkyLand Ranch has something for everyone to enjoy. Located in Sevierville, the SkyLand Ranch offers daily live entertainment, adorable miniature animals, exciting rides, shops, and restaurants.
Do You Need Help?
A chronic brain disease, drug or alcohol addiction can affect anyone. If you or someone you love struggles with a substance use disorder, help is available. The skilled professional staff at English Mountain Recovery, located in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, will provide you with the tools you need to live a sober life. Today is the day to take the first step to regaining control of your life.
About the Author:
Terry Hurley is a retired educational professional and freelance writer with more than fifty years of experience. A former reading specialist and learning center director, Terry loved her years working with children in the educational field. She has written extensively for print and online publications specializing in education and health issues. For the last six years, her writing focus has been on addiction and mental health issues.