Have a 3-day Getaway to Explore the Lakeside of the Smokies!
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and home to two beautiful lakes, picturesque scenery, great fishing, local hospitality, and plenty to do on and off the water, Jefferson County, TN, is a best kept family secret!
Find Your Perfect Place to Stay in East Tennessee
With options from campgrounds to hotels to locally owned bed and breakfasts, you will find accommodations to fit your style.
Our area boasts lakeside mountain cabins perfect for a romantic getaway for two, as well as cabins to fit the whole family! Have a RV? Jefferson County has three RV parks to choose from—each one unique in its own way.
Begin your day in historic downtown Dandridge!
As the second oldest city in the state, Dandridge is rich in history. It’s easy to spend the day perusing the local shops, checking out the historic landmarks, as well as enjoying some truly Southern dining.
Eat like a local and grab a “Bible burger” and milkshake from Tinsley-Bible Drug Co., an old fashioned soda fountain. Need some coffee or a refreshing beverage? Stop into Dandridge Brewing Company located inside one of the four original taverns of the city. Looking for something a little nicer? Head across the bridge to Angelo’s at the Point for some lakeside dining with salads, pork chops and steaks, and, of course, seafood.
Take time to explore the downtown area. With several shops in a city block distance of each other, you are bound to find the perfect souvenir or treat-yourself gift. Built in 1792, be sure to stop into the historic Courthouse and take a tour of the history museum and archives. If you are around in the summer or early fall, you may be able to catch a street festival or music event. Oh—and don’t forget to take in the view of Douglas Lake from the dyke that saved Dandridge!
No need to leave the lake to satisfy your hunger, the shorelines of Jefferson County offer many lakeside eateries. If you’re spending the day on Cherokee Lake, stop by Off the Hook Bar and Grill for good food and even better times with live music, karaoke, and trivia nights throughout the week. Douglas Lake has Cowboys at Smoky Mountain Lake Resort, and Lakeside Cafe at the Point Resort and Marina, both of which offer live entertainment, amazing views, and great food!
It’s vacation, relax!
If you’re looking for a day out on one of the lakes, head to one of the many area marinas for boat, kayak, paddleboard, and other watersport rentals. Once you’re all situated, grab your sunscreen and have a good time! Want something a little less active on the water? Cherokee and Douglas Lakes have some of the best fishing in East Tennessee, so grab your tackle box—the fish are guaranteed to be biting.
Not a fan of the water? No problem!
Whether you are a novice or pro, you are bound to enjoy a round of golf at one of the five area golf courses. Each one with its own attractive views. What about a nice drive through the scenic highways and byways? Take to the open road on one of the 5 driving trails within Jefferson County. With mountain views, quilt squares, and historic landmarks, discover the charm of the area while you weave through the small towns and country lanes of Appalachia.
A visit to Jefferson County wouldn’t be complete without taking in the history of the area!
Start your day by visiting the Revolutionary War graveyard off the square in Dandridge then check out the dyke that saved Dandridge during the onset of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Head to Jefferson City to see the historic Mossy Creek district, home to the early settlers of the county. Just outside of the downtown area you’ll find one of Tennessee’s best examples of Victorian architecture at Glenmore Mansion.
Roll that Beautiful Bean History Footage!
But that’s not all! Did you know Jefferson County is home to the famed Bush’s Beans? Ride over to Chestnut Hill to visit the Bush’s Visitor Center. Take a tour of the historical museum and learn how the company was started, as well as see how it developed over time. Bring your appetite because the Bush’s Family Café is known for its homemade Southern specialties, including a delicious pinto bean pie!