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Why Maryville? Why not?

(Published on - 6/2/2021 12:38:39 AM)


Why Maryville? The better question really is, why not Maryville? No
matter where your travels have taken you, as you leave the Knoxville
McGhee Tyson airport (which is actually conveniently located in Blount
County rather than Knox) and head south towards Maryville, the Great
Smoky Mountains instantly greet you on the horizon as a Welcome
Home sign. A poignant reminder that there is simply no better place to
     Maryville has a population of about 30,0000 and is the county seat of
Blount County. It is situated with its sister city, Alcoa, at the foothills
of the Great Smoky Mountains- and is a suburb of Knoxville. Don’t be
fooled by its small size though; at approximately 17 sq miles, this small
town packs a punch and has a “mini big-city” feel.
     Maryville is positioned perfectly to access endless possibilities- whether
it be hiking, kayaking, or bicycling in the Smoky Mountains, visiting
nearby Dollywood, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, boating on the many
nearby lakes, or catching some University of Tennessee sports in
Knoxville. However, even though you can easily leave Blount County and
travel 25 minutes in any direction to find great entertainment, it is
certainly not necessary!
     The Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects sister cities Maryville and
Alcoa by providing a 9 mile paved and lighted pathway connecting the
towns’ parks (Pearson Springs, Sandy Springs, Bicentennial, Greenbelt,
and Springbrook) for joggers, cyclists, and walkers. Along the way are
playgrounds, duck ponds, the impressive Blount County library,
fountains, and restaurants.
     Eating out in Maryville brings an unexpected surprise. The Walnut
Kitchen, Foothills Milling Company, and The Restaurant at RT Lodge
offer upscale dining experiences with unrivaled menus and intimate
atmospheres. Local favorites include an international flare with Lemon

Grass and Los Amigos and local chains Sullivan’s Downtown and
Aubrey’s. The Bluetick Tavern and the newly opened Blackhorse Pub & Brewery offer a casual atmosphere to have a drink. Don’t overlook the
off the beaten path eateries such as Uncle Lem’s located in a gas
station on the way to the mountains- serving slaw dogs and homemade
cinnamon rolls! Other popular gathering spots include the Vienna
Coffee House and Bruster’s Ice Cream (formerly the iconic Kay’s ice
cream) always bustling summer evenings in the center of town.
     If you’re interested in sports, Blount County offers up some of the most
watched small town high school football in the country. The Maryville-
Alcoa rivalry spans 75 years and is one of the most anticipated events
of the year. The two teams have combined 35 state titles and both have
the produced the winningest coaches in high school football. It isn’t just
the game itself though, the spirit week leading up to the game has
become known for highlighting this cross town rivalry.
Education is consistently a priority in Blount County with Maryville City
and Alcoa City being among the highest ranked public schools in the
state. Maryville College is a picturesque private liberal arts college
situated on 60 acres that is the hub of Maryville. Founded in 1819, the
Maryville College Fighting Scots bring a college town element to
Maryville with NCAA III sports, the much anticipated Scottish Highlands
Festival and Games, and concerts, dance and drama at the Clayton
Center for The Performing Arts.
     Maryville might not exactly be the place “where everybody knows your
name,” but it certainly is a place that has hometown familiarity, yet at
the same time big ideas, big possibilities, and big opportunity. For every
stage of life: single, young family, empty nester, or retirement age-
Maryville offers something for everyone!

written by: tracy southard, realtor

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