Friendly Falls in Wears Valley offers something for everyone! The attraction is a multi-purpose hangout spot where families or groups can get lunch or dinner, bring the kids to play while the adults chill out with some beers, or even get married whether you’re straight or identify as LGBT!

Some history: For nearly 100 years friends and families have gathered at the Falls in its various incarnations over the years. The site features a beautiful garden, river, waterfall and 80-person pavilion to make it the perfect setting for your guests to make memories they will never forget.

On the expansive covered deck, you can enjoy a snack, a meal and more surrounded by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with the relaxing sounds of the waterfall around you. Just a sample of their menu includes:

  • Tasty pulled pork.
  • Turkey sandwiches.
  • Bologna sandwich.
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  • Hot dogs.
  • English Mountain smoked trout.
  • Vegetarian dishes.
  • Homemade specialty items.
  • Smoked local trout.
  • Seasonal brews to enjoy here or to go.

And you can even bring and enjoy your favorite wine for a small corking fee. Feel free to splash around or dip your feet in the river while you enjoy your meal.

Most of Friendly Falls is outside or the covered deck – inside the main store where you can make your order or check out the various local arts, crafts and items for sale that you won’t find just anywhere – from handmade jellies, jewelry and walking sticks to unique photo postcards, paintings locally cut firewood and handmade jewelry, you’ll find the perfect gift or souvenir from your trip.

Another item Friendly Falls is getting famous for is Gnorbert’s Magic Gem Mine. Located next to the river, miners young and old are welcome to grab a bucket up at the store and take it down to the peaceful creekside mining flume. Scoop your sand into the sifting box, put it in the rushing water of the flume, shake it around and see all the beautiful gemstones for you to take home.

And the best part of Friendly Falls? Weddings! Friendly Falls is the most fun and unique venue in the Smoky Mountains AND they provide same-sex wedding services and ceremonies along the Cove Creek Cascades for our waterfall and garden backdrops. Ceremonies of up to 150 are accommodated and wedding packages are available as well.

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