Are you planning a trip to the Smokies’ most visited spot—Cades Cove? Or maybe you need a quick reference for hiking and biking trails around Blount County? Two new apps will help guide you through this historic area along with maps of trails and paths for those on foot or two wheels.

The Blount Partnership recently launched a driving tour mobile app that provides a history of Cades Cove, GPS mapping, voice narration and historical photos to add to visitors’ experience as they explore the Cove.cades-coveAPP

The Hiking & Biking app features trails in and around the National Park, including the Cades Cove Loop and the Maryville-Alcoa Trails. Also included is a listing of outfitters, GPS enabled maps, social media and web links to travel information

The apps were created by Populace, Inc, an award-winning mobile app developer that also created the partnership’s vacation guide and driving tour apps last year. The apps also connect visitors to Blount County’s website and social media. The best part: The Cades Cove and Hiking & Biking apps are free!

“We are integrating technology like these apps more and more into our tourism strategies,” said Tami Vater, director of Tourism for the Blount Partnership. “Smart phones and tablets play such a pivotal role in our daily lives now, so it’s a great way to give visitors a way to navigate our area, learn about our history and make their experience more complete.”

Vater said that while they still provide hundreds of thousands of copies of paper brochures and vacation guides to travelers, more and more people are asking about tools like apps, and “these reach the visitors who might not stop in to a visitors center or request hard copies of our information online or over the phone.”hiking&bikingAPP

To download the apps, search “Cades Cove” and “Hiking and Biking the Smoky Mountains” in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. For the vacation guide, search “Townsend, TN” and for the driving tour app, search “Circle the Smokies” or “Townsend Driving Tour.”

Vater said the Blount Partnership has more apps in the works, and the next to debut will be the “Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Game” app that will be available soon.

Put those thumbs to work and take advantage of these awesome apps next time you’re in the area!

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