SEVIERVILLE

In celebration of the city’s 225th anniversary, the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents and visitors to log 225 miles of outdoor activity over the next five years.

“We created the 225 Challenge in late 2020 to celebrate 225 years since Sevierville’s founding in 1795,” said Amanda Marr, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce marketing director. “Now that warm weather is just around the corner, we’re really beginning to promote it.”

The challenge isn’t limited to walking the city’s greenways, though there are several miles of paved walkways available in Sevierville. They also encourage people to log their distance in other activities like hiking, biking or even kayaking.

“The 225 Challenge promotion will last for five years, ending at the end of 2025,” Marr said. “The purpose is to encourage people to get moving in Sevierville. Individuals can print out a mileage log from our 225 Challenge page and log their miles in Sevierville. Once they reach 225 miles — by walking, rolling, swimming, paddling, etc. — they can submit the log and receive a commemorative 225 Challenge pin.”

Participants are encouraged to log their miles in the city, but the Chamber will also accept entries from other areas like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Those hoping to hit the 225-mile goal can also log miles while walking through the city’s shopping areas, at the golf course or by taking advantage of the Sevierville Historic Walking Tour. The brochure for the self-guided tour is available at stations throughout downtown.

“This promotion is a great way to encourage residents and visitors to get outside and explore our city’s greenways, waterways, and all the great things to see and do,” Marr said. “You’d be surprised how many miles you can log while walking and shopping in Sevierville or choosing an activity like Sevierville’s self-guided walking tour.”

For more information on the 225 Challenge, or to print out log sheets, visit www.visitsevierville.com.