Ready to celebrate all things Bronco? (Not that we don’t celebrate this iconic vehicle every day… but hey.) The 2021 Bronco Super Celebration (East) is just three weeks away, and we’ll soon be gathering together again for the largest Bronco community event in the US. This year, it’s happening April 21-24 in Townsend, Tennessee. And in case you missed it, interest in this event has grown so much, that they had to make a location change to accommodate all of the added Bronco love. The Bronco Super Celebration has been moved to the Townsend Visitor Center, which is about a mile west of the Talley Ho Inn, the event’s original location.
The Super Celebration is so much more than just exploring an incredible field full of Broncos as far as the eye can see (It really is incredible!). You can shop for Bronco accessories and cool gear. Test your skills in the Bronco Olympics. Register your Bronco for Show-N-Shine Judging to win some awards. Our friends at Bronco Driver Magazine, who produce this event, have planned an entire schedule of activities to fill your days. But one activity that is always a fan favorite? The planned daily drives.
There are 10 daily drives planned during the Super Celebration.
Mountains. Backroads. Waterfalls. Ghost towns. These planned rides cover them all. There’s so much history and natural beauty in the area, you could drive for days and not see it all. But these 10 daily drives were planned to make sure you have the opportunity to hit the hot spots if you’d like. The city of Townsend is located near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge… just on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. Just imagine taking it all on with a line-up of Broncos! Check out the schedule of planned drives below.
“I attended the Bronco Super Celebration East event last October and it was fabulous. One couldn’t ask for a nicer group of 4X4 enthusiast. Lots of deals on new and used equipment…and gorgeous Broncos. Everyone that can make this event should try to make it there.”
– Bronco Nation Member ColdBearinc.
1974 Bronco Ranger HT
A few notes about the daily drives:
- All the lead drives will gather and begin from the Bronco Show Field.
- Ask for directions before the drive, and please note the direction for the drive, as you could become separated.
- Ride schedule is subject to modifications or changes based on road closures or other unexpected circumstances.
- Make sure you are fueled up and have any snacks, water, essentials packed – to avoid having to leave the Bronco line-up for an unexpected stop.
- These 10 planned rides are a great way to see some of the favorite hotspots in this beautiful area, but it’s really just a start. Feel free to get a small group or explore some more of the incredible landscape and local attractions on your own.
WEDNESDAY – APRIL 21
10:30AM — BUSH BEANS MUSEUM AND LUNCH
Take a scenic drive to the Bush Beans Factory Museum — enjoy the history, movie, and eat lunch at the great cafe.
(est. 75 miles round trip; 3 ½ hours)
3 PM — SUGAR LANDS VISITORS CENTER AND MUSEUM
Stroll down River Road to Sugar Lands. Enjoy the Smoky Mountain history, take a short hike to a waterfall, look through the gift shop and more.
(est. 40 miles round trip; 2 ½ hours)
THURSDAY – APRIL 22
9:30AM — RICH MOUNTAIN ROAD +
Everyone’s favorite scenic drive. Deep in the mountains with great wildlife possibilities and maybe even the need for a chainsaw. Some of the drive is on packed gravel.
(est. 40 miles round trip; 2 ½ hours)
10:30AM — OBER GATLINBURG
Take the back way into Gatlinburg and up the mountain to the ski resort of Ober. Spring activities and food available for the whole family. Resort parking cost may apply.
(est. 70 miles round trip; 3 ½ hours)
3PM — GHOST TOWN OF ELKMONT
Short drive to a hidden old town treasure with many restored buildings and great photo opportunities. See where the rich disappeared by railroad to vacation back in the day.
(est. 25 miles round trip; 2 hours)
FRIDAY – APRIL 23
DIRT & DANGER DRIVE – For the Adventurous
9AM — WINDROCK OFF-ROAD PARK
A trip to the dirt. Mild trails with scenic destinations in one of the country’s largest off-road parks.
Limited number of vehicles; 4WD required. Park will charge a per person fee when entering.
(est. 120 miles round trip; 7 hours)
SCENIC & DESTINATION DRIVES
10AM — ROARING FORK TO COVERED BRIDGE
It’s like an off-road adventure on blacktop. Take a drive along the river and then into a narrow, one-lane 7- mile paved road into the middle of the mountains. See waterfalls, old settlements, and spring wildlife. Then venture on to the old, covered bridge for great photo ops.
(est. 90 miles round trip; 3 ½ hours)
2 PM — FOOTHILLS PARKWAY END TO END
Take a slow drive down complete Foothills Parkway — from the new section with modern marvels of technology on the bridges to the scenic overview of the surrounding area.
(est. 70 miles round trip; 3 hours)
SATURDAY – APRIL 24
10AM — TOUR OF TOWNSEND – Sponsored by Bronco Driver Magazine
Tour around the backroads of Townsend with hidden treasures and unexpected terrain. Never more than a couple miles from the Townsend Visitor Center.
(Route kept secret – est. 15 miles round trip; approx. 1 hour)
4PM — CADES COVE
Self-lead drive through the old settlement. Follow the Broncos to see old historic buildings and always some wildlife.
(About 30 miles round trip; approx. 2 hours)
DON’T MISS THIS ANNUAL BRONCO CELEBRATION! We love seeing members of the Nation coming together, which is why we’re proud to be a Sponsor of this event. Check out the event Round-Up page for more info or visit the event website for complete event details, including the schedule of activities, how to enter your Bronco for Show-N-Shine Judging, recommendations on where to stay, and more. Want ideas for other drives and activities you can enjoy while in Townsend? Check out this Smokies vacation guide. We hope to see you there!