Explore Townsend

The Peaceful Side of the Smokies

Located just steps away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee is a stunning mountain community offering an entirely unique kind of travel experience. Whether you choose to explore the amusement of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge or bask in the tranquility of Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Townsend is nestled in the peaceful center of it all.

First settled by Native Americans along the Little River, fragments of pottery and weapons suggest the cove was inhabited as early as 2000 B.C. In the late 1800s, innovations in the lumber industry caused a quick rise of settlers moving into the mountains.  By 1921, employees and families of the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company came together and officially chartered the city.

Today, Townsend remains a small, peaceful mountain town that has become a favorite destination for travelers looking for world-class relaxation. Local residents and business owners pride themselves on their long-term investments into the community. Their “pioneer spirit” has bred a good-neighbor hospitality that provides a unique experience to visitors. The abundant wildlife and natural scenery of the area provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures of every activity level.

Whether you’re coming in the winter, summer, or spring, Townsend always offers beautiful views and things to do. Summer and spring offer the perfect hiking weather, wildflowers, and fun festivals. Fall displays beautiful, colorful trees and the winter gives you the chance to see snow on the top of a mountain. No matter when you come, Townsend is a great place to visit.

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Don’t miss…

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center 123 Cromwell Drive (865) 448-0044
Little River Railroad & Lumber Museum 7747 E Lamar Alexander Parkway (865) 448-2211
Tuckaleechee Caverns 825 Cavern Road (865) 448-2274

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