Planning your Trip

How to Get Here

Townsend, Tennessee is part of Blount County and is located in the Eastern part of Tennessee. Nicknamed “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” our small mountain town is about 16 miles east of Maryville and about 23 miles west of Gatlinburg. Wears Valley is located about 7 miles north. If you’re visiting by plane, Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is about 20 miles from Townsend. This airport offers ground transportation services such as car rentals, Uber & Lyft pickup, and taxis.
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Where to Stay

When planning your trip in Townsend, there are numerous options for where you rest your head at night. Whether you’re looking for a quiet cabin in the woods or the perfect campground to sleep under the stars, our handy directory is here to help.
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Where to Eat

A range of delicious fares from local restaurants will have your taste buds watering and hunger repelled. Dive into authentic cooking where southern charm comes standard. Whether it’s coffee, snacks, dining or dashing, our directory listing has what you need.
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Things to Do

Townsend, Tennessee is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy indoors, as well when planning your trip! With so many places to explore and things to do, you won’t be able to fit it all into one trip!
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Getting Around

Townsend does not have a regular public transportation system, so be sure to keep that in mind before your visit. Depending on your preferred mode of transportation (car, motorcycle, bicycle, horse), there are quite a few options to make your way around town.


We’ve compiled a list of resources to help make your travel planning and visit with us a little bit easier.
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Seasonal Views

Townsend is full of exciting events and beautiful views, but some are only available at certain times of the year.


March through May is usually the best time of year to view spring wildflowers. During this time of year, our beautiful natural scenery is shaking off the winter cold and bursting with life. We start seeing warmer weather this time of year, but will still have some cold and rainy days now and then.
Average low: low 30s–50s
Average high: low 60s–high 70s


June through August is the best time for exploring nature with early-morning hikes, lazy days floating down the river, or enjoying the air conditioning while you shop.
Average low: high 50s–low 60s
Average high: mid 80s–low 90s

  • FALL

We love the beauty of our wildflower season, but there’s something to be said about autumn in the mountains. September through November is the best time to come view the fall leaves changing colors. During this time of year, the days are starting to cool down and it’s a great time to enjoy outdoor events around town.
Average low: mid 30s–50s
Average high: low 60s–mid 80s


December through February is our winter season, perfect for those looking to enjoy the serene, quiet beauty of the mountains. Some attractions and roads close seasonally, so don’t forget to research before your trip. We do get snow in the mountains, which can also affect road conditions.
Average low: mid 20s
Average high: low to mid 50s

Don’t forget to view our event calendar for festivals and other events happening during your stay!

What are you waiting for? Come join us in the peaceful side of the Smokies!