Things To Do in Townsend, TN

Welcome to Townsend, the perfect place to explore, uncover and discover your personal sense of serenity. With so many things to do indoors or outdoors, during the day or into the evening, Townsend offers amenities that will immerse you in opportunities to experience the “Peaceful” side of the Smokies.

Should you choose to play golf in the morning, or seek out lunch or shopping in the afternoon. Whether a trip down the river rages your interest or a softer, scenic hike is more your thing. Townsend delivers.

Don’t forget to check out our event calendar for information about special events happening during your stay and things to do in Townsend, Tennessee.

Explore the  Smoky Mountains or Cades Cove.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

According to the National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America. Established in 1934, the park is located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee and encompasses over 500 thousand acres. Browse our website to see the hikes, rivers, drives and sights that the Smokies has to offer!

Cades Cove

Townsend is known as the “Gateway to Cades Cove,” one of the most popular and historic natural resources anywhere in the world. This picturesque valley is surrounded by an 11-mile loop and features multiple locations to view wildlife and enjoy the natural scenery. You may encounter white-tailed deer, elk, black bear, groundhog, coyote, wild turkey, skunk, raccoon and other animals on this gorgeous drive!


Townsend host a variety of fun festivals throughout the year that draws locals and visitors alike. Festivals are a great way to get the local community together and celebrate the vibrancy and beauty of this incredible town. Many of these festivals have actually become a tradition for those in the areas nearby. Which Townsend festivals have you been to?

Outdoor Experiences

Whether you’re visiting in the winter, summer, fall or spring, Townsend always offers beautiful views and fun things to do. Summer and spring offer the perfect hiking weather, beautiful wildflowers, and fun festivals. Fall gives a display of beautiful, colorful trees while winter offers holiday magic and the chance to see snow on a mountain top. Any time of the year, it’s a great place to visit.

Indoor Experiences

There’s shopping, dining, coffee shops, arts & crafts, museums, galleries and several more indoor experiences in Townsend!