Things To Do
Townsend is known for its stunning outdoor beauty, but there are a variety of indoor attractions to explore as well. This town is full of Southern charm and culture, and you’ll want to make sure to plan a few indoor activities for your trip to enjoy after a long day of hiking, swimming, or biking. There are many local artisans who work in town, and there’s also a rich history that’s worth exploring to learn a little more about Townsend’s past.
Arts and crafts
There are a few galleries in town where you can browse the work of local artists and maybe even make a purchase if you feel so inclined. You can also check out the Apple Valley Country Store for a wide range of charming knick-knacks that are made locally. Woodcarving is also very popular due to the proximity of accessible wood. It’s fascinating to watch the wood carving process and see exactly how the pieces are made. You can also check out local pottery, which makes the perfect souvenir of your trip. If you want to try your hand at being creative yourself, you can also drive into the Great Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont offers adult photography classes where you can learn how to capture the beauty of your vacation.
If you want to learn a little more about the history of Townsend, there are a few local museums to visit as well. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will teach you all about the history of the area. They have plenty of exhibits, and they hold demonstrations and other events throughout the year. The Little River Railroad and Lumber Museum is another excellent place to learn about the history and economy of the Townsend area.
Listen and enjoy
Finally, if you love live music, you will want to be sure to head to Wood-N-Strings, a dulcimer music shop located in town. They host performances on Friday nights from some of the most talented artists in the area on their beautiful outdoor porch. There are also a variety of local events held throughout the year, so be sure to check local calendars before your trip here.
Arts & Crafts
|Cades Cove Gallery at Townsend||7843 Highway 321||(865) 738-3500|
|Captain Dave’s Little River Artistry||125 Wears Valley Road||(865) 448-3598|
|Gene Webb Woodcarving Showroom||7052 E Lamar Alexander Parkway||(865) 660-1110|
|Norris Mountain||115 Painted Trillium Way||(865) 738-3500|
|Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers||7321 E Lamar Alexander Parkway||(865) 448-6350|
|Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery||7719 E Lamar Alexander Parkway||(865) 448-0859|
|Wood-N-Strings||7645 E Lamar Alexander Parkway||(865) 448-6647|
|Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center||123 Cromwell Drive||(865) 448-0044|
|Little River Railroad & Lumber Museum||7747 E Lamar Alexander Parkway||(865) 661-0170|