Talk of Townsend

Townsend Hiking Favorites

Spruce Flats

This commentary is not intended as a trail guide, but rather as a collection of personal insights and suggestions based on hiking experiences in and around the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. See trail guides and maps for locations and directions. Written by Hank Dye, a Townsend local Everybody’s favorite. The ideal trail for beginners   Read More →

Visit the Townsend/Sunshine Covered Bridge

Townsend Covered Bridge

After winding through the scenic “curves” with the Little River racing alongside you, you are welcomed to beautiful Townsend, Tennessee, and greeted by two hand-painted murals, depicting cultural icons of the city. Shortly after, peeking through the trees, visitors approach something special. Upon further approach – an exquisitely covered bridge reveals itself to visitors and   Read More →

Our top 8 suggestions for hiking and camping in The Great Smoky Mountains!

The Great Smoky Mountains with a pine tree in the forefront.

House Mountain Just a short drive from Knoxville, House Mountain Natural Area offers hiking, mountain biking and camping opportunities to suit a variety of skill levels. Roaring Fork This area inside Great Smoky Mountain National Park marks the entrance to multiple trails.Named after the rainbow produced by mist around its base, rainbow falls offers a   Read More →

Ten Things To Do In Townsend Today

Fun Townsend TN Tubing

1  Go Tubing The unique ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains has blessed Townsend with a smooth, gentle stream which runs through the most picturesque parts of our town. 2  Swim at “the Y” The “Townsend  Y” swimming hole is a great place to shed the summer heat. Find a place to park and take   Read More →

We’re glad you’re here

The City of Townsend is located in Blount County, Tennessee. Nestled in Tuckaleechee Cove, Townsend is the gateway to Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. First settled by Native Americans along the Little River, Townsend was chartered in 1921 by the employees and families of the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company. Today,   Read More →