Townsend is like a peaceful mountain village where you'll see
horseback riders on the side of the road, children enjoying tubing
down the lazy Little River and Canadian geese in a parking lot.
Enjoy a walk on the 3 mile bike/walking trail or play a round of golf. In addition to recreational activities, Townsend offers many specialty shops and is within a stone's throw of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg where you'll discover Factory Outlet Mall shopping, fine dining, music theater entertainment, rides and games for the kids and the Dollywood theme park.
Townsend is located along the Little River. A 9000 acre valley known as the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies" or "The Heart of the Smokies, all synonyms for some of the most scenic sections of the nation. Townsend is centrally located for a home base for all your side trips. So there is no better place to start your visit than at the Townsend entrance to the park on the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies."
Townsend is one of the three main entrances and the one located near two of the most scenic areas in the park, one being the world Cades Cove which offers significant history and world class scenery.
Cades Cove alone attracts more visits each year than 44 of the 54 National Parks. Cades Cove is the best place to view the wildlife around the 11 mile loop road and stop and see the pioneer's cabins and churches of the era in history. It is a visit that will remain with you during your lifetime. This mountain cove consists of 6,853 acres preserved as a historic area within our national park.
Townsend is situated right next to the national park, where you'll find enough to beguile you for days on end, visit after visit. The historic homes and mills of Cades Cove. Hiking trails and lodges. Waterfalls and romantic secluded streams. And all the activities that lend themselves naturally to such a setting. Golf, hiking, biking and tubing. Watching birds, identifying wildflowers and photographing wildlife, including deer and 400 black bears that live in the park.
If you look for serenity, even isolation, you can find it. Or if you wish the companionship of others nearby while you explore our mountains, it's right there. Townsend offers a different perspective, and places you within easy reach of all the activity of Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. And within a stone's throw you'll find special entertainment and attractions like Tuckaleechee Caverns.
The Maryville/Alcoa area of Blount County is a convenient home base for business travelers. Encompassing the Knoxville airport and the Airport Accommodations Family of hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns, this area is the perfect jumping-off point for business calls in Oak Ridge, West Knoxville, downtown Knoxville and, of course, Maryville and Alcoa.
Because of the area's four distinct seasons, the only difficult thing about your journey to the Blount County area and the Smokies will be deciding on your favorite season to visit. Heck, just come four times a year or anytime you feel like it! The fall foliage season offers brilliant color, and the vivid and memorable fragrance of crisp autumn leaves in the clear mountain air. The quiet of winter will bring out the adventurer in you. Exploring snowy trails. The hush magnifying even the smallest sounds in the forest. Warming by cozy fires in the evening. Spring brings a fresh green so clear and alive you can almost hear the earth laboring to awaken, throwing blooms and buds onto every limb and branch. And nowhere on earth is summer more soothing and mesmerizing than in the cool shade of the Smokies. The splashing of creeks and streams accompanied by tree frogs, crickets and owls creates a master symphony.
We are a quiet little group of communities with our own easy, less-traveled access (via Townsend) to the national park and all that it holds. Our accommodations are first-rate. Charming mountain B&Bs, cabins and cottages. Well-known hotels and motels. Campgrounds and developed camp-sites. Excellent dining and shopping are nearby. And we're less than 30 minutes from the Knoxville airport -- one of the few places in the US where a pristine wilderness area is close to a metropolitan airport. On the peaceful side of the Smokies. Just bring your spirit of adventure. Your heart will follow.
If you're looking for more things to do in Townsend, TN, our friends at Explore Townsend have a great calendar listing all the local events and festivals. Both outdoor activities and indoor activity lists are available.