|Townsend, referred to
as the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies," has a population of approximately 400,
and is nestled along Little River, which flows from the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park through the five mile stretch of the town.
immediate area of Townsend, guests enjoy
fishing or tubing
down the rapids of Little River, the five-mile hiking and biking
trail through town, and across Townsend's unique swinging bridges,
Tuckaleechee Caverns, horseback riding
and golf nearby, hiking to
and wildflowers, visiting the new
Smoky Mountains Heritage
Museum, visiting the
Museum, sightseeing along the scenic Foothills
Parkway and throughout the National Park and Cades Cove.
In addition to the excellent small arts & crafts shops, there
are several large craft fairs throughout the year. Bikes, tubes and other
equipment is available for rent in Townsend. Restaurants, grocery stores, and kennel
services are available in Townsend and Walland, as well.