Townsend: The Peaceful Side of the Smokies
However, Townsend remains a small community with just under 500 permanent residents.
The “peaceful” description is appropriate, since Townsend doesn’t have a large number of commercial attractions and entertainment venues. The pace is slower and life is calmer on the peaceful side of the Smokies.
Don’t let the lack of commercial attractions turn you off. It is a fantastic place to go for outdoor activities.
Tubing in the Little Pigeon River is a mainstay of local tourism. Several companies offer tube rentals and buses to drop tubers off up river.
Bicycling is a popular activity here. A bicycle/walking path runs the length of Townsend next to Lamar Alexander Parkway.
If you prefer horses to bicycles, we invite you to visit one of the local stables.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiking is the number one activity in the park, and Townsend gives you quick access to many of the popular day hikes.
Townsend, Tennessee is a traditional American small town, with Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a neighbor.
The residents, and guests, have access to local restaurants, a great old-fashioned drive-in for burgers and ice cream, cultural museums, and a FEW national food chains.
Peruse our pages for more information and come on over to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.
Things to Do | The peaceful side of the Smokies is a great place to go for outdoor fun. The Little Pigeon River runs right through town, and several companies offer tube rentals and transportation to the river. Go horseback riding, bicycling, or hiking. You can also visit a heritage museum and a train museum.
Food & Beverage | The food in Townsend is best described as local. This small town has quite a few local eateries offering everything from steaks and seafood to drive-in hamburgers. In addition to restaurants, Townsend is home to a winery producing excellent wines.
Lodging | The lodging options in Townsend are impressive for such a small town. Hotels, motels, inns, lodges, cabins, chalets, and campgrounds are all available here.