Townsend: Attractions | Townsend, Tennessee | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Townsend Attractions

Townsend is on the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies”, and the attractions here are pretty laid back. Townsend is home to a couple of attractions that history lovers are going to find worth visiting. The following museums tell the history of Townsend and the park, each in a unique way.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center maintains an outdoor museum containing a small village. This self-guided tour allows you to walk through mountain homes, a church building, barns, and other structures original to the mountains. The above photo was taken here.

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum takes you back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Townsend was the base for the lumber operations in the area that would become Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See an original locomotive and explore the history of Townsend and the part it played in the Smoky Mountains.

Townsend attractions may be few, but they are really interesting. If you are looking for a bit more excitement, take a look at things to do in Pigeon Forge or things to do in Gatlinburg. Both cities are a short drive away and provide exciting options.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center | Townsend, Tennessee | Townsend Attractions | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882

(865) 448-0044

Founded in 2006, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving the culture of the early dwellers of the Smoky Mountain Region. Don’t miss the exquisite displays at this first class museum.

Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum | Townsend, Tennessee | Townsend Attractions | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

7747 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

(865) 661-0170

You cannot have a serious discussion about Great Smoky Mountains National Park history without spending time on Little River Railroad and Lumber Company. This museum is home to an original locomotive used during the logging years. If you love learning about local history, don’t miss this one. Admission is FREE!

Tuckaleechee Caverns

Tuckaleechee Caverns

825 Cavern Road
Townsend, TN 37882

(865) 448-2274

Take a guided tour of these natural caverns holding a year-round temperature of 58°. Considered the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” by many. On one end of the tour you will find the “Big Room” that could almost fit a football stadium inside, and on the other end is “Silverfalls”, 210 feet from top to bottom and the tallest subterranean waterfall in the Eastern U.S. The tour is 1.25 miles round trip with millions of formations. Tuckaleechee Caverns is closed mid-November to mid-March.

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