Sitting on the “Peaceful Side of the Rockies,” Townsend, TN, may be best known for its incredibly diverse range of local flora and fauna. It’s a place where people feel connected to history; the locals work hard to preserve their Appalachian heritage and culture. Despite the fact that Townsend is only a short drive from towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there are so many things here for you to do, you could easily spend your entire vacation just checking them out.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The town of Townsend, TN, is situated at the gate to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although Townsend is not the only entrance to the park, it is the one that is closest to Cades Cove. The Cove is one of the most visited attractions in the park as it is filled with a number of historic buildings, including churches, grist mills, and pioneer log cabins. This is only one reason to visit the park; there are miles of scenic drives, hiking and biking trails, and incredible views to enjoy.

The Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day

Looking for something a little different to do this spring? Why not plan your vacation around the Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day? While here, you can enjoy art, clogging, plenty of Tennessee style BBQ, and good old-fashioned bluegrass music. You can even listen to your fair share of stories as many of the old timers take the time to tell what it was like in Townsend back in the day.

Get Out of the Sun for a Little While

If you are looking for a way to get out of the sun for a little while, consider taking in the Tuckaleechee Caverns. Deep in the caverns, you can see a range of amazing natural formations, including totem pole, pencil, palette, and chandelier. Spend as much time as you like in these wonderful, naturally cool caverns. The caverns are known as ‘The Greatest Site Under the Smokies’ and visitors of all ages marvel at their beauty. These extraordinary caverns provide amazement around every corner.

Take a Trip Back in Time

The kids are sure to be thrilled at the steam trains on display at the Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. Museum. While the kids (of any age) are checking out the trains, there is plenty of time for everyone to learn about the origins of the lumber industry in the area and how it affected the growth of towns like Townsend over the course of their history.

Tubing Fun for Everyone: The Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center & Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing

If tubing is your thing, check out Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center and Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing. Spend a day floating lazily down the Little River. The river is gentle enough for kids as young as 2 and as old as well…. there really isn’t an upper limit. Each of these companies offers great rates for adults, children and groups. Tubing is a terrific way to spend a day that’s economical, too!

#RiverRatGSM is the hashtag you’ll want to use when you tell all your friends on social media that you went tubing on the Little River with Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing.  Check out River Rat’s ‘Know Before You Go’ hints so you’ll be all set for tubing.

Here’s a bonus tip for when you visit The Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center: be sure to check out their gear section. They have the latest gear in stock for all your Townsend adventures!

So Many Reasons to Come Visit Townsend, TN

There is just so much to do in the Townsend, TN, area, you may find yourself coming back year after year as you try to take it all in. Be sure to plan to spend as much of your vacation in town as possible.