Welcome to Townsend, TN, situated in Tucklaleechee Cove at a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Townsend is located 16.8 miles from Maryville, TN and 30 miles from Gatlinburg, TN; elevation is 1,036 feet with mountains rising up on all sides.
Townsend is ideal for a family vacation or church retreat if you want to get away from it all. Start your day with a real mountain breakfast at one of our great mom and pop restaurants. Experience nature with outdoor activities, take in some of the area attractions, hike a mountain trail, or spend a day in nearby Cades Cove.
Whatever your pleasure, Townsend offers a respite getaway from everyday life.
Saturdays, May thru October
Pickin' on the Porch at Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7 pm.
25 Things to Do
Looking for ideas on what to do while you're in Townsend? We have put our heads together and compiled a list of great ideas for fun things to do in and around Townsend. Check out our list of 25 Things to Do, or visit our Trip Ideas page for ideas for doing a little exploring beyond Townsend while you're here.
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Special Events 2024
Townsend and other towns in the Smoky Mountains host special events throughout the year. Thousands of motorcyclists and automobile enthusiasts come to the area every year for rallies and to experience the thrills on the area's scenic roads. They love the hospitality and easy access to the Foothills Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With the rich vocal and instrumental traditions of the Southern mountains, concerts and music festivals are a favorite in the lineup of Townsend events -- bluegrass and country music and melodies of gospel music. Whether it's arts and crafts or interests for the older folks, Townsend has events to suit any age group. Events 2024 >
Authentic Mountain Arts & Crafts
The Smoky Mountain region is rich in culture when it comes to arts and crafts. Some of the world's finest artisans are located in Townsend and nearby towns.
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