13 Townsend Attractions

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum is an attraction in Townsend, TN.

I’ve been going through the towns close to the Smokies with lists of all the attractions available. Check out attraction lists for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Today, we look at Townsend, TN. Townsend may be “the quieter side of the Smokies,” but there’s still plenty to keep you busy. Here’s what you can do in Townsend:

  1. Cades Cove Heritage Tours
    Description — “Whether you regularly drive through the Smokies or you are a first time visitor, Cades Cove Heritage Tours allows you the opportunity to experience the Smoky Mountains as never before. We offer fully guided bus tours for individual and group of all ages. Your tours are on comfortable 19-passenger Alternative Transportation Vehicles with experienced and friendly guides. Learn all about the history, personal stories, and natural resources that make the Smoky Mountains so unique.”
  2. Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Description — “Whether you’re young or old, expert or novice, a Horseback, Carriage, or Hayride trip in the breathtaking Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an adventure you’ll never forget. If you have a hearty frontier spirit and are ready to hit the trail, come take pleasure in some wholesome outdoor fun at our stable area. You will be greeted by our Guides, who are committed to providing you with a safe and memorable excursion within the scenic Cades Cove.”
  3. Davy Crockett Riding Stables
    Description — “Welcome to Davy Crockett Riding Stables, your best choice for a beautiful equestrian experience for the whole family to enjoy. The oldest mountain range in the world can be explored by all ages, on horseback, with the help of an experienced equestrian professional.”
  4. Discover Cades Cove Bicycle Rentals
    Description — “As you pull into the visitor center, just right of the country store and pavilion is the Bicycle Rental Shop. They have a large assortment of single speed bicycles for rent by the hour along with accessory and safety equipment rentals.”
  5. EchoBrooke Farm
    Description — “”…A few short months later, John and I serendipitously stumbled upon the opportunity to purchase, from a dear friend, one of the loveliest small farms in our community — and we puzzled over a name. The land encompassed a quiet valley in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains — its peace occasionally broken by the echo of hawks’ voices. A small stream, unnamed, trickled from the mountain, through a grassy meadow, where horses grazed with tails swishing. A perfect home for horses and people to live their lives together.”
  6. Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
    Description — “Visit authentic historic structures and tour the galleries to learn more about 1800′s Smokies life.”
  7. Jayell Ranch — Horseback Riding and Ziplines
    Description — “Jayell Ranch is the only way to describe this peacefulness and serenity in the shady mountain trails of East Tennessee. High above the stress and cares of modern living, our riding stables at Next To Heaven Adventures is the perfect place to escape to. There are acres of trees and a fantastic Smoky Mountain view. While you’re here you can sit out on the front porch and enjoy the breeze rustling through the trees, and unwind from that shopping spree in Pigeon Forge. The only hour-long ride winds through more than 45 acres with some of the best scenery in the Smoky Mountains. We also offer other breathtaking, exhilarating recreational opportunities including: Ziplines and ATV Rides! You’ll find our rates reasonable and comparable to others in the area.”
  8. Little River Outfitters
    Description — “We are a shop and also a Fly Fishing School.  We learned to teach beginner fly fishing from Joan Wulff who developed a system for teaching people to fly fish.  We all traveled to New York to learn to teach this class.  We also hold Fly Tying Classes.  Our methods have been tested and developed for years.  We can teach anyone to tie flies.”
  9. Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum
    Description — “The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad. We operate a museum in Townsend, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region. Townsend was the site of the sawmill, and headquarters of this operation, which logged huge portions of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from 1901 until 1939.”
  10. River Rage Tubing
    Description — “Our reputation is based on offering the best service at the lowest price. Our friendly staff will give you an idea about real Southern Hospitality and provide you with the latest and safest equipment in the industry. For your convenience we established three separate locations, each offering private river access. Jump in a comfortable and colorful tube and enjoy the serenity of the Mountains up and down the river stream!”
  11. Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers
    Description — “When you plan your vacation in the Smokies, plan to come to Nawger Nob (on highway 321) and purchase your carving tools, take a carving class or just stop in.”
  12. Tube Junction
    Description — “Want your dollars to do more? Come through our door!! Why pay more at other high price tube companies? $8.00+tax (lowest advertised rate in the area. ALL DAY TUBING WITH SHUTTLE, unlimited until 5:30 pm.”
  13. Tuckaleechee Caverns
    Description — “Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth’s oldest mountain chains, Tuckaleechee Caverns are known as the ‘Greatest Site Under the Smokies.’ Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, the Caverns are rich in history and lore in recent years as well.” (Check out our Kid Testers’ opinion of Tuckaleechee Caverns.)
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