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Townsend is a quiet little town nestled along the Little River, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known as the "peaceful side of the Smokys," Townsend offers excellent restaurants and hotels, cozy bed & breakfasts and mountain chalets, easy on the budget motels and motor inns, and gift and specialty shops where you can find anything from fine art to handmade wooden walking sticks. Townsend is also just 7 miles to the entrance of Cade's Cove, a scenic and tranquil 11 mile loop around a valley that has several beautifully restored log homes and log structures. More than any other place, Cade's Cove gives visitors a clear look at how life was lived here in the early 1800s. The Little River runs through the five-mile stretch of town in Townsend, and offers fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. A lovely championship golf course is located at Laurel Valley in Townsend, and several stables near town provide horseback riding. Other points of interest are the Tuckaleechee Caverns, known for their onyx formations, high waterfalls and "big room." Townsend is also home to the "Old Timers Day," a large arts and crafts festival, and "Townsend Spring Festival," which is the largest gathering of bluegrass and mountain pickers in East Tennessee.

Surrounding areas: Wear Valley, Tennessee (6.3 mi), Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (13.5 mi), Gatlinburg, Tennessee (14.7 mi), Sevierville, Tennessee (17.1 mi), Cobbly Nob, Tennessee (18.0 mi), Greenback, Tennessee (23.1 mi), Knoxville, Tennessee (23.1 mi)

Townsend Vacation Rentals

Townsend Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Parkside7824 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN (865) 448-9000
Docks Motel8219 State Hwy 73Townsend, TN (865) 448-2234
Family Inns Of America7239 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN (423) 488-9100
Hampton Inn7829 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN (865) 448-9000
Highland Manor Inn7766 E Lamar Alexander PkwyTownsend, TN (800) 213-9462
Budget Inn218 Washington StMaryville, TN13.2 mi.(865) 984-2300
Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg680 River RdGatlinburg, TN13.3 mi.(800) 228-2800
Quality Inn Creekside125 Leconte Creek DrGatlinburg, TN13.4 mi.(865) 436-4865
Country Inn & Suites-carlson204 Sharon DrPigeon Forge, TN13.4 mi.(865) 428-1194
Park Tower Inn201 Sharon DrPigeon Forge, TN13.4 mi.(423) 453-8605
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites135 Reagan DrGatlinburg, TN13.5 mi.(865) 436-7991
Gazebo Inn417 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN13.5 mi.(865) 436-2222
Microtel211 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN13.5 mi.(865) 436-0107
Shoney's Inn & Suites515 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN13.5 mi.(865) 436-5883
Econo Lodge Parkside114 Pickel StPigeon Forge, TN13.5 mi.(865) 453-2999
Shoney's Inn & Suites219 Emert StPigeon Forge, TN13.5 mi.(800) 552-4667
Super 8 Motel215 Emert StPigeon Forge, TN13.5 mi.(423) 428-2300
Super 8 Motel2613 Smoky DrPigeon Forge, TN13.5 mi.(865) 429-2047
Executive Lodge Motel215 S Hall RdAlcoa, TN13.6 mi.(865) 984-9958
America's Best Value Inn202 Emert StPigeon Forge, TN13.6 mi.(865) 429-0150
Jack Huff's Motor Lodge204 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN13.7 mi.(865) 436-5171
Park Vista Resort Hotel705 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN13.7 mi.(865) 436-9211
Baymont Inn & Suites-pigeon Forge2179 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 428-7305
Capri Motel4061 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 453-7147
Comfort Inn & Suites3712 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 429-4494
Days Inn Of Pigeon Forge2760 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 453-4707
Econo Lodge2905 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 453-3906
Econolodge2440 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 428-1231
Fairfield Inn Pigeon Forge1650 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(800) 228-2800
Family Inn-twin Mall2647 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 429-2244
Grand Hotel & Convention CTR3171 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 453-1000
Hampton Inn & Suites2025 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 428-1600
Hampton Inn On The River2492 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 428-5500
Holiday Inn Express308 Henderson Chapel RdPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 428-8600
Holiday Inn3230 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 428-2700
Holiday InnHwy 441Pigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 428-2700
Howard Johnson2826 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 453-9151
Mainstay Suites410 Pne Mtn RdPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(865) 428-8350
Mountain Breeze Motel2926 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 453-2250
Mountain Melodies Inn1949 PkwyPigeon Forge, TN13.7 mi.(423) 453-2250
Bed & Breakfast
Maplehurst Inn Bed And Breakfast800 West Hill AveKnoxville, TN21.7 mi.(865) 523-7773

Townsend Weather & Climate

The Great Smoky Mountains,  with its' tracts of old-growth forest and mountain ridges draped in a hazy-blue "smoky fog" has a climate that varies greatly depending on the season and the elevation. Weather conditions within the National Park can change without notice, so visitors should be prepared for almost anything. Elevations in the park range from 800 feet to over 6,000 feet and topography affects local weather. Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is often unpredictable and summer is hot and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Fall has warm days with cool nights and is the driest season. The first frost is usually in late September and winter is generally moderate, but more extreme conditions occur with increasing elevation.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 4.88 in. -
February 52°F 26°F 4.25 in. -
March 60°F 33°F 5.56 in. -
April 69°F 39°F 4.36 in. -
May 76°F 48°F 5.58 in. -
June 82°F 57°F 5.82 in. -
July 84°F 61°F 6.07 in. -
August 83°F 60°F 4.59 in. -
September 78°F 54°F 4.62 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 2.96 in. -
November 60°F 33°F 4.02 in. -
December 51°F 27°F 4.47 in. -

Townsend Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 16 miles northwest of Townsend in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located approximately 17 miles northeast of Townsend in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located roughly 40 miles northeast of Townsend in Morristown, Tennessee, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located around 63 miles northeast of Townsend in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 70 miles east of Townsend in Asheville, North Carolina, and finally the Scott Municipal airport (SCX) located approximately 71 miles northwest of Townsend in Oneida, Tennessee.

Townsend Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN13.7 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN13.7 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN17.1 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC28.4 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC28.4 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC38.5 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA104.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Laurel Valley Country ClubTownsendTN 
Golf ClubMaryvilleTN13.1 mi.
Lambert Acres Golf ClubMaryvilleTN13.1 mi.
Royal Oaks Country ClubMaryvilleTN13.1 mi.
Gatlinburg Municipal Golf CoursePigeon ForgeTN13.5 mi.
Egwani Farms Golf CourseRockfordTN14.4 mi.
Pine Lakes Golf ClubRockfordTN14.4 mi.
Bays Mountain Golf CourseSeymourTN14.9 mi.
Eagles Landing Golf ClubSeviervilleTN16.8 mi.
River Islands Golf ClubKodakTN21.7 mi.
Knoxville Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN23.1 mi.
Three Ridges Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN23.1 mi.
Whittle Springs Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN23.1 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubKnoxvilleTN23.1 mi.
Dead Horse Lake Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN26.4 mi.
Rarity Bay on Lake TellicoVonoreTN27.9 mi.
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC27.9 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf ClubLenoir CityTN28.9 mi.
Executive Meadows Golf CourseLenoir CityTN28.9 mi.
Medalist at AvalonLenoir CityTN28.9 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC38.5 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC52.1 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC68.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC110.6 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC110.6 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC112.5 mi.
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN21.8 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN21.8 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN21.8 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN21.8 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN26.6 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN28.0 mi.(History)
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN37.0 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN21.8 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC67.6 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC95.5 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN97.8 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN97.8 mi.

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