Townsend, Tennessee

Townsend, Tennessee

Townsend, TN bills itself as “The Peaceful Side of the Smoky Mountains”. And true to its name, it does have a much slower and easier pace than its neighboring towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN. More important is its close proximity to Cades Cove. Townsend is the closest of the towns bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is the most visited part of the Park. In fact, Townsend’s Tuckaleechee Cove is rich in Appalachian history and heritage. Here the Little River gently descends from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into this quiet community, and was a natural settlement area that has attracted and served as home to pioneers for hundreds of years. In fact, archaeological digs in the Townsend area have recently uncovered evidence of settlers dating back thousands of years. As early as the 1700’s, white settlers settled the areas of Townsend and nearby Cades Cove. Today, several museums and historic sites keep us connected with the past. In the early 1900’s, the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company ruled the area when they logged thousands of acres until 1928, when locals fostered the idea for creating a national park. The railroad museum that exists here today contains hundreds of photographs, well-restored railroad equipment and entertaining exhibits to interest the traveler. True railroad enthusiasts can enjoy viewing the preserved locomotives and logging equipment. For more info, contact the Townsend Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum at 865-448-3060. From Townsend, you are only 25 minutes to Dollywood and Pigeon Forge TN, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. Start your visit at the Townsend Visitors Center. Call 865-448-6134...
Wears Valley, Tennessee

Wears Valley, Tennessee

Wears Valley, also known as Wear Cove, is a beautiful, peaceful, long and relatively narrow valley that sits between the towns of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Townsend TN. Its length runs next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and also has a little-known entrance to the Park near Metcalf Bottoms, which consists of a picnic area that sits between the Little River and Little River Road. Little River Road runs parallel to the river on its way to Cades Cove loop road, the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wears Valley has grown commercially over the past few years and now includes a fine selection of restaurants (including one gourmet restaurant), antiques, souvenier and gift shops. Lodging accommodations consist almost exclusively of smoky mountain cabin rentals (though there is one luxury bed and breakfast inn called Gracehill at the Townsend end of the valley) that range from the rustic to the ultimate luxury mountain cabins at The Preserve Resort – Tennessee Cabins. There are no stop lights in Wears Valley. From the last light in Pigeon Forge to the first light on the parkway in Townsend, you get a nice smooth ride, though traffic might slow a bit during the beautiful fall season when Wears Valley comes alive with brilliant color. One of the favorite appeals of Wears Valley is the fact that it lags a little in development behind its sister towns of Pigeon Forge and Townsend. The pace of life and commercial development is more reminiscent of Pigeon Forge TN way back in the 60s and early 70s. So, for those looking...
Kodak, Tennessee

Kodak, Tennessee

Kodak, TN is located at the I-40 Great Smoky Mountains National Park exit at highway 66. Kodak is not simply the first town along the corridor that leads to Gatlinburg and the park. It provides travelers with lodging, restaurants, information centers and gift and outlet stores. There is also a huge flea market in Kodak that draws thousands of visitors each week. Additionally, Kodak is near Douglas Lake, one of the several large recreation lakes surrounding parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The views of the mountains from this lake are extrodinary. Cabins are available on the...
Fontana Village

Fontana Village

Fontana Village is a complete vacation destination located close to the North Carolina side of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Set amid scenic mountains, the impressive Fontana Dam and a plethora of attractions are designed to keep its resort goers busy. Attractions include vintage cabins, antiques, hiking and biking trails, canoes, pontoon boats, mini golf, a recreation hall, dancing and a mountain-sized water slide. The facilities include all you need to fish, ride horses, swim, camp, hike through the backcountry. Fontana is approximately one mile from the Appalachian Trail. It includes lodging facilities and...
Dandridge, Tennessee

Dandridge, Tennessee

The small town of Dandridge, Tennessee, lies at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Lake Douglas. It is perfect for those who wish to sepnd their holiday on the water. Also, if you would like a quiet place to lodge near the park, you may want to check out Dandridge. It has two bed and breakfast inns and a few hotels. Dandridge Area Attractions Bristol Raceway Р80 Miles Christus Gardens Р34 Miles Dollywood Theme Park Р23 Miles Douglas Lake Р1 Miles Knoxville Tn Р30 Miles Music Theatres -15 Miles Ober Gatlinburg Р40 Miles Pigeon Forge Outlet Malls Р22 Miles Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies Р34 Miles Smokey Mountain National Park Entrance Р20 Miles Smokies Baseball Stadium Р10 Miles Lodging Comfort Inn 620 Green Valley Drive Dandridge, Tennessee 37725 Goose Creek Farm Bed & Breakfast 621 Hwy. 139 Dandridge, Tennessee 37725 (865) 397-6166 Mountain Harbor Inn 1199 Highway 139 Dandridge, Tennessee 37725 (865)...