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Townsend, "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies"

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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN  37865

Tuckaleechee Cove or "Peaceful Valley", (named by the Cherokees)... "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies"... whatever you want to call're in Townsend, Tennessee. Townsend's rich traditions, cultures, and nature lure people from all over the world to this quiet mountain valley. Located in Blount County, southwest of Pigeon Forge, Townsend is home to Cades Cove and the northwest corner of the National Park. 



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In the late 1700's settlers arrived to find fertile soils, lush pastures and rushing creeks ideal for farming, which was their primary livelihood. In 1908, the quiet, sleepy town would develop into a bustling village after Colonel Wilson B. Townsend and a group of Pennsylvanians formed the Little River Lumber Company. 

As a means of hauling the timber from the mountains to the mills, the Little River Railroad was built, thus bringing the public to nearby logging camps, like Elkmont. When the lumber company closed its operations at Elkmont in 1926, the railroad tracks were removed opening up roads like the Little River Road, which was once the original rail bed of the Little River Railroad.

Soon the resort community of Townsend had established general stores, churches, schools and gas stations to accommodate the needs of people traveling through the area.

By the mid 1930's, most of the land acquired by Colonel Townsend had been sold to the state of Tennessee, who in turn donated it to the National Park Service. In 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established and Townsend wound up sitting at the base of the parks northwest entrance. 

Townsend soon became a major portal for visitors wanting to see the Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove, however it remains a quaint community with absolutely gorgeous scenery and an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Townsend accommodations include cabin and chalets, hotels and motels, campgrounds, horse camps, luxury resort lodges and bed and breakfast inns. From charming, rustic log cabins to upscale, high-end bed and breakfasts, your vacation rental could possibly be the best part of your trip!

Craft lovers find Townsend the embodiment of mountain life. Discover handmade arts, crafts, basket making demonstrations, wood working, including the famous dulcimer shop, local artist's work, talented musicians and much, much more. A must see is the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, offering the heritage and culture of mountain people, Native Americans and transportation of the region.

Outdoor enthusiasts will rejoice! Fishing, whether it be along the Little River in Townsend or the Middle Prong inside the Smoky Mountains, is one of the most popular activities. Take a guided horseback ride through Cades Cove, golf at the Laurel Valley Golf Course, go underground and explore Tuckaleechee Caverns, tube the Little River, bicycle through the mountain foothills or visit the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company and view locomotives and exhibits about the logging history in the Smokies. 

Annual events and festivals are held throughout the Townsend area and are full of great times, good fun and country fun! Come, stay a while, relax and see why we are the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies".



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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN 37865

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