While you are vacationing at the Highland Manor Inn, there are lots of things to see and do. Whether you like to go hiking, golfing, fishing, horse back riding, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing, or touring, Townsend, TN and the Great Smoky Mountains have it all. Or just relax in our peaceful, hilltop setting where you can lay-out by the pool or enjoy the mountain view from your private balcony or terrace.
Bike Riding is a great way to view Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to cars on Wednesdays and Saturdays from sunrise to 10:00 AM throughout the summer, so that bikers and walkers may have the road to themselves. At other times, both vehicles and bicycles must share the road. Bikes and helmets are available for rent through the Cades Cove Campground Store or in the Townsend area at several locations. Bicycle companies offer tours in the area.
The Bike Trail in Townsend comes right by the Highland Manor Inn. The trail is almost 10 miles round trip utilizing any of the three tunnels that take you from the trail on the south side of the highway to the sidewalk on the north side.
Horse Back Riding. Horse back riding facilities are available in the Townsend area year round. There are 5 riding stables nearby. One in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and three in Townsend offer guided trails. The other offers open range riding accompanied by a guide.
Tubing /Kayaking. Tubing is available in the Townsend area. The Little River is a great tubing location. Tubes may be rented at many locations in Townsend. Kayaking is also popular on the Little River. Kayaks may be rented in the Townsend area as well.
Rafting. Rafting or tubing as we call it, is great fun and adventure in The Smokies. Townsend has some great tubing companies. Check out The River Rat at www.smokymtnriverrat.com or The River Rage at www.riverragetubing.com There is also a tubing company for Western North Carolina that is easy to get to from Townsend. Look for www.usaraft.com and Rafting In The Smokies are commercial rafting companies that offer a variety of rafting adventures. Contact any of these for great rafting fun!
Hiking. Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to waterfalls, virgin timber, mountain streams, cascades & mountain tops with spectacular views. Hikes range from short, easy nature trails to multi-night trips. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails. Hiking maps and brochures are available at the Townsend Visitors Center. Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove and Laurel Falls Trail on Little River Road are two of the more popular trails for waterfall seekers.
Walking. "Shadows of the Past" is a 10-mile trail dipicting historical sites in beautiful Townsend, TN. The historic trail runs parallel with US Hwy 321 and is ideal for walking, biking, and hiking. The trail begins at the Townsend Visitors Center and mile marker signs designate historical sites. Brochures are available at the hotel office and at the Townsend Visitors Center.
Fishing. Fishing is permitted year-round in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required. Fishing permits may be purchased at many locations in Townsend. Park fishing regulations are available free of charge at any visitors center or ranger station.
Picnicking. Picnicking is enjoyed in the Cades Cove picnic area, complete with tables, grills, and restrooms or at other sites without picnic facilities. To reserve a pavillion, call (865) 448-2472.
Hayrides. Special Fall hayrides in October require advance reservations, which can be made by calling Cades Cove Stables in Townsend, 865-448-6286.
Shopping. Townsend, TN offers a variety of shops that display items made by local artists. There are antique shops here and the usual T-shirt souvenir shops. There are at least four large outlet malls in nearby Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Gatlinburg also is very commercialized and like Pigeon Forge is made for shoppers, and has lots of shops, but no outlet malls.
Arts & Crafts. Call 800-525-6834 for a free copy of the Appalachian Arts & Crafts directory featuring our many talented artisans & craftspeople.
Other Activities. Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum features memorabilia and equipment from logging days in the Smokies. Open daily June thru August and in October; weekends April, May, and September. For more information, call 865-448-2211 or visit the website at www.LittleRiverRailroad.org.
Tuckaleechee Caverns has guided tours of an underground cave noted for onyx formations. Open March 15 - November 15. For more information, call 865-448-2274.
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