Visiting Townsend Tennessee

Visiting Townsend Tennessee should be one of the highlights of your Smoky Mountains Vacation. We put together this guide to make your trip the best it can be. We highlight some of the best attractions in the Townsend and surrounding areas.

Enjoy Your Visit To Townsend

While visiting Townsend Tennessee make sure to check out The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company. Located across the street from the Highland Manor Inn the Little River Railroad in Townsend TN is a free attraction that should be on your list of things to do. Free to everyone are exhibits that include larger artifacts, like the Shay 2147, a vintage caboose, two vintage flatcars and more. In addition you will find a portable Frick steam engine, one of the original “setoff” houses (used for logging families in the mountains) and a wooden water tank. Alongside the depot platform, museum volunteers have constructed a replica of the Elkmont Post Office which houses our Gift Shop.

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Visiting Townsend Tennessee – Cades Cove

Cades Cove is easily one of the most popular destinations in the Smoky Mountains. Trails for hiking and open for bikes, you will see nature in a whole new way. In addition, Bikers are allowed in without other traffic on specified days. Popular with millions of tourists and locals, the loop is a great place to see wildlife in a wonderful setting. Make sure to check out some of the trails and waterfalls as well. They are well worth the hike. Cades cove is high on the list of best vacation destinations in Tennessee.

Tuckaleechee caverns

Known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” The Tuckaleechee caverns are the highest rated Cave or Cavern of the Eastern United States. Carved inside the earth’s oldest mountain chain and estimated to be between twenty to thirty million years old, the Caverns are rich in history and a great way to spend an hour or two. Photos are encouraged and make sure to bring an empty water bottle to fill for the trip home.  Townsend is a great place to make lasting memories.

Visiting Townsend Tennessee – Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is a wonderful mountain town located close to the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove and Townsend Tennessee. Above all, the Southern hospitality they boast is second to none and will have you felling welcome throughout your visit. The Island in Pigeon Forge – A great place to take the family for a day of fun. The Island in Pigeon Forge has many attractions. From little shops to great places to enjoy a bite to eat. The retail shops are family oriented and the restaurants & eateries offer something for everyone. Make sure to check out the The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Standing 200 feet above the city for spectacular views of Pigeon Forge and the mountains.

Dollywood – A must visit while you vacation with us at the Highland Manor Inn. In addition, Dollywood is spread out over 150 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains and offers great family entertainment. From a theme park with more than 40 rides to a water park, shows and great food. Regardless of the season there is always something fun to do when you visit Dollywood.

Swinging Bridge

The Swinging Bridge is located in Townsend and a landmark to the area. Just minutes from the hotel by foot, the swinging bridge provides great views of the river. Walk out take some photos or just listen to the water rush by. Watch as the tubers pass right under you and enjoy the water.  Therefore, you must make sure to add the Island Swinging Bridge to your list of Townsend things to do.


While visiting Townsend Tennessee you will need a comfortable place to get some rest. We welcome you to stay with us at The Highland Manor Inn located in Townsend. Our hotel has all of the comforts of home with amazing Smoky Mountain Views. We make it easy to book a room with online options or you can call us at (865) 448-2211.

We look forward to helping you make this visit to Townsend your best ever.