One of the three gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend is a city nestled in Tuckaleechee Cove which is located in Blount County, Tennessee. This city has the least traffic of the three entrances to the most visited national park in the US, the other two entrances being Gatlinburg and Cherokee. Commonly known as ‘the Peaceful Side of the Smokies’, this city is your perfect peaceful getaway. It provides you access to the Great Smokies and other outdoor activities without the commercialization and traffic.
Another reason to stay in this city is that the prices here are less expensive when compared to the other Great Smokies gateways. So if you are on a budget and want to stay close to the Smokies, make Townsend your home-base. Known for its gorgeous scenery and relaxed atmosphere, this city is close to some of the spectacular hiking trails such as Laurel Falls, Abram Falls, Cumberland Gap, Rich Mountain Trail, and Gregory Bald. Do not forget to check out the 150 feet deep ‘Big Room’ or the double waterfall which has a height of 200 feet. The outdoor activities such as horseback riding and golfing will ensure that you always have something to do!
During your vacation in Townsend, learn about the history of this region by visiting the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Museum. Bike the eight mile historical trail to see a Native American archaeological site and the Laughing Horse Motel. Want a glimpse of breathtaking vistas and picturesque meadows, visit Cades Cove that is only seven miles from Townsend. If you are feeling adventurous, explore the Tuckaleechee Caverns here which is a system of caves under the Great Smokies.
If you want to experience the best of the Smokies, choose to stay in one of the Townsend cabins. These cabins provide you both added privacy and extra space needed to give you a feel of seclusion. They also have fully equipped kitchens so that you don’t have to eat out every day of your vacation. If you think the hotels are the only place where you can get luxury accommodations, think again. There are some Townsend cabins that offer luxurious facilities like Jacuzzi tubs, hot tubs, home theatres, and game rooms. If you own a pet, you know how difficult it can be to find a sitter or a kennel for the duration of your trip. Even when you do find one, your vacation somehow seems incomplete without your beloved pet or pets. Book one of these pet-friendly Townsend cabins and you won’t need to be away from your pets. You can bring them along with you and spend some quality time with them. Some of the pet-friendly cabins in Townsend are:
If you are looking for Townsend cabins that have a fenced yard, the Family Memories cabin should be your ideal choice. These cabins boasts a beautiful setting in the Wears Valley and offers you some of the majestic views of the Great Smokies. It’s central location places it only minutes away from popular attractions such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Cades Cove. You will love this cabin because it is full of amenities like the game room with a pool table, hot tub on the back porch, free Internet access, rocking chairs, fireplace and a fenced back yard with a charming garden. You will enjoy everything about your stay at this 3 bedroom cabin and go home with some great family memories!
Choose the Wind Rider Lodge, if you are looking for Townsend cabins that provide stunning mountain views from every room. The main feature that attracts lots of tourists to this cabin is the numerous windows which allow you to enjoy nature from the comfort of your very own cabin. The kitchen here is large and comes equipped with a microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, and all the pots and pan that you will ever need. Dine out on the back deck to enjoy some spectacular mountain views along with your meal. The upstairs bathroom has a 6 foot whirlpool for you to relax in after a full day of exploring. Enjoy your evenings watching fireflies play around the trees while taking a dip in the hot tub. This 5 bedroom cabin is home to a wood burning fireplace and provides you with plenty of space. The rates of this cabin are $145 per night for two adults and you can also avail a 10% discount if you are staying here for 7 nights.
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