Best-Kept Secret #2--Townsend, Tennessee

By Darryl Payne
Posted on February 10, 2011

Located on “the peaceful side of the Smokies,” Townsend, Tennessee, is as known for what it doesn’t have as it is for what it does offer. Far-removed from the hustle and bustle of the more heavily visited tourist areas, Townsend is a mountain oasis of beauty and tranquility, and you should make it one of yours stops the next time you visit the Smoky Mountains.

A must-see in Townsend is the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, which offers a tour of the cultural history of the area, including a number of historic structures and out buildings.

No visit to Townsend would be complete without an exploration of the area’s natural beauty, including neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Little River, which runs through the heart of town, is another popular destination, offering numerous fishing opportunities. Townsend visitors can also count horseback riding among the area’s recreational options, and bicyclists can take advantage of a nearly eight-mile-long trail running through town.

Among the town’s shops and galleries you’ll discover antiques and collectibles as well as newer, handcrafted treasures, including baskets, woodwork, pottery, glassware, paintings and more.

For fun, the town’s annual fall and Christmas festivals are full of good times for visitors and locals alike. You can usually find arts and crafts, delicious foods, storytelling and good ol’ mountain music in abundance.

Darryl Payne the blogger

About Darryl Payne

Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.

 

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