While you are lodging at the Townsend Gateway 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 and enjoy the mountain views from your room.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park Established in 1934 the Great Smoky Mountain National park is the most visited National Park in the United States and remains free to visitors. Today the park protects over 800 square miles of mountains and rivers and preserves a safe haven for more than 15,000 different species of plants and animals while providing visitors endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center celebrates the history of east Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains, and is dedicated to preserving the regions unique culture. View artifacts dating from 3000 B.C. to the 1930’s and catch a glimpse of Native American life and its pottery, hunting weapons, ceremonial dress, homes, and masks representing the Cherokee seven clans. Learn about Native American and early settler life through three-dimensional displays, interactive exhibits, media presentations and an historic village of authentic log cabins, cantilever barns, wheelwright shop, smokehouse, sawmill, setoff house and more. http://www.gsmheritagecenter.org/
Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont provides in-depth experiences thru educational programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship and nurture appreciation for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Appalachian Bear Rescue Appalachian Bear Rescue cares for orphaned and injured black bear cubs for return to their natural wild habitat; increases public awareness about coexisting with black bears; and studies all aspects of returning cubs to the wild. If you are interested in learning more about ABR, or if you would like to support our cubs, visit the ABR Visitor and Education Center located in the Trillium Cove Shopping Village.
Cades Cove Heritage Tours Tour Cades Cove on a comfortable 19-passenger Educational Touring Vehicle with an experienced and friendly guide. Learn all about the history, personal stories, and natural resources that make Cades Cove so unique and share the beautiful scenery and wildlife with your family and friends, instead of worrying about the brake lights in front of you.
Tuckaleechee Caverns Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth’s oldest mountain chains, the Tuckaleechee Caverns at Townsend, Tenn., are known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies.” Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, the Caverns are rich in history and lore in recent years as well. Tuckaleechee Caverns are open from mid March through mid November and offers guided tours of this beautiful underground wonderland.
Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum Collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of the Railroad, lumber industry and the people in this region, the Museum features one-of-a-kind locomotives, hundreds of photographs, restored equipment and interpretive exhibits. Free
Townsend Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce The Townsend Visitor Center has all the information you need on local activities, craft shows, festivals, local weather, brochures, Smoky Mountain hiking trails, horseback riding, river floating, concerts and more.
Little River Outfitters Little River Outfitters is a full service fly shop and fly fishing school located in Townsend, Tennessee. Family owned, Little River Outfitters is one of the largest fly shops in the United States dedicated to serving the many anglers who visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to fly fish in its 800 miles of wild trout streams.
WOOD-N-STRINGS Dulcimer Shop Featuring Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers hand-crafted by Mike Clemmer. FREE “Pickin’ Porch” at 7:00 p.m. Saturday nights, May through October. http://www.clemmerdulcimer.com/
Mountain Sage Gallery and Nawger Nob Craft Community
A unique collection of Crafts, Pottery, Art, Jewelry and Custom Furniture featuring some of the areas finest Artisans.
Smoky Mountain Wood Sculptures East Tennessee’s best source for Custom Chainsaw Carvings. Fireplace mantels, Sculptures of Black Bears, American Bald Eagles, Tiki Poles, Walking Sticks, Cedar Corner and Wall Posts plus… much much more.
125 Wears Valley Rd. Townsend, TN, Phone: (865)448-3598
Antique Outlet Mall Looking for something you had as a child? Maybe that special piece of furniture you never thought you’d find, or you just enjoy taking a stroll down memory lane. With approx. 5,000 sq. ft of collectibles, glassware, furniture, yard decor and much more, you’re sure to find something you can’t live without!
Hwy 321, Walland, TN, Phone: (865) 977-8641
Wears Valley Farmers Market Shop for fresh seasonal local produce and your favorite Jams, Jellies, Honey and Pickles.