Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Townsend, Tennessee – The Peaceful Side of the Smokies

Enjoy the mountain air of Townsend, Tennessee - a quaint mountain community located at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We call it The Peaceful Side of the Smokies. You can stay in a cabin, hotel, bed and breakfast, or at a campsite. Townsend offers the best in Smoky Mountain culture, including arts/crafts, museums, hiking, biking, tubing, horseback riding, live music, and four annual festivals.

Four times a year, Townsend comes alive as 25,000 visitors come together to celebrate Appalachian culture at the Winter, Spring, Pottery and Fall heritage festivals. The festivals have been selected more than once as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's top 20 events, and admission is free.

Smoky Mountain culture is the heart and soul of the festivals, with hundreds of local musicians, artisans, crafters, quilters, chefs, antique collectors and pottery makers participating in these events.

The Winter Festival is held in mid-February, and the Spring Festival is held the last week in April and the first Friday and Saturday in May, an ideal time to view the abundance of wildflowers in the mountains. The Pottery Festival takes place in June, and the fall festival is held the last Friday and Saturday in September, allowing visitors to experience the changing colors of fall.

Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau