Local Area Attractions
Tubing the Little River is the most popular water activity in this area. Our KOA is located on the Little River, so tubing fun is just a short walk away! Ask one of our staff about our tube rentals and convenient tube shuttle service.
Townsend has a wonderful 5-mile bike trail that begins directly across the street from our KOA. So remember to bring your bikes or swing by our welcome center and rent one of ours. We offer standard bicycles and banana peel bikes. You may also want to visit Cades Cove for an 11-mile loop bike ride. This
area is open on Saturday and Wednesday of every week (April thru September) until 10 a.m. for bike riders only.
For those of you that love to golf, Townsend has a wonderful golf course located at the Laurel Valley community club. It boasts a fantastic 18-hole course along with a pro shop and club rental. The course takes you through a lush fairway with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains.
If fishing is your thing, then we have plenty of it! You can fish right from our campground, or if you like fly-fishing put your waders on and take a trip into the national park. We have several local shops that cater to the fisherman's needs. You could stop by The Backcountry, which is just a short ½ block walk from our campground, or visit the Little River Outfitter Shop where they have fly fishing classes.
Townsend offers several horseback-riding stables within just minutes of our campground. Horseback riding is just one way to enjoy the true beauty of what the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.
Some of our favorite stables are:
Tuckaleechee Caverns, located in Townsend, are known as the "Greatest site under the Smokies". Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth’s oldest mountain chains the caves are estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old! Stop by our welcome center to pick up a brochure and receive information about one of Townsend’s attractions you don’t want to miss!
Peaceful Side of the Smokies!
Welcome to the "The Peaceful Side of The Smokies!" Soak up the fresh air and the beauty of the mountains, forests and rivers. Enjoy fishing and tubing on our river frontage and ride the Townsend Bike Trail that's just across the road! We know you'll love it here.
Go see why this is the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! This 6,800-acre valley has trout streams, hiking and horseback riding trails and an 11-mile driving loop for you to enjoy. See pioneer homes and buildings, white-tailed deer, red fox, woodchucks and amazing views. Open daily sunrise to sundown. No entrance fee.
Townsend is proud of its heritage and celebrates year-round! ChristyFest is held in June; an annual event celebrating the "Christy" book, movies and television series. Cast members, directors, writers and fans gather to share memories. The Spring Festival and Old Timer's Day and the Fall Heritage Festival bring the community together with food, arts and crafts, music, dancing and storytelling.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This world-renowned park has something for everyone! Hike and horseback ride over hundreds of miles of maintained trails. Take an auto tour of the area and enjoy spectacular views at the many overlooks. Fish for trout on over 700 miles of fishable streams! Tour 78 historic buildings to get a taste of American history. Enjoy waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife viewing - don't forget your camera! Open year-round. No entrance fee.
This small town's history goes back hundreds of years. First called Tuckaleechee Cove by the Cherokee, white settlers began arriving in the late 1700s. Around 1900, there was a logging boom and the town was named after the Little River Lumber Company president, W.B. Townsend. Since the 1930s, when the national park was created, Townsend has been a major portal into the park. Enjoy the rich Appalachian culture, beautiful scenery and wonderful people of Tennessee.
Little River Railroad & Lumber Co. Museum
Visit this museum for a view into the history and people of this beautiful region! Enjoy the collections of photos, papers, tools and artifacts as well as a vintage caboose, flatcars, steam engine and more! Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm in June, July, August and October and Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm in April, May and September. This attractions is located in Townsend.
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Travel thousands of years into the past through gallery exhibits, educational programs and festivals! See 5,000 years of Native American life and pioneer and mountain culture. Tour log homes, a smokehouse and a cantilever barn while hearing stories told by costumed guides and craftsmen! Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Admission is charged. This attractions is located in Townsend.
Enjoy the fresh air, scenery and quiet with a bike ride! There are miles of country roads beckoning you as well as the five mile paved trail along the river walk and the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop in the national park. Take your camera and a picnic and have a wonderful day! Bicycle rentals are available.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with hiking trails ranging from easy to primitive. There are gentle hikes for the first-timers and backwoods hikes for the hardcore. The hiking trail choices include Schoolhouse Gap at four miles, Russell Field at ten miles and the Thunderhead, 14 miles of hard, but rewarding work.
Sevierville, named the county seat in 1795, suffered fires and floods through its history, but has come through stronger than ever. It is famous for shopping, great attractions and museums. Pigeon Forge had its humble beginnings in 1780 and tourism started booming in the 1930s! Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, it is home to family fun and outdoor adventures. Gatlinburg, founded in 1807 by Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, was called a "land of paradise." It is now a mountain resort destination with attractions.