Free Things To Do In Townsend, TN

If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation destination but want to avoid the more expensive attractions that can be found in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN, then visiting Townsend is a great alternative.

Visit Cades Cove

Townsend is also known as the "Gateway to Cades Cove" which is one of the most popular spots to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cades Cove dates back to 1821, rich in history with plenty of wildlife and stunning views.

Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum

Visit this museum to learn more about the region’s timber industry and the impact it had on Townsend’s economy.

The Museum is open seasonally and charges no admission fee. However, it relies on donations and souvenir sales to stay in operation.

See Waterfalls around Townsend, TN

Many of the waterfalls around Townsend are easily accessible and can be seen from nearby roads and trails.

Drop by Townsend Visitors Center

Here visitors can find out about local travel and tourism opportunities in an area.

Dark Island Swing Bridge

A must-see destination for anyone who enjoys off-the-beaten-path attractions and unique sites.

You can admire the beautiful Little River from the bridge, but do know that the other end leads out onto private property. Its sits right behind the Little River Railroad and Lumber Museum and has a small parking lot.

Visit the Little River Artistry

A small artisan shop that offers some of the best handmade wood carvings and pottery in the region.

Swimming at Townsend Wye

This swimming hole is located where Lamar Alexander Parkway intersects with Little River Road, making it an easy spot to visit.

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