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Cabin in Townsend
Honey Bear Pause: Rural Escape w/ Porch & Hot Tub!
Experience rustic charm and breathtaking views of the Smokies from this 1-bath vacation rental studio. Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian mountain range and ideally situated near an abundance of outdoor recreation, this newly renovated cabin is the ideal home base for your next Tennessee retreat. Spend your days exploring 'the peaceful side of the Smokies' or strolling the quaint mountain town of Townsend, followed by relaxing evenings sipping wine on the back porch or soaking in the hot tub.
$135 per night
Cabin in Townsend
Mountaintop Smoky Mountain Cabin With Amazing View
Located inside the beautiful Timerwinds community in Townsend, This one-of-a-kind studio mountaintop cabin is just outside the Smoky Mountains National Park. You can enjoy the community swimming pool, pavilion for grilling, or just sit on the back porch and take in the breathtaking mountain views for miles. You are truly surrounded by serene wooded views that you can enjoy from both inside the cabin or soaking in the hot tub after a day of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
$129 per night
Cabin in Townsend
Cozy Cabin by GSMNP with Pool & Golf
Cozy Cabin is a 2-story cabin located in stunning Laurel Valley in Townsend, TN. It offers year round incredible views of the Smoky Mountains with plenty of privacy to relax, golf, swim, hike, & have a great time. Step out on the deck after a full day of fun & relax on the tree covered porch while enjoying the spectacular views. Guests will have access to @wildlaurelgolfcourse at their set rate + all guests have free access to their pool (Open Memorial day thru Labor day) & 24/7 gym.
$164 per night

Stay near Townsend's top sights

Smoky Mountain River Rat Main Tubing Outpost168 locals recommend
Burger Master Drive In30 locals recommend
Townsend IGA30 locals recommend
Trailhead Steakhouse55 locals recommend
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center37 locals recommend
Riverstone Family Restaurant9 locals recommend

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$272 per night
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Lovely Riverfront Cabin, 1/2 mi from SMNP Entrance
$223 per night
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"Gray Wolf" Newly Renovated Cabin w/ Sauna!
$209 per night

Your guide to Townsend

All About Townsend

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend, Tennessee is synonymous with natural beauty. It’s one of three gateway cities into the mountain range, and with a population of just about 350 people, it’s an ideal destination for those seeking to explore the area from a small-town base.

The area around Townsend is steeped in history, with archaeological finds dating as far back as 2,000 B.C. — the Tuckaleechee caverns here are estimated to be 30 million years old. There are a number of museums dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Townsend’s past, including the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the Little River Railroad and Lumber Museum, which speaks to the community’s ties to the construction of the railway.

In spite of its tranquil setting, Townsend is by no means a sleepy town; the community offers a packed schedule of festivals and events year-round. Immerse yourself in local lore at the annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot festival, celebrate autumn’s colors at the Fall Heritage Festival, and add a little whimsy to your holiday during the enchanting Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Townsend

Each season in Townsend brings a different reason to spend time outdoors. Visit in the winter and be rewarded with cozy days at your cabin rental in Townsend between taking scenic drives in the snow or fishing in one of many nearby rivers. When things warm up a bit, festivals and seasonal events dot the calendar. May sees the annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival roll into town. Early summer means the arrival of the annual firefly viewing, where you can witness millions of these glowing bugs light up the night sky as they search for the perfect mate. If you visit towards the end of summer, you can experience the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival. In autumn, the leaves turn fiery shades of red and gold, and the Fall Heritage Festival in September celebrates Appalachian cooking alongside bluegrass music, arts, and crafts.

Top things to do in Townsend

Tuckaleechee Caverns

Once you’ve explored the unmatched beauty of the Smoky Mountains above, it’s time to take a peek below the surface and marvel at the ancient Tuckaleechee Caverns. Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, these underground chambers are home to 24-foot stalagmites and a breathtaking 210-feet, two-tier waterfall. Access to the caves is only available from March to November, so bear that in mind when planning a trip here.

Cades Cove

Cades Cove is one of the star attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains, and you can explore this picturesque valley by taking an 11-mile loop road that snakes through one of the oldest mountain ranges in the United States. This lush landscape is home to all manner of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, black bears, and turkeys, as well as historic cabins and mills and hiking trails.

Little River

The enchantingly named Little River runs the length of Townsend and creates the perfect backdrop for a day of outdoor fun. One of the most popular activities in the area is tubing down the river. The slow-moving water creates the perfect atmosphere to unwind and cool down on a hot summer day.

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