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Highlights Townsend

  • Beautiful caverns
  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Unique attractions
  • Outdoor activities
  • Wine cellars
  • Upscale Farm-to-table dining

Best Vacation Rentals in Townsend

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Townsend, Blount County
Vacation Rental • 40 Guests • 10 Bedrooms
(20 reviews)
Bring your family and friends to the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies" to relax, sightsee, bike, hike, raft/tube, fish, or just enjoy nature. The large, roomy, authentic log cabin for groups has a fully equipped, newly renovated kitchen with double appliances. It is nicely appointed and has well-maintained bedrooms. A 1500 sq. ft. conference / game room has chairs, tables, lectern, smart TV, white board and organ for use with conferences or meetings. A large dining room (seats 40-50) and living room with flat screen TV/cable, and wrap around sectional sofa provides plenty of room for guests. E...
from $1,147 / night
Townsend, Blount County
Vacation Rental • 1249 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
(20 reviews)
This cozy, rustic cabin is nestled on the bank of the scenic Little River in quaint Townsend, TN. Just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, and other attractions, this rustic cabin combines the feeling of solemn remoteness with the convenience of local walking-distance amenities, including a grocery store, gas station, and many restaurants. We are family-friendly and welcome you to make a tradition out of bringing your family to Townsend each year, just like our family did when we were children!Check-in is at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 11:00 am.
from $308 / night
Townsend, Blount County
Vacation Rental • 667 ft² • 1 Bedroom
(22 reviews)
Willow CottageOur calendar is updated in real-time & our nightly rates are accurately displayed. Simply enter your desired dates and click 'Book Now!'This cozy cottage makes the perfect backdrop to a romantic mountain getaway. With its tranquil surroundings and wood-burning fireplace, you will want to spend your mornings sipping coffee on the front porch listening to the bluejays, and your evenings curled up with your favorite book next to the warm, crackling fire. The homey interior decor will help you leave all your worries behind. And the fully-equipped kitchen is ideal for easy meal...
from $140 / night

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Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Townsend

$229for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
$250 annual average
Average price per week

Vacation rentals availability Townsend

48%for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
28% annual average
Percentage of available rentals

Vacation rentals in Townsend

A picturesque historical town in the Great Smoky Mountains

There’s nothing like a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Especially in Townsend, a scenic mountain town, nestled in Tuckaleechee Valley, offering travelers a taste of the Smokies from a different perspective. Visitors will find a myriad of attractions, refreshingly far from the crowds. This is the place where you can truly immerse in nature to the sounds of frogs and crickets while naming the constellations. Townsend is also just a 30-minute drive from entertainment cities like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, giving you the best of both worlds.

Outstanding woodland rentals with spectacular views

Have an incredible vacation in one of these authentic woodland rentals. Visitors will get the full Smoky Mountain experience with all the comforts and rustic and elegant decorative touches imaginable. Choose a rental with an outdoor fire pit, or one with a giant living room and fireplace for relaxing with your entourage. Many of these rentals feature a hot tub, large fully equipped kitchen, and spacious terrace for absorbing the amazing views! A perfect fit for solo travelers, couples and especially groups, you’ll find many of these cozy rentals throughout the Tuckaleechee Valley, in strategic locations near Townsend.

Vacations in Townsend

The area and getting around

Unique sights, shopping & dining to explore!

If you’re wondering where to start, head to the Townsend Visitor Center, your gateway into the Smokies. This informative center is the place to go to find the hotspots and get real insider tips. Stop by the Apple Valley Mountain Village & Café for souvenirs including local arts and crafts as well as fried pies, burgers and coffee. Want to try award-winning food? The Dancing Bear Bistro is the most upscale restaurant in town, elevating farm-to-table Appalachian cuisine to new heights. Coffee connoisseurs can get their fix at The Artistic Bean, serving artisanal coffee roasted in-shop the same day.

History and heritage in every corner

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a must-see for newcomers to the area. It is here that you’ll find some of the most well-preserved historical buildings in Townsend. The main gallery is dedicated to the Native Americans of East Tennessee Collection. While in the vicinity, be sure to visit the Historic Village, a group of 13 heritage buildings which is almost as good as taking a time traveling vessel to the past.

Travelers and activities

Townsend for Hikers

Any hiker coming to visit the Great Smoky Mountains will inevitably find Cades Cove, an 11-mile loop and starting point for many incredible hikes. These gorgeous hikes should be on your itinerary. Hikers looking for a relaxing trail leading to a 20 ft waterfall should follow the famous Abrams Falls Trails. This low-intensity trail takes you on a 5-mile round trip journey to a breathtaking cascading waterfall and scenic pool. The Ace Gap is another peaceful trail passing through lovely wildflowers on the way to Bull Cave, the largest cave in Cades Cove. Later you’ll walk along the beautiful ridges of Rich Mountain leading to the iconic Methodist Church.

Townsend for Leisure Travelers

There are lots of fun and unusual things for travelers that do not require strenuous activity. For instance, enjoy spectacular views of the Smokies by car with a scenic drive along Foothills Parkway. This less visited, 33-mile parkway takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete. Browse local artwork starting from Tennessee Sally’s with artisanal goods and unique gift ideas. Try a handmade dulcimer compliments of Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer shop. You might catch locals serenading the front porch with their own dulcimers! Fishing fans can get suited up at Little River Outfitters where you’ll find everything you need for a fantastic fishing excursion.

This small town was heavily influenced by settlers involved in the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company as early as 1900.

Top 5 travel tips in Townsend

1. Be enchanted by the Little River Railroad & Lumber Museum

Find out how Townsend was founded as a logging town back in 1900 by a railroad company. Visitors will learn about W.B. Townsend, the town’s founder and namesake, as well as explore an antique logging locomotive.

2. Descend into one of Tennessee’s best caverns

One of the top must-see attractions in the Smokies, a visit to Tuckaleechee Caverns could be a life-changing experience. Visitors will be guided into the Big Room, large enough to host a football game, and one of the tallest subterranean waterfalls in America.

3. Have a blast tubing in Townsend

Looking for a thrill that will leave you drenched? Head no further than Smoky Mountain River Rat for the best tubing in Townsend. You’ll have a great time drifting down the river with cool mountain water to quench the heat. Choose a laid-back trip at Outpost A, or the treacherous rapids for the daring at Outpost B.

4. Bike ride through the town

Rent a bike at the Smokey Mountain Outdoor Center and explore the easy, 5-mile Townsend Bicycle Trail (10 miles roundtrip). Also known as the Townsend Historical Trail, visitors will enjoy stunning views of the Tuckaleechee Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains beyond.

5. Visit the nearby attraction towns of the Smokies

While there are plenty of low-key things to do in Townsend, Smokies hotspots like Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer more thrilling attractions. Check out fun, unusual museums like the one-of-a-kind Titanic Museum and Alcatraz East crime Museum as well as Dollywood and other Pigeon Forge amusement parks. The top unmissable attractions in Gatlinburg include Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and the adventure park of Anakeesta.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Townsend

What was the average price for a vacation rental in Townsend last year?

We can see from last year that Townsend had an average price of $233 per night, a relatively high one for a city in the USA.

Which months allow you to save the most on vacation rentals?

According to last year, the months at the lowest possible cost in Townsend are September, April and May, with average prices of $196, $198, and $213, respectively.

When does the price of vacation rentals in Townsend go up the most?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Townsend, the months when it is most expensive are, in order of highest to lowest, December, January and February, with average prices per night of $304, $281, and $244, respectively.

Is Townsend a good location for a last-minute getaway?

If you decide to put Townsend on your bucket list, we recommend planning your visit ahead of time because it tends to be very high in demand, with an annual average of 80% of rentals booked the previous year.

What are the best months for a last-minute getaway?

Last year, the months with the largest number of available properties of the year in Townsend were August, September and January, with average availabilities of 66%, 66%, and 48%, respectively.

Are there many vacation rentals in Townsend?

Holidu has around 60 vacation rentals in Townsend, provided by 2 different partners.

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