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Tuckaleechee Caverns
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Attraction type: Caverns & Caves; Geologic Formations
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Cades Cove Visitor Center
Cades Cove Visitor Center
Owner description: Inside the national park. Seasonal ranger-led programs.Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring... more Owner description: Inside the national park. Seasonal ranger-led programs.Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures. Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. less
Attraction type: Visitor Centers
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Smoky Mountain River Rat
Smoky Mountain River Rat
Owner description: Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the Little River for 20 years! River Rat is located 15 miles south of Pigeon Forge in Townsend, TN, the Peaceful... more Owner description: Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the Little River for 20 years! River Rat is located 15 miles south of Pigeon Forge in Townsend, TN, the Peaceful Side of The Smokies. Tubing trips offer plenty of rapids to satisfy your craving for excitement, but the Little River is mellow enough for even the youngest thrill seeker. This adventure is fun for ages 2 and older. Open 7 days, May - Labor Day. Want something with more PADDLE, SPLASH & PLAY? The River Rat also offers white water rafting with their "sister company". USA Raft Smoky Mountains offers guests white water rafting adventures on the Pigeon River in Hartford, TN. We are conveniently located right off I-40 at the Tennessee, North Carolina border. USA Raft is the closest white water adventure rafting to Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Pigeon Forge. Your next adventure is waiting for you in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a fun family vacation, USA Raft the premier outfitter for rafting in the Smoky Mountains has an adventure that is just right for you! Our experienced guides combine safety with the rush of an outdoor adventure to give you and your family the thrill of a lifetime! From rafting to ThrillKats to fishing and more, the most fun you will ever have in the water awaits you on the Pigeon River. At USA Raft we believe it is our job to make rafting in the Smoky Mountains your first choice for vacation fun! less
Attraction type: Theme Parks; Bodies of Water
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Foothills Parkway
Foothills Parkway
Attraction type: Scenic Drives
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Next to Heaven Adventure
Next to Heaven Adventure
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Trailhead Steakhouse
Trailhead Steakhouse
Ranked #1 of 38 Restaurants in Townsend
Price: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Ranked #2 of 38 Restaurants in Townsend
Price: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Vegetarian Friendly, American, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Black Bear Cafe
Black Bear Cafe
Ranked #3 of 38 Restaurants in Townsend
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Smokin Joes
Smokin Joes
Ranked #4 of 38 Restaurants in Townsend
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Country Steak N' Eggs
Country Steak N' Eggs
Ranked #5 of 38 Restaurants in Townsend
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Riverstone Lodge
Riverstone Lodge
$49 - $89
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Townsend
Camp Townsend
Camp Townsend
$24 - $45
Bunkhouse Inn
Bunkhouse Inn
$65
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Townsend

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Townsend Gateway Inn
2.0 of 5
Townsend Gateway Inn
$101 - $131
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Townsend
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BEST WESTERN Cades Cove Inn
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN Cades Cove Inn
$87 - $286
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Townsend
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Highland Manor Inn & Conference Center
2.0 of 5
Highland Manor Inn & Conference Center
$102 - $137
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Townsend
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
4.0 of 5
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
$258 - $410
Ranked #2 of 84 Hotels in Gatlinburg
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Margaritaville Island Hotel
4.0 of 5
Margaritaville Island Hotel
$200 - $354
Ranked #7 of 93 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
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Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
4.0 of 5
Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
$176 - $288
Ranked #11 of 93 Hotels in Pigeon Forge
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.