Destination guide

Enjoy Townsend in vacation home rentals

For lovers of the great outdoors, Townsend offers everything you could want in a vacation. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, the rugged, mountainous terrain provides a wealth of activities from hiking to fishing. Superb attractions, like Cades Cove—a large open-air museum of historic buildings set in beautiful scenery—are never far away from Townsend vacation rentals. As a basecamp for accessing the Great Smoky National Park, it can't be beaten: it’s one of several “gateways” to the park, and is provides superb views and natural surroundings all around.

Things to do

Places to visit near Townsend vacation rentals

If you're visiting Townsend, you can't afford to miss Tuckaleechee Caverns—an educational tour that takes you through a series of awe-inspiring caverns featuring incredible formations and waterfalls, and culminating in the breathtaking Big Room, which has to be seen to be believed. Townsend is also home to several superb museums. Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center provides a fascinating look at the history of the area and both its Native American and European settlers. To learn all about the logging railroads of the Smokies, check out the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum.


Things to do near Townsend vacation homes

Be sure you visit Townsend Wye, one of the most popular swimming holes in the area. Enjoy a picnic, take a refreshing dip, or watch in awe as adventurous visitors jump from the rocks into the waters below. Rent a tube and drift along the creek in Little River with the summer sun shining upon you for a wonderful experience that the whole family can enjoy. If you really want to get the adrenaline pumping, try one of the whitewater rafting tours. If you're after more exciting ways to explore, take a thrilling ATV or a relaxing horseback riding tour

Day trips

Day trips from Townsend vacation rentals

Townsend is the ideal base camp to explore the wonders of Knoxville. Vacation homes are available near places like Ijams Nature Center, a nature park with hiking trails through wetlands and rock formations, and Zoo Knoxville, an animal park with educational presentations about animals and carousel rides. You'll also like Sunsphere, a landmark tower with an observation deck for panoramic landscape views, and the Knoxville Museum of Art, a modern showcase for regional artists.


Local weather for your trip to Townsend vacation homes

Townsend vacation rentals are welcoming all year round. Winters can be bitterly cold, but visitors coming at this time of year will be rewarded with fewer crowds and a more laidback vibe. Summer is the most popular time to visit thanks to the fabulous weather, with temperatures hitting around the high-80s during July. Those who love to see beautiful fall foliage should visit Townsend during October, when the mountainside is transformed into a gorgeous sea of color.

Natural features

Townsend—the perfect base for exploring the Smokies

At an elevation of 1,070 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend vacation rentals boast a position in one of the most magnificent landscapes in the United States. Here, valleys, rivers, mountains, and forests provide picture-perfect panoramas at every turn. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and wildlife, with over 1,500 species of wildflower to discover. For the best spot to view wildlife, check out Cades Cove. You can usually spot deer here, and you may even get a chance to see other wild animals including black bears, wild turkeys, and coyotes.

How to get there

How to get to and around Townsend

The nearest airport is in Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee Tyson), located 15.9 mi (25.5 km) from the city center.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Townsend vacation homes

Couples looking for romance will love the attractions in Townsend. Vacation homes are available near Chilhowee Mountain, a long mountain ridge with multiple peaks and a scenic parkway along the crest, and the Townsend Wye, a river with a scenic shoreline for hiking, biking, and water adventures. You could also visit the wineries in the area for tastings, or enjoy local cuisine in one of the many restaurants.

Where to stay around Townsend?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,426 vacation rentals near Townsend. From 3,067 Cabins to 3,067 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Townsend for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Townsend?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Townsend:

  • Chalet Village: 2,140 vacation rentals
  • Smoky Mountain Village: 333 vacation rentals
  • Black Bear Falls: 317 vacation rentals
  • Hemlock Hills: 131 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 37 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Townsend?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Townsend. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cades Cove: 6,742 vacation rentals
  • Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: 7,269 vacation rentals
  • Cades Cove Visitor Center: 2,340 vacation rentals
  • Next To Heaven: 7,424 vacation rentals
  • Tuckaleechee Caverns: 6,719 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Townsend listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Townsend?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,067 Cabins in Townsend. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Townsend include:

  • Cottages: 3,067 rentals available
  • Chalets: 187 rentals available
  • Houses: 245 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Townsend?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,473 vacation rentals with pool available in Townsend. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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