Townsend Historical Trail

Tennessee

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Townsend Historical Trail Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: Blount
Length: 9 miles
Trail end points: Cameron Road and Towns End Drive
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 11513596

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Townsend Historical Trail Description

The town of Townsend is probably known as being one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The small town, however, has its own charms, including this beautiful hike-and-bike trail. The Townsend Historical Trail runs the length of the town, on both sides of US 321/ Lamar Alexander Parkway. (The trail is 4.5 miles one-way, 9 miles total). Underpasses allow trail users to switch between the trail segments on the north and south sides of the highway.

The trail runs along Little River and there are places where users can get a good glimpse of it, including the 0.3-mile unpaved River Walk, a short diversion that was built and maintained by volunteers. Other points of interest include the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, for insight into the natural and economic history of the town and region. The trail also takes users past local eateries and other businesses.

The trail features some mild slopes and intersects with roads and driveways so always proceed with caution.

Parking and Trail Access

There is a parking lot on the east end, on Towns End Drive. Trail users can also park at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy), where they can get brochures detailing the points of interest in town and along the trail.

Townsend Historical Trail Reviews

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This trail is on either side of the road for about 4.5 miles. There is a parking lot at the east end at the corner of Towns End dr. Across the street from there is a gas station with bathrooms outdoors. Townsend is tucked in between mountains near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains so the views are spectacular. There are several historical sites and markers, along with a couple of informative signs about more area history. If you get hungry be sure and stop at one of the many local restaurants. I always follow my ride with a dunk in the river. It's also worth noting that one side of the road is mostly flat while the other is quite hilly so you can choose easy or challenging.

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