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  Most lodging facilities in and around Townsend & Walland Tennessee are situated within a very comfortable distance to local restaurants, shops, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Recreation is not the kind you will find at theme parks but rather the kind that puts you in touch with nature. The Little River offers anglers an ideal environment for trout fishing and for those that enjoy a few hours floating down the river tubing rentals are handy and provide shuttles up the Little River at starting points and are available down river to pick you up. There are several horse and bicycle rentals for young and old with miles of trails set aside for both. If you do stay with us in the Townsend area your drive to most of these locations could be from two or three minutes up to ten or fifteen minutes only. A drive to Cades Cove will take 30 minutes to an hour depending upon the traffic and the season as will a trip to Wears Valley, with Gatlinburg adding about 20 additional minutes to your trip.
Photo by Steve Speer    

Cades Cove

Cades Cove, Photo by Lensay Mills
Visitors to Townsend will not find a lack of activities to enjoy during their stay. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and take a historic journey through time to experience the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. ChristyFest is an annual festival held in Townsend, to celebrate Christy the novel by Catherine Marshall... so much more.
 

Cable Mill at Cable Mill Rest Area

   

Cable Mill, Photo by David Styles


Music from the Mountains
Music is deeply imbedded in the culture of the people of East Tennessee. Presenting and sharing music is as much a joy for the musicians and it is for the listeners. There are annual events and festivals such as the Spring Festival and Old Timers Day, and the Fall Heritage and Old Timers Day as well as weekly Bluegrass sessions at local establishments and community centers. Though the music is varied, Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Down-Home Country music definitely make up the majority of these presentations and jam sessions. Mountain folk have long treasured the heritage of their past, and dearly love to share it in the songs passed along from generation to generation. Guitars, fiddles and mountain instruments such as the dulcimer come alive with this love... music from the mountains.
 

   

Old Timers Day, Photo by Steve Speer


  Cades Cove in the Smokies
Cades Cove nestles in a beautiful valley. Open fields lap against 5,500-foot mountain peaks. With more than 2.5 million visitors annually, it is the Park's most popular destination. Most people come to these 5,000 open acres to observe the wildlife. In addition to the wide variety of wildlife, several historic buildings date to the nineteenth century, including a working grist mill, barns, three churches, pioneer log cabins, and frame houses.

An 11 mile loop road accesses the cove. The one-way, paved road is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. On Wednesdays and Saturdays from early May to late September the road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00a.m. This allows a safe, quiet experience for bicyclists and pedestrians. On December's Saturdays, the loop road closes to cars until noon. Hayrides, available most of the year, serve as public transportation. Bicyclists and walkers can also use the road.


Little River Railroad & Lumber Company
In 1886, a group of investors headed by Col. W.B. Townsend from Pennsylvania, after a lumber resource investigation, formed these two companies. Early in 1901, Little River Lumber Company was chartered as lumber operations began in Blount and Sevier Counties in what is now known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On November 21, 1901, the Little River Railroad was chartered.
Nearly 100,000 acres of timberland were purchased along Little River and its tributaries, in Cades Cove, and along Pigeon River.
Construction of the railroad began in Walland in 1902 where it interchanged with the Knoxville and Augusta, predecessor of the Knoxville and Charleston Railway, a subsidiary of Southern Railway. The eight miles from Walland to Townsend was opened for operation January 1, 1903, and the three miles between Townsend and the forks of Little River (the Y) were completed in March, 1903. The operation was extended for fifteen miles through Little River Gorge to Elkmont in 1906. A spur was extended to Clingman's Dome. Many spurs which were built to reach virgin timber only existed a month or two...
 

Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke... Psalms 144:5



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