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Dates: 1/2/2018 - 12/31/2018
City / State: Townsend, TN
Event Name: Peaceful Side of the Smokies
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 108565 2018/Y1648
Distance - Trail Ratings: 6/11/14 km - 2A
Description: The walk follows the Townsend Historic Trail and is paved with some gentle hills. Sample wine at Cades Cove Cellars, and grab a bite at Apple Valley Cafe. The River Walk is maintained by a local garden club who have labeled some of the trees you will see. Visit the The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum. The 14 km walk incorporates an out-and-back-leg that goes to the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. Admission Adults $7, Seniors and Children $5. (Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.) Shares Walk Box with Elkmont YRE
Amenities: Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: Hard | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Points of Reference
Start Times:
Location: Townsend Visitor's Center
Start Point / Driving Directions: 7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882. From Knoxville, take Alcoa Hwy S (US-129). Past airport, go left at the Y to N. Hall/TN-35. Continue as the road becomes S Washington. Bear left at Y on E Lamar Alexander Pkwy (TN-35/US-321). Drive 16.7 miles to the Townsend VC on right. Daily 9am-5pm. Restrooms and water available. Please park in the field behind the VC to allow "regular tourists" space in parking lot.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: A side trail, the Townsend River Walk, is unpaved and not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, etc. Walkers can continue along the paved trail if unable to transit the River Walk. Tunnels under Highway 321 allow walkers to avoid traffic going from one side of the highway to the other. Entry into The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum is free. Check for local events and festivals. In the summer and fall there are often concerts at the Heritage Center ($8). Saturday night from May to October there are performances on the "Pickin' Porch" at Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. Come back at 7 p.m. with a lawn chair to enjoy the music.
Host Club: East Tennessee Wanderers
Contact: Linda Nelson (865) 617-9945
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