AJ's Hearth & Kettle is a mom and pop restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee. Located just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, AJ's has a great country breakfast bar that includes pork sausage, country bacon, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits, fresh pancakes, french toast sticks, country style hash browns, cinnamon apples, Southern style grits, and a fresh fruit bar. You may also order from the menu. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner.

Hours of operation:

Open: 7:30am daily

Address:
7767 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Townsend TN, 37882
Phone:
865-448-6059

(at A.J.’s Hearth and Kettle)

Basic Bike Rentals

Address:
7767 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend TN, 37882
Phone:
(865) 448-6059
Address:
715 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville TN, 0
Phone:
(865) 637-1910

Easy

5 miles up and back
Start: Trailhead exit at Cades Cove Loop Road (approximately 5.5 miles)
Features: Abram's Creek walkway and Abram's Falls
Caution: Slippery rocks around falls. Alternate route from Abram's Creek Ranger Station - 12 miles

 

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm


Address:
6537 Abrams Creek Road
National Park TN, 37878
Phone:
(865) 856-2445

Moderate

11 miles up and back
Start: Rich Mountain Rd. to Beard Cane Trail.
Features: Ace Gap, crossing of old railroad bed, Great Smoky Mountain National Park boundary and solitude. 

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

The Maryville Alcoa Greenway is a cooperative effort by the two cities and Blount County, Tenn., to connect existing parks with a paved foot and cycle path. There are numerous access points to the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway, including Maryville's parks: Sandy Springs, Pearsons Spring, Founders and Greenbelt. In Alcoa, access the greenbelt from Richard Williams Park and Hall and Springbrook parks. This trail is for all levels of experience. 

 

The 9-mile paved Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects Springbrook Park in Alcoa with the Bicentennial Greenbelt and Sandy Springs Park in Maryville. From Alcoa, the greenway starts near the swimming pool at Springbrook Park, passes the schools, crosses Springbrook Road near Edison Road then follows Pistol Creek to Maryville. At the junction of the two cities, the greenway is marked as Mile 0. Heading north through Alcoa, the greenway travels for 5 miles. Southbound, the greenway goes 4 miles to and around Maryville. The greenway loops through each of the parks along the way with the exception of Sandy Springs. The greenway provides users with links to shopping districts, businesses, nature areas, fitness stations and picnic pavilions.

 

For more percise directions of the greenway, beginnning at Springbrook Park, located in Alcoa, which has a circular trail of 1.5 miles that features a pond, memorial trees, wildflowers, picnic tables, a playground and the Alcoa Swimming Pool. Parking and restrooms are provided next to a recreation building and pavilion with tennis courts, on Dalton St. Start near the swimming pool of the park,  passing Alcoa Elementary School and Alcoa High School, crosses Springbrook Rd. near Edison St. and continues beside Pistol Creek to Maryville.The Greenway joins the Bicentennial Greenbelt Park trail at the parking lot across from the Blount County Library.The path continues from Bicentennial Park, starting across Lamar Alexander Parkway from behind the Blount County Courthouse. The trail follows Pistol Creek, passing near Sam Houston Elementary School and Maryville Middle School to Sandy Springs Park. The Greenway starts again across the Best Street parking lot in Sandy Springs Park, continuing beside Pistol Creek and turning to follow Montgomery Lane to Mize Lane and Foothills Elementary School. 

 

A map of the Greenway can be downloaded here: www.knoxtrans.org/plans/bikeprog/resource.htm#maps

Fri. - Sat: 5-9 p.m.

Address:
403 South Union Grove Road
Friendsville TN, 37737
Phone:
(865) 995-9245

If you're looking for a vacation rental that your family and friends will remember for years, then Alpha Vacation Properties and the Knotty Pine Cabin are your perfect choice!  Located in Townsend Tennessee the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies" Knotty Pine has all a the comforts of home with one of the best views in the Valley.  Since 2008 Alpha Vacation Properties as been providing families from all over the world with the highest level of service and accommodation.

Address:
Laurel Road
Townsend TN, 37882
Phone:
(574) 518-2331