14 miles up and back
Start: From Spence Field, hike 1.5 miles east on the Appalachian Trail.
Features: Rocky top and panoramic views.
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
This 10-mile path is a multi-modal paved, linear-loop that runs through downtown Townsend, Tennessee. The path runs parallel with US 321. Parking is available at both ends. The path passes by many restaurants, shops, and motels, as well as several historic sites.
.0 START – From Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, cross U.S. Hwy. 321 in front of Visitors Center and continue straight down Asher Howard Rd.
.1 At stop sign at “T” intersection, turn left on Old Hwy 73.
.25 Turn Right on River Rd., pass wedding chapel on right.
.35 Pass Little River Railroad on left.
.45 Right on bike trail to corner of Hwy 321 and Webb Rd. Turn right on Webb Rd, cross D.H. Tipton Bridge.
.75 Pass Townsend Church of God on left, continue on Webb Rd.
1.15 Pass Berry Williams Rd. on right, continue on Webb Rd.
1.50 Turn right on Cedar Creek Rd and pass Pack’s Stables on right.
2.00 Great mountain view.
2.25 Bear right just have passing Ledbetter Rd. on left and continue on Cedar Creek Rd.
2.75 Bear left at Carnes Rd. 9dead end), continue on Cedar Creek Rd.
3.50 turn right on Wear Valley Rd and cross bridge.
3.75 Turn right on Old Hwy 73
4.35 Turn left on Asher Howard Rd. at Maggie Lane.
4.45 FINISH – Cross Hwy. 321 to Smoky Mountain Visitor Center.
- Great for all levels
Swimming pool; game room; basketball hoop; horse shoes; pavilion; fishing; tubing. Hwy. 73 adjacent to national park entrance, 7 miles from Cades Cove
Logging History Tour, up the road from Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT). Pick up a guide booklet at the Townsend Visitors Center, the Institute office, or from the box by the road.
Campgrounds : 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. April-Nov
118 Stables Drive
National Park TN, 37882
(Off of E. Lamar Alexander Parkway)
.0 START – at intersection of Old Tuckaleechee Rd. and Old Cades Cove Loop Rd.
.8 Left at intersection.
1.2 Left on Cavern Rd.
1.8 Tuckaleechee Caverns, open seasonally.
2.5 Right on Schoolhouse Gap Rd.
3.1 Right at end of Schoolhouse Gap Rd.
3.7 Left on Cavern Rd., bearing right at next intersection.
5.0 FINISH – at starting intersection.
Length: 9 miles one way.
Level: For beginner, intermediate or advanced bicyclists.
Type Road: Good paved surface, and mostly easy grade.
Features: Parallels mountain stream, wild flowers in spring, Connecting Bicycle Routes are Townsend Bicycle Trail, Tuckaleechee Caverns Side Trip.
Townsend is part of Tuckaleechee Cove, a beautiful valley at the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The name comes from the Cherokee and means "peaceful, green place." Tuckaleechee Cove, like Cades Cove and Wear Cove, was formed ages ago when mountain building forces pushed older layers of rock (slate and sandstone) on top of younger layers of rock (limestone). As time passed, weathering and erosion opened up the coves or "windows." So, geologic processes produced the lovely mountain valleys we see today and over time yielded productive lands for wildlife and for human settlement. To see the results of water flowing and dripping underground, visit Tuckaleechee Caverns.
5.4 miles up and back
Start: Great Smoky Mountains Instituteat Tremont to Bote Mountain Trail.
Features: Hardwood trees, creeks, and Walker Valley Cemetery.
Caution: Some stream crossings.
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