Blount County, which includes Townsend, Maryville, and Alcoa, is in East Tennessee at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is accessible by Interstates 40 & 75, with exits to U.S routes 321, 129, and Pellissippi Parkway (I-140).
The magnificent Smoky Mountains are on the southeastern portion of this county. Maryville and Alcoa are only 20 minutes from Knoxville and the interstates. Drive an additional 30 minutes on Hwy. 321 to Townsend and the entrance to the National Park. Townsend is located 30 minutes from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Dollywood.
The following routes provide access to the park's three main entrances
Gatlinburg, TN entrance
From interstate highway I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN-66 South. At the Sevierville intersection, continue straight onto US-441 South. Follow US-441 through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge into park.
Townsend, TN entrance
From the north: From interstate highway I-40 in Knoxville take Exit 386B to US-129 South to Alcoa/Maryville. At Maryville proceed on US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
From the south: From interstate highway I-75 take Exit 376 to I-140 E towards Oak Ridge/Maryville. Merge onto I-140 E via Exit 376B towards Maryville. Turn onto US-129 South (Alcoa Highway) at Exit 11A and travel towards Alcoa. Turn onto TN-35 and follow it to US-321 North. Follow US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
Cherokee, NC entrance
From the north: From interstate highway I-40, take Exit 27 to US-74 West towards Waynesville. Turn onto US-19 and proceed through Maggie Valley to Cherokee. Turn onto US-441 North at Cherokee and follow the road into the park.
From the south: Follow US-441/US-23 North. At Dillsboro merge on US-74 West/US-441 North. At Exit 74 merge onto US-441. Follow US-441 through Cherokee and into the park.
DISTANCE TO MAJOR CITIES
Atlanta - 250 miles
Asheville - 104 miles
Knoxville - 30 miles
Memphis - 401 miles
Chattanooga - 146 miles
Nashville - 195 miles
Only 30 minutes from: Dollywood & Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville
Only 40 minutes from: Knoxville & Oak Ridge
Only 60 minutes from: The Lost Sea, Museum of Appalachia, & Cherokee, NC
Under 2 hours from several Tennessee State Parks
Download the Blount County area map: Blount County Map
Download information on Transportation options: Transportation in the Smokies