Townsend River Walk

About Townsend River Walk

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club, a member of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, of Townsend, TN collaborated with the City of Townsend in establishing the “Townsend River Walk” along a 3/10-mile stretch between the Little River and Highway 321. The site of the project developed as a result of the widening of Highway 321 through Townsend from a two lane to a four-lane road. This lengthy process resulted in the establishment of bicycle and hiking paths along the highway. At one site the paved hiking/bike path veered toward the main road and away from the Little River. Since traces of old Highway 73 were still evident in this area, the Club and the City identified this area as a perfect site for a quiet walkway along the Little River.

The Garden Club has undertaken the primary responsibility of maintaining the River Walk since its conception in 2004. The walk benefits local residents, hikers, and the many tourists in the area who utilize the hiking and bike trails in the Townsend area. Members, along with volunteer help of husbands and community members, have made a major start in removing invasive species, concentrating on the highway side of the trail for the first two years. Large sections of privet, many over twenty feet tall have been removed so that ongoing control is feasible. During the early years, several members walked the trail area picking up trash and debris that had accumulated over a long period of time.

The initial project also involved additional clearing of the trail along the old roadbed and adding mulch to the area. The City of Townsend arranged for the tree service company that handles the cutting of trees for TDOT to deposit mulched tree remains on the side of the road near the trail.

Townsend River Walk

Address: 7322 Old Tuckaleechee Rd

The Townsend River Walk, through the inspiration, perseverance and hard work of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, has become a premier attraction in Townsend, TN and the Smoky Mountains.

Enjoy the solitude and beauty of the trees, flowers and The Little River on this half mile nature trail. 

The picturesque Townsend River Walk is nestled between the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway and the Little River. A wonderful departure from the hustle and bustle of the Greenway, this nature trail and arboretum provides views of the river as well as the tree, flowers and wildlife. It is free and open to the public and is handicap accessible on the north end of the trail. PARKING: Park at the Tuckaleechee Camp Ground United Method Church. GETTING THERE: From the parking lot head for the Townsend Historical Trail (it goes along the Lamar Alexander Parkway) and follow it to the left until you reach the underpass (Walking Trail Tunnel that goes under the Lamar Alexander Parkway) and go thru the underpass. Upon reaching the other side the entrance to the Townsend River Walk will be on your right.


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