SN: 115990 - 2020 / Y1648

Peaceful Side of the Smokies

Year Round Walk

Townsend, Tennessee

The address/location for the physical start box (PSB) is as follows:

Townsend Visitor's Center

WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.

From Thu, Jan 2nd, 2020 to Dec 31st, 2020

Special programs

Walking the USA A - Z

Long 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

Distance: 6, 11, 14k, Rating: 2A

Restrooms: Yes

Pets: Yes

Strollers: Medium

Wheelchairs: Hard


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.

Awards and fees: IVV Credit Only

Driving to the start box

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.

East Tennessee Wanderers

Event website:

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