Tennessee: Townsend, KOA – Campfire Chats, Trout Fishing and Tubing.
Families enjoy staying at Townsend because it is safe friendly and peaceful. Located in the shadows of the marvelous Smokey Mountains, the town is on the quiet side when compared to neighboring Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge but no less rewarding. It’s the closest entrance to Cades Cove and the ideal launching spot for days filled with activities including kayaking, river tubing, fly fishing, golfing, hiking, biking shopping and even geocaching.
Location, location, location! To start with, this KOA has 1,650 feet of frontage along the Little River which flows out of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Crystal clear and always cool, the River is ideal for swimming or tubing and is well known as a habitat for both rainbow and brown trout. Bonus points: The campground is less than an hour to the more commercialized areas of the Smokies - Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Fun stuff onsite. All of the campsites have picnic tables and campfire rings. Additional benefits include swimming pool, two bathhouses, a modern playground, a covered pavilion equipped with a large barbecue pit, horseshoe pits, a basketball court, arcade and a laundry. During the summer months organized activities include scavenger hunts, tye-dye projects and games. The five-mile Townsend Bike Trail begins and ends just across the road from the campground. The river is excellent for swimming or tubing and is well known for great trout fishing. Tubes and bikes are available for rent onsite. Need to know: For tubing enthusiasts look for the "water hole" at the fork in the River where sunbathers and tubers meet after entering the Park from Townsend. Bonus points: Pack your fishing gear the fishing is free and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Association stocks the river every two weeks during the summer months.
Select your sleeping spot. Sleeping options include campsites under the pines, RV spaces, cozy or two bedroom log cabins and (new for 2008) six riverfront kamping lodges with views of the crystal clear Little River. The lodges are equipped with room for six and include full kitchen, private bathroom and living room. The tent site areas range from semi-sunny to heavily wooded and secluded. Bonus points: The new super sites offer guests water/electric/cable hookups, large stamped concrete patios and above ground fire pits. Guests may use the convenient honey wagon service at these sites.
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Make it happen.
Townsend / Great Smokies KOA, 8533 State Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882 USA. Reserve online or by phone toll-free 1-800-562-3428
, (865) 448-2241
or visit TownsendKOA
Fun stuff in the area.
Two wheels rule! A well-marked paved trail parallels Highway 321 for more than three miles. The scenic bike path passes by the Townsend Visitor Center, restaurants, shops, and ends up across from the KOA. For more solitude the best bet is to navigate the Cades Cove Loop. Without the sounds of motorized vehicles wildlife is abundant and the sounds of solitude rewarding. Bonus points: The Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles for the benefit of foot and bicycle traffic from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from mid-May to late September. Need to know: Even though the pace is peaceful and slow make sure to wear helmets and mind warning signs. Bikes are permitted on most park roads but prohibited on trails. (Smoky Mountain Biking Tours P.O. Box 4056 Maryville, TN 37802-4056 Toll-free 1-800-746-7791.)
See the world.
Dollywood is a 125-acre family adventure park created to make having fun easy. Open nine months a year, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions; live entertainment featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. In addition to an array of wild rides Dollywood is the home to Mystery Mine the first ride of its kind in the U.S. Passengers encounter several high-speed twists as the miner cars maneuver their way through a series of uncertain encounters including a fall from a collapsed trestle and a plunge into an abandoned tunnel. Bonus points:
Each spring Dollywood opens its season with the Festival of Nations and provides visitors with an array of international entertainment. The five-week celebration includes music, dance, food and art from around the world. The festival offers attendees a window on the world with costumes, music, food and art to be enjoyed by all ages. (Dollywood Theme Park. 1020 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, 37863. Toll-free 1-800-Dollywood (365-5996), 1(865) 428-9488
Start searching. The sport of Geocaching has grown in popularity and expanded in difficulty spawning variations to meet an areas unique terrain and climate. From virtual caches and offset caches to puzzle caches and multi-stage caches the fun is in the game. If you have never tried the while you are in Tennessee it may be the perfect family adventure. It just so happens that Blount County is populated with a rich variety of caches waiting to be discovered. For a full listing of all the caches in the Townsend and Blount County area go to the geocaching.com
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Content researched and created by FTF; images provided by KOA and FTF staff. Copyright 2009.