Local Experience

We’re proud to be a part of the Townsend community. It’s a great place where you can share an authentic Tennessee country experience.

There are also some fantastic Events held in Townsend throughout the year, such as the Townsend Bike Bash, the Winter Heritage Festival, the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, Old Timers Day, Little River Railroad Days, the Scottish Festival & Games, car shows, quilt shows, and lots more. We help you plan ahead for your next stay at Dancing Bear on our Calendar of Events.
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We’ve got some great neighbors and encourage you to get out and explore this charming southern town. A few places we can recommend visiting:

The Apple Valley Country Stores & Cafe – From beautiful Da Vinci jewelry to premium gourmet coffees to braided rugs, you can find a lot of interesting products here. You can capture the flavor of the area with a beautiful patterned quilt that will keep you warm at home.
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The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum – Just down the highway, you can learn about the area’s rich history at this free attraction. Townsend exists because of the sawmill operation that logged huge portions of what is now the Great Smoking Mountains National Park from 1901 until 1939.
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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center – A hub for festivals, educational programs, gallery exhibits and demonstrations. Learn about the area’s history or take part in events and seminars. Local performers often entertain with a mix of musical genres.
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Cades Cove Cellar – Visit our neighbors for a wine tasting and learn about their labels from the knowledgeable staff. You’ll enjoy browsing their beautiful showroom.
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Tuckaleechee Caverns – Look at what nature has done over 30 million years at this site called “the Greatest Site Under the Smokies”. The highlight of this mile-long guided tour is the “Big Room”, which is 400 x 300 feet and 150-feet deep with stalagmites up to 24 feet tall.
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Cades Cove Visitors Center – Located on the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this building has a water-powered grist mill and historic structures like the Becky Cable house, as well as Ranger-led programs offered seasonally.
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Great Smoky Mountains Institute – Tremont is a non-profit residential environmental education center that provides in-depth experiences through education programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nuture appreciation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Year-round, they offer workshops, camps, science projects, and more to do with the great outdoors.
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If you are looking for ideas of how to spend your time in Townsend, please call 800-369-0111 extension 1 and either Amie, Colleen or Christi can help you with your adventure. Or, if you prefer, it might be easiest to e mail us at Info@DancingBearLodge.com and ask your specific question about what activity you are interested in pursuing. We can then tailor some suggestions and write you back or include your phone number, and we will Call you back! We want you to enjoy your time in the Great Smoky Mountains.