Planning Your Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Where To Stay:
Townsend, Tennessee

Townsend is a very small town located on highway #321 near the south end of the park.  
It is several miles southeast of Maryville, Tennessee. Maryville is located within a few
miles of I-40, depending on which exit you choose. The south entrance to the park is
located near Townsend.

The locals refer to Townsend as the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies". It has several
small to medium size motels, some bed & breakfast rentals and campgrounds. There
are a few small mom and pop restaurants. There is one grocery store; a small
shopping village; and some small, gas station type combination stores.  

Although Townsend it is located on Little River, it is about 14 miles to the better trout
fishing areas of Little River. Lower Little River is better suited for smallmouth bass. You
can follow the Little River Road through the park for approximately nine miles to get to
the beginning of the trout fishing in Little River. A faster way to get there from Townsend
is to travel over the mountain and enter the park from Wears Valley. The Wears Valley
entrance will access Little River at Metcalf Bottoms. That area of Little River provides
good fishing for all but the hot summer months of the year.

Townsend is close to the Middle Prong and West Prongs of Little River. Both of these
streams provide decent trout fishing in the early and late seasons of the year when the
weather is cool. Townsend is also the closest town to the upper section of Abrams
Creek, one of the better trout streams in the park, located in Cades Cove. It requires
traveling through Cades Cove on the loop road to reach the stream.

If you strictly want to get away from everything, then Townsend would be a nice place to
stay during your visit. If you have children or teenagers, we would not suggest
Townsend. They would not be very proud of your decision to stay there. There is little for
the youngster or wife to do outside of  park activities, and no fast food places or other
entertainment for them.

There are several small to medium size motels in Townsend.

Cabin Rentals:
There are many rental cabins in and near Townsend.

Hotels/Bed and Breakfast:
There are a few bed and breakfast places and one especially nice hotel near Townsend.

There is a campground and some motor home camps in Townsend.

There are several nice restaurants in Townsend.

Fly Shops/Stores:
Little River Outfitters, Townsend
Gander Mountain, Knoxville
Dick's Sporting Goods, Knoxville
Bass Pro Shop, Sevierville
Orvis, Pigeon Forge
Walmart, Maryville

Links that may be helpful:
Chamber of Commerce

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
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