(Tips for Planning Your Stay at Country Manor Acres)
The first questions tourists usually ask is how long should I plan to be there?
Here is what you should know about Townsend to make informed decisions about your family vacation at Country Manor Acres. The incorporated population is only about 400, although there are several thousand in the greater Townsend area. There are no big businesses or manufacturing plants, but Townsend is filled with the needs of tourists, including:
About 12 restaurants Our Own Visitor Center
Two grocery stores Gas Stations and Banks
Two museums – Craft Stores and Artisans
one train museum and one historic museum Zip line and mountain climbing
Tuckaleechee Caverns Several horse back riding stables
(one of the best in the South) Overnight stables and pastures for bringing
Rental companies for bicycles and tube rentals your own horse to the mountains
Townsend is five miles long and the main highway, US 321 follows Little River all the way through town. The river is very popular for fishing, swimming and tubing. It is one of the cleanest rivers in the country because it comes directly from the National Park without going through any industrialized areas or farm land. The tube rental companies also provide transportation to and from the drop off and pick up areas.
One side of the highway includes a 5 mile long hiking and biking trail, well off the road for safety. There are three tunnels that pass under the highway that lead to the river’s edge. There are also three swinging bridges in Townsend that pass over the river to the far side.
Townsend City Limits touches the entrance to Great Smoky Mountain National Park right at the entrance that leads to historic and beautiful Cades Cover. Cades Cove is an 11 mile circle that passes through historic churches, cemeteries, original log cabins, cantilever barns, as well plenty of open green pastures filled with grazing deer, and an occasional family of bears in the woods or trees. There are plenty of places to get out of your car and take quiet and scenic trails or visit the historic landmarks.
Townsend is also only 20 minutes from Pigeon Forge which is filled with music theaters, rides and amusements, including the world famous Dollywood Amusement Park. If you enter Dollywood after 3:00 pm one day, you get the entire next day for free. Gatlinburg is only 30 minutes away, and is a great attraction for shopping, sightseeing, a world glass Aquarium, and a tram to take you to great views at the ski resort area. Clingman’s Dome and Chimney Tops (the highest elevation within the park) are just a short drive away and pass by several waterfalls, river settings and picnic areas. They are good, long hikes, along with Mount LeConte which requires advance reservations.
Once in the National Park, Fontana Dam is just a few hours away, and some guests love to drive or ride motorcycles on The Dragon, a very curvy road through the park. Cherokee and the Gambling Casino are on the North Carolina side of the park, just a half day’s drive.
The scenic Foothills Parkway is already open to the South and will be opening soon to the route to Pigeon Forge.
Just a short ways way is great rafting on the Ocoee River, and The Lost Sea is in Sweetwater, about 90 minutes away.
Townsend is central to many other attractions in Chattanooga and Knoxville as well.
Not even counting our own 50 acres and activities here, a reasonable vacation that will still leave you wanting to do more would be a week to 10 days. It appears most guests leave feeling they want to do more and they make frequent return visits to the area.
As for our Country Manor Acres property, we have 50 acres of land including quiet gravel roads for biking, two fishing ponds, two small boats for the pond, private picnic areas including one with a fire ring for roasting marshmallows. The hot tubs are great for relaxing under the stars. There are park benches dotted around the property for watching our Blue Heron steal fish from the pond or watching the horses and their crazy antics as they graze in the pastures. Or rock on the porches just taking in the magnificent mountain scenery while listen to the local church chime hymns at noon and 6:00 pm.
We are very family oriented and on our entire 50 acres, have only two structures: one is the Hay Loft Sky Cabin that will accommodate 6 adults and 6 children; the other is our Country Manor Inn, about 30 acres away from the Hay Loft. We have guest suites and can accommodate about 8 adults at the Inn.
Country Manor Acres is also a great venue for garden weddings and country receptions. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request our e-file about weddings. Or you can visit our web site on line for lodging or weddings: CountryManorAcres.com and TownsendCountryWeddings.com. Feel free to call us at 865/448-9652.