Five Best Hikes Around Our Town

Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks.

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Appalachian Bear Rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescues Cub Hit By Car

Persimmon is the newest member of the family at the Appalachian Bear Rescue is Tennessee.

After being hit by a car in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the Appalachian Bear Rescue took the cub in to tend to injuries and make sure the cub was safe. She had a swollen elbow and several broken ribs.


Make sure to visit the Appalachian Bear Rescue Facebook Page or Website and donate to a great cause.


Little River Railroad Museum

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad. We operate a museum in Townsend, Tennessee, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.
In 1983 the original Walland Depot building was moved to the site, and now contains the primary collection of photographs, papers, tools and other smaller artifacts. This building was renovated in 1995-96, and new exhibits were created to tell the Little River story. Alongside the depot platform, museum volunteers have constructed a replica of the Elkmont Post Office which houses our Gift Shop.
The larger artifacts, including Shay 2147, a vintage caboose (L&N Class NE “Little Woody”), two vintage flatcars, a portable Frick steam engine, one of the original “setoff” houses (used for logging families in the mountains), a wooden water tank that was used in Walland and a log loader are displayed on the grounds. Our plans include construction of a replica of a passenger platform.

townsend heritage festival

Townsend Fall Festival and Old Timers Day

The Fall Festival and Old Timers day at the Townsend Visitors Center is a celebration of music, crafts,  and heritage of  Townsend, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains.

A fund day with bluegrass music, dancing, cooking, craft and great stories.




Urban Renewal Loans Available

Urban renewal, which is generally called urban regeneration (“regeneration” in the United Kingdom), “revitalization” in the United States, is a program of land redevelopment in areas.

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Environmental Planning and Sustainability

Environmental planning is the process of facilitating decision making to carry out land development with the consideration given to the natural environment, social, political, economic and governance factors and provides a holistic framework to achieve sustainable outcomes.

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Solid Waste Management Program

Municipal solid waste (MSW), commonly known as trash or garbage in the United States and as refuse or rubbish in Britain, is a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public.

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