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Travel & Lodging Info

We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Below we will post links to some of our sponsors as well as general information.

Two good sources for your stay are the Peaceful Smokies website and the NPS website. Also be sure to check the Smoky Mountains page to learn more about park activities. We’ll be updating the information below over the next several months.

Getting to the Great Smoky Mountains

There are lots of different ways to get to our host town Townsend, TN, so we’ve listed some general directions for driving and flying.


Your best bet will be to fly into McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). Several major airlines fly here, and it’s only a 30 minute drive to Townsend. They also have on-site car rental available, as well as taxis and shuttles so it’s your most convenient option.

From the airport, you’ll head south on US-129 to Maryville. In Maryville, you’ll take US-321 going northeast to Townsend.


From the South

Depending on where you are coming from in the southern U.S., you’ll take either I-59 or I-75 headed north. I-59 connects with I-24 east, which connects with I-75. Once you are headed north on I-75 you’ll take US-321 going northeast to Townsend.

From the North

From the northern U.S., take either I-81 or I-75 south to Knoxville, TN. In Knoxville you’ll get on US-129 to Maryville. In Maryville, you’ll take US-321 going northeast to Townsend.

From the West

Take I-40 East and exit at MM 376B to I-140 E (towards Maryville). Then take exit 11A to US-129. You’ll follow signs through Alcoa (TN), and Maryville to US-321 northeast to Townsend.

From the East

You’ll take I-40 west to get to Townsend. Take US-411 to US-321 to Townsend.

However, if you’re willing to add about 20 minutes to your drive, you can finish the trip to Townsend with a scenic route through the Smoky Mountains. You’ll stay on US-74 and follow signs for Atlanta and then take US-441 to Townsend.


Tremont Lodge & Resort would like to welcome and invite the runners of the 2017 Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon to stay with us! Complete with 134 rooms, suites, and cabins, many featuring fireplaces and jetted tubs, you’re sure to enjoy your staff. All runners will receive a 10% discount when calling 865.448.3200 directly and mentioning race participation! We look forward to having you!

The nicest thing about staying in the Smoky Mountains is getting back to nature…..sitting on the porch and listening to crickets sing or birds chirp. Sometimes it is just quiet, and you actually hear the wind and the leaves rustle. This is the experience The Lily Barn Cabins give you. Lily Barn Cabin Rentals is offering 10% off your stay in one of our seven beautiful properties. We have cabins and rental homes that can accommodate groups of 2 up to groups of 15. Please check us out at, and book your stay directly with our office to receive your discount. Call 865.448.8697 and mention the Smoky Mountain Half Marathon to receive your discount! We look forward to having you stay with us! 

Little River Campground & RV Resort, located off of E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Townsend offering race participants 10% off your site rental. Please visit our website at to view our property. Book your stay with our office by calling 865.738.3665, and mention you’re in town for the for race to receive your discount. Discounts can only be applied by placing reservation with the office. We are located on The Peaceful Side of the Smokys, the side that is known for relaxation, hiking, horseback riding, and photography. We also have a golf course in our little town! Our goal is for our campers to have a great experience while experiencing our Smokies! Some of these sites back up to the Little River for your viewing enjoyment, and of course fishing abounds on the Little River, trout being the number one catch! We look forward to having you join us! 


The Chocolate B'ar, located on E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Townsend, offers delicious coffee, espresso, fine handmade candies and market-style lunch and pastries. We also serve a made to order breakfast Friday-Sunday from 9am to 12pm including biscuits and gravy, omelet station, monkey bread, French toast and a variety of other delicious items. Please mention race participation at the counter to receive 10% off your entire order! 

Miss Lily's Café & Catering has been serving the community now for 16 years. We are located in Townsend, TN, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on the Cades Cove side. We are excited to welcome half marathon runners to town and will be hosting the 2nd annual pasta dinner on Friday night, September 8th from 5pm-8pm for all runners and their family and friends. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Please call 865-448-8697 to reserve your spot today!