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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.

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.

Driving

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.

LODGING

Two good sources for you as you search for lodging are the Peaceful Smokies website and the NPS website. You might also try Booking.com for finding good prices on hotels*.

Dogwood Cabins is offering runners 10% off rental fees on any of their cabins. All of their cabins are fully equipped, beautifully decorated, and guaranteed to steal your heart.


*Note: This is an affiliate link and we might make a dollar or two if if you book through it.