Discover a selection of 2,000 vacation rentals in Townsend, TN that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and swimming pools. Prices start at $81 per night, and cabins and houses are popular options for a stay in Townsend. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Enjoy Townsend in vacation home rentals

For lovers of the great outdoors, Townsend offers everything you could want in a vacation. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, the rugged, mountainous terrain provides a wealth of activities from hiking to fishing. Superb attractions, like Cades Cove—a large open-air museum of historic buildings set in beautiful scenery—are never far away from Townsend vacation rentals. As a basecamp for accessing the Great Smoky National Park, it can't be beaten: it’s one of several “gateways” to the park, and is provides superb views and natural surroundings all around.

Things to do

Places to visit near Townsend vacation rentals

If you're visiting Townsend, you can't afford to miss Tuckaleechee Caverns—an educational tour that takes you through a series of awe-inspiring caverns featuring incredible formations and waterfalls, and culminating in the breathtaking Big Room, which has to be seen to be believed. Townsend is also home to several superb museums. Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center provides a fascinating look at the history of the area and both its Native American and European settlers. To learn all about the logging railroads of the Smokies, check out the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum.

Activities

Things to do near Townsend vacation homes

Be sure you visit Townsend Wye, one of the most popular swimming holes in the area. Enjoy a picnic, take a refreshing dip, or watch in awe as adventurous visitors jump from the rocks into the waters below. Rent a tube and drift along the creek in Little River with the summer sun shining upon you for a wonderful experience that the whole family can enjoy. If you really want to get the adrenaline pumping, try one of the whitewater rafting tours. If you're after more exciting ways to explore, take a thrilling ATV or a relaxing horseback riding tour

Day trips

Day trips from Townsend vacation rentals

Townsend is the ideal base camp to explore the wonders of Knoxville. Vacation homes are available near places like Ijams Nature Center, a nature park with hiking trails through wetlands and rock formations, and Zoo Knoxville, an animal park with educational presentations about animals and carousel rides. You'll also like Sunsphere, a landmark tower with an observation deck for panoramic landscape views, and the Knoxville Museum of Art, a modern showcase for regional artists.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Townsend vacation homes

Townsend vacation rentals are welcoming all year round. Winters can be bitterly cold, but visitors coming at this time of year will be rewarded with fewer crowds and a more laidback vibe. Summer is the most popular time to visit thanks to the fabulous weather, with temperatures hitting around the high-80s during July. Those who love to see beautiful fall foliage should visit Townsend during October, when the mountainside is transformed into a gorgeous sea of color.

Natural features

Townsend—the perfect base for exploring the Smokies

At an elevation of 1,070 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend vacation rentals boast a position in one of the most magnificent landscapes in the United States. Here, valleys, rivers, mountains, and forests provide picture-perfect panoramas at every turn. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and wildlife, with over 1,500 species of wildflower to discover. For the best spot to view wildlife, check out Cades Cove. You can usually spot deer here, and you may even get a chance to see other wild animals including black bears, wild turkeys, and coyotes.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Townsend

The nearest airport is in McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), located 15.9 mi (25.6 km) from the city center.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Townsend vacation homes

Couples looking for romance will love the attractions in Townsend. Vacation homes are available near Chilhowee Mountain, a long mountain ridge with multiple peaks and a scenic parkway along the crest, and the Townsend Wye, a river with a scenic shoreline for hiking, biking, and water adventures. You could also visit the wineries in the area for tastings, or enjoy local cuisine in one of the many restaurants.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Townsend?

Whatever your vacation needs, you'll find a rental property in or around Townsend that's right up your alley. These are some of our favorites:

  • "Beautiful Two Bedroom Cabin No Steep Roads" is a guest favorite. Around 9 miles from Townsend, it has 2 bedrooms and loads of useful amenities, including coffee and tea making facilities and a living room.
  • Another excellent choice is "Luxury Log Cabin, Mt Views, 3 King Suites+queen Loft", which is around 9 miles from Townsend. Featuring 4 bedrooms, a nearby hospital and free WiFi, it has everything you need to keep you comfortable and content.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Townsend vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Townsend?

Punching way above its weight when it comes to character and ingenuity, a tiny house vacation rental in Townsend delivers big adventure. Unplug all your devices and turn your focus to outdoor fun at one of these fun-sized escapes:

  • Get away from it all and get back to basics at "Cabin - Adorable Brand New 1 Bedroom 1 Ba Tiny House W". This retreat in Sevierville packs plenty of comforts into its cozy space, such as a desk and free WiFi.
  • "Modern Smoky Mountain Tiny House" in Pigeon Forge is another good pick. Coffee and tea making facilities and an oven will make your getaway here even more comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Townsend?

Often set in secluded natural locations, log cabins offer a charming retreat from the worries of everyday life. If you're ready to switch off and unwind, take a peek at these log cabins to rent in Townsend:

  • Located in Townsend, "Riverfront Log Cabin 1 1/2 Mile From The Entrance Of The Gsm National Park" will put you close to some of the fabulous outdoor activities this region has on offer. Hiking and biking and cycling are a couple of them.
  • Alternatively, check out "River Access Log Cabin With Fire Pit". Try some horse riding or skiing or just take it easy at this Trassenheide retreat.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Townsend?

Forget about those chores, because weekends were made for having fun. Settle into one of these weekend getaways in and around Townsend and enjoy all the incredible things to do close by:

  • "Just Renovated Gated Resort, Mini" is an outstanding option around 12 miles northeast of the center of Townsend. You'll never need to venture far to find something to do around here. Get outdoors and discover Volunteer Landing Park and McGuire Creek. Activities like sledding and kayaking will add an adventurous touch to your quick break.
  • "Cabin - Romantic Luxury Getaway, Breathtaking View" is another great property where you can escape the everyday. Around 13 miles northeast of Townsend, use it as a base to enjoy some sledding or skiing. Hedgewood Gardens and Baskins Creek Falls should also be on your to-do list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Townsend?

Enjoy the culture and vibe of Townsend from the comfort and privacy of your own studio apartment. Whether you want to get away on your own or have fun with a few friends, we'll help you find the ideal studio apartment in or near Townsend:

  • Put your bags down and your feet up at "Just Renovated Gated Resort, Mini". Amenities including an indoor pool and a boat will make you feel right at home here.
  • "Cabin - Romantic Luxury Getaway, Breathtaking View" is another tempting choice. Get comfortable and enjoy the use of a water park, beach towels and more.

With the cash you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to discover more of Townsend. Cultural attractions like Wyatt Archaeological Museum and Great Stage Park will help you get a better feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Townsend?

From simple studio apartments to extravagant houses, Vrbo has your whirlwind escape sorted. Here are just two of our favorite stays in and around Townsend:

  • For an awesome weekend away, settle in at "Elegant Cabin In Perfect Location". It's close to the center of Townsend, in addition to loads of things to see and do.
  • Another awesome option is "Your Favorite Happy Place #1perfect Getaway For 2". Gather your crew and enjoy a comfortable stay close to the heart of Townsend.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Townsend?

Forget about flowers and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is to get away for the weekend, just you and your honey. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Townsend that would make even Cupid swoon. Here are some we think you'll fall hard for:

  • Put on some relaxing tunes and chill together at "Beautiful Two Bedroom Cabin No Steep Roads". Around 9 miles from Townsend, this property has everything you need for a romantic getaway, including beauty services and a fireplace.
  • Another option where you can spend a few idyllic days together is "Luxury Log Cabin, Mt Views, 3 King Suites+queen Loft". Located 9 miles from Townsend, winery tours and a fireplace add to the ambiance here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Townsend?

Cast your eye over these large group vacation rentals in or near Townsend and don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • You'll have ample room to spread out at "August And September Dates: Stunning Cabin W". Around 18 miles northeast of Townsend, this expansive retreat has 6 bedrooms accommodating up to 16 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a firepit and a garden.
  • Nothing's more important than being together with loved ones, and "Luxury Cabin That Is Stunning" makes it easy to do that. Located around 20 miles to the northeast of Townsend, as many as 16 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A kitchen and a fireplace are among the numerous amenities on offer here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Townsend?

A pool is often a must-have when choosing where to spend your vacation, particularly if you're taking the kids. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Townsend and spend your days splish-splashing around:

  • Treat the gang to an unforgettable stay at "Convenient Prime Location, You Must See This House". There's a lot to love about this retreat besides its pool, such as a kitchen island and a theme park.
  • Alternatively, spend your break at "Magnificent 70' Houseboat With Roof Top Party Deck Walking Distance To Dt Knox". As well as its inviting pool, make use of coffee and tea making facilities and pet-friendly facilities.

Townsend has a humid subtropical climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 55 ºF and 85 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summer to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Townsend vacation rental and plan your escape for whenever you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Townsend?

It's always more fun to share precious moments with the ones closest to your heart. Whether you're organizing a family break or taking time out with good friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental that's just right for you. Here are two of our best in and around Townsend:

  • Located about 9 miles to the northeast of Townsend, "Luxury Log Cabin, Mt Views, 3 King Suites+queen Loft" has 4 bedrooms and fits up to 10 guests. It's equipped with a range of amenities, including a living room and childrens activities.
  • "August And September Dates: Stunning Cabin W" also has the space you need to live it up with loved ones. This rental is around 18 miles to the northeast of Townsend, and accommodates 16 guests in its 6 bedrooms. Childrens activities and a dishwasher will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

If you'd like to do some sightseeing, there are lots of family-friendly attractions nearby to stick on your itinerary. Carmike Cinemas, Cartcon1 Airsoft and Shelbyville Recreation Center are good places to start.