Discover a selection of 5,000 vacation rentals in Townsend 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 $99 per night, and cabins and cottages 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

Relax in a pet-friendly rental in Townsend

If you’re looking for the perfect destination to take your furry friend, look no further than Townsend for a pet friendly rental in Tennessee. Everyone in your traveling group will enjoy learning about the area’s railway history at the Little River Railroad/Lumber Museum. Animal lovers should stop by the Appalachian Bear Rescue to learn about the conservation efforts for these noble creatures. Don’t forget to plan an exciting excursion to the Tuckaleechee Caverns to explore the immense caves and stand in awe of the towering stalagmites. Plenty of outdoor trails are available to explore with your furry best friend.

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

How to get to and around Townsend

The nearest airport is in Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee Tyson), located 15.9 mi (25.5 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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Townsend?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 5,300 vacation rentals around Townsend. From 3,774 cabin rentals to 3,553 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.