Riverstone Lodge in the Smokies


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Riverstone Lodge and Townsend are perfect for nature lovers who want to spend their vacation enjoying the many wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In fact, Riverstone is the closest hotel to the Park, which offers an almost unending variety of recreation options, including swimming, fishing, tubing, hiking, canoeing, biking, camping, kayaking, bird watching, and other outdoor activities. But there's more than just nature to check out here!

In Townsend alone, guests can explore Tukaleechee Caverns, play putt-putt, rent motorcycles, go horseback riding, tour the wildflower nursery, play a round of golf, visit the railroad museum, go tubing, rent bikes here at Riverstone Lodge, and shop for arts and crafts by local artists. You can even get married at the Heartland Wedding Chapel! And Townsend has a variety of restaurants only a few minutes from Riverstone, including one right next door!

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are just a short drive away and are home to shopping oulets, museums of all kinds, musical shows, go-carts, arts and crafts, and local treats, from homemade jellies to mountain wines. Pigeon Forge is home to the famous Dollywood amusement park and is the future home of the Darrell Waltrip Racing Experience. In the winter, Gatlinburg visitors can ice skate and ski at Ober Gatlinburg, though the view from the tramway is beautiful all year round.


In addition, the town of Maryville is less than 20 miles from Townsend, and Cherokee, NC, with its casino and Native American offerings, makes a perfect day-trip (125 miles away).

Festivals, fairs and other events take place in the Smokies all year long. Some of the most popular annual events include:


  • March - Annual Smoky Mountain Marathon (which runs right by Riverstone)
  • April/May - Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timer's Day
  • June - Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Fair
  • July - Mid-Summer Night Road Race
  • September - Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timer's Day