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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Travel Agency
“What a blast! This could be a whole day event! Its fun, relaxing and gives you a beautiful views as you float down the Little Pigeon River! Worth the time!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food
“Last full grocery shopping opportunity on the the 321/Wears Valley route to the cabin. Stock up before you arrive!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Food is amazing at great prices! Call to reserve a table the day before if you plan on going for dinner. Late lunch/early dinner time is typically available but call first. They serve beer or bring your own wine - the corkage fee is small. They provide wine glasses. Must try is the fried green tomatoes. Enjoy!”
  • 12 locals recommend
History Museum
“From ancient Cherokee artifacts to preserved banjo from a Cades Cove resident, you can explore thousands of years of history of the Smoky Mountains.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“Artistic Bean is a local coffee house in Townsend with a great selection of drinks and coffees. Definitely unique and charming!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Similar to home-made meals. Desserts options are plentiful. Usually crowded depending on the time of year. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local burger place, will take you back to the good ole days. Worth the trip just for the milk shakes!!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend
Store
“Everything you might need for fly fishing, as well as special events, such as fly tying, casting lessons, etc. Nice collection of clothing.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Love this place! Has great coffee and chocolate. The perfect stop after a long hike in the Smokies. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“There are tons of places to go tubing but, we loved this outfit. So friendly and easy. Plus has the best hamburger stop in the driveway! Has 2 runs (lazy and bumpy). We even got a summer pass.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Best place to stop for information on Cade's Cove and this part of the National Park.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
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  • 2 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Outdoor clothing Mercantile with brands like Patagonia - Santa Cruz Mtn Bike Dealer - Tubing Renal, shuttle - More very exciting things coming soon!! - Friendly service. Walking Distance. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend