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Where to Retire in Townsend TN and Home Prices

The median sale price of a home in Townsend was $208,500 in late 2019, according to Trulia. There is at least one active adult community in Townsend-see link at left.

What Is Special about Townsend TN

Townsend is considered a “gateway” to the Smoky Mountain National Park as an entrance to Park is located here. The popular and beautiful tourist destination offers 500,000 acres of forest land with waterfalls, rivers, and floral and fauna. The Smoky Mountains themselves make Townsend a special place as it experiences all four seasons, offers outdoor activities in the mountains and on the river, and is known for its music and crafts by local artisans.

What Is Not Special about Townsend TN

It is a very small town with a population of about 500, and is visited by many tourists and motorcyclists during the summer season. It's a bit isolated, with Knoxville being the closest large city 25 miles away. If you are not a fan of outdoor recreation, mountain music and Appalachian arts and crafts, you may not enjoy retiring here.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 35 degress, with July's average about 73 degrees.  Townsend gets an average of 60 inches of rain annually.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center preserves the region's history and offers exhibitions, educational programs and live demonstrations; Rocky Branch Bluegrass is a music center where bluegrass musicians gather, as well as those that play gospel and mountain music; The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum recounts the logging history in the area; Several festivals are held throughout the year including Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day held in the spring and fall.  The town prides itself on its Mom and Pop restaurants serving home- cooked local favorites.


The crime rate is a little above the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospital is Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, 16 miles away.


The cloest airport is in Knoxville about 25 miles away, but for international flights Nashville is the nearest airport and is 200 miles away.

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