Stirred by the sapphire mist that envelops our mountain vistas, the Cherokee people named the Great Smoky Mountains the place of blue smoke. At our Townsend, Tennessee lodging, we call them our back yard. Whether visiting the Smokies for relaxation, sport, romance or business, Dancing Bear Lodge hotel in Townsend, Tennessee, inspires getaways as expansive and free-spirited as the Smokies themselves. Experience one of the gems of Great Smoky Mountain Cabin Resort hotels!
Our Smoky Mountain accommodations are ideally located for both a relaxing retreat and an engaging open-air adventure. Dancing Bear Cabin Resort offers a number of impressively-constructed, luxurious cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountain lodges that are adjacent to Little River in Townsend, Tennessee. Only 5 minutes from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 25 minutes from the Knoxville Airport, our 36-acre estate is sure to provide you and your family or associates with an unforgettable escape at our Lodging in Townsend, Tennessee. You will quickly see why our Smoky Mountain Lodges are better than other Townsend hotels.
Enjoy America’s most visited national park—The Great Smoky Mountains, only 5 minutes from our Townsend, Tennessee lodge. You’ll find an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life, unparalleled beauty and a bevy of guided programs and special events. A hiking and bicycling paradise awaits! While enjoying the best the Smoky Mountains region has to offer, enjoy a luxurious and relaxing refuge with our Townsend, TN Hotels Amenities when you retreat to your cabin or room at our well-appointed Smoky Mountain Lodge.
If you’re looking for outdoor adventure nearby, Dancing Bear offers paved biking trails, wildflower walks and mountain biking on our 36-acre property. Unwind with your favorite book on a front porch rocker, get the adrenaline flowing with a spirited game of beach volleyball or test your angling skills by fly fishing in the Little River. Whether it’s a bubbling hot tub or a blazing campfire that marks day’s end for you, our lodge helps round out your Smoky Mountain experience—all without leaving your home away from home. Dining in the Smokies is no less exciting, with authentic regional favorites that are lovingly crafted by our own chef.
With Guide: Ethan Melhorn from Blackbarry Farm
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky or Smokey Mountains, and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in
1934, and, with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States.
The Great Smokies are part of an International Biosphere Reserve. The range is home to an estimated 187,000 acres of old growth forest, constituting the largest such stand east of the Mississippi River. The cove hardwood forests in the range’s lower elevations are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest that coats the range’s upper elevations is the largest of its kind. The Great Smokies are also home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.
Along with the Biosphere reserve, the Great Smokies have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The U.S. National Park Service preserves and maintains 78 structures within the national park that were once part of the numerous small Appalachian communities scattered throughout the range’s river valleys and coves. The park contains five historic districts and nine individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places.
The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog, which is most common in the morning and after rainfall, is the result of warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico cooling rapidly in the higher elevations of Southern Appalachia.