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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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Beautiful even in winter

This park is great to drive to, great views of the mountains and river running alongside the road... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tanya p
Good inside exhibits, great collection of buildings outside!

I liked the mix of pre-park history inside as well as the great collection of buildings outside... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region. The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is to preserve, protect and promote the unique history and rich culture of the residents and Native Americans who inhabited the East Tennessee mountain communities that were incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surroundings. The Heritage Center is located on a five acre site along state highway 73 in Townsend, Tennessee.
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  • Average5%
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  • Terrible2%
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123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is great to drive to, great views of the mountains and river running alongside the road. Cades Cove drive is busy, but worth seeing and has places to spot and hike around.

Thank tanya p
Reviewed 27 October 2017

I liked the mix of pre-park history inside as well as the great collection of buildings outside. Although, if there was a map of the buildings I missed it and it would have been helpful because I did feel like I wandered around trying to...More

Thank GraciePitt1013
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I enjoyed this site. A lot in a small area. They have several houses, a section about the national park, transportation area and a small museum about the Indians that use to inhabit the area. All of this was awesome. This should be seen as...More

Thank tinkerbsb
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The Heritage Center was well worth the visit. The inside buildings were well layer out and very interesting, and the outside buildings even better! We loved it! They also have a very nice gift shop and friendly helpful staff.

Thank Vicky k
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Went on a 6 1/2 hour guided tour through Cade's Cove with tour guide, Mike Meldrum, from Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Very informative and fun tour. Mike was a long time park ranger, retired now doing volunteer work for the Heritage Center. Such a...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center one afternoon recently and had a wonderful time! The museum is fascinating, and the outdoor exhibits are even better! The staff and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

1  Thank Carl K
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This museum has several indoor galleries as well as an outside walk through collection of typical buildings that would be found in a Mountain settlement, including houses, cantilever barns, a moonshine still, granary, church and printing office. The interpretive signs were succinct, but relayed some...More

Thank 0carolyn0
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is well worth a visit. It has excellent displays and you can easily spend a few hours browsing. It's well worth the low admission rate and a great way to learn about the area's history.

Thank MountainRK
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped here one day as we were riding through. We were just looking for differ things to do(something new we'd never done on our visits to the smokies). It really surprised me once we got in the museum and grounds. Outside were differ old...More

Thank dasg23
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I visited last year and was pleased to see this year that they continues to add new exhibits and now concerts. This is a great center to visit and is such a bargain, it should not be missed. Lots of fun and informative exhibits and...More

Thank Tennessee50plus
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