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Shadows of the Past-Townsend Historical Trail

Historic Site or Trail
Bicycling on the Shadows of the Past trail – Mary Grace McCaffery

ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessible. Paved trail.

Running parallel to US Highway 321, this 10 mile trail in Townsend, located in the heart of Tuckaleechee Cove, is ideal for walking or bycycling. Markers along the way and an informative booklet tell the histories of Native Americans, settlers, special places such as springs and cemeteries, railroad and logging days, and features along the Little River. The Shadows of the Past brochure is available at the Townsend Visitors Center.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets must be leashed.

Time Period Represented

1,000 B.C to present



Seasons Open



Visitor Fees


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