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The Little River

Lake, River, or Waterfall
Little River Fall Scene – Townsend Visitors Center

ADA Accessibility Notes

Some trails, such as the Shadows of the Past trail in Townsend, are handicapped accessible. There is an accessible picnic area in Townsend next the the Little River. Access is possible in the National Park along Little River Rd.

The Little River begins its course above Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It joins Laurel Creek and the Townsend "Y", and flows out of the park, through Tuckaleechee Cove (Townsend), then through the Walland Gap to Rockford and into the Tennessee River and Ft. Loudon Lake. The watershed is some 380 sq. miles. The Little River is clean and cool along much of its stretch, especially in the National Park, hosts a wide variety of fish and other wildlife, and is bordered largely by forest and fields. It is the main source of drinking water for over 100,000 people in Blount County.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on a leash.

Recreational Opportunities

Fishing, boating, tubing, wading, nature appreciation, photography, hiking. The Little River Watershed Association develops programs to help protect the resource.


Seasons Accessible

All seasons

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