JUST ANNOUNCED!  --  FREE Guided Tours of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum on Wednesday, June 8 and Saturday, June 11.   --  Registration and Additional Information.



Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN  37882


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2022 Guided Tours of the TRWA for National Garden Week - Register Today!

Guided Tour of Townsend River Walk & Arboretum for Garden Week 2022

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club is proud to announce the first guided public tours of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum(TRWA) to celebrate National Garden Week.

Join us for one of the Four Guided Tours we will be offering during National Garden Week (June 5 - 11).  The The tours are Free but attendees must register for the tours that they and their guests would like to attend (see below).

These guided tours will focus on the Past, Present and Future of the TRWA and given by guides that have intimate knowledge of the workings of the TRWA.  Take some time and join us to learn more about this special treasure along the Little River in Townsend, TN!

We plan to have several additional tours throughout this year and years to come with the schedule still in development.

Guided Tour Details

  1. Cost: NO CHARGE but Reservations are Required by Selecting the tour date and time.
  2. Tours will last for approximately and hour and will start at the Campground Church Parking Lot and proceed from there.
  3. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time for check in.
  4. Will require a walk of about a mile and there are some stairs to navigate. If you require special assistance make sure to indicate that on your registration form and we will make arrangements.
  5. The Garden Week Tours are geared towards ages 16+.
  6. Tours will be given by Tuckaleechee Garden Club members that have spent hundreds of hours working on the TRWA. 
  7. You will receive a confirmation notice for your tour reservation and also a remainder 48 hrs before the tour is scheduled.

Guided Tour Schedule

Select the Tour Date that you (and Guests) would like to join us to tour the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.


 If you have any questions or need assistance in signing up for the tour use our Contact Form.

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Guided Tour

TGC Arbor Day 2022 Eastern Redbud Dediction

Tuckaleechee Garden Club Arbor Day 2022 Eastern Redbud

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club planted a Eastern Redbud Tree for Arbor Day 2022 at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  The tree is located along the upper trail along US 321 and is the anchor to the other 5 Redbud cultivars that were planted in 2021.   We now have quite a Redbud collection in this grouping which includes from left to right: Eastern Redbud, PomPom, Merlot, Forest Pansy, Whitebud, and Flamethrower.  A marker will be installed this year indicating this grouping and the Eastern Redbud will now become our designated Arboretum Eastern Redbud.  In years to come these Redbuds should put on quire a display of color from Spring thru Fall!   Thank you Tuckaleechee Garden Club.

2022 Plant Sale at the GSM Heritage Center in Townsend, April 23

2022 Tuckaleechee Garden Club Plant Sale

Need plants? We got them and the proceeds benefit the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club will be holding its annual Plant Sale
at the
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN
on Saturday, April 23rd from 9 AM to 4 AM.

Prices that you can't beat with a large selection of Native and Non-Native Plants & Trees, Vegetable Plants, Seeds, and Garden & Other Items.

Come early for the best selection!

Cash is always welcomed and there are several financial institutions as well as businesses with Cash Machines nearby.
Major Credit Cards and PayPal Accepted.

Can't make it to the plant sale but want to support the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum then DONATE TODAY!

Additional Information and Directions to the GSM Heritage Center

Planning the Future of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Tuckaleechee Garden Club posing on the newly constructed steps at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.Tuckaleechee Garden Club posing on the newly constructed steps at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum(TRWA) after their monthly meeting and discussing the TRWA Master Plan.  Now we are ready for lunch!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
Benjamin Franklin

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club held its Monthly Meeting at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum(TRWA) on March 15 2022.  The main purpose of meeting at the TRWA was for a tour of the TRWA from Mark Seder to discuss the Preliminary Master Plan that he has been working on but the TGC also held its regular business meeting and then ending the day with an exceptional lunch.

Mark has been working on creating a living plan for the future development of the TRWA that will provide guidance for the next 5 to 10 years and beyond.  There is the maintenance of the TRWA but also several new projects to increase the value of the TRWA for the community of Townsend and Blount County as well as the hundreds of visitors that tour the TRWA each year.

Some of the new projects that are being considered are:

  1. Picnic Area with Herb Garden
  2. Functional & Educational Drainage Filtration Area
  3. Children's Sensory Garden
  4. Bluebell Trail
  5. Main Sign Indicating the TRWA from US 321.

There are also additions to current projects that are being considered such as:

  1. Slowly replacing grass with wildflowers and native bush-like plants (Viburnum, Nine Bark, Oakleaf Hydrangea and others).
  2. Invasive Management
  3. Additional Tree Plantings and Specimen Tree Plantings.
  4. Enhancements to the Cave Area
  5. Bike Racks
  6. Additional Paths

We are hoping to have a completed plan done by Summer of 2022 and it will then be reviewed yearly schedule, monitor completed projects and make updates/corrections as needed.  This will be a living document and will change as the needs of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum change.

Preliminary TRWA Master Plan MapPreliminary TRWA Master Plan Map (Subject to Many Changes)



Final Large Scale Invasive Management at the TRWA

grouppic900Nothing Says Community Like Invasive Management.
An Excellent Community Turnout for Our Last Large Scale Invasive Management at The Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.
Pictured are  members of: Tuckaleechee Garden Club, Blount County Master Gardeners, Keep Blount Beautiful,
 Little River Watershed Assoc., & Blount County Community Members at Large.

marthaandsharlotteCharlotte Miller (left) and Martha Frink have dedicated themselves to the TRWA for almost 20 years. They are finally breathing a sigh of relief with the invasive plants finally under control.On Saturday, February 26, 2022 we had over 20 volunteers from the following organizations: Tuckaleechee Garden Club, Blount County Master Gardeners, Keep Blount Beautiful, Little River Watershed Association, Girl Scouts and at large members of the Blount County Community joined us for this final Large Scale Invasive Management Day.   Everyone put in such a great effort and then were treated to a lunch after the workday.  We can't thank everyone enough for volunteering on this chilly Saturday morning and making this day special.

Almost 20 years ago the Townsend River Walk came into existence and from the beginning invasive management has been a priority.  This area along the Little River was covered with an over abundance of bush honeysuckle, privet, mimosa and more.  It had been growing unabated since the road bed (Old 73) was re-routed in the 1940's on what is now US 321.  Many years of hard labor was put into trying to tame these invasives, especially by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, and we have finally succeeded to minimize the invasives.   This is not to say that the invasives are gone forever but the are now more controllable with minimum of time and effort.

Over the last four years a concentrated effort by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club in conjunction with the Blount County Master Gardeners and with the help of our community partners: Keep Blount Beautiful and the Little River Watershed Assoc. we have been able to make incredible progress in stabilizing the spread of these invasive plants.  During this time we utilized better methods of getting these invasives under control.   The main methods of invasive removal consist of: pulling the invasive by the roots, by hand or root puller, and cutting an daubing.  Cutting and daubing consists of: cutting the invasive with loppers or chainsaw then preciously applying a 30% - 40% solution of glyphosate using a sponge topped dauber (similar to a bingo dauber).  This method kills the root of the invasive, makes handling the glyphosate much safer and prevents excess use of glyphosate.  The results of using these methods have been nothing short of amazing.

I personally cannot express the appreciation and gratitude for all the community members that have made this day possible.  Having worked on the TRWA these last 6 years I never thought I would be able to say that invasives at the TRWA are under control.  What a special moment.

Take time to help support the TRWA with a small DONATION. A donation of any amount goes a long way to help these volunteers maintain this vital piece of Townsend. 
We have big plans and need all the support we can get.

2022 TGC Plant Sale a Huge Success!

2022 Tuckaleechee Garden Club Plant Sale

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club plant sale to benefit the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum was huge success generating over $2500 in sales and donations.   This years event was held at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in front of the newly established vegetable and herb garden that is being maintained by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club.

A big thank you to all the folks that came out to purchase some of these outstanding plants, trees, herbs, vegetables, garden items and more.  A special thanks goes to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center for allowing us use of the space to hold this years plant sale, it was a wonderful venue. Last but not least the volunteers from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club that put all this together and donated most of the plants, it takes a special group of individuals to take on this yearly event. 

Enjoy some of the scenes from the event and hope to see you in 2023.  If you couldn't attend and would like to donate to the projects and maintenance at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum you can do so at: DONATE TO THE TRWA.

Spring 2022 is Here! New Beginnings & Wildflowers Getting Their Bloom On.

Spring Decorations in the Pollinator Garden at the Townsend RIver Walk & Arboretum.Spring Decorations in the Pollinator Garden at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.
Thanks Theresa Schehr & Allison Pearson

Spring 2022 is finally getting started after a late winter snow and freeze.   The freeze destroyed many of the Redbud and Spicebush blooms that were just getting ready to pop. In spite of that deep cold the wildflowers are coming out slowly and looks to be another fantastic blooming year at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.   Keep up with what is blooming at 2022 What's Blooming.

 Rue Anemone is now blooming.  We are updating our 2022 What's Blooming Page every few days. Rue Anemone is now blooming. We are now updating our 2022 What's Blooming Page every few days.

 Redbud BudsRedbud Buds Just Before the Snow & Freeze

Snow at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumSnow & 15º Temps at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum on March 12, 2022

 Spring Sign Covered in Snow!Hello Spring ?!!?!!!?

 Faerie Village Covered in SnowEven Faerie Magic couldn't keep the Faerie Village Clear of Snow

 You can always find something interesting and new if you look hard enough!

Salamanders at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumSalamanders found while we were completing the stair railing.

            Wood Elves can be found hiding in tree trunks if you look hard enough. Wood Elves can be found hiding in tree trunks if you look hard enough.




South Entrance Stairs & Railing Project Has Been Completed!

Before and After of the Slope on the South End of the TRWABefore and After of the Slope on the South End of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum!

Panorama View of the Completed South Stairs, Railing & Bench at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumPanorama View of the Completed South Stairs, Railing & Bench at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Bench Added to the TRWA Steps.  Created by Rodney and Allison Pearson.Bench Added to the TRWA Steps. Created by Rodney and Allison Pearson. A great view of the Little River.This is a project that has been on the wish list of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club since back in 2008.  It was obvious that something needed to be done and there was a fix put in back in the early 2010's with railroad ties.  That brought a bit of erosion control and made it easier to climb the hill.  A lot of work was put into it by Tuckaleechee Garden Club and Blount County Master Gardeners to make this happen and had served well until in 2020 we started noticing decay of the railroad ties and know it would be just a matter of time that the stairs would need replaced, but who was going to take on that task and at what cost?

I (Mark Seder) announced in November 2021 that I would start the planning, preparation and installation of the south end steps in the winter of 2021/2022.   With a design in mind and ready to start the demolition, I was approached by Rodney and Allison Pearson and they would assist in completing the new steps.  Little did they know the time and effort that would be involved or the satisfaction of creating an incredible stairway to the lower trail of the TRWA.  On December 16 2021, I laid out the first two stairs that would end up being the start of a 30 step stairway that spans 63 ft. Rodney and Allison were there to help on the 17th of December until the last railing was installed on March 10, 2022. 

At every step of the way (No pun intended) Allison and Rodney supported the project, we worked together incredibly well and enjoyed building this massive undertaking.  I am also grateful of the support from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club who entrusted us to complete this project and provided much of the funds. 

Stop by and give them a try and take in the view of the Little River.

If you would like to donate to support what we do at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum you can do so HERE!

Additional Articles on building the steps can be found here:

Here is the completed picture portfolio of the work that was involved in creating these steps.

Going to the Chapel and We're Gonna to get Married

schapel2Stumptown Faerie Village Wedding Chapel

schapel1Notice the Stained Glass, Preacher & Pews!

 What do you do when a neighbor gives you a really excellent piece of dogwood trunk?  Of course you build a chapel for the Stumptown Faerie Village located along the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  Exactly what Rodney and Allison Pearson did.  It is awesome and adds a nice finishing touch to the village.   The village has grown with more faeries being added by well, faeries from around Townsend.   As you take your next week at the TRWA talk a good look at the faerie village and all the intricate details.  If you see Rodney and Allison thank them for all their imagination and creativity that they put into this village.