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Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN  37882


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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)



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.






New Faerie Houses in Stumptown and Major Remodeling Completed!

Stumptown Faerie Village at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum in Townsend, TN.The Renovation at Stumptown Faerie Village, at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, has been completed.
Thank your Rodney & Allison Pearson.

The human villages in Blount County aren't the only villages expanding, last winter Stumptown Faerie Village, at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum(TRWA), got zoning approval to expand.  The expansion is now complete courtesy of Mr. Geppetto (Rodney Pearson) and Mrs. Geppetto (Allison Pearson).  They have truly outdone themselves with this major renovation of Stumptown.  The small details are phenomenal with: signs, window boxes, an outhouse, mushrooms, moss for grass and little special objects here and there.  You really have to see it to really appreciate the effort that has gone into making this a special part of the TRWA.

A big round of applause and a special thanks to the Geppetto's (Pearson's) for all their dedication, imagination, time and effort!

Stumptown is located along the Little River at the bottom of the newly installed stairs.

Happy New Year! 2022

Happy New Year!


The Tuckaleechee Garden Club would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

2021 has been and incredible year at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum and we have big plans for 2022.   Thanks to everyone that supported us in 2021.  Stop by for a walk thru the TRWA this weekend and enjoy this treasure of Townsend.






Final Large Scale Invasive Management at the TRWA

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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.

Another February Flooding - 2022-02-23

20220223flooding5River got a bit high but no real damage. You can see the cement Right of Way marker that usually about 40 ft from the river bank.

It seems that yearly we have some heavy rain this last week of February that goes above flood stage.  The USGS River Gauge, for The Little River, was a little above 7 ft. this morning, about a foot plus above flood stage.  Allison Pearson took some photos along the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum showing the flooding.  Thanks Allison.






Step Construction - FINI!

Rodney Pearson, Allison Pearson and Mark Seder Celebrate the Completion of the Newly Constructed 30 Steps at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum!Rodney Pearson, Allison Pearson and Mark Seder Celebrate the Completion of the Newly Constructed 30 Steps at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum!

The new steps on the South entrance of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum are now completed on this New Years Eve 2021.  A big thanks goes out to Allison & Rodney Pearson and Mark Seder for installing the 30 new steps at the South Entrance to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  It took over 3 weeks and they volunteered 64 man/women hours to complete the steps by years end.   It was quite and undertaking, with a plan in mind and making changes as we went, the steps are level and hug the slope of the hill being as unobtrusive as possible except it makes the 14 foot climb much easier.  Hand rails will be added in Spring after the trio has some time to rest.

If you have time this New Years Weekend stop by and take a walk through the TRWA and give our new stairs a try.

The New Steps Run a Length of 63 ft  and a Rise of 13.75 ft.A Panorama of the New Steps (30 in total) Shows Off the Entire 63 ft Length.  Over that Length the Steps Rise 13.75 ft.

The Facts and Only The Facts

  • 64 Volunteered Man/Women hours, over 3 weeks.
  • 3 ton of stone.  Crusher Run for the base and Tennessee crushed river rock for the top coat.
  • 322 board ft of Lumber (4x6's) that created 30 steps.
  • Length of the horizontal run is 63 ft.
  • From top to bottom or bottom to top is a rise of 13.75 ft vertical.

If you would like to help offset the costs of materials for building these stairs, you can DONATE HERE!

The construction of the steps on the South end of the Arboretum in chronological order.