We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: US 321, Townsend, TN
Phone Number:
+1 865-661-0170
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 99 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Fun and informative afternoon

Tons of information inside the little museum! Definitely a must see for railroad and history buff's!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Janis K
,
Anadarko, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

99 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 98: English reviews
North Carolina
Level Contributor
287 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not much to see but worth a quick stop. It won't take you long to see it and parking is limited. Just a couple of exhibits, maybe little kids will enjoy.

Helpful?
Thank fmattship
Anadarko, United States
Level Contributor
31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tons of information inside the little museum! Definitely a must see for railroad and history buff's!

Helpful?
1 Thank Janis K
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for the first time this year and what an experience. The lady that runs the museum is local and had a vast amount of local knowledge. We learned the history of Townsend's beginnings and a great deal about Col. Townsend. I highly recommend it. Children might get bored but adults will enjoy it.

Helpful?
1 Thank jchalmer
Marion
Level Contributor
660 reviews
435 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Free museum building was still closed for season but we were able to wander around the grounds and look at all the rolling stock and equipment. We wanted to be sure to see this place because it was such important part of the history of the area and was a part of the reason for establishing the park. Feel free... More 

Helpful?
Thank Paul S
georgia
Level Contributor
245 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were driving through Townsend and thought that this museum would be an interesting short stop. It is...for about fifteen minutes. I had checked online and saw that it would be open on a Saturday. However when we arrived no one was there. We were able to look at the outside exhibits and those were explained adequately. It would have... More 

Helpful?
Thank journalmytrips
Festus, Missouri
Level Contributor
102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This doesn't look like much from the highway. It has a Shay locomotive out front and you can't hardly see the small museum behind it. I would definitely recommend stopping in and learning the history of logging in the area. The lady who was at the museum was wonderful! She knew the history of the area and was very enjoyable... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank jdck
Level Contributor
25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The volunteer docent at this little gem was quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed hearing her synopsis as we browsed the exhibits. We especially appreciated seeing how the logging/lumbering/railroading provided jobs for the locals and eventually lead to the establishment of the park.

Helpful?
Thank Le Ann M
Jerusalem
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This small, lovely museum offers an intimate and interesting window into life in an earlier era. kids (and kids-at-heart) can climb all over an old steam engine and everyone can learn a ton about railroads in general, with many interesting exhibits dealing with its history, how it works, how it's built etc. The museum also offers insights into life in... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank DrDee07
1 review
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

This was our second time at the museum. We were here five years ago with my four boys. They loved it then and loved it even more today! It is free, but they do accept donations. The logging and railroad history of the Smokies is so intriguing! Lots to see and read. The gift shop is very cute and full... More 

Helpful?
Thank DiHoffer
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This small museum is packed with history and artifacts. If you want to know anything about the area, stop here. Also, if you are into trains or mountain history, you can't afford to miss this. Admission is free, which makes it a great way to save money on your trip and still have fun.

Helpful?
Thank ckincaiddu

Travellers who viewed The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum also viewed

 

Been to The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?