New Hikers Hostel to Open in Townsend

Monday, January 13, 2014

I wanted to give everyone a heads-up about a new hostel that will soon be opening in Townsend, Tennessee - the "Quiet Side of the Smokies".

Called "The Smoky Pearl - A Hikers Hostel", has just recently announced their upcoming grand opening of the only hostel in East Tennessee. The Smoky Pearl is already taking reservations for their March, 2014 opening.

The Smoky Pearl is owned by Teresa and Bill Muhlfeld, who also own, a website and a brick and mortar store that offers outdoor gear for campers and hikers. is also one of the advertisers on our website.

The new Smoky Pearl is a 12-bed hostel with 2 or 4 beds being reserved for couples or families. There is a common bathroom and shower on the main sleeping level, with a private half bathroom located on the main floor. There are also 3 sleeping bag locations for economy hikers.

The Smoky Pearl will also offer shuttle service throughout Great Smoky Mountain National Park. TSP will pick hikers up at their destination point, and then return them back to their vehicles. Also, Appalachian Trail thru hikers who are staying at The Smoky Pearl can receive free pick-up from pre-arranged locations.

TSP will also provide Airport, Bus Station and Rental Car shuttle service to the Knoxville area.

These services certainly expand the possibilities for backpackers and hikers alike! For more information on the new hikers hostel, please click here.

Hiking in the Smokies


Danny Bernstein said...

How wonderful! We need a lot more hostels.

Tami said...

So excited to hear this! We will probably talk to them about some shuttles this year. Our quest for the 900 is to the point where much of what we need to do is going to be easier with a shuttle. Thanks for the heads up!

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Tami - Yes, I agree, if you can minimize the number of out and back hikes, it makes your quest a lot easier. Good luck!!