Cabins in the Smokies are just waiting for you. In a Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cades Cove, we are talking water views, mountain views and both. They call them “cabins”, but some are the most beautiful pieces of architecture. You start with what you want: the number of bedrooms and the reason you are there. There are places with 10 bedrooms and 6 baths, their own game rooms and in-house theater.
The Smoky Mountains define the Tennessee-North Carolina border with over 185,000 acres of old-growth forest, most of it protected by the US National Park Service. Warm humid air cools quickly in the mountains, producing a smoke-like fog that lies low at sunrise. There is no bad location from which to view this stunning beauty.
- Fresh water and fly fishing have long drawn sports-minded people after trout or bass. But, consider the pleasure of fishing from a raft while you take in the scenery over a 5-mile tour.
- Take to the air in helicopter tours or zip-lining through the tree-tops. This green adventure pleases adventure seekers and nature lovers for a spectacular journey.
- Hikers, bikers, and ATVs have 800 miles of trails through breathtaking forests maintained by the Park Service. You go where cars cannot. You ford streams, catalog wildflowers and wildlife, and smell the evergreens.
Until you get the hang of it, this place is so big that you may need a guide. You can hunt feral hogs and deer, but most hunters renting cabins in the Smokies are thinking turkey and bear:
- The American Wild Turkey has not had a good history because of the destruction of their habitat and over-harvesting. But, the Tennessee Mountains host a number of pure eastern-bred wild turkeys. There are limits on the number of turkeys you can bag in a day and in a season, but given the shyness of the bird, hunting them is a challenge worth trying.
- The mountains hold the densest population of black bears in the country, but hunting bears is restricted to one bear a year with many restrictions on time of year, type of kill, use of dogs, and so on. Any hunting trip to the area requires planning and a check with hunting officials.
- Pigeon Forge has Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country with amusements, shows, and family-oriented fun.
- Gatlinburg has a whole list of museums, but the kids will like the Aquarium of the Smokies with sharks, penguins, and a collection of fish from local waters.
Cabins in the Smokies are great for getaways, rest, air, and solitude. They can be perfect for family, couples, or just the old gang.