You may know what a beautiful place the Great Smoky Mountains are, but did you know that they are one of the most visited vacation and recreation areas in the entire United States?
More than 9 million people visit The Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year and one of the most popular destinations inside the park is Cades Cove. Cades Cove gives visitors a glimpse back in time to what it was like for the very earlier settlers of the Appalachian Mountains livinig in the wilderness and facing hostile elements. To experience the Cove, you can take your car, bicycle or even hike around the 10 mile loop road that encircles the valley. Make sure you arrive early in the morning or just at dusk to get your best chance at catching a glimpse of the diverse wildlife that lives in the Cove.
If hiking is your fancy, then you will be right at home in the Smoky Mountains. With more then 850 miles of mild, moderate and strenuous trails within the park boundaries, there is a hike for everyone. One of the most popular hikes is the Chimney Tops trail. It is a mildly strenuous 4 mile round trip up to an incredible view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The last 50 yards or so is fairly steep, but the view is certainly worth the effort.
Of course to enjoy all this fun you will need a place to stay on your vacation. The park offers several primitive campgrounds for the more adventurous at heart and a few places for RV's, trailers and pop-ups, but one of the more popular accommodations in the Smoky Mountains is a log cabin rental.
There are literally thousands of cabin rentals throughout the Smoky Mountains and in and around Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend, Wears Valley and other more remote areas. With cabins ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 20 bedrooms and everything from ultra luxury cabins to more primitive accommodations, you are sure to find a place that suits your style and budget with no problem.
When you are through enjoying the recreation and accommodations that the Smokies have to offer, you might just enjoy the fun, dining, shopping and excitement offered in the cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the surrounding towns. Stroll the streets of Gatlinburg some afternoon or evening and enjoy great gift, jewelry, candy and coffee shops and you don't want to miss some of the attractions such as Ripley's Believe It or Not or the Ober Gatlinburg Ski resort. Pigeon Forge offers larger fun filled theme parks like Dollywood and the town is also known for its abundance of outlet malls. So if you love to bargain shop on your vacation, Pigeon Forge is the place to do it.
Sevier County is home to Gatlinburg And Pigeon Forge and these are the two main towns that serve as home base for vacationers that venture into the Smoky Mountains. All throughout Sevier County there are an endless array of things to partake in as you enjoy a Smoky Mountain vacation.