For a Smoky Mountains getaway, pick a cabin rental in Pigeon Forge.
If you’re planning a vacation to see the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a perfect home base. The town is only a 25-minute drive northwest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning visitors can watch the sunset from a perch inside the sprawling park and make it home before the stars are out.
Though there are plenty of campgrounds and hotels, Pigeon Forge has a number of charming cabin rentals offering tourists cozy temporary homes from which to relax and take in views of the hazy, ridged mountain range.
If the idea of a log cabin brings to mind scenes of Little House on the Prairie or early settlements of the Appalachian Mountains, rest assured that they’ve come a long way since then. Pigeon Forge has ample options for well appointed homes with amenities including spa tubs and swimming pools, Wi-Fi, home theaters, and (of course), stone fireplaces where guests can warm up in the winter.
Inside this gated community, travelers will find a collection of upscale cabins ranging from intimate 1-bedrooms to a sprawling 10-bedroom cabin, perfect for families. The 2-bedroom Sundance cabin, for example, is a two-story home with a vaulted ceiling, a spacious deck with rocking chairs, and a gas-burning fireplace. Every single cabin rental at Parkside a hot tub, a fire pit, and a game room. Some even boast private swimming pools and saunas.
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins
Most people know Pigeon Forge as the home of Dolly Parton's water park and theme park, Dollywood, and her newly-opened resort, DreamMore. But even here, you can find a polished version of cabin living. Here, guests can enjoy mountain views from their Parton-approved cabin (there are more than 100 to choose from).
Amenities include a bedside Jacuzzi in the master bedroom, a wrap-around deck with a hot tub, a fireplace (or two), and access to outdoorsy amenities like a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and charcoal grills.