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Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals

Smoky Mountain cabin rentals are a good option for staying near the park and the many surrounding attractions.  Accommodations within the park are limited to camping facilities and a single lodge.  Although popular, getting to the lodge requires a hike of over 6 miles.

Staying in one of the nearby cabins allows you to enjoy the views in comfort.  The cabins are privately owned and operated.  The rental fees vary according to the amenities provided.

The main headquarters of the park is located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  But, there are many park entrances in Tennessee and North Carolina.  The park lies on the border of the two states. 

Four entrances are located within 60 miles of Asheville, NC.  They are Cataloochee Valley, Oconaluftee, Balsam Mountain and Big Creek.

In the Cataloochee Valley, you can view elk in their natural setting and see some of the largest trees in the park.  Logging operations dotted the 500,000+ acres up until the 1930s.  Only about a third of the forest was spared.  Much of the virgin forest that still remains is located in the Cataloochee Valley.  Western North Carolina cabin rentals, as opposed to those located in Tennessee, are the most convenient to the valley. 

The entrance at Oconaluftee is home to one of the popular visitor centers and the open-air Mountain Farm Museum.  The museum recreates life as it was in the mountain farms before the age of electricity and automobiles.  This entrance is within 22 miles of Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies.

Oconaluftee is near Cherokee, the tribal headquarters for the eastern band of the Cherokee Native American Indians and also the location of Harrah’s Casino.  A short drive takes you hundreds of years into the future.  Harrah’s offers video poker, blackjack and slots.

The single lane unpaved Heintooga Round Bottom Road is located near the Balsam Mountain entrance.  It is a popular destination for jeeps and other four-wheel drive vehicles.  You will find many western North Carolina cabin rentals nearby. 

The entrance at Big Creek is one of the northernmost.  A trail from the parking area leads to the summit of Mount Cammerer.  A picturesque overlook provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

In addition to hiking and sight-seeing, the Smokies are a popular fishing destination.  The many streams and lakes are home to trout, bass and over 50 other species of fish. 

Smoky Mountain cabin rentals provide the most comfortable accommodations for taking in the sights and sounds of Southern Appalachia.  There’s lots of shopping nearby, too.