8 Cheap Things to Do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

It doesn’t cost much money to have fun when you visit Gatlinburg, TN! We want to offer you a guide to some of the best budget-friendly attractions in the area. Although they might not be free, these activities are definitely light on the wallet. Here are eight of the most popular cheap things to do … Continue reading 8 Cheap Things to Do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

Cataract Falls

Although it isn’t one of the most popular falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we enjoyed our short hike to Cataract Falls. Located just a half-mile behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cataract Falls is an easy hike with virtually no climbing, except for a small set of stairs near the falls. The first part of … Continue reading Cataract Falls

There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are rich in history and full of hidden gems. Through the sands of time, these lost landmarks become something of whimsical fantasies. An old spring house becomes a fairy house. A trail connection becomes a hidden, abandoned tunnel. And an ordinary stone bridge becomes a moss-covered troll bridge. This troll bridge … Continue reading There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

HIKING TO THE HOUSE OF THE FAIRIES IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

There are a ton of unique spots throughout the Great Smoky Mountains you can get to by hiking. One of the lesser known spots is the fairy house along Twin Creeks Trail. We want to tell you all about this cool little spot and how to get there. Here’s more about hiking to the House … Continue reading HIKING TO THE HOUSE OF THE FAIRIES IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Top 10 Free Things to do in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg

Whether you're traveling on a budget, or simply don't want to spend a lot of money, we've put together a list of activities that you can do for FREE in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area: The Great Smoky Mountains National ParkWith all of the free things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you definitely don’t … Continue reading Top 10 Free Things to do in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg

A Sunday Walk Along The Gatlinburg Trail

Sometimes you just need to get away, and that’s exactly what I did on my own on a Sunday while on vacation in Gatlinburg. With my wife doing laundry and my son being a lazy teenager at our condo, I decided to venture beyond the crowded malaise of this beautiful tourist town. There really wasn’t … Continue reading A Sunday Walk Along The Gatlinburg Trail

Legacy Mountain Ziplines

Best Views in the Smoky Mountains! Legacy Mountain features the longest zip line in USA, at 3,400 feet long, and 13,000 foot total in all lines. These are also some of the safest zip lines in America (ACCT Certified – Dual line construction), with the best views over the Smoky Mountains. Canopy Zipline Tour Admission … Continue reading Legacy Mountain Ziplines

Mingus Mill

Mingus Mill is a historic and active Mill, located just a short distance past the Oconaluftee Visitors center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Both the mill itself and the land surrounding the mill are beautiful.  The mill is a popular stop for people traveling through the park, and especially for photographers. tips&tricks The … Continue reading Mingus Mill

What to (and not to) do when you see a bear

Here at Cabins In The Clouds, we take our guests' safety very seriously. Although bear sightings are very rare, we send this warning to all of our guests with the directions and key code. My wife sings when she goes into her car at night “just in case” lol. Bears have very good hearing and … Continue reading What to (and not to) do when you see a bear

Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible- Part 2

Click here to read the first part. ‘It’s all about the mules’ Of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 11 million annual visitors, very few will ever encounter a passel of pack mules while out hiking the trails, but most will — though unknowingly — reap the benefits of the animals’ hard work.  Trail work … Continue reading Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible- Part 2