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

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

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

Mountain Farm Museum

Highlights: historic buildings, visitor center, walking trailsOconaluftee offers both a visitor center and the Mountain Farm Museum - a collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site. Buildings include a house, barn, applehouse, springhouse, and smokehouse.At the visitor center, rangers can answer your questions about the park … Continue reading Mountain Farm Museum

Parrot Mountain

When you pull up to Parrott Mountain, you’ll see a 200 foot of dry stacked stone fence like the ones you see in Ireland. A replica of Thomas Kinkade's Stairway to Paradise. As you start down the beautiful landscaped paved pathways, you will come to these unique parrot cottages which house the parrots. With each … Continue reading Parrot Mountain

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Gatlinburg Sky Lift Park is the home of North America's longest pedestrian suspension bridge: Gatlinburg SkyBridge. At the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, guests will experience the best views of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and the town of Gatlinburg. Come relax and enjoy the views! History In the winter of 1953, local innkeeper Rel Maples contacted Everett … Continue reading Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Dollywood Experience

Since 1986, visitors from around the world have become well acquainted with the Dollywood name and experience. However, the entertainment park actually traces its roots back to 1961 when Rebel Railroad first opened on the site that, over time, has expanded and grown into Dollywood. Dollywood is one of the world’s best-known theme parks, from … Continue reading 5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Dollywood Experience