Where Should I Stay In The Smokies?

If you've never visited the Great Smoky Mountains before, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is where to stay, whether you're in town for just a couple of nights or for a whole week.

But that can be quite an overwhelming proposition. The Smokies corridor runs for nearly 30 miles, from Interstate 40 in Sevierville all the way to the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And in between, and in all the outlying areas, there are literally thousands of hotel and motel rooms, bed and breakfast inns, campsites and overnight rental properties to choose from. How do you pick?

What a view of the mountains

There are a lot of factors to consider, including location, price and amenities. When it comes to location, it's helpful to be close to all the things you want to do in the Smokies. But what if you want to see a pro baseball game in Sevierville one day, go to Dollywood the next, visit the aquarium in Gatlinburg the next and then spend some time in the national park? What's the most strategic location to do all those things?

We'd like to suggest focusing your search on the corridor between Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley. That's not only a central location to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but it's also convenient to the national park. There's actually a Wears Valley entrance to the park that most tourists don't know about. It's scarcely traveled and can quickly take you to destinations like Metcalf Bottoms, Tremont and Cades Cove.

At Timbercreek Cabin Rentals, most of our properties are located in this area, which our customers have found convenient not only to the highly visited areas but also to the “peaceful side of the Smokies,” as they call it, in Townsend, Tennessee.

Wears Valley cabins are all top-notch, high-quality, luxury properties, which means they're also packed with amenities. Most cabins have features like fully operational kitchens, game rooms, hot tubs, fireplaces, decks, whirlpool tubs and more. And with sizes ranging from one to 12 bedrooms, the cabins are designed to accommodate most any travel need, whether it's a honeymoon or romantic getaway or a family reunion or corporate gathering.

And when it comes to price, you may find that cabins are your biggest bang for the buck, compared to hotels and B&Bs. For one thing, you're getting a virtual home away from home, complete with separate bedrooms, private bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor living areas. Cabins even have laundry facilities to ensure that no one runs out of clean clothes on the trip. And by cooking at the cabin instead of eating out every meal, you can actually save money.

Cabin in the Smoky Mountains

Also, the more people you have staying in a cabin, the more you can share the costs. Yes, larger cabins are more expensive, but when you split that among multiple families, you might be surprised how affordable staying in a cabin can be.

And don't forget to check for specials on websites. Many companies offer seasonal and other special discounts year 'round, which will help you save even more money.

So before booking that next trip to the Smokies, consider staying in the Wears Valley area with Volunteer Cabin Rentals.