The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains makes them the crown jewel of both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. When you vacation in these areas, hiking is a great way to explore all that this iconic landmark has to offer. Here are 5 reasons why you should hike in the Smoky Mountains when you stay in one of our cabins:

1. See Breathtaking Views

When you hike in the Smoky Mountains, you get to see breathtaking views and feel like you are on top of the world. A popular viewing spot is Clingmans Dome. It is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in the state of Tennessee. On a clear day, you can see mountain views for up to 100 miles. Keep in mind that the high elevation makes this area 10 to 20 degrees colder than the rest of the park. Therefore, it is a good idea to dress in layers or bring a warm jacket when you visit here. You don’t want being cold to put a damper on this fun activity.

2. See Wildlife

black bear cub climbing a tree in the Smoky MountainsWhen you hike in the Smoky Mountains, you have the opportunity to see many different types of wildlife, including black bears, elk, and white-tailed deer. If you look even harder, you may spot a salamander as well. To ensure your safety and the safety of the animals remember to stay more than 150 feet away from all wildlife. Bring along a pair of binoculars for the best possible view at this far distance. Additionally, refrain from feeding the animals, as human food may be harmful to them.

3. Reduce Stress

Did you know that you can reduce your stress by hiking in the Smoky Mountains? Being outside can increase the oxygen levels in your brain while also reducing the hormones that cause stress. Hiking is a great form of exercise that releases endorphins, hormones that help improve your mood.

4. Pet-Friendly Activities

dog walking in the woodsWe know it can be hard to leave your pet behind when you go on vacation. That’s why we make it easy to bring your pet along with our pet-friendly cabin options. When you bring Fido on vacation, a hike in the Smoky Mountains is a great pet-friendly activity. Your pet will love the fresh air and room for exercise! Keep in mind that the Gatlinburg Trail is the only pet-friendly trail on the Tennessee side of the mountains. Pets are prohibited on the other trails because of the rough terrain. They also could pose a potential threat to wildlife.

5. Free Activity

We know that entertainment is a significant vacation expense. If you want to save some money on vacation, taking a hike in the Smoky Mountains is a great way to do so! After conquering every roller coaster in Dollywood or working for a big prize at the arcade, it can be great to unwind in the fresh mountain air. If you are with your loved ones, hiking is also a great time for bonding! Talk about how pretty the mountains are and of your favorite memories from the trip so far!

Now that you know all the reasons why you should hike in the Smoky Mountains when you stay with us, we bet you can’t wait to start planning your visit! Explore all of our Pigeon Forge cabins and their amenities to find the perfect one for your vacation!