Posts By: Dusty Camp

About Dusty Camp

Dusty Camp

I moved to the Smoky Mountains a few years ago from Alabama - a big change, but one I'm glad I made. I like meeting all the different types of people who visit here, and getting to know a little bit about them. I love to watch all the wildlife throughout Cades Cove, but most of all I like winter, waking up to see everything covered in snow and icicles.

Rental Cabins – Tips & Discounts for Visiting the Smoky Mountains

Even for repeat visitors to the Smoky Mountains area of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there is so much to do and see that it’s important to plan your time for the best results. So here, from Cabins of the Smoky Mountains – the largest company for Gatlinburg cabin rentals as well as Pigeon Forge and the surrounding area – is a guide to some of the ways to plan the smartest options for your trip.

How do you find the best cabin to stay in? Start with our articles on How to Find Your Perfect Cabin in the Smoky Mountains: What to Look For and also How to Get the Best Value in your rental cabin. Also check our general advice for making your stay in the Smoky Mountains great: Must-Read Tips For a Great Smokies Visit.

Remember, you can always call us day or night for guidance from our friendly front desk receptionists, at 855-91-SMOKY. Sometimes the lines are busy, so just try again, maybe later in the evening. Call us with any questions at all – the more you can plan ahead the better your trip will be.

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Alcatraz East

How about taking part in an exciting crime drama? This is exactly what you and your family can do at Alcatraz East, Pigeon Forge’s premier museum of American Crime History.

This family-friendly venue is more than just a series of static displays. It offers numerous interactive exhibits that give visitors a fascinating and hands-on introduction to the world of crime-scene investigation. Alcatraz East pays substantial tribute to its namesake, the infamous San Francisco prison, but it also features a wide variety of galleries, hands-on material, movies, and much more.

Images courtesy of Alcatraz East

Images courtesy of Alcatraz East

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Gatlinburg Space Needle: Pinnacle of Entertainment

Experience a 360-degree panorama that celebrates the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the most unique and treasured environments throughout North America, and the community of Gatlinburg is proud to be the gateway to this special locale. Of course, the rolling summits and lush forests look magnificent from any vantage point, but there’s nothing like getting to view this incredible spectacle from a height of 407 feet!

When you visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle you’ll be whisked up via elevator to the top of the tallest man-made structure in town. At over 400 feet in elevation, you’ll be treated to stunning, 360-degree views of the mountains and the city itself, allowing you to immerse yourself in these distinctive surroundings and appreciate the wonder of all this beauty.

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Public Parks in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

With Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the doorstep, it’s often overlooked that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have some fine public parks to enjoy. These are great places to get out of the bustle and stroll or picnic.

Visitors who seek out our Gatlinburg cabin rentals or a Pigeon Forge cabin rental have a plethora of attractions and activities to enjoy morning, noon, and night. From hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains or ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort to exhilarating thrill rides and exciting shows at Dollywood, there’s something to do for everyone of all ages.

While enjoying the sights and sounds of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, when you come into town it can get exhausting amid all the bustle. Calm your soul with additional adventures exploring the excellent public parks that embody the flavor of Tennessee culture and countryside.

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

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Wears Valley Cabins – on the Quiet Side of the Smokies

Wears Valley offers a tranquil alternative to the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg bustle, and many visitors to the Smoky Mountains choose this “quiet side of the Smokies” for their stay. The area offers great views of the mountains, proximity to Cades Cove, and easier access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park through Townsend than through Gatlinburg.

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Blacklight Mini Golf in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

blacklight-golf-4Tee up and take your golfing techniques to another level of play at one of the fun-filled blacklight miniature golf courses in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Play among a variety of scenic and challenging themes from a pirate village to skeletons and spacemen. A visit to miniature golf courses in the Smoky Mountains leads to adventure and entertainment for all ages.
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Smoky Mountain Snowdown Festival 2017 in Townsend, TN

The town of Townsend – “on the quiet side of the Smokies” – offers its annual winter festival, Smoky Mountain Snowdown, January 26-29, 2017. The festival features live music, lots of food including a Chili Cook off, expert history of the area presented in tales and tunes, as well as arts & crafts from the local artisan community as it shows some of its best moves.

Townsend for many people is the gateway to Cades Cove, and this festival is a celebration of the heritage and natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and especially of Cades Cove, rich in history and lore. Music and art will demonstrate East Tennessee culture, deep and old and yet completely modern and present.

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Mirror Mazes in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are full of things to do, places to go, and definitely things to “see” like the creative mirror mazes where things aren’t always what they seem. Find out more about these attractions with a little “reflection” on what each maze has to offer. Each attraction is open daily.

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Amazing Mirror Maze – 919 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Amazing is exactly what to expect when entering the Amazing Mirror Maze, the largest in Gatlinburg at over 2,400 square feet. Challenge your senses as you enjoy the visual journey of a state-of-the-art show with colorful lights and pulsating music. With so many images leading the way, you won’t know which way to turn, which is the whole point of the maze.

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