When you hear people talk about “the Smokies” in the South, they’re referring to the mountains in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. The Smokies get their name from the fog that looks like blue smoke often seen cradled in the folds of the mountains beneath the ridgeline.
Outside of the park, you’ll find many great cabins in the Smokies. On the Tennessee side, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the two closest towns to the park, the former located right at the main entrance, the latter home to Dollywood, the state’s most-visited tourist attraction. On the North Carolina side, Cherokee is home to the popular Harrah’s Casino, with Bryson City just down the road.
Tip: Since these are individually-owned cabins with certain check-in days and minimum-stay requirements, you should enter specific dates to see availability and rates.