This year for spring break, we wanted to head somewhere where we could hike, stay in a cabin, and have it be within a day’s drive! So we settled on the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee!
Next, we had to pick a cabin online and locations included: Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. We combed through many and settled on this one in Sevierville: https://smokymountains.com/lodging/29139111/
The cabin had a full kitchen, small grill, outdoor hot tub, pool table and an old school arcade games! It’s about a 7 hour drive from Columbus to Sevierville to our cabin. So once we arrived, we had keyless entry into our cabin. The kids explored the cabin (the walk to the cabin is a bit steep!) The views from our outside deck of the mountains were amazing!
Listed below are the places that we enjoyed visiting during our trip:
Since it was almost dinner time, I knew that I wanted to head to Paula Deen’s Kitchen! What we did not know was that this was going to be a family style meal otherwise we would have eaten less that day! Each diner is charged a flat price for dinner which includes an 3 main dishes, 4 sides and each person gets a dessert! To start off, we did get cheddar biscuits and some hoecakes! (It was my first time trying hoecakes; they were ok, just not for me!) My favorite dish was the fried catfish (my husbands favorite too!), my son loved the “best ever southern fried chicken” and my daughter liked the spare ribs. I would totally recommend heading here for dinner and exploring the shops (they have a Ferris wheel too!) at the Island of Pigeon Forge.
The next morning we knew it was going to possibly be a rainy day, so we decided to head to the caverns in the morning! Tuckacheelee Caverns are estimated to be 20 to 30 million years old. This a MUST see on your trip to the Smoky Mountains. The rock formations are beautiful! (I’ll be honest, looking at the very young kids cloning up and down the caverns made nervous!) Cost: $17 for adults and $8 for kids, 4 and under are free)
After that, we decided to drive to the Laurel Falls trail. It’s considered a moderate to difficult hike. (It’s about 2.6 miles round trip) I think we made it back in an hour but the sign says it’s about 2 hours. Definitely not an easy trail! I still don’t know how people take babies or push strollers!) The view is breathtaking though!
Another trail that we enjoyed was Abrams Falls Trail which is considered moderately difficult but to me it was hard! (2.6 miles and we did it under 2 hours) Uneven and rocky at times but we did make it to the falls to get a good picture!
Finally, another can’t miss thing on the trip is the Alpine Coaster! There are many alpine coaster around town but these are unique because you can control the speed with the handles. (I never adjusted so we were at top speed!) They go up to 30 miles per hour and you enjoy looking at the mountain views as you are heading upward. I had to ride with my youngest daughter so I was unable to take pictures.
What’s your favorite place to go when you visit the Smoky Mountains?