Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

5 Relaxing Gatlinburg TN Things to Do

People often think of the western states of the U.S. when they are looking to enjoy lush forests and incredible mountains. But the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are some of the most awe inspiring and beautiful in the country. Nestled within this amazing wilderness is the quiet little town of Gatlinburg. While you can find endless fun and entertainment here, it really is one of the best places for a relaxing vacation. Here are some of the most relaxing Gatlinburg TN things to do.

Visit the Swimming Holes

There are countless amazing places to visit throughout the Gatlinburg area. You can find numerous swimming holes, each offering some unique and fun. You can find the perfect place for a swim along the banks of the Little Pidgeon River, at Metcalf Bottoms, and great spots along the countless creeks that surround the river. And you can even swim under a massive waterfall at Abrams Falls.


You can find hundreds of miles of some of the most pristine hiking trails throughout Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There is so much to see out here, and there is sure to be a trail leading to what interests you the most. You may find one that winds through the valleys towards towering waterfalls. Another may send you along the shores of Little Pidgeon River. Whichever trail you decide on, is sure to show you a unique aspect of Gatlinburg’s beauty.

River Rafting on the Smoky River

While you can find some of the most exhilarating whitewater rafting in the country, you can also find some very relaxing rafting opportunities throughout some of the area’s most famous rivers. While the ride is smooth and enjoyable, it is hardly the best part of the journey, as the beauty that surrounds will be at the center of your attention.

Visit the Ski Area

Whether or not you are here during the snowfall, the ski area located next to the amusement park is an incredible place to visit. Here, you can enjoy a day relaxing on some of the park’s more casual rides, or take a slow gondola ride up one of the impressive peaks. There are numerous shops and eateries to pick from as well.

Visit the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

Wherever you are in Gatlinburg, you are sure to have the opportunity to enjoy absolutely breathtaking views. But the renowned Gatlinburg scenic overlook is perhaps the best place to take it all in. From here, you can see the cozy little town of Gatlinburg set against towering mountains and lush forest. You can find the overlook on the Gatlinburg Bypass nestled in between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Gatlinburg Spur.

This list does not even begin to scratch the surface of the amazing collection of relaxing activities to love in Gatlinburg. While there are a wide variety of ways to spend a day in Gatlinburg, you can be sure that each of them will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Contact us today to book your next vacation rental and to learn more about Gatlinburg TN things to do.

5 Ways to Stay Cool in Gatlinburg

Visiting Gatlinburg in the summer? Check out these ideas for staying cool below!

Swimming Holes

Take a dip in a cool mountain swimming hole! Gatlinburg is famous for its swimming and has plenty to go around. Try the Wye in Townsend, the River in Greenbrier, the Chimney Tops Trailhead or Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area; each swimming hole has its own unique flair. If you’re interested in higher elevation, try the Chimney Tops, or try Metcalf if you’re interested in having a picnic and a swim!

Gatlinburg Rides: Mountain Coaster

You’re probably thinking, “What is a mountain coaster?” Well, it is exactly what it sounds like: a roller coaster built in the mountainside! Gatlinburg is famous for them. Check out Ober Gatlinburg or Downtown Gatlinburg to find one! You’ll definitely stay cool as the wind blows against you on any of these fantastic Gatlinburg rides.

Visit a Water Fall

The Sinks, Abrams Falls, and Ramseys Cascades are just a few of the many natural waterfalls you can find in Gatlinburg. Not only will you be able to cool off in one of these locations, but you’ll get to marvel at the natural beauty found in Tennessee. So don’t miss out—take a dip into one of our waterfalls and experience nature’s air conditioner!

Newfound Gap Road

Take a little trip onto this road and discover cooler temperatures at the higher elevation points. Not only will you see incredible views from the peaks and ridges this road will take you to, but you’ll experience the almost a 10-degree difference in how cool the weather feels above the valley. It doesn’t get better than incredible views and cool, breezy weather.

National Parks

Some of our national parks have the most beautiful shaded areas around that will make beating the heat seem easy, even from outdoors! In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are plenty of shady places to enjoy, but what makes those spots more enjoyable are the streams and creeks that flow nearby. The mountain water creates a cooling effect on the forest that makes you feel you’re in a natural A/C. Stay cool while enjoy the beauty of this place!

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We’d love to hear how we can support you during your stay here in Gatlinburg. Make sure you contact us today to book a stay with us and receive the best accommodation; we look forward to hearing from you!

Family Reunions in Gatlinburg

With spacious rental properties like ours, you could fit an entire extended family under a single roof. In fact, we even recommend it!

Much to Do, and Memories to Make

The beautiful Smoky Mountains and the excitement of Gatlinburg combine to make any family reunion full of fun. Outdoor activities abound—the family can try their hand at zip-lining, skiing, ropes courses, or old-fashioned hiking. Gatlinburg also hosts an aquarium, as well as the marvels of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium, Mirror Maze, and Moving Theater. It’s the ideal town for family fun!

Of course, with larger groups, it’s reasonable to split up. Some folks can enjoy our golf courses (or miniature golf), while others enjoy Westgate Wild Bear Falls, a year-round waterpark, and still others can go shopping and see what souvenirs they can score. And at the end of the day, everyone can reconvene back at the cabin.

Larger Cabin, Better Reunion

Our larger properties are ideal for fitting together large groups of people, vastly improving the quality of the reunion time. Instead of a tangle of group texts, have everyone talk about plans over breakfast and reminisce about old times on the carpool to your Gatlinburg activity. When you come back, you can talk about your exciting day over dinner—there’s plenty of room at the table! With everyone together, you can maximize how much of your reunion you get to spend with family.

The Biggest and the Best

There’s no need to worry about how large the family is. With a rental cabin from The Cabin Rental Store, just name your number and we’ll have something for you! Do you have thirty people staying together? Forty? Fifty? We’ve got cabins of ten to even 28 bedrooms that’ll fit everyone and have plenty of room leftover! Room for what, you may wonder? Just check our amenities—some come with pools, some their own golf courses, some have game rooms—there’s plenty to do without leaving the house!

Regardless of size, our properties all enjoy TVs and fully-stocked kitchens, not to mention comfortable furniture. Best of all, there will be a vacation specialist assigned to you to make sure your stay is the best you can imagine.

If you’re planning a family reunion, we can’t recommend our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge properties enough. Browse our listings and discover for yourself all we have to offer. Call us at 877 301 0776 for reservations or questions—we want to make this family reunion perfect for the photo album!