Planning a family vacation to Pigeon Forge can be a challenge if you’re on a budget. Admission fees to the East Tennessee resort town’s theme parks and entertainment venues can add up pretty quickly, for starters. Fortunately, you don’t need to shell out a lot of cash for a comfy and well-appointed vacation rental. There are many cheap cabins in Pigeon Forge, and a budget of $100 a night will already give you plenty of options, whether you want a downtown base or a secluded mountain cabin. Wherever you stay, you’ll never be too far from all the action.

Getaway cabins near downtown Pigeon Forge

If you’re coming to town for the family-friendly attractions along Route 441—known locally as “the Parkway”—then you may want to consider one of the cheap cabins in Pigeon Forge’s center. Some of these vacation homes are within walking distance of attractions like Dollywood, a theme park owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. You can take the kids to see artifacts and recreated interiors at the Titanic Museum Attraction, pose with lifelike sculptures of celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum, and explore over a hundred interactive exhibits at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. Or, head to The Island in Pigeon Forge, a sprawling entertainment complex with shops, restaurants, and attractions like a mirror maze, a musical fountain, and a 200-foot-tall observation wheel. For more rugged adventures, you can make the short drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which offers tons of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. Pigeon Forge calls itself “The Center of Fun in the Smokies,” and the fun doesn’t stop when you get back to your vacation rental. Even cabins on the low end of the price spectrum might offer a game room with a pool table, or a large hot tub on the outdoor deck.

Cabins for rent in Sevierville

Cheap cabins in Pigeon Forge generally provide relaxing environments and scenic mountain views, but if you’re really craving peace and quiet, check out the vacation rentals in neighboring Sevierville. There’s a large cluster of reasonably priced cabins just a short drive west of Pigeon Forge. Take your pick from the wood cabins tucked away in the trees, where you’ll wake up to the relaxing nature sounds of birds chirping and leaves rustling. You can plan laid-back days that involve grilling steaks on the deck and enjoying an al fresco lunch or dinner, then soaking in the hot tub that looks out over the wooded surroundings. Many of the cabin rentals in this area are pet-friendly, so even the 4-legged members of the family can join your Pigeon Forge vacay. The nearest attractions include the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, which lets you control your speed on the mile-long downhill track, and the walking trails and sports fields at Wear Farm City Park. You’ll also be a quick drive from the popular tourist spots in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, not to mention the wealth of outdoor recreation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Vacation rentals near Gatlinburg

You’ll also find a large concentration of affordable cabin rentals between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, along Rose Pass and its surrounding streets. Vacation home rentals here offer tranquil retreats in leafy settings—you’ll easily forget there are neighboring cabins up and down the road. You’ll enjoy such conveniences as Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, and you might have a hard time deciding which Netflix movie to watch while relaxing in your cabin. Then again, you’ll likely have just as hard a time picking a destination when you decide to head out—so many options for recreation are easily accessible from your vacation rental, from outdoor action in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to amusement parks and dinner shows in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. If you decide on visiting Gatlinburg, you can take the kids to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, home to more than 10,000 marine creatures, or Gatlinburg SkyLift, a chairlift that transports visitors to and from Crockett Mountain’s 1,800-foot-high peak. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is only for the grown-ups—you can take a tour of the rustic stills, then sample moonshine in flavors like apple pie and dill pickle.