Tucked away on the Tennessee side of the Smokies, and just a short drive from the scenic Foothills Parkway, Wears Valley is the perfect spot for a cabin rental vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. Home to some of the region’s quaintest towns, Wears Valley cabin rentals offer easy access to the National Park, and some truly excellent hiking, as well as some of the best panoramic views of the mountains in the state. To top it all off, Wears Valley is less than an hour’s drive from Knoxville, 2.5 hours from Chattanooga, and under 4 hours from Nashville.

Wears Valley cabin rentals have something for everyone

Wears Valley is packed full of things to do, but it's also a great spot if you’re just looking for a little peace and quiet—misty mornings over the mountains are best viewed from the deck of a cabin with a coffee in hand. If you’re looking for something a little more action packed, though, then Wears Valley can provide. Outdoorsy types will find lots to love about this part of the world, and you’ll find some of the area’s most popular hiking trails—including Metcalf Bottoms and Laurel Falls—start in Wears Valley. For family fun, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Pigeon Forge, where you’ll not only find the town’s iconic Ferris wheel and the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, but the wonders of Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, too.

Take in Tennessee in Townsend, Gatlinburg and Sevierville

Wears Valley cabins offer something for every nature lover. Vacation home rentals in Townsend are particularly popular as romantic retreats, while Sevierville is great for anyone hoping to learn about the area’s history. The area is also a beacon for those traveling with children and the whole family, in which case you might want to check out Gatlinburg. And if, for you, family means dogs and pets then you’ll find a good range of pet-friendly Wears Valley cabin rentals, too. Whether you’re craving mountain views, seeking out cozy cabins with bunk beds to save on space, or want to go all out with a hot tub and a home theater, there’s a Wears Valley cabin rental with your next vacation written all over it.

Cabins on the river in Townsend

Found right on the banks of the Little River, Townsend is the place to head to for peace, quiet, and romance. Known as the quiet side of the Smokies, the area has a reputation for being slightly more serene than Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, as well as being especially quaint and welcoming. The town plays host to a whole range of festivals and events throughout the year, but the Wears Valley region is especially popular in the fall, when the Smokies are afire with fall foliage in red, yellow, brown, and gold. You’ll be charmed by Townsend and Wears Valley at any time of year, however, and hikers might want to check out the area in spring and summer when conditions are best for hiking.

Vacation 9-to-5 with Dolly in Sevierville

Dolly Parton fans will want to head straight to Sevierville when visiting the Smokies. This small mountain city is the hometown of the Tennessee native, and you’ll find a statue of the country music queen downtown, right by the city’s courthouse. Sevierville’s 19th century downtown area is well worth a wander, with plenty of eating, drinking, and shopping opportunities, while just outside town you’ll find the Forbidden Caverns. A popular hotspot with visitors of all ages, the Forbidden Caverns feature stalactites and stalagmites, a roaring stream, and even moonshine stills, all beautifully lit and rendered. If you’re visiting in the fall, you also won’t want to miss out on The Apple Barn Cider Mill and Store.

Get the whole family having fun in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is easily one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies. One of 3 main gateways to the Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg welcomes thousands of visitors every year, and is a great place to choose to stay in a cabin vacation rental. This all-season vacation hub features fantastic foliage in the fall, great wintertime skiing, wonderful wildflowers in the spring, and perfect weather for hiking and outdoor activities all summer long. Come in the spring and treat you and your girls to a Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend, or visit in the fall when the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival sees the whole of downtown Gatlinburg decked out with decorations so eye catching they give the mountains themselves a run for their money.