Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering a vast 500,000 acres of the sprawling Appalachian chain, across Tennessee and North Carolina. It's the most biodiverse of all of the country's parks and reserves, and amongst the hills, forests, rivers, and waterfalls are myriad opportunities for wildlife watching. If you crave human interaction, the hills are scattered with small mountain communities and open air museums where you can get to know current residents or learn about past ones. And throughout the region you'll find cabins big and small from which to appreciate this great American wilderness.

Secluded Smoky Mountain cabins

If you're looking for seclusion within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself, you'll have to choose official accommodation, made up of campgrounds and wooden cottages, many of which are only accessible via hiking trails. There are plenty of private vacation rental homes outside the park, however, including a good number of cabins well away from any tourist crowds. These won't be overlooked by other properties and will come with large plots of land, so you won't have to share your bucolic mountain and forest views with other guests.

Luxury Great Smoky Mountains cabins

Just because you're heading out into the wilderness, it doesn't mean that you have to rough it. There are plenty of Smoky Mountain cabin rentals that are more bling than basic. While you'll get all the woodsy atmosphere you could hope for, you'll get high end perks thrown in too, such as wide screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, game rooms, swimming pools, and hot tubs. And while you'll likely have a posh kitchen, it doesn't mean that you have to do your own dishes. Many upscale properties include daily cleaning services, and you can even arrange catering for an extra fee.

Cheap Smoky Mountains cabins

If you value the simple life, then the Smoky Mountains offers a great choice of vacation home rentals where you can get back to nature without splashing the cash. Low-key, wood cabins offer clean and cozy living and sleeping quarters with few frills, but you'll have all you need for a comfortable getaway, including a functional kitchen, a bathroom, BBQ facilities, and some outside space with a view. If you're lucky you may even get a hot tub from which to gaze at the stars.

Smoky Mountains log cabin rentals

When the first settlers moved to these parts they built log cabins. Many of these have been preserved and now make up one of the largest collections of log structures in the United States. If you're not content with visiting a cabin in one of the area's living museums, you can opt to stay in one and imagine life as it was in the old days. As well as wood features both inside and out, log cabins come with a deck overlooking the local landscape, often with a porch swing or an adirondack chair from which to appreciate the view.

Gatlinburg cabin rentals

If you want to be close to the wilderness yet within reach of a local town with shops and other amenities, then you could opt for a cabin rental in or around Gatlinburg. A resort town with a healthy serving of kitsch, Gatlinburg sits at the entrance to entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and its busy downtown area offers a selections of bars, restaurants, theaters, and family friendly amusements. There are plenty of vacation home rentals here too, with condos, hotels, and fancy villas on offer, as well as cabins from chic to rustic.

Renting a cabin near Pigeon Forge

Cabin rentals near Pigeon Forge put you within easy reach of both the wilderness and the lively attractions of a big town. Just 8 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is lively, busy, and full of hotels, rentals, museums, and family-friendly fun, including a giant ferris wheel. It's also the gateway to Dollywood, a massive theme park named after Dolly Parton. There are plenty of suitable vacation rental homes here for families, couples, and large groups of friends.