What better base for all that Appalachian hiking and whiskey tasting than a treehouse in Tennessee? Like a bona fide pioneer, you'll have a pad up with the hickories and maples of the Smokies. But it won't all be rustic – luxurious cabins and treetop lodges boast all sorts of alluring extras. Read on if that sounds like your sort of TN escape.

Finding treehouse rentals in Tennessee in the Smokies

If there's one wilderness that really defines Tennessee, it's surely the Great Smoky Mountains. They dash along the southeastern border of the state, clutching the sides of mighty Appalachia with misty ridges and dense thickets of oak and hickory. That's prime treehouse lands…

Gatlinburg's TN treehouse rentals

In a whirlwind of potent moonshine and whiskey, of bluegrass-stomping bars and mountain roller coasters, this one steps forth from the Smokies in energetic and boisterous style. Families are sure to love its arcades and carousels, but there's oodles for solo adventurers, too – most notably the vast national park that sits right next door. Treehouses here are a ticket to all the above, and more.

Knoxville – to balance the city and the hills

Knoxville is the closest major city to the eastern reaches of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That makes it a doozy for travelers who want to hike Appalachian walking paths but also want to unravel tales of Civil War battles, and munch on hearty brunches in Americana diners. Look for treehouse rentals to the south of town for the best range.

Handsome Hartford

To be truly encompassed by the Great Smoky Mountains, the I-40 town of Hartford is a good bet. It's inside the boundaries of the national park, so any treehouses you uncover nearby are going to be the closest you can get to the trailheads and rivers. Activity wise, it's endless. Adrenaline glands are sure to pump, though, with white-water rafting, zip lining, gorge walking, and more.

Treehouses in Tennessee across the state

As you move away from the Appalachian valleys of the east and delve into the rest of the Volunteer State, get ready to be wowed by untamed riverways and whittled gorges, historic battlefield sites and some luxurious treehouses in Tennessee as well…

Around charming Chattanooga

Not too far from the Smokies, the border with the Peach State, or the wiggling Tennessee River, Chattanooga has an enviable location on the south side of TN. Its treehouses can also get you near the hulking dome of Lookout Mountain, where you can tread in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers and generals.

Jamestown and the Big South Fork

The northern edges of TN are given over to parks like the Big South Fork. The river itself is the centerpiece, with high bluffs on both sides where you could discover treehouses overlooking the gurgling rapids and waterfalls. Around that is a potpourri of carved rock arches and natural bridges – no wonder it's a mecca for climbers.

Somewhere suitably close to Nashville

You don't have to venture for miles and miles outside of Nashville to find dashes of charming Tennessee woodlands and wiggling lakes. Towns like Sparta – under two hours' drive from the big city – and Monteagle – the same – are testimony to that. They both come with forested valleys dotted with beeches and pines, along with a collection of luxurious cabins and trunk-top huts.

Types of treehouses in Tennessee

Tennessee's treehouses are a doozy for all sorts of travelers. Hikers with their hearts set on the Appalachian valleys will find loads, but so will luxury lovers, and intrepid folk after caving and rafting in the great outdoors.

Pet-friendly cabins in TN

Don't even think about leaving Fido at home when you scurry off to the Tennessee hills and Smokies. There are treehouses that are just perfect for the pooch, offering pet-friendly spaces right on the doorstep of pet-friendly hiking trails. You might find that you'll need to pay a tad extra, but it's usually calculated per animal, per stay.

Luxury treehouses in Tennessee

You might just be shocked at the level of pampering it's possible to get in a treehouse stay. Plush interiors laced with hearty Dixieland charm merge with marble-clad bathrooms with walk-in showers in some places. Then there are the al fresco spaces – big decks with BBQ grills and even the occasional hot tub thrown in.

Adventure-ready treehouses in Tennessee

If treehouses in Tennessee are great at one thing, it's putting you in the midst of some of the wilder corners of the state. Adrenaline-pumping adventures are right on the doorstep. Whether that's rafting sessions on the gushing Pigeon River, a hike to the tops of Clingmans Dome, or spelunking through the dank Raccoon Mountain Caverns.