Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN, is a gem of a vacation spot with fun for the nature lover to the thrill seeker. The Great Smoky Mountains are a misty mountain range running along the North Carolina and Tennessee border, famous for beautiful scenery and haunting mist. Besides the mountains, Gatlinburg features everything from amusement parks to shops and restaurants, just a hop and a skip from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
If Gatlinburg is on your list of destinations, it’s recommended that you stay at one of the many cabins in Gatlinburg on the water. Just a short distance from the city, these are among the best cabins in Gatlinburg and close to the National Park. In a short drive, you can easily get to all the natural hotspots, from Look Rock to Newfound Gap to Mount Le Conte.
And a cabin is a much more intimate setting, without busy hotel guests running through the lobby to the swimming pool. At a cabin on the water, you’ll immerse yourself in pristine nature and even fall asleep to the gentle lapping of water on the shore. This will then recharge your battery to take on the many hiking trails winding through the Great Smoky Mountains.
Natural Beauty of Lakes and Rivers
Philosopher Henry David Thoreau said after living for two years in a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond, “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
There is something almost magical when we come across a mountain lake or a rambling river. Perhaps it’s the sheer beauty of the placid dark surface or moving rush of the water. But maybe there’s something much deeper. In literature, water is a symbol. It can represent cleansing, life, and freedom. But then maybe our appreciation for lakes and rivers is just all the fun you can have from swimming, fishing, swinging from trees, boating, and more. Here are the best things about staying in a cabin on a lake:
- Relaxation. Water has a calming effect on us, whether it be watching the wind stroke across a lake in the shimmering sun or listening to the rush of a river as it glides past us. Imagine sitting outside on a boat dock or in a camping chair next to a river, sipping your morning coffee as the sun rises over the mountain tops. Or in the afternoon, settling in with a book next to the lake or river, enjoying the sun and cool mountain breezes.
- Immersed in nature. Staying in a cabin on the water or near a river puts you smack dab in the middle of nature. If staying at a hotel in town, you have to drive to get to nature. But in a cabin, you simply step outdoors and you’re there in the heart of nature, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells. At night, it’s also a sight to behold. With no light pollution to obstruct the view, you can look to the star-filled skies and see millions and millions of stars.
- Fun on the water. Many of the cabins on the water have their own docks, or share docks with other visitors. You can rent motorboats or jet skis, or boats with smaller motors to troll for fish just waiting for your lure to sail on by. Kayaks, canoes, inflatable rafts, inflatable tubes, etc., can also be rented and tied at the dock. Depending on the size of the lake, you can challenge yourself to swim across and explore the banks on the other side. If fishing is your thing, whether on or around the lake, or from the banks along the rivers, you can cast in a line and try your luck. If swimming or boating, the rental company will also supply life jackets for your safety.
To learn more about why you should stay at the Gatlinburg Cabins on the water, call My Smoky Mountain Travel at 865-432-2504.