A Closer Look into Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Nature Lover’s Guide

Things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge Cabins, Gatlinburg Cabins


Come and experience the enchantment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park when you stay with Mountain Air Cabin Rentals! There are several wonderful things to do in Gatlinburg that will set you vacation apart from shuffling around downtown. You can hike trails, explore the rolling hills of the Smokies, tread through rivers and splash around in the waterfalls. Are you ready to learn the secrets of the Smoky Mountains? If so, plan to retreat in one of our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals or one of our Gatlinburg cabins and feel tucked away in the embrace of the Smoky Mountains. Here you will find where all of the magic happens with this nature lover's guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Mountain Glitter: The Synchronous Fireflies of East Tennessee


Synchronous Fireflies, also known as “lightning bugs,” are relatively rare.. The Great Smoky Mountains happen to be a prized location for viewing these mystical creatures. The lightning bugs of the Smokies are what brings summer in the Smokies to an elevated level of whimsy. The synchronous firefly is a specific species of beetle that produces something called "bioluminescence" from their abdomens. The synchronicity of the fireflies is what we find to be their mating ritual. There are only two places in the entire world where this ritual is performed, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Southeast Asia. The male fireflies will glow in competition to win over the female fireflies as a profession of their love. The viewings happen just after sundown offers periodic waves of darkness and light.

The Magical Encounters of White-Tailed Deer


Among all of the species of animals that roam the beautiful hills and valleys of the Smoky Mountains, the white-tailed deer is one of the most majestic creatures to encounter. The white-tailed deer, commonly referred to as whitetails, resemble a fictional Disney character we all know and love, Bambi. It is important to practice safe and cautious driving in the Smoky Mountains as the white-tailed deer are known to be very shy and skittish in nature.

Bursting Blossoms of the Smoky Mountains


There is a diverse nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when it comes to wildflowers. There is an array of rare, unique wildflowers that blanket the Smoky Mountains during spring and early summer. You will find wildflowers from the lower depths in the valleys to the highest elevations and balds. The Smoky Mountains are home to over 1,500 different types of unique wildflowers such as bleeding hearts, trilliums, "snow on the mountain", and pink lady slippers.

Roll the Windows Down and Go for a Drive: Auto Touring the Smokies


The history of auto touring dates back to the earlier days when wealthy families from Knoxville, TN, and Asheville, NC would come to the mountains to retreat for summer in Elkmont at the Wonderland Hotel. The National Park provides over 800 miles of sprawling mountains, hills and streams filled with wildflowers and wildlife. The Smokies are the ideal place for a blooming photographer to vacation.

Enjoy the Perfect Picnic: Lovely Spots to Snack and Relax


The Smoky Mountains are filled with amazing picnicking opportunities. Whether you are looking for something by the river, in a field or even elevated on a mountain side. The majority of popular picnicking areas offer guests picnic pavilions, charcoal grills, picnic tables, fire pits and trash containers. The popular areas to picnic in the Smoky Mountains are Cades Cove, Metcalf Bottoms, Deep Creek, Big Creek and Greenbrier. Please be kind, do not feed the wildlife.

Hiking the Trails of the Past in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Strap on your hiking boots! Great Smoky Mountains National Park has over 800 miles of terrain for you to explore. All of the hiking trails will be found on a handy map that you can pick up from the Sugarland Visitors Center on your way into the National Park. The hiking trails have a grade scale showing the skill level from easy to moderate and expert. Always hike prepared and bring plenty of food such as non-perishable items and water for your journey.

Fulfill Your Vacation with the Experience of a Lifetime: Waterfalls and Streams


One of the most breathtaking experiences that you will find tucked away in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the waterfalls and streams of the Smokies. The Smoky Mountains provide over 2,000 miles of natural springs that bring the waterfalls to life. Over 200,000 visitors hike the trails to view the majestic waterfalls each year.

Cycle Through the Smoky Mountains for a Breezy Point of View


Go for a two-wheeled ride in the Smoky Mountains with the family. Go as fast or as slow as you like as you wheel along seeing mountain peaks, flowing fields coated in wildflowers, pop up springs, rivers and old homesteads and settlement farms. Cades Cove Loop is available to cyclists only on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 A.M. now through the late month of September. Cyclists can enjoy the atmosphere without anyone else on the road. The Cades Cove Loop is eleven long miles filled with historic structures from the 19th-century.

Visit the Smoky Mountains and be a part of the magic in the mountains. Stay with Mountain Air in one of our conveniently located Pigeon Forge cabins or one of our Gatlinburg cabins and be minutes away from all of the mountain splendor.