Where to Find the Best Views in the Smoky Mountains
Cabins in the Smokies (We have Gatlinburg Cabins, Pigeon Forge Cabins, and Sevierville Cabins!)
Are you planning a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains? Make it a memorable retreat and stay in one of our many luxury cabins in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville. Wake up to the woodland birds singing, and enjoy your morning coffee while you watch the dew drop from the leaves surrounding you. All of the cabins in the Smokies offer their own little oasis, tucked neatly into the hills of Appalachia. When you decide to break away from your mountain haven, explore all the pleasures these mountains have to offer and see the best views in the Smokies at the following locations.
Visit Clingmans Dome, close to the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you will be at the highest peak of the Appalachian Trail. The views sprawl ridge over ridge for several miles in all directions. The sky appears differently here due to heightened elevations and the way the clouds lay. You honestly never know what colors to expect the sunrise or sunset to be. Weather forecasts are typically different here due to the elevation, and there tends to be a frequent amount of rainfall and a significant temperature difference than the lower elevations. Plan to come here on a clear day to see the best views. Fall and winter months are popular times to visit the tower; you will feel like you are hovering above the trees.
Alum Cave Bluffs
Don’t worry, there’s no spelunking involved here! The Alum Cave Bluffs is actually known as a concave bluff. The bluff runs about 500 feet long and roughly 80 feet high. The arch offers visitors a break from the high sun or light shelter from the rain. The trail to the bluff is unique all its own allowing you the opportunity to enjoy the suspense and surprise of what’s to come. Follow the path of rhododendron blooms and climb the arch rock staircase and prepare to be amazed.
This is an inspirational point of view in the Great Smoky Mountains. So inspirational in fact you might want to leave the rental cabins in the Smokies and hop in the car and put your feet on this trail. This area was named in honor of a woman known as Gracie McNichol, a medic at LeConte Lodge. She hiked this trail as her last memorable mountain climb on her 92nd birthday. This point marks the midway point of the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail where you can see all 4 peaks at once.
How could something named after Charlie Conner’s bunion be beautiful, you ask? You have to see it for yourself to believe it! Charlie’s Bunion is a treeless outcrop of solid stone. Think King Arthur’s sword in the stone and then multiply that stone by one million. The stone is all that remains after a 1925 forest fire and a 1929 flood. The fire stripped the trees and the flood swept the soil. Step cautiously and seat yourself in the peak and take in the panoramic views that surround you.
Sitting pretty at the highest physical point of Mt. LeConte sits The Summit. There is no actual view here, however, you will find a sight to see. There is a pile of rocks which mark The Summit as well as your success in accomplishing something otherworldly. Make a wish on the cairn (pile of rocks) and continue on your journey.
Often times it seems as if all the cabins in the Smokies call Bluff Mountain home. Bluff Mountain sets the scene for some of the most spectacular sunsets and mountain views in the area. Whether you are watching the sun fall behind it or into it, it just holds your heart. There’s just something about the shadowed peak becoming one with the night sky from downtown.
Cliff Top is an iconic point of the journey of Mt. LeConte. It’s roughly 0.2 miles from LeConte Lodge and a bit rocky. Take your time getting here as this is all about slowing down your pace. Bring a lamp for after the night falls, but in the meantime shake hands and meet those around you. The sun will begin to drop and the sky will fill with highly pigmented oranges and reds. After you retreat back to LeConte Lodge, you very well may consider this mountain village the most prized cabins in the Smokies.
Ahhh, Myrtle Point is such a spectacular place to belong, especially in the morning. The vantage point gives backpackers a 360-degree uninterrupted view of breathtaking scenery. Myrtle Point is a popular place where hikers watch the sun kiss the sky, share talks of travels over morning coffee and also even fellowship services. The connectivity is inspiring all its own and you’ll never know who you’ll get to meet.
The Jump Off is a 1,000 foot cliff with a drop off to make your heart drop directly into your stomach. If you are big on thrills, bring out your inner daredevil and add this trail to your Smoky Mountain hiking list. From the Jump Off you can see Charlie’s Bunion and bits of Mount Guyot. The Jump Off is a trail runners dream, holding strong at 3 miles in length with an open ridgeline every half mile until you reach the cliff.
Gregory bald is named after an early settler from the Cades Cove area. This is a strainingly difficult hike, but with hard work we are rewarded in profound ways. The Bald offers year round views with a display of azaleas that will put your grandmother’s flower bed to shame. Every color imaginable is represented here. Once you are able to take your eyes off the blooms, focus your attention towards the skyline and experience a moment of peace and reflection.