Cabins USA Logo
Loading Page
(800) 583-6168
Cabins USA Availability Search Icon Availability Search Small Icon

Where to Find the Top Five Hidden Gems in the Smoky Mountains

Blog Home : Category Posts : Top Five Hidden Gems in the Smoky Mountains

It's a fact that the Smoky Mountains offer plenty of fun and adventure for its visitors. Whether you desire to play at Dollywood or go for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the options are nearly limitless. With that in mind, you'll find many "hidden spots" spread throughout the area that are off the beaten path that could add something special to your vacation experience. If you're looking for something more, then consider trying to find one of these top five hidden gems in the Smoky Mountains.

Something Different for Unique Memories

The main attraction for these five places is they represent an adventure. You'll have to do a little bit of exploration, and we recommend bringing a map and compass, so you don't get lost. However, you and the rest of your group will feel the effort is more than worth the reward of finding one of these places to explore near Pigeon Forge.

Tunnel Under Clingmans Dome

Just about everyone has heard of Clingmans Dome thanks to its increasing popularity as a tourist attraction year after year. On the other hand, most don't know about the secret tunnel that runs under the road. Also known as the Thomas Divide Tunnel, this space was initially designed to prevent hikers from needing to cross over Clingmans Dome Road.

Over time, the tunnel became less used but no less accessible. Look for the tunnel about a mile west of the space between Clingmans Dome Road and Newfound Gap Road.

Harrisburg Covered Bridge

While this spot is growing in popularity thanks to the beautiful pictures taken from the bridge, the Harrisburg Covered Bridge remains one of the area's best-kept secrets. The bridge is one of only four covered bridges in Tennessee and is just 15 minutes from downtown Sevierville, making it a breeze to find.

House of the Fairies

This spot requires a little bit of hiking but is worth the trip. The House of the Fairies is part of the Voorheis Estate and boasts a main house, an apple barn, a horse barn, and two guest cabins. Between its rustic charm and location a ways off the Twin Creeks Trail, you'll feel like you've gone on a fun adventure by the end of your journey.

The Troll Bridge at Elkmont

Did you know there's an area in the Smoky Mountains that's practically a ghost town? In the past, the Elkmont area was thriving thanks to its reputation as a resort area for the wealthy. However, once the park came along, the resort abandoned its holding and what once was a popular location became empty.

However, the troll bridge still stands along with a few buildings, making it worth the experience to find this ghost town. If you want to see this hidden gem, venture onto one of the many side trails about 100 feet into the Little River Trail. Follow the path and stay parallel to the stone walls, and you'll find what you're searching for in time.

Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower

You would think that something known as a fire tower would be extraordinary and well-known. Well, you would be half right. The Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower is indeed awesome since it boasts a 360-degree view of the mountains in a quiet locale. If you want to find this beautiful spot, begin your hike at the Low Gap Trailhead. Keep in mind the walk is 11.9 miles roundtrip so bring water and supplies.

Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge

There are so many hidden gems in the Smoky Mountains beyond the ones we've covered; they can't possibly be discovered in one day. Fortunately, by staying in one of our excellent Pigeon Forge cabin rentals, you can plan out your adventures from the comfort of a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

Relax in the hot tub or enjoy some time with friends and family in the living room of your vacation rental. Once you're ready, head out to explore one of these top five hidden gems in the Smoky Mountains for a vacation experience you'll never forget.

Recent Articles

Best Arcades In Pigeon Forge

The Best Arcades in Pigeon Forge

Have a blast and indulge in hours of entertainment with your loved ones by checking out our picks for the best arcades in Pigeon Forge!
Top 3 Alpine Coasters In Pigeon Forge

Top 3 Alpine Coasters in Pigeon Forge

Add some extra fun to your Smoky Mountain vacation plans by trying out one of the ever-popular Alpine Coasters in Pigeon Forge for something new and exciting!
Date Night Dinner Options In Pigeon Forge

Top Five Date Night Dinner Options in Pigeon Forge

Go all out for your sweetheart on your next Pigeon Forge vacation by adding a date night at one of our top five date night dinner options in Pigeon Forge!


Fall In The Great Smoky Mountains | Pigeon Forge | Gatlinburg

Fall Activities

Check out the many activities to do in the fall in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, Wears Valley, and Sevierville. - read more...
Pigeon Forge Happening Now

Pigeon Forge Happening Now

We've got news, events, and tips to make your vacation in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains better than ever! Check - read more...
Smoky Mountain Vacation Tips

Smoky Mountain Vacation Tips

Tennessee Smoky Mountain vacation tips great for planning your family vacation, honeymoon or group getaway in the Smok - read more...
Smoky Mountains Blog | Whats Happening Now

Smoky Mountains - Happening Now

Smoky Mountains blog posts covering events before and as they happen throughout the Tennessee Smoky Mountains area. S - read more...

Please Note: Cabins USA LLC's, hereinafter referred to as Cabins USA, area information, area events, and blog pages are provided as a public service. Cabins USA does not endorse any of the products, vendors, consultants, or businesses referenced in these web pages. Any mention of vendors, products, businesses, or services on the Cabins USA web site is for informational purposes only. Users of this web site are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of all information. The inclusion of this information does not imply endorsement by Cabins USA. Furthermore, specific questions regarding any content should be directed to the appropriate organization and not necessarily to Cabins USA.

Cabins USA Official Logo
star star star star star
2140 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
(865) 429-4121

VLS #157
Pigeon Forge Cabins
Guest Reservations
(800) 583-6168
2 Night Minimum

Cabins USA Help Icon
Guest Sign In
Copyright 2013-2022, Cabins USA LLC, Pigeon Forge, TN

Interested in receiving our newsletter? Simply provide your full name and email address in these fields to begin receiving information. By doing so, you can learn about special promotions and events in the Smoky Mountains!

We respect our customer's privacy and feel it is disrespectful to bombard anyone with emails. We treat all information that customers share with us as private and confidential. Cabins USA never shares this information with third party sites.

Arrival Date: Mandatory, select or enter date you will arrive (MM/DD/YYYY)

Nights: Mandatory, select or enter the number of Nights you will be staying with us

Promotional Code: Must enter a valid code

Optional Search Items: (Amenties, Cities, etc)
Below are several boxes in which you can either select from a drop down list or click on a check box to the left of an item to select.

Changing the contents of any drop down list or selecting/deselecting a check box will broaden or narrow the number of properties displayed by your search. You don't have to wait until the search completes to select/deselect items for your perfect search.

You must hit the SEARCH button to start your first search. It is unnecessary to hit the SEARCH button after doing your first search, unless you changed to another web page, changed the Arrival Date or number of Nights.

Add to Favorites: As you visit individual property pages or pages with listings of several properties on them, you have the option to click on the "+ Favorites" for each particular property, which automatically adds the property to your list of Favorites for consideration. The number next to the Favorites tab, left sidebar, will increase up to 99 possible Favorites. When ready, click on the Favorites tab to view a list of your selected Favorites.

Remove from Favorites: You may de-select (remove) properties from your Favorites you no longer wish to consider by either clicking on the minus icon to the right or by clicking on the "- Favorites" displayed on property list pages and each property details page for properties listed in your Favorites.

Compare Favorites: Click in the check boxes to the left of the property name, in your Favorites, you wish to compare. No more than 3 boxes may be selected at one time. When ready, hit the Compare button for a comparison of the 3 selected properties.

Follow the above "Remove from Favorites" instructions to remove a property from the comparison and your Favorites.

To add another property from your Favorites list for comparison, click the check box to the left of the property name in your Favorites and hit the Compare button.

Repeat the above steps to find your ultimate vacation accommodations. Need assistance or have questions, please give us a call so we may better serve you!

View List: Displays a full list of all your Favorites with some details.

Remove All: Clears all properties from your Favorites so you may start over.