3 Fun Things To Do Outside This Week

What a week we’re having in the Smokies. Sunny, blue skies, mild temperatures are making this the ideal week to get out and make the most of this gorgeous Smoky Mountains scenery. Here are just a handful of ideas for making the most of nature’s cooperative mood.

• Go for a hike in the national park – There are hundreds of miles of trails and nature walks that will let you explore high mountain peaks, waterfalls, historic communities, wildflower regions and more.

• Go ziplining – There are several zipline vendors throughout the area that offer a variety of fast, high-flying adventures among the treetops and spanning vast mountain valleys.

• Go horseback riding – You’ll find a number of horseback riding stables in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and even the national park. So saddle up and hit the dusty trail and experience the scenery the old-school way.

And when you’re in the market for a rental cabin experience in the Smokies, don’t assume that Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg cabins are all that’s out there. At Volunteer Cabin Rentals, most of our properties are located in beautiful Wears Valley, Tennessee—close to all those other places but in the middle of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the area and bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

National Park Webcams

Even if you’re not staying in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins this week, you can still experience some of the beautiful sights via two webcams that are operated by the National Park Service.

First check out the view from Purchase Knob, which is at the eastern end of the park and offers views to the northeast.


Also, take in the views from Look Rock, which is at the western end of the national park and offers great views of Mt. LeConte, Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove.


This time of year, you’ll see some great, clear views before the haze of summer sets in. Although overall, scenic views have degraded over the last 50 years thanks to man-made pollution. Since 1948, the average visibility in the southern Appalachians has decreased by 40 percent in winter and 80 percent in summer.

Cabin Of The Week – Cowboy Way

Looking to hit the dusty trail to the Smoky Mountains this spring or summer? If your answer is “yes,” then consider bunking down for a few nights in Cowboy Way, a spacious and charming two-bedroom rental cabin in the Hickory Hollow section of Wears Valley.

Located on a hillside, this three-level property offers up nice mountain views, which you can enjoy from the peaceful repose of one of two covered decks. You can kick back in a rocker as the crickets’ night song sets in, or you could take a soak in the outdoor hot tub and let the sound of churning, bubbly waters soothe your mind as your muscles relax.

Other amenities include two gas fireplaces, four cable TVs, two whirlpool tubs in bathrooms and a game room with pool table. There’s a full kitchen to meet all your vacation dining needs, or you could cook the cowboy way out on the charcoal grill. And of course, all the fancy city amenities are on hand too, including a washer and dryer and a kitchen full of appliances.

Cowboy Way is just one of many cabins in Wears Valley that we offer as a family getaway spot. Check out more details about this property or any home in our inventory today.

Spring Specials

Now that we’re getting into the season when folks are getting serious about their vacation planning, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you that we usually have some kind of seasonal special going on our Wears Valley cabin rentals.

Right now, we’re offering free nights in April and May, depending on how many nights you book with us. For reservations on stays through May 30, you’ll get a 10-percent discount on a three-night stay, you’ll only pay for three nights with a four-night stay, you’ll pay for four nights with a five-night stay, and if you book a six- or seven-night stay, you’ll only pay for five.

Keep in mind that this is a special Internet deal, so you’ll need to mention that when calling to make your reservation. It only applies to currently available cabins and not any previous bookings. Unfortunately, this deal does not apply to any holiday nights.

And by booking your trip for April or May, you’ll enjoy the warmer weather here in the Smokies, but you’ll get to enjoy the area before the crowds of peak season start arriving. We hope to see you soon!