"If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains...you're lucky enough."
Just being able to see the Smoky Mountains is a treat, but being able to experience them
lifts the spirit and renews the soul. There is no substitute for nature!
Bring your fishing poles, wading shoes, picnic basket and bottled water 'cause just around the corner from Laurel Mountain Cabins is the Little Pigeon River. Along scenic Jones Cove Road, there are several pull offs where you can park the car, drop a line, and enjoy the sounds of Mother Nature.
Fishing License Requirements & Restrictions: Residents and nonresidents age 13 and older must have a valid license. Residents age 65 and older may obtain a special license from the state. Fishing is permitted year-round in open waters from a half hour before official sunrise to a half hour after official sunset. Daily possession limits are five (5) brook, rainbow or brown trout, smallmouth bass, or a combination of these, each day or in possession, regardless of whether they are fresh, stored in an ice chest, or otherwise preserved. The combined total must not exceed five fish. Twenty (20) rock bass may be kept in addition to the above limit. A person must stop fishing immediately after obtaining the limit. Fishing is permitted only by the use of one (1) hand-held rod and only artificial flies or lures with a single hook may be used. Dropper flies may be used. Up to two flies on a leader. Click here for additional information for fishing in Tennessee.
Fishing in the National Park: Due to a successful brook trout restoration program, for the first time in 30 years, anglers are now able to fish for brook trout in park streams.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,115 miles of streams within its boundaries, and protects one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. The park offers a wide variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams. Most streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of fish and offer a great opportunity to catch these species throughout the year.
Horseback Riding: Right around the corner from our cabins are horseback riding trails that can take you over 10 miles of beautiful mountain trails in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains! Begin with a gentle ride along a mountain top with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, or try the extreme trail from which you can see 4 states. Ask us to assist with your reservations!
River Tubing: A wonderful way to experience the beauty of our area and enjoy your family at the same time is floating down the river in an inner tube. It's not only an inexpensive activity, it's a whole lot of fun for all ages! Tubing companies are located nearby in Sevierville or you can head over to Townsend TN.
Picnic Spots: Take a good book and kick back in one of the area's several picnic spots and local parks. Click here for a downloaded picnic location map. Most picnic spots offer restrooms, charcoal grills, and picnic tables. Many local parks offer fishing for kids under 12, covered pavilions, restrooms, and plenty of grassy play area. Take your Frisbee, water pistols, and ball gloves for quality time spent with family.
A Walk in the Woods: This Gatlinburg outfitter offers guided hikes in the National Park at very reasonable rates. You choose the length and destination of your hike, and they will provide you an enjoyable, informative tour.
Sugarlands Welcome Center: You can easily spend an entire morning or afternoon at Sugarlands Welcome Center at the end of the Gatlinburg Bypass. With a museum, gift shop, and theater, it's a great place to learn about the Smokies, purchase your Smoky Mountain souvenirs, and pick up all the attraction and dining brochures you could possibly want. There are ranger-led hikes along the Sugarlands trail and a Jr. Ranger program that your kids will most certainly want to check out.
Arts & Crafts Community: Take the back roads to Gatlinburg and see the Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community. Talented artists demonstrate their skills and sell their wares in quaint little shops along the 11-mile loop of Glades and Buckhorn Roads. There are coffee shops and restaurants too! All your family and friends back home will surely appreciate any handcrafted souvenir you find here. Click here for a downloadable brochure.
If you like to be entertained more than partaking in peaceful discovery,
here are the area's hot spots! Purchase your attraction tickets by clicking the link below
and have them delivered right to your email box. No waiting in ticket lines!