A stunning sunset in the Smoky Mountains.

6 of the Best Places to Take Photos in the Smoky Mountains

Whether you’re looking for the perfect location for your next family photo or profile picture for social media, there are tons of breathtaking places that will add that wow factor to all your snapshots! The Smokies are filled with scenic spots and attractions that are sure to make your photos stand out. With hundreds of destinations to choose from, you might feel a little overwhelmed to select the best one. For your convenience, we put together a list of the top 6 places to take photos in the Smoky Mountains. Read more

Beautiful fall colors along the Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains.

New Section of Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains to Open Soon

Tennessee’s oldest unfinished highway project is about to take a giant leap forward! After 50 years of waiting, a new 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway is set to open on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Running from Walland to Wears Valley, this 16-mile stretch of the Parkway has been delayed for decades because of construction crews’ inability to finish a 1.65-mile portion of the road known as the “missing link.” Read more

fall leaves on the ground in the Smoky Mountains

6 of the Best Trails to Hike During Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall is a beautiful time in the Smoky Mountains. Gorgeous shades of oranges, yellows, and reds can be seen everywhere you turn. Each year, visitors flock to the Smokies to see the fall colors at their peak. One of the best ways to experience fall in the mountains is by going for a hike! To help guarantee you have the best time while you’re here and the best views, we’ve made a list of the top 6 trails for you to hike during fall in the Smoky Mountains: Read more

The sign for Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg.

8 Unique Shops in the Smoky Mountains You Have to Visit

Whether you’re searching for the perfect souvenir to remind you of your time in the Smokies or an item in particular, your search can start anywhere! The Smoky Mountains are full of shops that have everything you could ever dream of, from homemade fudge to apparel. To make your shopping adventure the most fun, we recommend going to some of the unique specialty shops in the area. Here are some of the best unique shops in the Smoky Mountains that you have to visit: Read more

Black and white photo of a creepy cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

3 Smoky Mountain Ghost Stories That Will Scare Your Socks Off

The Great Smoky Mountains are famous for their ghost stories! From Cherokee legends to tall tales from Cades Cove, the Smokies are brimming with supernatural yarns that have been passed down for generations. If you’re looking for a good fright, check out three of our favorite Smoky Mountain ghost stories. Read more

Smoky Mountain picnic areas.

The 4 Best Smoky Mountain Picnic Areas

No vacation in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains is complete without a picnic! When the weather is nice, nothing beats eating outside amidst the natural splendor of the Smokies. The national park is home to a number of wonderful picnic spots and the Gatlinburg area boasts a great selection of restaurants where you can pick up a quick meal to enjoy al fresco. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to four of our favorite Smoky Mountain picnic areas. Read more

Barns in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.

The Fascinating History of Cades Cove

Cades Cove is far and away the most popular area to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Attracting over 2 million tourists each year, this breathtaking valley is famous for its gorgeous mountain views, well-preserved historic buildings, and phenomenal wildlife. All of the cove’s major landmarks are conveniently located along an 11-mile loop road, so visitors can easily tour the valley by car. Read more

A stunning sunset in the Smoky Mountains.

3 Heartwarming Smoky Mountain News Stories You Have to See

While watching the news can often be a downer, there are lots of great things happening right here in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains! When we saw the following news stories on TV, we knew that they were simply too good not to post about. To help you get in the mood for your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals is sharing three heartwarming Smoky Mountain news stories from the last few weeks. Read more

Elvira's cafe in the Smoky Mountains.

Top 7 Smoky Mountain Restaurants Off the Beaten Path

Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are home to some of the best restaurants in the Southeast! When you take a vacation in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you’ll find a wide variety of eateries that serve everything from traditional country cooking to international cuisine. While there are a number of well-known restaurants in town, there are also a handful of hidden gems that are definitely worth a visit. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top seven Smoky Mountain restaurants off the beaten path. Read more

Black and white photo of the Smoky Mountains.

6 People Who Shaped the History of the Smoky Mountains

Tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains, the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN are two of the nation’s most popular vacation hubs. Over the centuries, a number of men and women have helped shape the history of the Smoky Mountains, slowly transforming it from the wild frontier into a beloved destination for family getaways. Read on for a look at six of the most influential figures in the history of Sevier County, TN. Read more