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Why You Should Take a Trip to Cherokee NC While Staying with Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals

Cherokee, NC is located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a short trip over the mountain from Gatlinburg. If you’re looking for a nice day trip from the Gatlinburg area, then a drive to Cherokee is just what to need. A visit to Cherokee, NC makes for a perfect day trip when you are staying in one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals. Our cabins near Cherokee NC are perfect for your stay because you’ll get to enjoy everything the Gatlinburg area has to offer on top of your short day trip to the North Carolina side of the mountains. Check out these reasons why you should take a trip to Cherokee NC when you stay with us:

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All You Need to Know About Fishing in Gatlinburg Tennessee

One of the great outdoor activities in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is trout fishing. Whether you’re a pro or just got your first pole, the City of Gatlinburg has several streams that are easily accessible and are sure to have that fish you’ll be talking about for years. Most days, you can fish inside the city limits or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re interested in fishing when you visit, check out our guide to fishing in Gatlinburg:

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Ramsey Cascades water fall in the Smoky Mountains.
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The 4 Best Smoky Mountain Swimming Holes and Waterfalls

Summertime is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountain swimming holes and waterfalls. On average, June, July, and August are the hottest months of the year. These warm and humid conditions make it the perfect time to put on your swimsuit and take a dip in the pristine waters of the Smokies! There are numerous areas inside the national park to spend the day cooling off in the 65-degree waters. That’s right, 65 degrees! On a day when the temperature is 90 and the humidity level is 90%, you won’t want to get out of the water. Check out a few of the most popular waterfalls and swimming holes in the Smokies:

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Everything You Need to Know About Smoky Mountain Trout Fishing

One of the great outdoor activities in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is trout fishing. Whether you’re a pro or just got your first pole, the City of Gatlinburg has several streams that are easily accessible and sure to have that fish you’ll be talking about for years. Most days, you can fish inside the city limits or in the National Park. If you’re interesting in fishing in Gatlinburg, then you’ll love our guide to everything you need to know about Smoky Mountain trout fishing.

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Top 4 Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Pottery Shops

If you’re a fan of pottery, you’re in luck when you visit the Smoky Mountains! Some of the most unique pieces can be found in local area shops, made by local artisans. If you’re hoping to find some gorgeous pottery when you visit, we can help! Check out some of our favorite Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge pottery shops.

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Whitetail buck deer in Pigeon Forge
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Everything You Need to Know About Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge

Wilderness Wildlife Week is one of the most popular events in the Smoky Mountains! This week-long event in Pigeon Forge features fun activities for nature lovers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This tradition is the perfect way to explore the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains up close. To help you learn more, we’ve created a helpful guide to Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge with everything you need to know.

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Top 3 Places to Visit to See Bears in the Smoky Mountains

Many visitors coming to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge hope to see a bear during their vacation in the Smoky Mountains. After all, the black bear is an unofficial mascot for the Smokies! Although there’s never a guarantee you’ll spot a black bear, there are several places you can visit to see these amazing animals. These places are just minutes away from Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals! Here are the top 3 places to visit to see bears in the Smoky Mountains:

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A beautiful photo of Cades Cove near Gatlinburg.
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Top 3 Places to Visit for the Best Views in the Smoky Mountains

While you can enjoy stunning mountain views virtually anywhere throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there are some special places that you need to visit for truly awe-inspiring views of the Smokies! Whether you are a photographer or just appreciate spectacular mountain scenery, hop in the car and head out to these top 3 places for the best views in the Smoky Mountains:

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