Where to Stay During Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

If you are planning a Smoky Mountain vacation with Rafting in the Smokies on your list for fun, why not pair it with a great place to stay, too? We have our own cabin and chalet selection through our company, Wildwood Mountain Cabin Rentals. The best part (besides the experience of having your private mountain lodging experience only 10 minutes from RITS) is Wildwood Cabin Rentals offers a free rafting or zipline pass for staying seven nights.

Wildwood Mountain Cabin Rentals

They offer cabins that sleep between 4 to 12 people depending on the bedroom size. We do recommend you take one of our reviewer’s advice: “…Don’t arrive after dark for your first day there. The drive up the mountainside is a bit scary at first as it is almost a one-lane road that twists and turns with many blind corners. (We came in from the east. The west entrance is less treacherous.) It’s funny, but it only scared us the first time! After that, no problem.”

Other visitors to Wildwood Cabin Rentals have said these other great things:

“We stayed 4 nights and wish we could have stayed more, dang thing called work… It’s far enough away from the crazy traffic of Gatlinburg, but close enough to civilization if you needed to pick some things up.“

“Awesome remote hideaway! This place is so cozy. Had everything we needed. The hot tub was wonderful and I so enjoyed relaxing in it waiting for the sunrise and listening to the owls all around. I felt as I if could have sat on the swinging porch swing all day. You really do feel like you are alone and away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.“


Here are some additional recommendations that are farther from whitewater rafting.

Mountain Laurel Chalets

They literally have hundreds of cabins next door to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and are close, but far enough away from Gatlinburg traffic. If you are planning a group trip to Rafting in the Smokies, this should be on your short list to accommodate up to 24 guests in one building (check out Laurel Lodge).

Jackson Mountain Homes

With cabins all over the area, you can be nestled down in the Gatlinburg vicinity or halfway to Cosby, Tennessee. If you stop by their office, be sure to ask to meet the resident kitties, Lola and Charlie. If you stay at any Jackson Mountain property, you get great discounts that include $12 off rafting at Rafting in the Smokies (2016 season).

Laurel Springs Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Take a step back in time to this historic 1930s-era location. Rated by TripAdvisor as one of the top three bed and breakfast/inns in Gatlinburg, you are sure to leave happy and well-rested. A home-cooked breakfast included in your stay is made fresh and is served daily from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. Laurel Springs also offers tickets to Rafting in the Smokies.

We hope you will enjoy your entire Smoky Mountain experience, from the place you rest your head at night to the whitewater rapids you traverse during the day!