Once summer is in sight, many people are itching to be in the great outdoors. With summer fast approaching, vacation is definitely top of mind for most people. The good news is that if you live in Tennessee or a nearby state, you do not have to go far in order to get off the grid because of all the gorgeous and fun escapes in East Tennessee.
Road trips in Tennessee are great because they are affordable, flexible, and full of fun activities that you choose. The best thing is that everything can be customized to your needs, from where you stay to how far you go and what you see.
So, where to? Here are some of the favorite and most exciting getaways in East Tennessee that will spark your sense of adventure and exploration, starting with some ATV parks and campgrounds to the east.
Roan Mountain State Park
You can get off the grid into the stunning and glorious hardwood forests at the famous Roan Mountain State Park. You can enjoy 12-miles of hiking trails and trout fishing, which is fun. You can also pull up in an RV and bring your dirt bikes or mountain bikes along to traverse the park’s expansive 2.25 miles of trails reserved exclusively for biking.
You can settle into a serene cabin or campsite surrounded by wildflowers, the Doe River, and rich hardwood forests at the base of the Roan Mountain. And that is not all; at the top of the mountain, tourists take in sweeping and stunning views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, step foot on the legendary Appalachian Trail, and discover vibrant and lovely blooms of Rhododendrons in mid-June.
David Crockett Birthplace State Park
If you are a history buff, you can visit the birthplace of soldier, pioneer, and politician David Crockett. You will find the 18th-century living farmstead, limestone marker, replica cabin, and visitor center exhibits. And nearby are the lush Cherokee National Forest as well as his father’s Crockett Tavern Museum. You will be pleased to know that camping for tents and RVs is available.
Often known as the “Disneyland for OHV fans,” you will like Brimstone Recreation as it offers more than 300 miles of roads and OHV trails to explore.
This ATV Park is tucked in the heart of Appalachia, with plenty of amazing overlooks to enjoy as you ride. It is ideal for both thrill-seekers and newbies. You can test your nerve on various trails ranging from simple to difficult.
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
Dollywood was named after the popular country singer Dolly Parton and has long been Tennessee’s most popular and unique ticketed attraction. Did you know that it lures more than 3 million visitors each year?
One of the leading attractions in the area, this thriving and lush 150-acre theme park offers families plenty of fun with its unique mix of Smoky Mountains’ crafts and traditions, musical entertainment, and thrilling rides. Some other highlights are festivals, live concerts, and an authentic and unique coal-fired steam train that circles the park.
There is no doubt that Gatlinburg is the best urban gateway to the Smoky Mountains. You will be happy to know that the town center boasts many great bars, restaurants, museums, boutiques, lookouts, and mirror mazes. You will not need to give up your home comforts here! Gatlinburg is one of our top recommendations for a mountain vacation – bring your kids to Ripley’s or get your spouse to the distillery.
With an excellent location next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Gatlinburg is for the adventurous and bold outdoor lover, with 800 miles of hiking trails, whitewater rafting, biking, and horseback riding.
Also, for a fun day of shopping that your whole family will love, you should visit the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, which boasts handmade goods and products from local artisans. You will find a variety of lodging options in Gatlinburg, including cabins and resorts.
Waterfall Hike in the Smokies
You will like this experience as it will take you deep into the Smokies, and you can enjoy the most secluded and serene waterfalls in the US.
Smokies Photo Classes
If you cannot pull yourself away from your phone or technology, note that this is another excellent trip into the Smokies with an experienced and professional photographer. Apart from discovering the beautiful and stunning mountain region, you will learn the fundamentals of landscape photography.
Where to Stay
Are you planning a trip to East Tennessee? Perhaps, you want to visit the amazing ATV parks. If so, you would like to maximize your time outside. This is why you should not miss various lodging options at the Ligia’s Fork Cabins.
Not many activities can come close to the adrenaline-inducing thrills, and excitement of riding in Tennessee’s parks. If you are looking for a place to stay, Ligia’s Fork Cabins provides the accommodation to stay when coming to ride the popular trails at the park. All of our valued guests enjoy direct access to the trail system in the area from their campground spot or cabin.
Online Booking with Lodgify
You will be happy to know that Ligia’s Fork Cabins has partnered with Lodgify. This has made booking simple and quick for people wanting to book cabins and RV hookups in the area. Lodgify lists about every kind of accommodation imaginable, from B&Bs and hotels to vacation rentals, cabin rentals, and apartments. This is one of the main perks for travelers open to a variety of lodging options.
We welcome you to Ligia’s Fork Cabins, a heaven on earth and your private getaway for your fun mountain adventure that you will cherish for a long time. Spend your Smoky Mountain family vacation, honeymoon, reunion, or professional retreat in one of our cabins. We believe in unmatched customer service, excellent value, and a passion for the adventurous mountain lifestyle experience.
Give our reservations staff a phone call or check out our website. Regardless of your budget or group size, we have a cabin for you!