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Gatlinburg Tennessee Travel Guide

Updated: Apr 29

This past weekend I traveled somewhere new that I've never been before, but it turned out to be a special trip. I stayed in a cabin in Gatlinburg Tennessee. I saw everything from beautiful landscapes, natural water falls, and wild bears up close and personal.

Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN
Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN

Cabin Tips

I went on a 15 person trip to the great smoky mountains. We stayed in a huge cabin over looking a gorgeous sunset called Mansion in the Sky. It's a huge cabin that you can rent on sites like VRBO and Airbnb. I believe I even saw this same cabin on TripAdvisor. Check out the video I made of the tour of the cabin here >> https://youtu.be/Of4Gj9yJpyA

Mansion in the Sky, Gatlinburg, TN
Mansion in the Sky, Gatlinburg, TN

This cabin came with at least 10 bed rooms, a full kitchen with 2 of everything, and 4 balcony styled patios spanning the length of the entire place. There were even 2 jacuzzis to dip in if it's cold out.


Mansion in the Sky view of smoky mountains
Mansion in the Sky view of smoky mountains

You can find Mansion in the Sky after driving up a mountain for a about 15 mins twisting and winding your way through cliffs all the way up. When you park you are greeted by a sign above the door letting you know you've arrived.

Mansion in the Sky, Gatlinburg, TN
Mansion in the Sky, Gatlinburg, TN

My room had a King sized bed with a fireplace in front of it. It felt very romantic just sitting in my room. When I opened up the curtains to my windows I could see some of the biggest mountains I have ever seen. It was a gorgeous view.


Things to do

One of the first this I did in Gatlinburg was check out the restaurants on the strip leading into the mountains. I ended up eating at Cheddar's. I was familiar with that restaurant because they have one in Houston, TX where I'm from. I ate a salmon dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables.


One of my favorite activities was feeding the birds at Jayelle Ranch. For about $20 you are driven to a spot on the ranch where you can go inside of a bird coop and feed all kinds of small birds and parrots.

Jayelle Ranch Bird Feeding
Jayelle Ranch Bird feeding

There's also a few other activities on the ranch that some of the people on the trip came to do like ride horses, ATVs, and Tube down a mountain slide. I found myself going for a quick ride down the mountain slide. It was fun for about 5 seconds and then my tube stopped sliding right before I reached the bottom. I felt a little cheated but I took it as a sign to maybe go try out some other things going on in Gatlinburg.


Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN
Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN

Grotto Falls

Hands down my favorite activity I did while in Gatlinburg was the small hike I did to Grotto Falls. It was a waterfall that you are met with after taking a 1.6 mile hike up a mountain not far from Mansion in the Sky Cabin. The incline isn't too bad but the consistent walking up hill for almost 2 miles starts to get a little tough. If you're interested in going to Grotto Falls the the view you get when you arrive is absolutely worth it. I highly recommend it.

Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN
Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN

Here's a few more images from my trip to Gatlinburg Tennessee. Make sure you tune into my Youtube channel if you'd like to see some more video content about this beautiful trip.




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