Thrilled by Wildlife Sightings? Here are the Best Spots to Catch a Glimpse in Smoky Mountain National Park 

The Smoky Mountain region is well known as an outdoor oasis. Unique wildlife is a signature phenomenon in the area so you’d be challenged to journey  here without soaking up some of the area’s fascinating wildlife activity. Smoky Mountain vacations in the Gatlinburg cabins are perfect for any animal-lover and won’t disappoint in this department. 


Of course, whether you’re scoping the wildlife scene from one of the fabulous Smoky Mountain trails or from the porch of your cabin accommodation following the wildlife safety rules are a must-do. Never  feed the animals and fight the temptation to get close. Once you have these safety guidelines committed to memory it’s time to explore! Wildlife watching is one the best things to do in Gatlinburg and here are the hotspots for this Smoky Mountain past time: 


Roaring Fork Motor Trail


This trail offers 5.5 miles of nature’s bliss. With paved trails you can easily drive the route, but taking the trail by foot is the better option if you want to see some wildlife.  Black bears are common patrons of Roaring Fork as they tend to cross the road looking for berries and nuts which abound in the nearby cove. Wild turkeys are also pretty popular along this trail. Fearless and stubborn they’ll cross your path without a second thought. 

Taking Roaring Fork Motor Trail is definitely one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg metro.


Cades Cove


A short hop from the Gatlinburg cabins you’ll find Cades Cove. This area is quite popular for its open field concept where white tailed deer are quite prevalent. A variety of wild birds also congregate in the area and are fun to observe. If you venture a bit further into the cove you’ll be rewarded with views of the local otters frolicking in the creek near Abrams Cove. While Cades Cove is best known as one of the more historic landmarks in  the park, it’s also a great spot for wildlife activity. 


Little River Road


This fun 18 mile stretch hugs one of the local riverbanks. The road is many accessible by automobile, but many brave souls will hike or hitch up their bikes for a fun ride. Situated between the Cades Cove entrance and Sugarlands Visitor Center this stretch is a common place to spot black bears or a wild elk on the loose.  This low-impact area is great for a hot day where you just don’t feel like a full-blown hike. 


The Gatlinburg Cabins Are the Perfect Homebase for Your Smoky Mountain Adventure


While observing local wildlife is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg, you still need a comfortable homebase to enjoy during your trip. Alpine Mountain Chalets is here to help. Located close to the park and the bustle of downtown Gatlinburg our cabin rentals provide both comfort and convenience for your time away. From quaint one-bedroom accomodations to four bedroom suites we have just the thing for your visit. Call and reserve your cabin today!