14 Fun Outdoor Things to Do at a Cabin in the Smoky Mountains
If you want to spend more time at your Smoky Mountain cabin than you do visiting things in town, there are lots of activities you can do right outside the front door. Whether you are looking to save money and still have fun or just spend some quiet time in the mountains during your stay, all of the things on this list for you to do are either free or extremely budget friendly. Try a few of them the next time you visit a Smoky Mountain cabin for some quality time outdoors.
1. Go on a Wandering Hike
More than likely, you don’t know everything about the area surrounding your cabin. If you are curious about the neighboring space of your cabin, one of the most simple and best activities to do outdoors is to go on a wandering hike. All you have to do is walk right out your door and wander to see what’s around. You never know what interesting things you may find exploring around the Smokies.
2. Read On the Private Deck
A vacation is the perfect time to read your favorite book or materials, and one of the best places to enjoy reading around your cabin is the private deck. There’s nothing like finding a quiet and cozy place to sit and read for hours, and the deck paired with the smell of the Smoky Mountain air can’t be beat.
3. Exercise or do Yoga in the Yard
Exercising, going for a run or doing yoga in the yard makes for a very popular way to destress by stretching areas of your body. It is a healthy activity that can help you take your vacation in a Smoky Mountain cabin to the next level of rest and relaxation.
4. Go On a Bike Ride
If you bring your bike from home, then this activity has no cost. However, if you aren’t a frequent enough biker to bring your own, there are several places in the Smoky Mountains to rent a bicycle. Going on a bike ride adventure around your cabin is just like a wandering hike, but while on a bicycle. All you have to do is get on and go.
5. Pet-Friendly Cabin? Walk Your Dog
Did you book a pet-friendly cabin for your stay and bring your furry family member along? In that case, it would be wonderful idea for you to let your dog explore outside as well. Not only does it have benefits when it comes to healthy exercise, but a walk can help your dog stretch their legs before a day of resting inside while you are out around town.
6. Enjoy a Photography Adventure
The Smoky Mountains is the place to be to take some magnificent photos. Lucky for you, your cabin is right in the middle of all the beautiful scenery. This means you can go on an adventure to capture the best natural moments around the area, or you can stay and take pictures of the stunning scenes from your cabin.
7. Watch For Shooting Stars at Night
A great activity to do with your significant other is stargazing. You can grab a blanket to lay out in the grass and look at all of the stars in the sky above. It is a lazy activity that can help you learn more about the sky as well as the person admiring it with you.
8. Sit Outside and Do a Little Bird Watching
There are so many different types of beautiful birds in the Smoky Mountains. If you took up bird watching outdoors, you could spend hours staying entertained by looking at them throughout the trees. You can do this right from the porch of many cabins in the area.
9. Watch the Sunset Or Sunrise
One of the best ways to take advantage of the location and setting of your cabin is to enjoy the view of the sunset or sunrise from your deck. You can grab a cup of coffee and enjoy it as the sun comes up over the mountain, or you can relax with a glass of wine in the late afternoon as it sets.
Sunbathing is a popular outdoor activity no matter where you go. All you need is a large towel, some good sunscreen and your sunglasses, then you are all set. Find a place in a comfortable chair or the grass, and enjoy your time soaking up the warm sun.
11. Have a Picnic
A picnic is an activity that can get everyone involved. You just need to find a picnic blanket, something to carry your food and drinks in and each other. Find the perfect spot in the yard of your Smoky Mountain cabin and enjoy the view as you eat.
12. Fly a Kite
Have you ever flown a kite before? You would be surprised at the number of people who never have. Flying a kite is a fun experience that is perfect for a windy day in the mountains. It takes a little effort to learn how to make a kite fly, but that is part of the fun. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop!
13. Go Firefly Catching
This is a fun summer activity that is great for your entire family. It is a good way to get exercise without even realizing it. You will be chasing fireflies around the yard as they light up, laughing and having the time of your life. Even if you don’t want to catch them, they are still very beautiful to look at while the sun is setting.
14. Look For Smoky Mountain Wildlife
Many people often see some of the most interesting animals from the steps of their Smoky Mountain cabin. You have a chance to see black bears, deer, squirrels and many other mammals. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to see the hidden mountain animals you might miss!
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