In a vacation state of mind? Get ready for perfection at Douglas Lake in the majestic Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Make yourself right at home in lake houses and cabins with private docks and unsurpassed mountain vistas. Claim your waterfront oasis somewhere along 513 miles of shoreline that put you within easy driving distance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and shopping at Tanger Outlet stores. While you plan your itinerary, look over this list of the best Douglas Lake Vacation Rental locations.

1. Newport, Tennessee

Douglas Lake
Source: Flickr / Michael Wender

Step outside the door of your lake house in Newport and casually saunter out to the glistening waters of Douglas Lake for a refreshing splash. Make that two splashes for good measure. Linger on your private dock watching the kids play in the water just before the sun sets over the lush, green hills.

2. Sevierville, Tennessee

Douglas Dam
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Check out the fabulous accommodations available in Sevierville, including lake homes, waterfront cabins, hotels, posh resorts, and private homes. Some rentals include hot tubs, private swimming pools, or jetted tubs for your leisure and relaxation. Explore the area around the 1,705-foot-wide Douglas Dam, which is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

3. Northwest Shore of Douglas Lake

bald eagle
Source: Flickr/Jim Culp

Stay anywhere along the northwest shore of the lake and enjoy many opportunities to view abundant lakeside wildlife. Look for the beautiful Bald Eagle among the many species found in the area. Help the kids spot loons, ducks, and other aquatic birds fishing for their dinners.

4. Cherokee Hills, Tennessee

Dollywood Express
Source: Flickr / Christian

Stay between the lake and the action of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg when you choose Cherokee Hills as your vacation home base. To get a look at where you’re staying, take the kids for an exciting 20-minute sightseeing excursion through breathtaking views of the mountains on the Dollywood Express.

5. Bat Harbor, Tennessee

Bat Harbor Creek

Hideout in Bat Harbor to enjoy access to Douglas Lake from the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shake off all the stress of the city’s hustle and bustle along the banks of cool, inviting creeks. Breathe in the fresh, sweet mountain air as you gaze at the splendor of deep, peaceful woodlands.

6. Denton Hollow

Forbidden Caverns
Source: Flickr / reedb

Listen. All you hear is the peace and quiet surrounding your lake shore cabin as you close the door behind you for the first time. When you choose to stay in the Denton Hollow area because it is off the beaten path, enjoy the solitude. If it gets too quiet, take the kids to explore Forbidden Caverns, just over seven miles away, near Sevierville.

7. Gator Point Marina Area

fishing

Put yourself in time-out for a change; time-out from work, responsibility, and routine, that is. Duck into a cute little cabin in the trees close to the Gator Point Marina for a chance to exhale. String up a hammock and watch listen to the birds sing. If the urge to do something strikes, pick up rods, reels, hooks, and bait at the marina and let the kids go fishing from your private dock.

8. Southeast Tip of Douglas Lake

horseback ride
Source: Flickr/Ranch Seeker

Enjoy waking up to the sun rising over the mountains of the Cherokee National Forest when you vacation near the southeast tip of Douglas Lake. Bring your horses and stable them at Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch. Enjoy riding the ranch trails as well as the national park trails.

9. Southwest Tip of Douglas Lake

laurel falls
Source: Flickr/fPat Murray

Get a new lease on life in a vacation destination at Douglas Lake when you find a special house, hotel, resort, or condo near the southwest tip of the lake. Meet new people or strike out on your own in a secluded hideout; do it your way. Experience access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can see the breathtaking Laurel Falls just minutes from your home-away-from-home.

10. Dandridge, Tennessee

lake
Source: Flickr/Jeff Cushner

Water, water everywhere make families happy in Dandridge. Shuffle everyone into a cozy waterfront cottage, or a five-star resort, and then cut loose for some vacation adventures on the lake. Enjoy the beautiful lake views and mountain vistas as you paddle around in a canoe rented at the Douglas Lake Marina.