Take a family break from the daily routine with a nature-filled trip to Sevierville. Hidden away in the eastern Tennessee mountains, this town provides your family with the chance to hike, bike, fish, ski, and learn a little history. Dotted all over the Great Smoky Mountains are picture-perfect mountain towns with varying activities and vibes to appeal to your family and sense of fun. While Sevierville might check all the boxes on your list of vacation needs, check out these 10 nearby areas before making a final decision on where to pick your Sevierville vacation rental.

1. Sevierville

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If you’re looking for a rustic cabin tucked away in the woods or a spacious family home close to everything, then there’s a vacation rental in Sevierville for you. This city offers a lot of local flavors to keep you busy, such as biking, horseback riding, and shopping. Take the kids to the NASCAR-themed go-kart tracks to find out who your speed demon is, or enjoy a game of mini golf to see who has a career on the professional golf circuit.

2. Downtown Pigeon Forge

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If your family loves to be in the heart of the action, then find a trendy condo or family home in the downtown area of Pigeon Forge to enjoy all the outlet stores, restaurants, sweet shops, dinner theaters, and local attractions. At Alcatraz East Museum, learn more about crime and punishment in the United States, and then test your brain power at Headcase Escapes Adventures to escape a locked room with only riddles as clues. At WonderWorks, your kids can learn more about science with the hands-on displays along with an attached ropes course.

3. Dollywood Park Area

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While you can’t stay in the park, you can find a vacation rental close to the entrance so you can be first through the gates each morning. Dollywood is an Appalachian-themed amusement park run by country singer Dolly Parton. Ride all the rides and enjoy live shows. In the heat of the summer, visit the attached water park to cool off in the lazy river ride, or gasp in pleasure as you shoot down a slide.

4. Gatlinburg

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Another welcoming mountain town with tons of attractions, shopping, and outdoor activities is Gatlinburg. Catch dinner by casting your line in the Little Pigeon River, and see for miles when you ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle that rises more than 400 feet above the city. To get your heart pumping, take a ride on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, where you ride in an individual car through the mountains and have your own brake.

5. Ober Gatlinburg Area

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When the weather turns cooler, the Ober Gatlinburg area becomes a hot spot with mountain cabins and log houses with amazing views to enjoy with a cup of coffee from the deck. Get out and get active at this ski resort area, which has trails for all level of skiers and snowboarders. Take in the stunning mountain scenery as you ride on the tram, or enjoy some ice skating before settling in for a cup of hot chocolate at a cafe or snack stand.

6. Williamsburg

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To the southeast of Sevierville, you and your family can enjoy the peace and quiet of small mountain town life in Williamsburg. Fill your day’s biking, fishing, and hiking in the warm months. When the weather’s cold, take the family out on the hiking trails for some cross country skiing.

7. Wears Valley

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Make your home base the mountain retreat of Wears Valley to enjoy some Southern charm. At the Wears Valley Farmers Market, you can pick up some fruits and veggies fresh from local farms to prepare an amazing meal for your family at your vacation rental. For the bravest in your family, spend an afternoon at Wears Valley Ziplines flying above the trees.

8. Zion Grove

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Nestled along the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Zion Grove provides your family with a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the national park by car, foot, or horseback. As you make your way around the hiking trails, you’ll find hidden waterfalls, bluffs, and caves. Popular trails include Charlie’s Bunion and Chimney Tops.

9. Oldham

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Enjoy the scenic drive east as you make your way to the mountain community of Oldham, which also lies near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of a black bear. For animals, your kids can pet, check out Lancaster Park and Animal Farm for a tour, and the chance to feed some friendly farm animals.

10. Cherokee Hills

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With a vacation rental in the relaxing Cherokee Hills, you and your family can while away the days with hiking, biking, fishing, and catching up on each other’s current events. A great way to explore the local area is on horseback. Both Douglas Lakeview Stables and Five Oaks Riding Stables have frequent trail rides throughout the local area.