The Pioneer Trading Post



Our vacation cabin rental, the Pioneer Trading Post, is located on a private cove surrounded by the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains and right on the waters of Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is 30,400 acres nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is formed by the French Broad River and tributaries of the Nolichucky and Pigeon Rivers. Gently rolling hills offer beautiful vistas from every angle. You'll find year round activities at the lake such as boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, swimming, bird watching and more. Douglas Lake welcomes two million recreational visitors each year. Bordering counties are Jefferson, Sevier, Hamblen and Cocke.


The Smokies are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee-North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The Great Smokies are part of an International Biosphere Reserve. The range is home to an estimated 187,000 acres (760 km2) of old growth forest, constituting the largest such stand east of the Mississippi River. The cove hardwood forests in the range's lower elevations are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest that coats the range's upper elevations is the largest of its kind. The Great Smokies are also home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.


Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park. Large waterfalls attract the crowds, but smaller cascades and falls can be found on nearly every river and stream in the park.


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an easy drive from the log cabin, where you will find over 800 miles of hiking trails and more than 500,000 acres of land to explore. Our top picks for hikes include, The Chimney Tops, Rainbow Falls, Groto Falls, Andrews Bald and exploring the Cades Cove Area.


We highly recommend a white water rafting trip for your family. Your location at the Pioneer Trading Post puts you in easy driving distance to several white water outfitters in Hartford, Tn., (which is only about a 45 minute drive from the cabin along Interstate 40, heading east). White water rafting is an adventurous and bonding experience the entire family can enjoy. It's a great way to beat the heat and skip the crowds


Renting a boat at Mountain Cove Marina opens up 600 miles of shoreline to explore. The marina is just a short drive from the house and a shorter return by water, (approximately 1.5 mi.). Pontoon boats, as well as speed boats are available. The adventurous can also rent jet skis



When it comes to fishing, our cabin on Douglas Lake has you covered! It is rated in the top 10 Large Mouth Bass fishing lakes in the nation. Great fishing can be had right off the large dock at our lakeside cabin just at the waters edge of the Pioneer Trading Post's Property. The cove is nice and quiet and a great habitat for catfish


Taking a horseback riding trip on your Smoky Mountain vacation will provide excitement and adventure for the entire family no matter your horseback riding skills. The horseback riding stables at Douglas Lake View Stables are located just 8 miles from the Pioneer Trading Post on 1650 Providence Road. The scenic trails wind along the shores of Douglas Lake and through the Smoky Mountain valleys.


Skip the traffic and take the back roads from The Pioneer to the back door of Dollywood. Dolly's Parton's parents farm is located just a mile from the cabin and on your way to Dollywood. It is called Red Roof and located to on Millican Grove Rd, just one mile from the Pioneer Trading Post. Dollywood is Tennessee's number one attraction featuring 130 acres of incredible rides, spectacular shows, heritage crafts and fun for the whole family. There's a new festival each season. They have now introduced the largest indoor outdoor water park in the nation, Splash Country.


Sevierville is famous for its shopping. Two of the largest outlet malls in the area are located in Sevierville, totaling over 120 high-end, name brand outlets. There are also a variety of galleries, antique malls, boutiques, specialty stores, flea markets, outdoor stores and more, which means you really can shop until you drop!