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Bird Watching | Smoky Mountain Advice

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the United States. It offers so many different species of wildlife that can’t be seen in most other parts of the country. In particular, the bird life in the Smokies is astonishing and shouldn’t go without noticing! While enjoying a relaxing cabin rental in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area, the wildlife will be ever present, but taking the time to seek out some of the over 200 bird species native to the Smoky Mountains will be something you certainly won’t regret.

Bird watching is an activity that visitors of all ages enjoy because it is something that you can do at your own pace and to your own enjoyment. With a couple pairs of binoculars, a bird guide that includes pictures and descriptions of the various species, and a sharp pair of eyes to detect any sort of movement, your bird watching adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will last hours on end without even noticing! Whether it be a family trip to explore, observe, and learn about the variety of species occupying eastern Tennessee or just a trip to enjoy the great outdoors and surreal serenity with your special someone, bird watching is sure to please all who participate!

Helpful Tips

Since bird watching is a bit adventurous compared to most guests’ daily activity, it is important to keep a few things in mind to guarantee safety while creating an optimal bird watching experience during your stay in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. To do so, a few simple tips should be followed:

1. What to wear Make sure that durable and comfortable shoes are worn by all. With the varying and sometimes challenging terrain that you will encounter while trekking through the Smokies, it is critical that all hikers are wearing proper footwear to prevent possible injuries due to poor traction and footing.

2. Stay alert It is best not to refer to your bird watching guide or booklets until you have had a chance to observe the bird for as long as possible. When you spot a bird, viewing time is important as they are constantly in motion and you do not know how long you’ll be able to refer to things such as their markings, size, or movements. Once you have taken time the time to record the necessary mental notes, it is recommended to then page through your booklet and identify what magnificent specie you have just witnessed!

Be sure to check out this checklist to learn about what species are in the region when you’re visiting: Great Smoky Mountains Bird Checklist

3. Get an early start The term “the early bird gets the worm” holds true to many things in life, but especially when it comes to bird watching. Bird watchers should take notice of the time of day they are setting out on their adventure as the mornings tend to offer a much wider viewing selection of bird activity when compared to the evenings. Also, if you’re fortunate enough to book your cabin rental with us in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area in the Spring or Autumn seasons, you’ll have a great array of birds to observe as many are stopping through on their lengthy migrations.

4. Respect your surroundings Last, but certainly not least, respect your surroundings. It is critical to keep in mind the habitats of these birds is what keeps them alive, and by endangering their habitats, you could be further endangering that species. Keep a respectable distance away from nests and important feeding sites as an imposing presence oftentimes interferes with bird activity.

If bird watchers keep these simple tips in the back of their mind, they will have an incredibly smooth and memorable experience! After a day spent in the sunshine while hiking through the Smoky Mountains, you’ll return to your cabin rental in the Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge area feeling exhausted. Fortunately, it is guaranteed that you’ll be immensely pleased with the relaxing accommodations the rentals have to offer. Whether you want to lay in your cozy bed, cook a scrumptious dinner in your full kitchen, or relax under the stars in your hot tub, the choice is yours. Call Cabins For You to book your vacation rental today!