Located in rural Tennessee, a short distance from Knoxville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Douglas Lake is the perfect destination for vacationers who love the great outdoors. Enjoy some peace and quiet when you choose a cabin rental on the shores of Douglas Lake, a man-made lake created in the 1940s, when the French Broad River was dammed.
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The Best of Rural Tennessee's Cuisine
The town of Chestnut Hill, a few miles south of Douglas Lake, is home to Bush's Beans, a company which has been selling varieties of tinned beans for over 100 years. No visit to Douglas Lake would be complete without a trip to their visitor center, housed in the original A.J. Bush & Company general store, where you can learn about the company's heritage and even sample some of their products. The sweet Pinto Bean Pie is a particular speciality!
Tennessee is proud of its southern heritage, and that includes its cuisine. Barbecue, fried chicken, and catfish are big favorites in this area, while every visitor to Douglas Lake should try some of Tennessee's famous banana pudding for dessert. The most traditional way to dine in Tennessee is the so-called "meat and three," which allows diners to choose their meat dish plus three side dishes—sweet or savory—to complete their meal. Chandler's Deli in nearby Knoxville is a great place to try "meat and three" for yourself.
Family Fun Around Douglas Lake
Kids will also enjoy spending time on the lake or visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, and there are plenty of additional activities in the area to keep the family entertained when you rent a Douglas Lake cabin. Visit the Douglas Dam itself, to learn how Douglas Lake was created. There is a specially built viewpoint where you can get some great pictures of the impressive construction. Head underground and visit the Forbidden Caverns, a guided tour through ancient caves which were used by Native Americans as a hunting shelter.
A few miles from the southern end of Douglas Lake is the Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo, where kids can get up close to a host of unusual animals, from zebras and camels to Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and kangaroos. The center also offers horseback rides through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, while younger children can enjoy a more sedate pony ride at the farm itself.
Enjoy Douglas Lake's Natural Attractions
Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities on and around Douglas Lake. The best way to explore the lake itself is by boat, which gives you access to even the most hidden coves and beaches. Motor boats can be rented at the Mountain Cove Marina, along with jet skis and kayaks, and the local restaurant can even provide a picnic lunch. Swimming is permitted in Douglas Lake, and there are plenty of beaches where you can spend a relaxing day soaking up the sun.
Douglas Lake isn't just a summer destination. Visit in the fall and you can spot the wading and shore birds which migrate through this area. In the winter, Douglas Lake is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy skiing in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. No matter when you visit Douglas Lake, however, a day trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must. Follow one of the many hiking routes through the mountains and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Seasonal Fun in the Douglas Lake Area
Winter visitors to Douglas Lake don't just get to enjoy the amazing winter sports facilities in the Great Smoky Mountains, they can also join festive celebrations in the nearby historic town of Danbridge. The town really makes the most of the holiday season, with traditional carriage rides, a tree-lighting ceremony, and an annual Christmas parade.
In the summer months, the focus turns to Douglas Lake itself. An annual Dragon Boat race takes place at the Headwater Campground each August, pitting crews of 20 rowers against each other in Hong Kong-style racing boats. Nearby Gatlinburg is the place to be for the 4th of July, as the town welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year to its Midnight Parade. The tradition started over 40 years ago, with the parade starting just after midnight on the morning of the 4th of July, making Gatlinburg one of the best places to celebrate the annual holiday.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental on Douglas Lake?
The average nightly price for vacation rentals on Douglas Lake is $86.
How many vacation rentals are available to book on Douglas Lake?
April has the highest amount of available Cabin and House rental on Douglas Lake, so you can expect plenty of offers, even for last-minute bookings.
What amenities are most popular for vacation homes on Douglas Lake?
The most popular amenities for home rentals on Douglas Lake include accommodations that have: TV, Internet, and Fireplace.
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