We were trying to plan a week during August in smoky moutains.. but we are not sure now.. Getting overwhelmed with the thought of too much time spent driving around to do stuff.. At first we wanted a cabin some what secluded.. But my 7 year old would like to have a pool too.. We want to drive down one day for gem mining for sure.. Other wise our main focus was to hike around the park. She is very good at hiking and likes trails with more things to climb on and over during hike. I was looking at some cabins that were to the north between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg... but then realized Cades Cove was over an hour away and many other hikes seemed to be over 30 minutes away.. And then by time we go hike and get back to cabin don't think I would want to drive again for 20 - 30 minutes to sight see and eat dinner. Any suggestions.. My other issue is I found several one bedroom loft with area for my daughter to sleep in the 700-800 range.. but seems if I try to get closer to park and or pool then I'm looking at 1100-1200 which I don't want to pay that much when we wouldn't be there at cabin alot more than to relax in evenings and sleep.. Was excited to come to the Smoky Mts but now with thoughts of lots of time in car to get from cabin to hike not sure I want to do that after driving 9 hours to get there.