Under Canvas sets up "Glamping" experience outside GSMNP

Sarah Jane Cobb # State

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Fall break is approaching for many and if you're not one to stick it out in the wild, there's a new option right outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For the first time near the east coast, Under Canvas is setting up camp, or "glamp," sites between Pigeon Forge and the most visited national park. General Manager Ben Hoffman said several of their employees have been shocked to see so many trees.

"We're getting away from the west a little and branching this way. The park is only 15-20 minute drive, it's free and it's the most popular national park in the U.S. - It just made sense,"
he explained.

The camp is centered around their main lobby and lodging tent, which also has a casual dining experience.

"We're open for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. We do to-go lunches for those who want to explore the park and maybe don't want to go out and find food or pack a cooler. We have bears in this area so it's great we're able to provide that,"
said Hoffman.
"We try to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. We recycle and everything is compostable."

Under Canvas books camping trips for different budgets, ranging from about $200-$300 per night. Through November of 2018, you can get prices as low as $99.

The Safari tent has a king size bed with no private bathroom.

"Everything is communal, but it is private. So you get to lock the door, your own shower and bathroom,"
said Hoffman.

Stargazer and Suite tents have private restrooms inside.

The Stargazer tent features a clear awning over the head of the king size bed.

Suites are set up on the edge of camp with a patio next to the woods and creek. They have more room than any other tent and a sofa bed.

Under Canvas is booking their Tennessee vacations until mid-November of this year and April through November of next year.