Cabin rental companies encourage visitors to take precautions

Cabin rental companies encourage visitors to take precautions

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"Make sure to bring plenty of food, extra wood for fireplaces, blankets if the power goes out," said Twin Mountain Properties supervisor Ronnie Owens. "Make sure to bring plenty of food, extra wood for fireplaces, blankets if the power goes out," said Twin Mountain Properties supervisor Ronnie Owens.
Most cabins are located on very steep roads and it is important to be prepared if you are going to stay the night in the mountains. Most cabins are located on very steep roads and it is important to be prepared if you are going to stay the night in the mountains.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Cabin rental businesses in Sevier County are watching Friday's forecast, which calls for wintry weather, very closely.

In 2010, hundreds of visitors got stuck in their cabins along Kings Branch Road outside Pigeon Forge, some for three or four days, until they were rescued.

Even though January is usually the slow season for cabin rentals, the owners of Cabin USA in Pigeon Forge have seen a number of people checking in.

"The last few weekends have been busier," said Cabin USA owner liaison Andrea Houser. "This is considered a slow time of year in comparison to June and July, but we do have 50 arrivals tomorrow."

Most cabins are located on very steep roads and it is important to be prepared if you are going to stay the night in the mountains.

"Make sure to bring plenty of food, extra wood for fireplaces, blankets if the power goes out," said Twin Mountain Properties supervisor Ronnie Owens.

Owens says it is important not to try to leave your cabins after bad weather hits.

"Make sure to stay put until we clean the roads off in our area to make sure everything is good and safe for them to travel down the mountain," said Owens.

If you do stay in a cabin during the winter, it would be a smart idea to have a vehicle that is four-wheel drive or bring chains to put on your vehicle.

"One thing we do is contact the incoming guests to make sure they are aware of the possibility of winter weather," said Houser.

All of the cabin rental places 6 News spoke with said they will compensate visitors if they get stuck, plus they can always arrange to move guests to lower elevations if they prefer.

At Cabins USA, they have already started to pretreat their cabins, putting salt on the driveways and steps.

Both companies said they have their own plow trucks.

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