The Highlands is located 5 miles from the Pigeon Forge strip at traffic light #3 (Wears Valley Road). It is in the Hidden Mountain WEST area.
Cades Cove - about 1 hour from Cabin (US 321)
Parrot Mountain and Garden of Eden - 10 miles from Cabin in Pigeon Forge
Tuckaleechee Caverns - about 18 miles from Cabin in Townsend (US 321)
Laurel Falls - If you go through Gatlinburg it's 21miles/US 321 Scenic Route will be 16.7 miles. This is a 1.1 hike (each way) to a waterfall.
VERY nice laid back hike.
Goats on the Roof - Mountain Coaster - 5 min from Cabin on Wears Valley Road