My husband and I are planning a trip to the Smokies/Gatinburg area for early July. We plan on renting a cabin in the mountains and prefer a more low-key vacation that doesn't involve a lot of the touristy attractions. For instance, I'm not a big fan of amusement or theme parks, would like to avoid huge crowds as much as possible, etc. We would come into town for dinner daily, most likely, but would like to take it easy the rest of the time.
Because we have a 9.5 hour drive, we want to stay about 5 days. I know the national park is huge but we would not be interested in seriously strenuous hikes--more picturesque drives, possibly biking a flat route, doing some easier hikes, etc. We want to take in the mountains as much as possible but are not up for 5 hour, difficult hikes. Is there enough to keep us busy for five days of pretty much just spending it in the park? Are there some other things to do/places to go nearby that aren't busy tourist traps that might mix things up a little bit and give us other things to do also?