(magicmomma @ Apr. 24 2013, 9:02 am)
There is nothing like that in the Great Smoky Mountains. You can hike to a lodge with cabins in on Mt. LeConte, but you won't be in the back country and will be covered up with people. Go down to the Cherokee National Forest's southern section and look about renting the Donley Cabin out near North River. There is also the Stewart Cabin and the Swann cabin. They are not really backcountry as you describe.
Another place you can rent a cabin that is back country is out in the Cumberland Plateau at East Fork stables. They have two back country cabins.
Joe Bott Cabin and Fern Camp Cabin. I've been thinking of doing that with the Fern Camp Cabin. Fern Camp this time of year has wildflowers, two waterfalls, a natural arch. Overlooks to hike to. Rock formations. They cater primarily to horse riders, but would be ok with you hiking to the cabins.
There is an extensive trail system. You'd never be able to hike it all in one trip.
There is Charit Creek... similar to the situation you'd find at Mt. LeConte. You won't be alone there.
Hope you find what you're looking for.
wow! thanks for the great tips! I will look into these!