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The Smoky Mountains offer dazzling beauty, including magnificent waterfalls, with miles and miles of trails for taking it all in along with scenic drives and abundant wildlife. It’s a place where outdoor adventure abounds, but there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and exploring charming towns as well. When you’re looking for a place to stay, you’ll find a long list of cabin rentals, but these are the absolute coolest.
Black Bear Lodge at Deep Creek - Bryson City, North Carolina
A luxurious three-bedroom log cabin, Black Bear Lodge is just one minute from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and sits atop a mountain providing magnificent views of Deep Creek Valley. You’ll even be able to enjoy the sounds of the creek rushing below. It’s stunning year-round, but fall may be most impressed with the surrounding autumn foliage. The list of desirable features is long, including a covered deck with a hot tub, a great room with soaring cathedral ceilings and lots of windows for enjoying the views, a gas log fireplace, and an HD flat-screen HDTV with a DVD collection.
Mountain Hideaway - Bryson City, North Carolina
Ideal for a family escape, the Mountain Hideaway accommodates up to six guests, located just a couple of miles from Bryson City with its small-town charm and many fun shops. Opportunities for picnicking, hiking, tubing, and rafting on the Nantahala River are all nearby. The cabin itself has a cozy rustic feel with a front porch that includes rocking chairs and a porch swing for relaxing with a mountain view. There’s a fire pit area, a charcoal grill, and a picnic table that overlooks the Smoky Mountains too. The hot tub is a definite highlight for relaxing under the stars while serenaded by the crickets.
Amazing Unobstructed View, with Kids Loft & Pools - Sevierville, Tennessee
Just four miles from the Pigeon Forge Parkway, this two-bedroom cabin provides an unobstructed view of the Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte, located at Grandview Resort. That means you’ll get to take advantage of resort amenities which include a large pool, and a zero-entry kid’s pool with a waterfall. The cabin sleeps up to six and includes a well-stocked kitchen with high-end appliances, Keurig and drip coffeemakers and supplies like spices, creamers, and sugar. There are multiple TVs, including a 60″ TV in the great room, and even a multicade arcade game with 60 games from the ’80s and ’90s like PacMan and Donkey Kong. The outdoor living space is fantastic, including a five-person hot tub and gas grill.
Picture Perfect - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
This postcard-perfect one-bedroom cabin also comes with an idyllic uninterrupted Smoky Mountain view, located at Bear Foot Mountain Resort. The master suite includes a king-size bed, fireplace, and Jacuzzi tub along with its own private deck that has a hot tub and grill. You can also enjoy sitting by the outdoor fireplace with a soundtrack of a creek. It includes a 52″ flat-screen TV with a Blu-ray DVD and sound system along with other essentials like Wi-Fi and a full kitchen.
On Roaring Fork Stream - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Incredible tranquility awaits at this one-bedroom cabin that accommodates up to six, yet it’s less than a mile from downtown Gatlinburg. Some of the highlights include a screened-in porch and hot tub where you can soak with a breathtaking view of the Roaring Fork Stream that flows from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It includes beautiful hardwood floors, walls, and ceilings, as well as a high-end kitchen, washer/dryer, and cable TV.
The Magnolia in Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
This treehouse-style cabin comes with all the comforts of home yet you’ll be surrounded by nature. It even has ladders to climb and trees that grow up through the structure. It accommodates up to four in two bedrooms, ideal for families as the kids are sure to be thrilled. Built by Pete Nelson of Treehouse Masters fame, it includes carefully placed, large windows to showcase the surrounding forest. You’ll have a kitchenette with a Keurig coffeemaker, cable TV, and Wi-Fi too.
Time Flies on the River - Bryson City, North Carolina
This cute modern cabin has farmhouse appeal and offers one-bedroom for four-set along the banks of the Tuckasegee River less than a mile from downtown Bryson City or Deep Creek National Park. It’s perfect for the adventurers with everything from miles and miles of hiking trails and world-class fly fishing just steps away, along with award-winning breweries nearby for a cold pint or two afterward.
A 'Little Romance' with An Amazing View - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
This luxurious cabin definitely sets the scene for romance. It includes a one-bedroom with enough sleeping space for four, but it’s perfect for a couple. It sits on a mountain peak showcasing spectacular mountain views and includes two stone fireplaces, one in the living room and another in the master bedroom which also happens to have a bubbling Jacuzzi. In the loft, there’s a dartboard and pool table for some friendly competition and on the porch, you’ll find a hot tub and a grill.
Mountain-Top Haven with View for Miles - Sevierville, Tennessee
The Eagle’s Wings is a one-bedroom cabin for four that sits atop a mountain ridge, perfectly positioned for enjoying breathtaking panoramic views. You can enjoy the vista that stretches for miles while rocking in the rocking chairs, dining alfresco, or soaking in the hot tub. A two-person barrel sauna is included too. When you can tear yourself away from the view, there a cozy gas log fireplace inside along with a big-screen cable TV and a DVD player.
Riverfront Cabin with Fire Pit, Hot Tub and Fishing Nearby - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Set right along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, this two-bedroom log cabin offers enticing spaces indoors and out, including a deck with a hot tub for soaking with a gorgeous view of the river. Inside there are multiple entertainment options, including an Xbox One and an arcade machine with over 60 games. There are four flat-screen cable TVs and all come with Starz, Showtime, HBO and a Sports Entertainment package. Of course, you’ll have all of the usual essentials too, including a well-stocked kitchen and laundry facilities.
Cabin With a Theater Room & Pool Table - Sevierville, Tennessee
This three-story cabin can accommodate up to eight guests with two king suites (one with a jetted tub) and two sleeper sofas. Boredom is a word seldom heard here, with a pool table, a theater room that has a 75″ TV with surround sound and firestick for streaming, shuffleboard and a Pacman arcade system. While the kids keep themselves entertained, the adults can relax in the hot tub out on the deck.
The Seclusion, Romantic & Private Cabin with Stunning Views - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The Seclusion is the perfect spot for couples seeking a romantic stay. It’s close to all the attractions from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge while offering tranquility and magnificent views of the forested mountains. Enjoy private soaks in the hot tub gazing out at the serene vista or head inside to relax in the Jacuzzi tub. There’s a cozy wood-burning fireplace where you can cuddle up with a glass of wine and a pool table for a little friendly competition. Two TVs with Roku are included as well, along with a fully equipped kitchen.
Stunning Mountain Top View - Sevierville, Tennessee
As the name belies, this cabin is all about the views thanks to its mountain top perch. Aptly referred to as the Eagle’s View, you’ll enjoy plenty of privacy and a stunning panorama in a mountain paradise yet it’s close to all of the attractions, including the national park. It accommodates up to four guests and also includes a hot tub where you can watch colorful sunsets as you soak. You’ll have high-speed Wi-Fi, a 55″ HDTV with Disney+, Fire TV, Hulu and standard cable channels, laundry facilities and a fabulous fully equipped kitchen too.
Creekside Cabin, Cabin on the Creek - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
A luxurious cabin for up to seven, this rental enjoys a beautiful creekside setting in the mountains with the national park backing up to the property yet close to town. In fact, it’s not uncommon to watch bears wander by right from the porch. It includes a hot tub with a privacy fence for secluded relaxation and a full-size video arcade machine with 60 classic games, including Donkey Kong, Ms. Pacman, Centipede and Galaga. You’ll have multiple TVs, including a 50″ TV in the living room, a full kitchen and a BBQ grill for cookouts too.
One-Bedroom Cabin - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Look forward to an unforgettable time away at Time Away cabin, a one-bedroom space for up to four guests nestled in the woods just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge. It works well for a small family or couple, romantic enough for a honeymoon with a king-size log bed, cable TV and DVD player, and a Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom. Just outside is a screened-in deck complete with a hot tub. There’s also a queen sofa sleeper in the living room along with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, and gas fireplace. If you decide to bring the kids, they’ll love the games in the back area of the cabin. A full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and washer/dryer are included too.
Cherokee Charm - Whittier, North Carolina
This charming one-bedroom cabin for four makes a convenient base for visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but you may not ever want to leave. It includes lots of desirable amenities including a large covered porch with a space for alfresco dining, a soothing hot tub, and a great room with a pool table. There are indoor and outdoor fireplaces with wood supplied, a kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals, a washer/dryer, an HDTV with satellite channels, and a CD/DVD player.