Are you in the market for an affordable vacation in the Smokies?
Renting a cabin in the mountains can be a great way to enjoy some quality time with people you love.
But let’s be honest, renting a cabin in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg can be a bit cost-prohibitive.
However, I believe that everyone deserves to enjoy a quality cabin experience without breaking the bank.
This is why I put together the ultimate list of the most affordable cabins – as in a good value for the price, we aren’t talking about cheap cabins here – in the Smokies.
These beautiful rentals offer the best bang for your buck without skimping on quality. Call them “budget-friendly cabins” if you will.
Some of these affordable Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins even feature private club-level neighborhood benefits like community pools and tennis courts. And most are conveniently located near popular local attractions and area walking trails.
Most of the cabins on our list feature 1-3 bedrooms but offer creative arrangements for additional sleepers (like sofa beds and lofts).
But before we begin, I wanted to offer a tip for guests on a tight budget. Try booking during the “off-season” (January-February) for the best deals.
Now, without further ado, we will now proudly present our list of the most affordable cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for your next Smoky Mountain vacation.
8. Shiner’s Shack
First, we have the Shiner’s Shack.
After all, no affordable cabins list would be complete without a tiny cabin!
Shiner’s Shack offers a rustic experience in a secluded location off the beaten path in Newport. It is located approximately 35 minutes from Gatlinburg and 45 minutes from Pigeon Forge.
This tiny cabin features less than 200 sq ft of space and offers a private, cozy and rustic experience with comfort at an affordable rental rate overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.
The cabin features all the basic amenities you’d want for a weekend getaway, plus a hot tub, fire pit and charcoal grill.
Shiner’s Shack is fully equipped with a mini-fridge/freezer, stove, oven, small table with seating for two and a full-size bed.
Shiner’s Shack sleeps up to two adults.
7. Reviews Matter
Then we have Reviews Matter.
We aren’t sure if “Reviews Matter” is really the official name of this spacious cabin, but it made us chuckle so we are just going to run with it.
This massive cabin features 1600 sq ft of space with two bedrooms – with one king bed and one queen bed – with two full baths.
It is located right off of The Spur in Chalet Village between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg behind the Gatlinburg Welcome Center where guests can catch the trolley and ride around town.
It features three decks and gorgeous mountain views with a fully stocked kitchen, cathedral wood ceilings, a fireplace, stainless steel appliances and smart TVs.
Guests will also enjoy access to Chalet Village amenities including two swimming pools, a fitness room, a tennis court, a basketball hoop and a playground for kids.
This cabin sleeps six and is big enough to accommodate a large family on a tight vacation budget.
At the time of this writing, Reviews Matter – still chuckling over here by the way – runs at an average of $189 per night. Visit VRBO to learn more about Reviews Matter or view current pricing and availability.
PS: After your stay, you might want to leave a review. Something tells me it will be appreciated.
6. Meant To Be
Looking for the perfect romantic getaway?
Located only three miles away from downtown Gatlinburg and the Parkway, this adults-only cabin features an electric fireplace, a large kitchen with granite countertops and black stainless appliances.
Air hockey and Pac-Man games are available in the living area. The bedroom has a flat-screen TV with a king-size bed and a full-size bathroom ensuite with a walk-in shower.
Guests will enjoy a spacious screened-in back porch with an outdoor hot tub, gas grill and table.
Meant To Be sleeps two adults.
5. Downtown Cabin with Hot Tub
I was so intrigued by this one that I had to see it for myself. My husband and I spent a weekend in this cute little cabin a couple of years ago.
So we can personally vouch for the location.
It is located in the heart of Gatlinburg. And you can easily walk to most major downtown Gatlinburg attractions.
It features a huge private two-story wrap-around balcony with a private hot tub and city views.
Plus, on special occasions, you can even sit on the balcony and watch Space Needle firework displays.
At the time of this writing, this Downtown Cabin runs at an average of $199 per night. This is quite the bargain – especially considering all of the money you’re going to save avoiding over-priced Gatlinburg parking lots.
Visit VRBO to learn more about this Downtown Cabin or view current pricing and availability.
4. Enchanted Forest
Enchanted Forest is a beautiful log cabin located in the Cobbly Nob Resort with two community swimming pools.
Amenities include a gas fireplace, king-sized master suite, flat-screen TVs, a Jacuzzi, a loft and three stories of craftsmen-built decking.
And Enchanted Forest boasts close proximity (less than a mile away) to Bent Creek Golf Club.
It’s also a short drive (less than one mile) away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Enchanted Forest features two bedrooms and sleeps up to six people with two full baths.
3. Valerie’s Beary Tale
This cozy 550 sq ft cabin is ideal for couples and small families who love a beautiful cabin at an affordable price.
Amenities include a stone fireplace with gas logs, an oversized Jacuzzi tub, a covered hot tub, mountain views, cathedral ceilings, a charcoal grill and a wrap-around deck.
Valerie’s Beary Tale sleeps up to four people (two kids and two adults) or three adults with two bedrooms and two full baths.
2. The Lexi at White Oak Resort
Get ready for a memorable stay in this brand new cabin conveniently located near downtown Gatlinburg.
The Lexi features wood-paneled walls, an incredible amount of natural light, a stone fireplace and a full kitchen.
Also, as a White Oak Resort guest, you gain complimentary access to community amenities including a tennis court, gym, playground, walking path and swimming pools.
The Lexi sleeps four adults with two bedrooms and two full baths.
1. Mountains, Memories and S’more
Finally, we have Mountains, Memories and S’mores, a romantic getaway with mountain views.
This cabin offers a charming and private Smoky Mountain escape.
Mountain Memories and S’more provides all the privacy you need for a perfect family vacation, honeymoon or anniversary retreat.
This two-story log cabin is set up with openness and convenience. You’ll never want to leave, and the spectacular mountain view will capture your heart.
Relax in the living room on the new sofa or loveseat by the stacked stone fireplace. Or watch your favorite movies via the DVD player on the flat-screen television.
The main level living room has access to the back deck. The deck is equipped with two rockers to rock your cares away as well as a five-person hot tub that faces mountain views and beautiful sunsets.
The second floor features a queen bed, pool table, arcade machine and a second deck.
This beautiful cabin sleeps up to six people and is located just three miles from the heart of Pigeon Forge.
At the time of this writing, Mountains, Memories and S’more runs at an average of $142 per night. Visit VRBO to learn more about Mountains, Memories and S’more or view current pricing and availability.
We hope you enjoyed our list of affordable Tennessee cabins! Let us know your favorites in the comments below. And enjoy your trip to The Smokies!