Affordable cabins in the Smoky Mountains: Our top 6 ranked (2021)

The following cabins have been handpicked by our staff at TheSmokies.com for aesthetics, amenities, location, uniqueness and affordability. All are available for rent on VRBO (pictured: Our #1 pick, photos courtesy of VRBO)

The following cabins have been handpicked by our staff at TheSmokies.com for aesthetics, amenities, location, uniqueness and affordability. All are available for rent on VRBO (pictured: Our #1 pick, photos courtesy of VRBO)

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Let’s be honest, renting a cabin in the Smokies can sometimes be a bit cost-prohibitive depending on your budget.

But our staff at TheSmokies.com believes that everyone deserves to enjoy a quality cabin experience without breaking the bank.

This is why we’ve put together the ultimate list of the most affordable luxury cabins in the Smokies.

These cabins didn’t just make the cut because of their affordability, with most averaging under $150 per night. These beautiful rentals offer the best bang for your buck without skimping on quality.

Each cabin has been hand-selected by our staff based on ratings, location and quality amenities.

And each is available for rent on VRBO.

Read Also: 6 tips to consider BEFORE you rent a cabin in the Smokies

Without further ado, we will now proudly present our list of top six most affordable cabins in the Smoky Mountains:

Mountain Dreaming features a hot tub, multi-game arcade machine, and is located just 9 miles from Dollywood (photos courtesy of VRBO)
Mountain Dreaming features a hot tub, a multi-game arcade machine, and is located just 9 miles from Dollywood (photos courtesy of VRBO)

6. Mountain Dreaming: Hot tub, multi-game arcade machine and nearby shopping

Mountain Dreaming features a modern take on a log cabin with all the necessary amenities to keep you and your family both comfortable and entertained.

This two-bedroom cabin features a hot tub on the back deck, a multi-game arcade machine and a Wii gaming system with 13 games and two controllers.

In the warmer months, Mountain Dreaming guests enjoy access to the Smoky Mountain Ridge Resort community swimming pool.

To learn more or book now, check out Mountain Dreaming’s VRBO listing.

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: Up to 6
  • Distance to Dollywood: 9.6 miles
  • Average price per night: $128
This "Tiny Cabin" is located in Newport, Tenn and sleeps up to three people (photo courtesy of VRBO)
This “tiny cabin” is located in Newport, Tennessee (photo courtesy of VRBO)

5. Shiner’s Shack: A tiny cabin tucked away on the mountain with private hot tub

No “value” cabin would be complete without a tiny cabin!

Shiner’s Shack offers a rustic experience in a great location, located in Newport 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 need for a weekend getaway, plus a fire pit, charcoal grill and small kitchenette.

Shiner’s Shack is fully equipped with a mini fridge/freezer, stove, oven, small table with seating for two and a full-size bed.

To learn more or book now, check out the Shiner’s Shack VRBO listing.

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: Up to 2
  • Distance to Pigeon Forge: 28 miles
  • Average price per night: $104
In the Smokies, it's har to find unobstructed views like these for less than $200 per night (photos courtesy of VRBO)
In the Smokies, it’s hard to find unobstructed views like these for less than $200 per night (photos courtesy of VRBO)

4. The Chalet: Smoky Mountain views, private hot tub, billiards and foosball

It’s almost impossible to find unobstructed mountain views like these in the Smokies for less than $200 per night – especially with three bedrooms.

This cabin is located in the Chateau Village resort just minutes away from restaurants, shopping and attractions.

This cabin also features a variety of amenities including a private hot tub and game room with billiards and foosball.

To learn more, or to book, check out The Chalet’s VRBO listing.

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: Up to 6
  • Distance to downtown Gatlinburg: 6 miles
  • Average price per night: $109
This cabin features new construction, a private hot tub and is located just minutes from the Parkway (photo courtesy of VRBO)
This cabin features new construction, a private hot tub and is located just minutes from the Parkway (photo courtesy of VRBO)

3. Meant to Be: A honeymoon cabin with new construction and mountain views

Located only three miles to downtown Gatlinburg and the Parkway, this adults-only cabin features an electric fireplace, a large kitchen with granite countertops and black stainless appliances, as well as a full-size LG front loader washer and dryer set.

Air hockey and Pac Man games are available in the living area. The bedroom has 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 a hot tub, gas grill and table.

To learn more or book now, check out Meant to Be’s VRBO listing.

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: Up to 2
  • Distance to the Parkway: 3 miles
  • Average price per night: $125
This cabin offers a peaceful treat located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and from other cabins (photos courtesy of VRBO)
This cabin offers a peaceful treat located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and from other cabins (photos courtesy of VRBO)

2. Mountains, Memories and S’more is a romantic getaway with mountain views

This cabin offers a charming and private Smoky Mountain escape.

The peacefulness and solitude provide all the privacy you need for a perfect honeymoon, anniversary retreat, birthday gift to someone special or just a break from the stress of the real world.

But it’s not just a couples retreat. It is perfect for families, too.

This two-story log cabin is set up with openness and convenience. You’ll never want to leave, and the mountain views will capture your heart!

The cabin is loaded with all of the amenities for your enjoyment and entertainment. Relax in the living room on the new sofa or loveseat by the stacked stone fireplace while watching your favorite DVD on the 55-inch flat screen.

The main level living room has access to the back porch that 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.

To learn more or book now, check out Mountains Memories and S’more’s VRBO listing.

  • Bedrooms: 1 (plus a loft)
  • Sleeps: Up to 6
  • Distance to the Pigeon Forge city center: 3 miles
  • Average price per night: $139
Our number one pick features incredible views and seclusion in the Smokies (photos courtesy of VRBO)
Our number one pick features incredible views and seclusion in the Smokies (photos courtesy of VRBO)

1. Flying Horse View: Amazing views, private waterfall and hot tub

This cabin makes the most of its incredible location and outdoor space.

Not only does Flying Horse View offer the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains, it also features a multi-level wrap-around deck, outdoor fireplace, hot tub and private waterfall.

Inside, guests will find a variety of amenities including a home theater system and a game room with arcade table, foosball and a Wii console.

Included with this rental is unlimited access to the Honeysuckle Meadows Pool & Deli during your stay which features a mini-store, community pool, picnic area and a catch-and-release fishing pond.

To learn more or to book, check out Flying Horse View’s VRBO listing.

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: Up to 6
  • Distance to Dollywood: 15 miles
  • Average price per night: $116

We hope you enjoyed our list! Let us know your favorites in the comments.

And enjoy your trip to The Smokies!

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2 thoughts on “Affordable cabins in the Smoky Mountains: Our top 6 ranked (2021)”

  1. My husband and I stayed at number 4 “Meant to be” cabin in May for 2 weeks and we loved it. The cabin is beautiful, the bed is so comfortable to the point we purchased one for our home.
    I would definitely stay there again.

  2. Number 3 Meant to be is a wonderful stay. My husband and I rented this cabin in May for 2 weeks. Loved it!

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