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Renting a cabin is one of the absolute best ways to enjoy the Smokies.
Sure, there are a lot of things that make the area a tourist hot spot — from the amusement parks and abundance of mini golf to the dinner shows and pancake houses. But the one thing that makes the area truly unique is the one thing that just can’t be replicated: The mountains. And if you can be nestled right in them, why vacation any other way?
With so many cabins to choose from, it can be intimidating to pick one. That’s why we did the legwork for you, and we are proud to present our 2020 list of top ten best cabins around the Smokies:
10 – Looking into Heaven contemporary cabin with spa tubs, fire pit, theater
There are many reasons this cabin ranks in our top ten list, but one of the most notable is its easy access.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell how far up a curvy mountain you’ll have to go when renting a cabin online, and that thought can be a bit intimidating if there’s a chance for inclement weather. But this cabin is an easy seven-minute drive from the Parkway. Even better, it has a paved driveway with flat parking, which easily accommodates four vehicles.
But you won’t be sacrificing scenery for practicality, because the views from the deck are unobstructed during all seasons. And of course, on the deck you’ll find a hot tub, fire pit and bar top seating. (Is a cabin really a cabin if there’s not a hot tub?)
Each of the four bedrooms comes equipped with a king size bed, TV and bathroom so that no one will be fighting over the best room in the house. And since no one’s fighting over which rooms to claim, there will be more time for enjoying the wet bar and entertainment area, which has pool, shuffleboard and a theater. Two minutes down the road, guests will have access to the Association Clubhouse, which features a swimming pool and tennis courts.
- $542/avg per night
- 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8
- 4 bathrooms / 1 half bath
- 2-4 night min stay
9 – Heritage Log home with indoor pool, waterfall and three master suites
This log home luxury is a great option for large families or groups with children due to the amount of its single bunk sleepers. Plus, kids will be entertained for hours in the massive game room, complete with air hockey, a pool table and arcade games, while the adults can enjoy the indoor swimming pool and waterfall or outdoor fireplace and seating area.
There are three distinct areas for guests to gather here, so each person will always have a quiet place to relax in the cabin. A wide-open great room features a stone center fireplace surrounded by fixed glass and a beautiful view of Mt. LeConte. In addition to the sets of bunk beds, there are three separate master suites, each with a king size bed.
- $1066/avg per night
- 4 bedrooms / sleeps 18
- 3 bathrooms
- 2 night min stay
8 – Lodge at Bear Crossing with hiking trails, hot tub
We love this cabin because of its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This property actually borders the most visited national park in America, which is a feature that not many rentals will be able to claim. Guests will enjoy access to trails within only 100 feet of the lodge — with no other house in sight! There’s no sacrifice to convenience, because it’s still only 10 miles from the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Inside, guests will be delighted with the custom-made features and hand-carved furniture made from reclaimed lumber. This lodge has a deck on every level, including a massive wrap-around deck on the main level, a hot tub outside, two hammocks and ample parking.
- $590/avg per night
- 5 bedrooms / sleeps 14
- 5 bathrooms / 1 half bath
- 2 night min stay
7 – Blackstone Lodge, a rustic modern mountain luxury
We love this cabin because of its rustic charm. This retreat is custom-designed and has two fireplaces, each built from local stone.
Hand-crafted timbers support the vaulted great room and the mantle beam was hewn by hand for a barn more than a century ago This lodge is perfect for those who appreciate detail, character and charm. It stands on 3.5 acres on Bluff Mountain, capturing stunning panoramic views of the national park. This custom-designed retreat reflects the rugged grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains.
No guest here will sacrifice for room quality, because each of the lodge’s six luxury king suites has breathtaking mountain views, private tiled bath, a TV and its own unique feature.
- $766/avg per night
- 6 bedrooms / sleeps 16
- 6 bathrooms / 2 half baths
- 2-6 night min stay
6 – Misty Bluff Lodge Luxury Cabin with breathtaking views, indoor pool
We love this cabin because of its professionally decorated interior and indoor pool with waterfall, home theater and game room. It’s the perfect cabin for the discerning traveler seeking a unique and luxurious experience in The Great Smoky Mountains. This newly constructed, four-bedroom cabin offers breathtaking mountain views and is located just minutes from action-packed Pigeon Forge.
This cabin is the perfect combination of modern and rustic. The kitchen area is equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The dining area offers the perfect place to gather everyone around and enjoy a family favorite meal. It’s the perfect spot to relax after a fun day of sightseeing in the Smokies! Each bedroom also has a king size bed.
- $560/avg per night
- 4 bedrooms / sleeps 14
- 5 bathrooms / 2 half baths
- 3-5 night min stay
5 – Eagle River Mountain Lodge with indoor pool, game loft
Eagle River Lodge is a stunning mountain lodge with space for 24 and an impressive list of amenities. Each space in this industrial-style cabin has been beautifully designed, from the stone-and-long exterior and incredible indoor pool room to the elegant entryway and gorgeous game loft.
This unique indoor pool also boasts a “mini yard,” waterfall and lighting effects.
The fully-equipped kitchen features double appliances. The living room has huge ceilings and lots of comfortable seating, and dining areas are available both inside and outside.
Even with all these amenities, it’s still less than five miles from downtown Pigeon Forge.
- $755/avg per night
- 6 bedrooms / sleeps 24
- 7 bathrooms / 1 half bath
- 3-7 night min stay
4 – Beautiful Lakefront House in Bryson City
This is an especially rare lake front home with a beautiful setting and offers easy access to a private covered dock on Fontana Lake. Guests will enjoy the amazing architecture and luxury decor combined with lots of space for larger families.
The kitchen is complete with granite counter tops and modern appliances, and BBQ connoisseurs will be delighted by the gas grill.
This home also comes with a great room that features a large living and dining area with table suitable for seating more than 10-14 people. The modern-rustic decor features distressed hickory hardwood floors, a stone fireplace and hand-crafted round western red cedar character log post-and-beam design.
- $804/avg per night
- 3 bedrooms / sleeps 10
- 3 bathrooms / 1 half bath
- 1-7 night min stay
3 – Luxury rustic cabin with treehouse, outdoor kitchen, exterior fireplace, heated floors
This one ranks number 3 because of its unrivaled deck. This newly renovated rustic cabin brings together the best of luxury and seclusion. This treehouse is complete with an observation deck and outdoor fireplace with kitchen. This original cabin sits on 4 acres and comes complete with two full-size kitchens, including an espresso machine to accommodate the coffee lovers.
Guests will be able to melt away in the luxurious master bath that has a private commode, crystal chandelier and floor-to-ceiling glass as well as heated floors. Bathe in the large marble shower overlooking the mountains or close the shades for added privacy.
- $893/avg per night
- 6 bedrooms / sleeps 22
- 4 bathrooms
- 3 night min stay
2 – Summit 86 mountain home with indoor pool, golf simulator, fire pit
This cabin ranks in our number two spot easily because of its fun features. This brand new designer-furnished luxury mountain home features gorgeous mountain views and makes the perfect spot to host family vacations.
It has a little something for everyone: It can scratch the itch of a sports enthusiast with its $45,000 Full Swing Golf Simulator, or please the one in the family who just wants to unwind and relax in the indoor heated pool while listening to the sounds of the indoor waterfall feature. Guests also have access to pool, cards and ping pong. This mountain home has the best combination of sophistication and comfort, and is still only a few miles from Pigeon Forge.
- $1100/avg per night
- 6 bedrooms / sleeps 20
- 6 bathrooms
- 3-7 night min stay
1 – Tanglewood Mountain Lodge with private pool, theater, arcade
This cabin looks like it came straight from your dream vacation Pinterest board, but now you can make that dream a reality. Tanglewood Mountain Lodge is a secluded, gated 21-acre estate with incredible views, a private year-round pool, fantastic outdoor areas with gas and wood burning fire pits, hiking on the property, an incredible game room with state of the art arcades, theater room and children’s outdoor playhouse.
Perhaps best of all, it’s only six miles from Dollywood and just three miles farther to hike in the Great Smoky National Park.
- $1462/avg per night
- 8 bedrooms / sleeps 28
- 5 bathrooms / 1 half bath
- 2-6 night min stay
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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