Treehouse Grove Gatlinburg: A treehouse for adults in the Smokies

The Willow in Treehouse Grove

The Willow in Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek allows guests to stay in the trees (photo courtesy of Booking.com)

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Sure, you can come to Gatlinburg and stay among the trees.

Or you can come to Gatlinburg and stay in the trees.

Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek Resort, a mountain getaway in the Smokies, offers luxury treehouses for those coming to the mountains in search of peace and quiet.

Located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Grove is a unique getaway experience. It’s an escape to a secluded environment, perfect for a time when we could all use a little more peace.

The treehouses of the Grove are each named for a different type of tree. For example, they offer The Cedar, The Poplar, The Willow, etc. The treehouses are designed and built by Pete Nelson and the Nelson Treehouse and Supply team.

Nelson, who is known for the hit Animal Planet TV show “Treehouse Masters,” carefully selected the sites, trees and design of each treehouse.

Interested in making your reservation?

The Cedar, The Dogwood, The Elm, The Magnolia and The Maple all sleep up to four guests, offer two queen beds and are perfect for an adult getaway.

Larger cabins are available directly on the Treehouse Grove website. Follow the links for current pricing and availability.

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The Poplar Treehouse sleeps up to four guests and has a wraparound deck (photo courtesy of Booking.com)

How do you access the treehouses?

The treehouses, like Swiss Family Robinson with a significantly better budget, are set above ground and surrounded by spacious decks and balconies so you can get out and enjoy staying among the trees.

All of the cabins come with an upper level to enhance the viewing experience and the feeling of being high up in the trees.

Most of the houses are accessible by long wooden decks and several stairs. Some of the houses are accessible by an entry ramp, but the proprietors note that the site is not ADA compliant.

It should be noted, Treehouse Grove is itself a destination, not necessarily a base of operations.

This is a place to come chill out and enjoy a unique experience.

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Things to do nearby Treehouse Grove

Certainly, you can get out and enjoy all Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the mountains have to offer, but if you’re not going to be spending much time in the treehouses, I think you’ll be missing the point.

However, if you do want to explore, you’re a short drive from iconic and popular attractions like Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium and Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

Of course, there are more than a dozen restaurants nearby as well.

Most of all, don’t miss out on experiencing the national park.

Put on your hiking boots and check out the area’s designated hiking trails or enjoy the splendid sight on the drive on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

There are so many fun things to do in the area if you wish to get out and explore.

It’s sure to be the experience of a lifetime for tourists or even locals looking for the best place to relax, enjoy the flowing water and tranquil sounds of the creek and the smell of wildflowers.

Read Also: Grotto Falls hiking guide: How long is it, how do you get there?

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Build your own adventure story in these iconic treehouses. Each cabin has wi-fi and indoor plumbing (photo courtesy of Booking.com)

Do the treehouses have bathrooms?

All of the treehouses have a private, comfortable bathroom that features a shower, sink and toilet.

The treehouses also have internet.

How many guests can stay in Treehouse Grove cabins?

Each of the cabins sleeps at least four people. The largest cabins sleep ten.

There’s a strict no-pet policy for cabins that are not designated to be pet friendly.

There are a handful of pet-friendly treehouses, so be sure to look for the pet-friendly badge on their website if you wish to bring your furry friends.

Otherwise, certified service animals are allowed, but the Grove requests prior notification. Emotional support animals are not allowed.

The good news? Unlike the treehouses of the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club, girls are allowed.

“We are a place to relax and reconnect,” the website explains.

Treehouse Grove cabins offer all the basic amenities

Down to brass tacks, each cabin has high speed internet, air conditioning, a kitchenette with coffee and tea makers and indoor plumbing, but cell service will be spotty at best. A minimum two-day stay is required and prices vary according to your booking date.

Sightseeing is not allowed as the owners wish to provide their guests with a relaxing, uninterrupted experience.

The Grove is the brainchild of Joe and Joseph Ayres, whose names will be familiar to most East Tennesseans as they are the descendants of Dr. Brown Ayres, the 12th president of the University of Tennessee.

Ayres Hall, the university’s flagship building atop the Hill, is named in his honor.

High-end developers, the Ayres hoped to create a unique lodging experience close to the Smoky Mountains. They shared their dream with Nelson and the rest is history.

Ladder and table at Treehouse Grove cabin
The Treehouse Grove cabins consist of a neighborhood of beautifully built cabins made for relaxation in the setting of an impressive forest (photo courtesy of Booking.com)

What is it like to stay in the Treehouse Grove cabins?

Though in a rustic location, these are not rugged treehouses.

The cabins are small resorts. They are all quite beautiful, rustic wooden designs with plenty of glass, making it the perfect space to enjoy the view.

And they come with a bit of personality. The Maple, for instance, is billed as especially intimate and the most suitable for honeymoons or anniversaries.

I would have gone with the Hemlock for the honeymoon suite, but not everyone shares my affinity for poison-based humor.

“We’ve built the stuff of daydreams: a mountain getaway where you can relax, recharge, reconnect with nature and take in views more beautiful than you thought was possible,” the Grove says on its website.

The cabins vary in height off the ground, but each comes with a view deck, as well as heating and air, a television and refrigerators. They also have a microwave, a sink and a coffee maker.

Of course, they also include safety features like a smoke detector, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and carbon monoxide detector.

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Treehouse Grove cabins sleep at least four people. It’s perfect for parents who want to have a treehouse experience from their own childhood dream. The largest can sleep up to ten people (photo courtesy of Booking.com)

How much does it cost to stay in Treehouse Grove in Gatlinburg?

The resort is billed as a place to indulge your inner child, but my inner child, and my actual children, are way too manic for that business.

This is an indulgence for my outer adult, who craves peace, who craves quiet and who can sit peacefully high among the trees, listen to the creek and the breeze and nap to my heart’s content.

For example, meditation. Yoga. Deep thinking. Reading a book. Soaking in the best views of the Smokies.

These are perfect activities for Treehouse Grove and they fit neatly with the Venn diagram of activities that would bore my inner child.

A night in the cabin will cost between $350 to $550 depending on the cabin and the season.

Read Also: The Mt. LeConte hike: How long does it take? Can a beginner do it?

Does Treehouse Grove offer group bookings?

Finally, onsite parties are prohibited. However, if you’re looking to host several people, the group does offer group bookings. You can now book up to 8 treehouses to accommodate 36 guests for group events. They also offer wedding packages.

If you have a group event or any special requests, be sure to reach out to the company. Learn more on their website.

To book a stay today and start making precious memories, be sure to check current rates and availability here.

You will receive special check-in instructions upon booking your treehouse.

Have YOU ever stayed in Treehouse Grove? Where do you like to stay in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains? Let us know in the comments!

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