Smoky Mountains Cabin Rental- How to Find the Perfect Smoky Mountain Cabin for Your Next Family Vacation

Finding the perfect Smoky Mountains cabin can be hard. But don’t worry, we have got you covered! We have the expertise to help you in finding EXACTLY the cabin you want for your family. We have personally booked rental homes for ourselves all over the US. We know what to look for. Plus…we have actually booked a home in Pigeon Forge!

The purpose of this article is to provide guidance and recommendations for rental homes and cabins in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee and North Carolina. There are so many homes to choose from. We will advise you of the different areas and what to expect. If you would like to read our full review of our Smoky Mountains vacation, you can read that HERE!

The Smoky Mountains make for a fantastic vacation location regardless of the time of year. All four seasons provide an excellent opportunity to explore and admire the natural beauty of this area. Read through our guide, and you find the perfect Smoky Mountains cabin rental.

When we search through rental listings, we only recommend homes with high guest ratings. We read through the reviews to look for positive comments. We do all of the tedious work, so all you need to do is pick the home that best fits your families’ needs!

Pigeon Forge Area Smoky Mountains Cabin Rental

Choosing a home in the Pigeon Forge area is perfect if you are a family that seeks the beautiful mountain scenery, but also wishes to have lots of city conveniences close by. Pigeon Forge’s main attractions would be the Dollywood Amusement Park and The Island shopping and recreation area. Of course there are MANY more attractions than these two. 

Here is our list of recommended cabin rentals for the Pigeon Forge area:

Big Blue Mist– This 3BR/2BA home sleeps up to 7. Perfect 5 star guest rating. Mountain views from the hot tub and wrap around porch. Huge windows inside the cabin also provide great mountain views. Home is on ⅔ of an acre, so you have good privacy. All four TVs have Roku with free Netflix and Hulu. 

The Lost Texan– This luxury 3BR/3BA log cabin will sleep up to 8. Five star guest rating. This is a three level home. Each level has a master suite with a private bath and deck. Main level has a wood burning fireplace. Main level deck has a large hot tub. Second level is the game room with foosball, shuffleboard and more. Home is located in a gated community. Guests have access to the community pool that also has beautiful mountain views. 

Pigeon Forge Parkway Condo– 3BR/2BA top floor condo right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Five star guest rating. Balconies with views of Parkway and the city lights. One indoor, one outdoor, and one outdoor kiddie pool. New community playground. Unit has a jacuzzi tub and fireplace. Beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains in the distance. Convenient location with great rental rates. 

Breezy Bear– This 3BR/2BA cabin sleeps up to nine. Five star guest rating. Open floor plan, hand strewn log cabin is great for entertaining family. Rocking chairs on the large wrap around porch. Five person hot tub. This home is decorated for all the seasons. Large driveway with parking for motorhomes or trailers. No scary mountain roads to get to this home, but you still get the mountain views!

Mountain River– 3BR/3BA home that sleeps up to 8. Covered front and back decks. Common area along the river for walking, kayaking, tubing, and fishing. Patio swing. BBQ grill. Three king beds and a queen sleeper sofa. Five smart TV’s. Fully equipped kitchen. Hot tub overlooking the Pigeon River. No mountain roads to access the home. 

Trinquility View– Need a home with more space? Check this out! This 5BR/6BA home will comfortably sleep up to 16 people. With 4000 square feet spread over 3 levels, there is room for everyone in your group. There is even a heated indoor pool! If that isn’t enough, this 2018 built home offers tons of mountain views with the plentiful windows and outdoor spaces. Did we mention there is a fully stocked game room? This home truly has it all.

Bears Hideaway– 185 perfect five star guest reviews for this 4BR/3BA home! You won’t have a hard time finding beautiful views in this home with TWO three sided decks! Hot tub on the covered deck. Cathedral ceilings with massive windows let in tons of light and allow perfect mountain views. Game loft with pool table and arcade games. Seven TVs throughout the home including a massive 87” TV in the theater room. Gated resort with resort style pool. We can see why this home has so many perfect reviews!

Summit View Cabin– You will be in AWE at the views from this 2 bedroom cabin. Guests will enjoy unobstructed views of Mt LeConte and the Smoky Mountains. Besides the two suite bedrooms, the cabin also features a kids’ loft with chairs and a small bed. The loft is accessible via a ladder. The cabin is fully equipped with stainless appliances, cookware, utensils and dinnerware. There is a 8′ pool table, Multicade arcade system, wifi, and cable TV. The resort offers large swimming pool, jacuzzi, kids pool with waterfall, and 50% off discount tickets to the zipline at the entrance to the resort. We LOVE this cabin!

Gatlinburg Area Smoky Mountains Cabin Rental

Despite just being a few miles from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg definitely has a different feel. The shopping and main drag is more designed for walkers. Park your car and stroll the shops along Parkway all day. The primary attractions in the Gatlinburg area are Anakeesta and Ober Gatlinburg. There are tons of dining options, including Gatlinburg’s famous pancake shops!

Here is our list of highly recommended Gatlinburg area homes. This will help you find the perfect Smoky Mountains cabin rental. 

 The Cocoa Cabin– This 3BR/3BA home sleeps up to ten. Despite being just 2.5 miles from the heart of Gatlinburg, this heavily wooded cabin will make you feel solitude. Even within the home, it is designed for privacy. There are 3 master suites, one on each level. Large outdoor decks are perfect for enjoying your morning coffee. There is a hot tub on the upper level deck. The lower level is the entertainment area with a pool table, TVs, XBOX, and more. Located in the sought after Black Bear Falls private community. A community pool is available and is within walking distance. 

The Younginn’– 4BR/4BA home that sleeps up to 10. Everything about this cabin states relaxation and fun. The interior is open and bright. The lower level is all about fun. The game room has a pool table, foosball, and multiplayer arcade games. Just past the game room is a theater room with 8 movie theater style chairs plus two bean bags. The main level features a stone fireplace. As you step outdoors, you are greeted by an outdoor firepit and games such as giant jenga and cornhole. 

Firefly Retreat– 3BR/2BA home that sleeps up to 8. This cute home sits right on the Roaring Fork River and is within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg. A trolley stop is nearby if you don’t want to walk to town. Built in 2018, this home sits in a small neighborhood just off Highway 321. No mountain roads to get here! Sitting outside and hearing the creek is so relaxing! This home is perfect for those that want to stay in the Smoky Mountains but don’t NEED to have them right outside your door. This saves you $$$!

Beary Chic Chalet– This cozy A-frame chalet has 4BR/3BA and sleeps up to six. Completely remodeled from the ground up and it looks amazing. Home is located at the top of Ski Mountain Road and is in the well known Chalet Village resort. The spiral staircase leads to a queen bed suite with large windows for viewing the morning sunrise!  

Lonely Bear II– Here is another cabin that is perfect for several families traveling together, family reunions, etc. This cabin has 6BR and 8BA and will comfortably sleep 16+. Besides being roomy, this home is beautiful inside and out. Recently constructed in 2020, the original home was lost in the 2016 wildfires. There are several private decks that offer long range views of the Smoky Mountains. As if it didn’t already have everything…Lonely Bear II also has an indoor saltwater pool!  This cabin just needs to be seen to believe. 

Heaven’s Hangout– 3BR/3BA cabin that sleeps six. Words can’t even describe how awesome this house is. Three decks. Four fireplaces. Multiple fire pits. Panoramic views from basically every room. Whether you seek quality time with your entire group or some relaxing seclusion, this cabin has so many options. Seriously, just check this one out. 

High Mountain Lodge– This cabin claims to be the best in Gatlinburg. The 266 perfect 5 star guest reviews may be the proof! This 3BD/3BA cabin sleeps up to 8. The two huge covered decks provide spectacular views of Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome, and Mount LeConte. Imagine soaking in the private hot tub at night while enjoying the lights of downtown Gatlinburg below. A gourmet kitchen is fully stocked if you choose to cook. All three bedrooms are PRIVATE master suites. No lofts. No shared bathrooms. Seeing is believing!

North Carolina Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental

Some people love the Smoky Mountains, but don’t like the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. For those people, staying in a cabin on the North Carolina side would be the perfect choice! The small towns of Cherokee and Bryson City, NC provide the dining and shopping essentials without the crazy tourist traffic. But if you do want to head into Gatlinburg, it is just a short drive through the National Park. 

Here are some highly recommended Smoky Mountain cabin rentals that are sure to meet your needs!

Piece of Heaven– This 3BR/2BA home sleeps up to 8. Sitting on over 2 acres of land, you will definitely have privacy. This cabin offers 280 degrees of unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. Outside of the cabin there is a large flat yard with horseshoe pits or to let the kids play. There is a covered hot tub for enjoying the mountain views. Inside you will find massive windows and cathedral ceilings. Premium furnishings and a gourmet kitchen make sure you feel at home while you enjoy the mountain settings. 

Brooke’s Place– 3BR/2BA cabin sleeps up to 6. Located on top of a mountain, this cabin boasts plenty of long range mountain views. While the cabin is definitely high end and luxurious, what sets this one apart from others are the area attractions. Deep Creek with its famous tubing opportunities is basically right outside your door. The Tsali mountain bike trails are just minutes away. The entrance to Smoky Mountains National Park is just a few minutes away. Bryson City’s famous train depot is just a few miles away. This cabin is perfect if your family loves outdoor activities!

Secluded Mountainside Cabin– 3BR/3BA cabin sleeps 6. Sitting on over 2 private acres. Well maintained mountain home lovingly built by its owners! Very peaceful and secluded on a private road just up the mountain from town. Rustic, yet elegant and comfortable 3 story home with loft and 3rd BR has its own private balcony! Covered porches, hot tub, fire pit, picnic table and charcoal grill make the most of the outdoors and beautiful ridge views! 

Private Riverfront Home– This 3BR/2BA home sits right on the Oconaluftee River with two private docks. You are welcome to bring your own kayaks or small boats with trolling motors. No gas motors. Be sure to bring your fishing equipment! The master suite has a king bed and the other two bedrooms are equipped with queen beds. 

Which Smoky Mountains Cabin Rental Will You Choose?

There are literally HUNDREDS of cabins and homes to choose from. We have done the dirty work and sifted through hundreds of reviews and listings to find the ones that other families like yours loved. Regardless of the time of year, the Smoky Mountains are a wonderful place to vacation and make memories! Book your cabin today!

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