The 9 Best Great Smoky Mountains Cabin Rentals of 2019

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Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best Overall: Modern Timber Cabin with Pool near Dollywood

Modern Timber Cabin with Pool near Dollywood

 AirBnB

Bedrooms (2)

  • 8 guests

  • 2 Kings

  • 2 baths

Amenities

  • Hot tub

  • Pool

  • Gas fireplace

  • Pool table

  • Air conditioning

  • Fully equipped kitchen

Less than an hour from McGhee Tyson Airport and just two minutes to the action on the strip of Pigeon Forge, this spacious cabin is located within the Bear Falls Community. The community pool is close to the backyard of the cabin, so families with kids will love the proximity. It is also located within walking distance to a convenient store and a pizza place. The cabin has double-height ceilings and a beautifully constructed pine interior.

It has a fully equipped kitchen with lots of countertop space for food prep, a gas fireplace for easy use, and a pool table in a music-themed rec room. There’s even a hot tub out on the patio, perfect for stargazing in the evenings.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Cozy Cabin with Private Hot Tub

Cozy Cabin with Private Hot Tub

 AirBnB

Bedrooms (1)

  • 3 guests

  • 1 Queen

  • 1 sofa bed

  • 1 baths

Amenities

  • Hot tub

  • Air conditioning

  • Kitchenette

For travelers on a budget, this 528-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin is loaded with amenities not usually found in this price range. It comes with a sofa bed in addition to the Queen bed, so friends traveling together cab split the cost. 

There’s a cozy living room to lounge in – do note that there is no wifi here, so guests should bring a book or other way to unwind. The private hot tub is available for relaxing and is perfect for stargazing at night. 

Location is ideal, as this cabin is nestled in Townsend, the peaceful side of the Smokies and the gateway to Cades Cove in the National Park. For guests who want to cook in the compact cooking space (while it is small, it has everything necessary for cooking meals), there is Tuckaleechee Market within walking distance.

03 of 09

Best for Nature Lovers: Secluded Treehouse Cabin in the Smoky Mountains

Secluded Treehouse Cabin in the Smoky Mountains

 AirBnB

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 King

  • 1 bath

Amenities

  • Complimentary wine or sparkling cider

  • Hot tub

  • Charcoal Grill

  • Fully equipped kitchen

This one bed/one bath cozy cabin for two is nestled into the woods, so it is suggested to have 4x4 to arrive in the winter. Guests can stargaze while soaking in the hot tub on the large private deck surrounded by trees and enjoy the complimentary wine or sparkling cider that the owners leave on hand to welcome travelers.

Most rooms have dimmer lights to create a romantic ambiance, and there is a massive Scandinavian King bed to curl up into at night (with chocolates left on the pillow). A standout feature of this cabin is the fully equipped kitchen with everything one needs to cook in style. 

From the dishwasher to the toaster to the coffee machine and abundance of cookware, every detail has been thought of for guest comfort. This cabin is not suitable for infants or toddlers under the age of six years old. Pets are welcome with an additional pet fee.

04 of 09

Most Unique Stay: Camp G.R.I.T.S. Camper Cabin

Camp G.R.I.T.S. Camper Cabin

 AirBnB

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 full bed

  • 1 bath

Amenities

  • China cups for tea/coffee

  • Propane stove

  • Electric lights

Why stay in a timber log cabin when you can stay in a vintage red 1959 Shasta Camper Cabin? It’s not for everyone, but those who appreciate both literature and kitsch will love “Bonanza Jellybean” – the 6 x 12-foot camper is named after a zany Tom Robbins character. 

After a day of hiking the Smokies, guests can come back to cook over an open fire or on the propane stove, turn on the heater to keep the chill away, and snuggle into the full bed made up with crisp linens.

Travelers can wake up to a cup of steaming hot coffee from a blue willow patterned china cup to maintain the vintage flair. The camper is nestled in between big sweet gum trees in the owner’s yard (but guests have privacy). 

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

AirBnB

Bedrooms (4)

  • 10 guests

  • 3 Kings

  • 2 Queens

  • 3 baths

Amenities

  • Washer and dryer

  • Air conditioning

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • 60 game arcade

  • Theater with 65”television

  • Large hot tub

  • Access to Chalet Village Owners Club

Newly constructed in August 2017, Knockin' on Heaven's Door is a four-bedroom cabin located on a quiet dead-end street right in Ski Mountain’s Chalet Village area, meaning the mountain views are remarkable. There’s a back yard for kids to enjoy, along with three decks to perhaps spot deer, turkeys and other wildlife. 

All four bedrooms have 43-inch Roku flat-screen TVs, and other entertainment includes a pool table in the game room, a 65-inch Flat Screen TV in the theater room, and a 60-game arcade. While the kids play, adults can relax in the hot tub.

To facilitate moving around, the Gatlinburg Trolley Station with parking is down the road and available for car-free shopping, dining, and entertainment in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It also goes into the state park for hiking on a paved trail to Laurel Falls. For active families, horseback riding can be arranged locally. 

06 of 09

Best for Couples: Pearly Gates

Pearly Gates

AirBnB

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 King

  • 2 baths

Amenities

  • Washer and dryer

  • Air conditioning

  • Fully equipped kitchen

Pearly Gates is a luxurious log cabin built with couples in mind. Set atop Wolverton Mountain in the Wears Valley area, this cabin is ideal for relaxing in the beautiful hot tub on one of two private outside decks overlooking a majestic mountain view. The cabin is for ultimate relaxing – from the hammocks to the fire pit to the indoor stone fireplace to the plush bathrobes provided in the bedroom. 

Guests can cook a romantic meal in the fully equipped kitchen, not have to worry about dishes thanks to the dishwasher, eat outside on the bar table with mood lighting, then curl into a king-sized bed (there’s even a wet bar in the bedroom). 

Views are stunning, as the evening sunsets can be taken in from the deck. Wifi is provided, but the real entertainment comes from the hooting owls in the evening who serenade the surrounding area. Arriving is easy, as all roads to the cabin, as well as the driveway, are paved, so any type of automobile can make the voyage without a problem.

07 of 09

Most Dog-Friendly: Dog-Friendly Luxury Cabin with Wraparound Deck

Dog-Friendly Luxury Cabin with Wraparound Deck

 Air BnB

Bedrooms (5)

  • 3 Kings

  • 2 Queens

  • 2 twin

  • 1 sofa bed

  • 4 baths

Amenities

  • Washer and dryer

  • Air conditioning

  • Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher

There’s no reason to leave a dog at home – with room for up to 14 guests, this dog-friendly cabin makes family getaways even easier. Only minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, this lodge puts guests in an ideal location for visiting Dollywood, NASCAR Speedway and the ski runs at Ober Gatlinburg.

Hikers who come for the Smokies will appreciate winding down in the six-person hot tub or in the game room, or just cozying up by the fireplace. There is a wrap-around deck with wrought iron railings perfect for giving dogs some outdoor time. 

A well-equipped kitchen allows guests to eat in, with seating at the breakfast bar for casual meals or at the eight-seat dining table. A nightly pet fee does apply, but four-legged friends will love tramping through the nearby wooded trails so much that it is worth it. 

08 of 09

Best for Large Gatherings: King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain

Airbnb

Bedrooms (16)

  • 84 guests

  • 5 Kings

  • 4 double

  •  3 sofa beds

  • 18.5 baths

Amenities

  • Washer and dryer

  • Air conditioning

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • Dehumidifier

  • Indoor pool

  • ADA-accessible bathroom

For large gatherings, (corporate retreats, church retreats, large family reunions, weddings), there really is no better option for hosting everyone under one roof in the Smoky Mountains than at King of the Mountain cabin. Eighteen bedrooms are spread out over 4 floors, and there’s an oversized kitchen equipped with every appliance and cookware needed for keeping everyone fed (two stoves, a commercial food warmer, two dishwashers, two sinks, full refrigerator and a full freezer).

For entertainment, there is a theater room, game tables, and even an indoor swimming pool with two hot tubs. One of the bedrooms on the main level is ADA-handicap accessible. To encourage guests to spread throughout the space there is a New York rooftop-style seating area on the patio. The huge main level deck includes glass rails, so the view is never obstructed. This cabin has ample parking and provides easy access for buses or church vans.

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09 of 09

Best ADA Accessible: Mountainview Luxury, Great Accessibility

Mountainview Luxury, Great Accessibility

 AirBnB

Bedrooms (4)

  • 16 guests

  • 2 Kings

  • 4 double

  • 2 sofa beds

  • 1 Futon

  • 3 baths

Amenities

  • Washer and dryer

  • Air conditioning

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • Hot tub

  • Electric Fireplace

Perfect for a family reunion where some of the guests have limited mobility, this 2,880-square-foot property has disability access with a ramp outside, a main-floor master suite with extra room around the bed, and a roll-in shower and support beams in the main-floor bathroom. 

Kids will stay entertained in a fun-filled game room with pool, foosball and arcade games, and all will enjoy the hot tub and front and rear decks with stunning views. Two bedrooms have Jacuzzi tubs. The kitchen has tons of space for food prep and drawers and cabinets stocked with the essentials for cooking (including a dishwasher to keep things easy on guests).

There’s also a charcoal grill outside to facilitate family cookouts. Wi-Fi works throughout the property, and with six televisions in the cabin, no one even has to agree on what to watch. 

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