Want to stay on the “peaceful side of the Smokies” in a cabin? Get great access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Townsend, Tenn., and surrounding towns in Blount County and choose from a variety of cabins in which to stay. Here are three of our favorites.
1. Whispering River Resort
Ever wanted to sleep in an upscale treehouse? Head to Whispering River not far from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Elevated on stilts, this log cabin accommodates up to four people and is short walk to the river. Or choose the Otter House, which also sits on the riverbank but features an outdoor hot tub. For bigger groups, there’s The Lodge cabin with three bedrooms. This is a pet-friendly establishment.
5050 Old Walland Hwy., Walland, Tenn.
2. Pioneer Cabins & Guest Ranch
Experience life on a farm without having to lift a finger (except to pet a goat). Choose between six cabins at the Pioneer Cabins & Guest Ranch on a beautiful 12-acre farm. The bonus? You can stroll the walking trails on the property, pet the farm’s goats and harvest eggs from the resident chickens on the property. Plus, you are super close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cabins range from romantic getaways to handicap-accessible large family cabins. It’s half mile from main road through Townsend. Every cabin has a porch, rockers and a fireplace, as well as satellite TVs with Blu-Ray (DVD) players and high speed internet.
288 Boat Gunnel Rd, Townsend, Tenn.
3. Black Bear Hollow Cabin Rentals
Choose between nine Townsend cabins and Wears Valley spacious cabins set on 58 sprawling acres located just 25 minutes to Gatlinburg and 15 minutes to Pigeon Forge. Most are in a gated community, providing extra dose of seclusion and privacy. They’re in Wears Valley off of Lyons Springs Road not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Inside many of the cabins, large windows and beautiful interiors make downtime especially relaxing. Some have hot tubs and pool tables. The Black Bear Hollow Cabins are just minutes from two different Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrances. Cabins sleep anywhere from 2-20 people, depending on where you stay.
909 Fawn Hollow Trail, Townsend, Tenn.
Find dozens more vacation cabin rentals on the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park at www.smokymountains.org