Renting a Cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

View from a Cabin in Gatlinburg - Sherry JacksonThere are a plethora of cabins to rent in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee but because there are so many, the options are almost overwhelming.

Renting a cabin is a great family-friendly, kid-friendly vacation option. Whether it’s for a weekend stay, a week long trip or even longer. Here’s some advice on sorting through the options and choosing the best cabin for anyone’s stay.

Best Time of Year to Visit the Gatlinburg, TN Area

The busiest times of year are the Summer and Fall. Summertime brings families to the area to get a respite from the heat (although temperatures can still be pretty warm) and to take advantage of all of the options that both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have to offer. In the Fall, visitors flock to the area to see the wonderous fall colors and the changing of the leaves of the Smoky Mountains.

Where to Rent? Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge?

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or in between?

If plans include going to Dollywood and hitting a lot of the kid friendly entertainment options such as Go-Kart racing, Mini Golf and Dinner Theaters, then consider staying in Pigeon Forge. Especially during the summer when traffic can be heavy between the two towns.

However, If shopping or hitting the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort is on the agenda then renting a cabin in Gatlinburg is the better option.

Undecided? There are plenty of cabin options in between or just outside of either city that can meet even the pickiest visitor’s needs.

What Cabin Amenities Are Offered

Pay close attention to the amenities the cabin offers. Is high speed internet access important? Not all cabins provide internet access. If it’s warm outside then a pool might be important. Keep in mind that most cabins in this area are equipped with a hot tub on the deck.

Take a close look at the number of beds and sleeping arrangements. While a cabin may indicate it sleeps eight, it may only have two actual bedrooms and the rest are pull out sofa’s or cots. If privacy is important pay attention to these details.

If traveling with another family make sure there is enough room to breathe and let everyone have their own space. Check the square footage and layout of the cabin.

If the plan includes spending a lot of time in the cabin, make sure there is enough entertainment options to keep the adults and the kids occupied. A lot of cabins come equipped with pool tables. Some also have fooseball tables. Check to see if there are dvd players, movies, video games provided or if those will need to be brought from home.

When doing a web search, there are many different websites that have the same rental cabins listed. Use the site that has the most information about the cabin including pictures, a map of where the cabin is located and details the rules and regulations as well as the property management’s company’s information. Jackson Mountain Homes has a good selection of upscale cabins as does Sherwood Forest Resort.

One last thing to keep in mind is that rental cabins much like hotels tend to fill up quickly during peak times so book early and enjoy!

This article was originally published at Suite101: Renting a Cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennesee: Cabins in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge

Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackson’s love of travel came at a young age. Her family would load up the car on the weekend, pick a destination and set off to explore. She has traversed thru jungles, snorkeled the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and wandered the streets of Paris, always searching for her next adventure. Her articles have been featured in a variety of outlets including USA Today, Blue Ridge Country, Foothills Spotlight Magazine, Jetsetter, Bootsnall, Gadling, Yahoo, CityRoom, The Simpsonville Sentinel and countless other print and online publications. She owns and maintains four websites ( ,, and Sherry is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). Her work can be viewed at

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