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7 Cool Airbnbs Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Sarah Lamagna
Updated August 14, 2023

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Though it’s the most visited national park in the United States, travelers are still bound to find seclusion in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Which may be why it appeals to so many people.

Renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, it’s understandable why so many people make the trek to visit this beautiful area in southern Appalachia. From a booming black bear population to over 1,500 species of flowering plants, nature is at its best within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

But if you prefer adventure to wildlife, GSM has that in spades, too. And fortunately, a benefit of the park being so popular is that there are hundreds of airbnbs near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s easy to find the perfect basecamp, whether you’re a big group of hikers or pair looking to plan a romantic getaway in nature. One of these airbnbs near Great Smoky Mountains NP is bound to be perfect for you.

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1. Heaven On Earth Cabin

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Why you should stay: A covered deck so you can enjoy the views even in the worst weather.

  • Location: Bryson City, TN
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $158/night

Perched on the edge of an incredible valley, it’s easy to see why this charmer is called Heaven on Earth. It has everything you’ll need to rest your weary head after a day of adventuring in the mountains.

Cozy up around the wood-burning stove on a crisp fall night, soak in the hot tub to ease sore hiking muscles, or warm your insides with a glass of bourbon by the fire pit. Regardless of your choice, the big covered deck should be the perfect spot for a morning coffee or dinner — perhaps paired with a local IPA?

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2. Converted WWII Train Car

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Why you should stay: A rad rental featured on “The Today Show” and the Travel Channel.

  • Location: Maryville, TN
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $133/night

This renovated train kitchen car dates back to World War II, although the amenities are from this decade. Although the outside looks as if it’s seen better days, the minute you walk into this humble abode, the white-washed wood-plank walls and stainless-steel appliances will have your jaw dropping.

This retrofitted home has unique and relevant touches throughout including railroad sketches and industrial lighting. If you find you need some air (although the rental is quite spacious), head on out to your private lily pad pond and loveseat swing. It’s in the tiny town of Maryville, which (surprisingly!) has its own brewery and vineyard, as well as a few cute museums and antique shops.

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3. The TreEscape

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Why you should stay: A treehouse perfectly tailored to adults.

  • Location: Sevierville, TN
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $182/night

Built by the Treehouse Guys from the DIY Network, the TreEscape is the first true treehouse in Gatlinburg. Feel like a kid again without sacrificing adult amenities like a lofted bedroom, a rain-shower shower-head, a reclining leather couch, and a hot tub.

Something else adults will love are the home’s not one but two outdoor bars – so make sure you bring all the fixings for your favorite cocktails. Bonus: there’s a crows nest reached by a suspension bridge, perfect for wildlife-watching (though you may want to go easy on the booze when traversing the bridge.)

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4. Bearly Awake

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Why you should stay: A romantic cabin with a wall of windows and optional spa packages.

  • Location: Sevierville, TN
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $315/night

Standing outside this incredible cliffside cabin, it may look like the ground is melting away from the foundation as it’s lofted on a rocky pedestal just past the edge of the driveway. Romance fills the air as you step inside this home, which includes a massive wall floor-to-ceiling windows, exceptional views, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, and an elegant pool table.

View Mount LeConte from the comfort of your bed or perhaps ascend the spiral staircase to soak in the private hot tub while watching the sun set. Or have some fun with your partner and challenge them to a game of pool or a retro arcade game in your very own game room. If you want something extra upon your arrival, just message the owners — you can see some examples of offerings in the listing photos. It’s one of the pricier airbnbs near Great Smoky Mountains, but you’ll get a better rate if you stay midweek or in the off-season.

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5. The Timeless Memories Cabin

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Why you should stay: Location, location, location.

  • Location: Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $203/night

Sitting smack dab in the middle of all the action in the Great Smoky Mountain region, this beautiful resort cabin has everything you need for a family vacation. It’s so close to the museums, attractions, and the park that you won’t know which place to visit first. You may want to add an extra day to squeeze ’em all in. Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster are super-popular with kids.

But if you’d rather hang out in your cabin, this Smoky Mountain airbnb has a pool table, arcade games, and a hot tub to use at your leisure in the privacy of your own home. It’s an excellent price for half-a-dozen guests, especially as you even get access to a community swimming pool in the summer.

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6. Modern Tiny Home

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Why you should stay: A pet-friendly waterfront tiny home.

  • Location: Bryson City, TN
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $101/night

Feel good about living with a more sustainable carbon footprint by staying at this beautifully built tiny house. You won’t be sacrificing anything, since the home has a roomy deck, an outdoor dining space by the water, and a lux hot tub. It’s the best affordable airbnb near Great Smoky NP if you have a small dog as the pet fee is just $25.

It can sleep three in a pinch, but its probably more comfortable for a couple so no one has to sleep on the small pull-out couch.

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7. Historic Gatlinburg Chalet

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Why you should stay: Get your vintage a-frame cabin fix in spades.

  • Location: Gatlinburg, TN
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $216/night

For all the a-frame fanatics, this classic cabin offers a peaceful retreat for those looking a Smokies escape that’s still near town. With stunning mountain views, this renovated 60s cabin features a modern rustic design that seamlessly blends comfort and style. The fully equipped kitchen and outdoor grill make cooking meals a breeze, while the hot tub and fire pit provide the perfect setting for relaxation and stargazing.

The cabin is just a 10-minute drive from the Sugarland Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so you won’t have to go far at all to enjoy the park. Overall, this Airbnb is the perfect basecamp for exploring the natural beauty of the Smokies while enjoying the vibes of an old school a-frame.

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Plan Your Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Water flows throughout the park. If waterfalls are what you’re after check out Laurel, Grotto, or Rainbow Falls. But if you’re looking for a swimming hole, try the The Sinks.
  • See some of the park’s best views and unique features along the  Alum Cave or Charlies Bunion trails.
  • Make sure to visit the park at night to view the spectacular light show put on by Synchronous Fireflies. You won’t regret it/
  • For the best chances at seeing wildlife, head to Cades Cove early in the day.
  • If you want the best views of the Smokies but are short on time, take the quick hike to Clingmans Dome.
  • If you need a break from the trails, check out the town of Gatlinburg. Moonshine was legalized here in 2009 if you want to try it at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery.

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