For some, a rustic mountain cabin is the ticket to happiness; for others, it’s a five-star hotel. No matter what your dream mountain getaway looks like, we’re here to help. Here you’ll find an overview of a few of Pigeon Forge’s top rental neighborhoods to find the perfect destination for your Smoky Mountain getaway.
1. Alpine Mountain Village
Alpine Mountain Village is a rental neighborhood just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge. Here, you’ll find large rental cabins that summon dreams of woodland fairy-tale charm. The winding neighborhood, nestled into the edge of the forest, lends each cabin a private, exclusive feel. Don’t expect top-of-the-line amenities here, though. Although the bones of the cabins are great, guests report that many could use some updates and extra attention. Amenities like linens, pool towels, and pots and pans may or may not be included, so check before you make your reservation.
2. Legacy Mountain Resort
For panoramic mountain vistas, it’s hard to beat the views from the cabins at Legacy Mountain Resort. Located just 9 miles from both Dollywood and the Gatlinburg Convention Center, the cabins here offer both proximity to the area’s most popular locations and a peaceful, secluded atmosphere. Although you won’t get the same nestled-into-the-woods feeling that you might find at other cabins, most homes in this neighborhood welcome you in while making you feel like you’re on top of the world. And because the neighborhood features many newer properties, rentals in this area often include more to-the-minute amenities (like balcony hot tubs) to savor during your vacation.
3. Sherwood Forest Resort
This cozy Sherwood Forest Resort is home to a variety of mostly 1-5 bedroom cabins featuring amenities like gas grills, hot tubs, fireplaces, and game rooms. Some cabins offer gorgeous mountain views; others feel ensconced by the woods, with lovely foliage filtering sunlight through each window. A communal neighborhood pool makes it possible to relax with the kids without going too far from the comfort of your own rental. The entire neighborhood is situated about six miles from Dollywood and The Titanic Museum, and you’ll find scores of highly-rated eateries within easy driving distance.
4. Big Bear Lodge
Big Bear Lodge offers accommodations in the form of cozy condos or cabins with incredibly easy access to downtown Pigeon Forge. One of the most highly-rated resorts in the area, Big Bear tops most Pigeon Forge accommodations lists for good reason: it’s known for clean, up-to-date cabins and condos, great customer service, fabulous amenities, and easy access to shopping, dining, and sightseeing in the area. Parking is free but can be tricky during peak season; you might find yourself walking a bit to get to your door if you book a condo. An on-site pool and hot tub make the location extra-inviting, and the resort is particularly pet and kid-friendly, as well.
5. Starr Crest Resort
Starr Crest Resort might be your perfect home-away-from-home. Cozied up high in a quiet corner of Sevierville, these cabins have it all: views, amenities, and awesome customer service. Starr Crest cabins are popular among couples and families alike; choose from a large, multi-bedroom cabin or a cozier, smaller retreat to craft your ultimate getaway. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped from it all. But it’s easy to jump into the area’s attractions at a moment’s notice; Dollywood is just eight minutes away, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a gorgeous twenty-minute drive.
6. Black Bear Ridge
These casual cabins hit the mark for some guests, but not for others; recent guests report that maintenance and management were quite inconsistent from one cabin to another. With that said, Black Bear Ridge cabins offer a slew of amenities and easy access to Pigeon Forge’s top attractions. Spellbinding views from some cabins are the icing on the cake. Hot tubs, a community pool, and complimentary toiletries also set the offerings here a step above many other cabin rental options.
7. Bear Crossing
Located near Gatlinburg, Bear Crossing is a condominium complex offering luxurious, fully-appointed condos–ideal vacation rental properties for couples, friend groups, or families with children. Most condos offer a gorgeous view–either of the Smoky Mountains in the distance, or of the Little Pigeon River just below. Bear Crossing condos come closer to a hotel experience than a rental cabin, so if you’re looking for a generously well-appointed space for your vacation and don’t mind having close neighbors, this might be the perfect choice for you.
8. Mountain View Condos
Mountain View offers economical condos right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Though you won’t find over-the-top luxury here, you will find cozy, clean, well-appointed condos. An outdoor pool and hot tub, family-friendly atmosphere, and easy access to the area’s attractions keep guests returning to Mountain View year after year.
9. Whispering Pines
As a condominium complex right in Pigeon Forge, Whispering Pines has a lot going for it. For many guests, being able to see the fireworks from Dollywood is the deciding factor; for others, it’s the views, the great customer service, and the reliably clean rooms that are just what they’re advertised to be. Here you’ll find a variety of 1-4 bedroom condos, all with access to an on-site lazy river, pool, and hot tub.
10. Golf View
Located on the Gatlinburg Golf Course, Golf View resort offers a variety of condo rental options. Gorgeous grounds and facilities, well-maintained cabins, and convenient access to Pigeon Forge top the list of amenities here. Though some guests report that condos need maintenance issues addressed, the majority of vacationers say they’d come back to Golf View for the reliably clean, spacious condos and the convenient access to the area’s attractions.
11. Cedar Lodge Condos
Cedar Lodge is a relatively small condominium resort in the heart of Pigeon Forge, within easy walking distance of the town’s top restaurants and attractions. Enjoy mountain views or views of the Little Pigeon River, a beautifully maintained outdoor pool and jacuzzi, and riverfront gas BBQs, as well as all the amenities you’d expect from a thoroughly well-equipped vacation rental. Guests report that Cedar Lodge’s condos are always spotlessly clean, with no maintenance issues or complaints.
Of course, these are just a few of Pigeon Forge’s top neighborhoods; you’ll find countless more options for accommodations in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, depending on what you’re looking for in your ideal escape. Looking for local eateries within easy walking or driving distance of your lodging? You’ll find an array of local favorites here, as well.