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Bear Forest! New Rates for 2018! Cozy 2bd/2ba Cabin -- Great Location!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4 adults)

Location, Location, Location!! Near downtown Gatlinburg!

Secluded, cozy, two bd/two ba log cabin, jetted indoor tub and cathedral ceiling! Views of the woods all around! Other cabins are nearby, but you won't notice!

Don't delay booking your vacation...the 2018 calendar is filling quickly! Sorry...ABSOLUTELY NO last minute reservations and rates are NOT negotiable! (Note: Payment must be received two weeks before your arrival date.)

From hiking trails to the Glades Arts and Crafts Community to downtown Gatlinburg to the ONLY grocery store in Gatlinburg to Roaring Fork Motor Trail to Dollywood to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park--this cabin is in the PERFECT location.

Great hiking out of Greenbriar just six miles east (away from the downtown traffic); the Glades is less than three miles (again east); downtown Gatlinburg is just over one mile away (west); Food Lion--the only grocery store in Gatlinburg--is about two miles east; Roaring Fork Motor Trail is within walking distance; Dollywood Family Theme Park is 8.5 miles north; and if you want to reach the MAIN entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park it is just 2.5 miles west/southwest.

Bear Forest is our second home--and not surprisingly--has a bear theme inside decor...including original watercolor paintings and photos of bears by local artists. And, the cabin gets its name by the fact that bears appear around the cabin frequently. Not dangerous--just treat them with respect---watch from a distance, admire and enjoy!

Directions in a Nutshell:

Light #3 Gatlinburg: Turn onto E. Parkway/Highway 321/TN 73;

Roaring Fork Motor Trail (Light #1A): Turn right onto;

Loop Road: Turn right onto;

Hilltop Road: Straight (Loop veers right);

Foothills Drive: Straight (Hilltop veers left);

Abrams Falls Way: Go PAST the 'Abrams Falls' Street sign (bearing left) and then at the end of Foothills bear right onto Abrams Falls Way;

Bear Forest: Third cabin on the left on Abrams Falls Way.

Note: Abrams Falls Way is a loop, so it can be accessed two ways off of Foothills Drive. We are suggesting the SECOND right off of Foothills onto Abrams Falls.

Keywords: Log Cabin, Bargain, Cozy, 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, Retreat, Hiker paradise, Secluded, Private, Great Karma, Wildlife all around you.

More Details

Larry Strout
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Larry Strout

We (Larry Strout and Penny Rodrique) acquired Bear Forest in June of 2009. Larry is a university professor and Penny is a robotics instructor at a middle school.

We, and our daughter, Nicole, started visiting the Smokies in 1995 and returned frequently mainly to HIKE! We love hiking! We've been to the summit of Mount LeConte more times than you can count!

Bear Forest is really a summer home and a Christmas/New Year's retreat that we have now decided to share with you.

There are two comments people make after staying at our cabin--'We could live there!' and 'We didn't want to leave!'

Larry Strout purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Larry Strout chose Gatlinburg

Perfect spot for our needs. Hiking, arts and crafts, downtown Gatlinburg, and the grocery store are all close (along with great hiking trails) and the cabin brings us peace and quiet.

What makes this cabin unique

Look out the window at dawn or at dusk and you might see bear, deer, wild turkeys, or other wildlife.


Gatlinburg Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
  • Both are full bathrooms with vanity, commode, and tub with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upstairs Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Sofa-Sleeper: Children Only! NOT suitable for adults!
  • King size beds (1) High Quality Mattress in Master Bedroom Upstairs, Queen size Beds (1) High Quality Mattress in Downstairs Bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa converts to queen size bed suitable for children, only!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
Great Karma!


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Bear Forest! New Rates for 2018! Cozy 2bd/2ba Cabin -- Great Location!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I rented this cabin for a quick weekend getaway. It was just as described. Just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, but still private enough! The cabin was very clean! The owner responded in a timely manner and was very easy to work with. We will definitely use this location again!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad the cabin was everything you hoped it would be! Come back anytime!
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Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I rented the cabin for a surprise birthday getaway for my husband and it was absolutely perfect. The cabin was so clean and lovely and had everything we needed/wanted for the weekend. It was so charming and tranquil. We would definitely stay here again when visiting Gatlinburg. Very easy to find as long as you follow owners directions. Very accessible to downtown Gatlinburg (couple minutes drive). It was just perfect. Thank you for sharing your cabin with us!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sumter, South Carolina

Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was exactly as described, cozy and close to Gatlinburg downtown, and 25 minutes from Pigeon Forge and Ober Gatlinburg.

We enjoyed our stay in this nice and clean cabin. We recommend this property and we are thinking to come back during the summer.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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houston, texas

We loved this place…it was PERFECT for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from spending a wonderful Thanksgiving at Bear Forest…I was so sad to leave. We loved this cabin! It was comfortable, clean, spacious and very cozy. My favorite things about this cabin was the very comfortable beds…I slept so well. So very nice after a long day of sightseeing or Dollywood to come back to! I also loved the beautiful paintings of bears. The cabin was perfect for our family of 4. I loved the location to Gatlinburg. We actually walked down to the main strip from the house to eat breakfast at Flapjacks Pancake House…but I will warn you it is a very challenging but fun walk back. Larry, the owner was super nice and very easy to work with. I actually hesitated writing this review because I am scared that people will read it and it will no longer be my secret. We definitely plan on coming back! We have been coming to Gatlinburg for Thanksgiving as a family since 2009 and I have been coming to Gatlinburg since I was a little girl…we have stayed in many cabins and I will say this is by far my favorite!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, clean, cozy and schnauzzer friendly :-)

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week at this precious cabin. It was very clean and beautifully decorated. Check in was a breeze and the instructions on the fridge made everything within the cabin easy to operate. It is in a great location, close to downtown Gatlinburg as well as the supermarket. Would definately stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, clean, close to everything! And Dog Friendly:)

  • 5 of 5

We loved our cabin! The cabin was close to everything and the decor was so beautiful. I loved the upstairs bedroom with the 2 person jetted tub! We drove to the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, hiked up to Rainbow Falls, shopped and ate downtown, and rode the sky lift. Perfect weather and a perfect weekend! The 2 person jetted tub was perfect for sore muscles after our 6 mile hike up the mountains. Leo, my dog, loved the cabin too! This cabin was the cleanest cabin that I have ever stayed in and in the perfect location! Larry was very informative about hiking trails in the area. We will have to come back and stay again. I give this cabin A+++

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $35
Tax Rate 12.75%

No cleaning fee with all weekly rentals!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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