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Custom River Bear Log Cabin Overlooking Little Tennessee River

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms (sleeps 6)+ Convertible sleeper sofa (sleeps 2), 2.5 Baths

Custom 3 BR 2.5 bath log home overlooking the Little Tennessee River with access to river amenities on the common area. Cherokee Landing is a 63 acre community with hiking gravel roads and wildlife. Relax on the deck with your drink and your loved one while watching the sun set behind the mountains. Fully furnished with antiques and linens, the master bedroom on the main floor has a private bath. Half bath on the main floor for your visitors. The living/dining area has soaring 28' ceilings. Two bedrooms upstairs feature 18' ceilings and share a full bath featuring a 1920 claw foot tub for relaxation. One bedroom features two twin beds, the other bedroom offers a queen size bed. Both bedrooms have private balconies.

Keywords: Log cabin, Log home, River view with access, Western Carolina, deep woods, mountains, easy access on well established gravel roads, big deck, two covered porches, plentiful parking

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Victoria Gowan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Victoria Gowan

My husband and I are retired and enjoy traveling to this, our second home. We hope you enjoy it as well.

Victoria Gowan purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Victoria Gowan chose Franklin

We designed and built this home in Cherokee Landing because of its unique beauty and location. It's only 1.25 hours from the Ashville airport, 30-45 minutes from Highlands/Cashiers, 45 minutes from Cherokee and Harrah's Casino, 25 minutes from Nantahala White Water Rafting Center, 15 minutes to the town of Franklin, NC and all of the antique malls, gem mining opportunities, shopping, and restaurants.

What makes this cabin unique

Fishing from the river bank, or fly fishing from the rocks in the river, while watching the grandchildren tubing down the river make this a unique location. This is a family friendly ATV loving neighborhood. PS. Free long distance and WiFi provided at our log home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am Victoria, the owner of River Bear Cabin, and just arrived at my custom log home and read some review in our guest book. Here is a terrific one:

"It's early sunday morning, cool with a light fog. In a few hours we will be on our way. We spent a week here with our 92 year old mother and good friends. It's hard not to write and not be sentimental. So many first time memories and experiences happened here....

Granda Betty, "mom" is what she's called, was awestuck with your home. She loved your high ceilings and home decor, often refering to it as a "castle". Betty went gem mining and cleaned two buckets at Rose Creek Gem Mine - loved it! Our friends took Betty tubing on your river! The more rough and quick the water, the more she squealed and laughed. She even said she would go again! Betty also took a motorcycle ride down to the river, where we enjoyed fishing, picnic dinner, and a lovely fire while we enjoyed good conversation and the soothing sounds of the Little Tennessee river.

We enjoyed going through the Franklin Gem Museum with over 6,000 specimens. We regularly went to the fresh fruit & vegetable stand on Rte 28 in Cowee - couldn't believe it - boiled peanuts!

Our friends were able to celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary this week - Magical! The went sight-seeing by motorcycle and were able to make memories to cherish. We took a 4 plus hour train ride in Bryson City. Well worth doing, beautiful views of the Nantahala river, the mountains, waterfaulls, banjo music and story telling. We also enjoyed a free concert, "Pickin" music in downtown Franklin at the Gazebo. Everywhere we went we were met with friendly and knowledgeable staff and local people.

Thanks you so very much for sharing your beautiful and comfortable home with us. We felt pampered and although there was six of us, we all could find quiet time when we wanted it. You gifted us with precious memories that we'll hold dear for a lifetime....Thank You!
Jul 2015
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Franklin Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bathroom in Master bedroom. Half guest bathroom on main floor. The two bedrooms upstairs share a full bath with antique footed tube & "telephone" shower head.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom Master - 1 queen
    Birdhouse Bedroom - 1 queen
    Fish Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen bed & walkin closet are provided in the Master bedroom and a queen bed is provided in the upstairs 'birdhouse' room. Two twin beds are provided in the upstairs 'fish' room. In the family room, the sofa opens up with a deluxe queen foldout bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Signal booster for cellphone and satellite internet use; High speed Hughes Net; river access in common area with bathhouse, gazebo, fire pit, large picnic dock; game table with many board games; books and DVDs;


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Custom River Bear Log Cabin Overlooking Little Tennessee River
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 17 reviews

Good clean property. Laid out perfectly for our small family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the sun set behind the mountains while enjoying a cold beverage. Loved the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everyone that rents River Bear Cabin talk about our huge deck and the beautiful sunsets over the distant mountains. In addition, October is a wonderful time to book our custom log home because of the gorgeous leaves changing into brilliant fall colors. To add to the experience, we have the Little Tennessee River less than a two minute walk down the gravel road. River Bear Cabin is overlooking one of the widest portions of the river, at approx. 100 yards wide! Usually, it is slow moving and not very deep. Our river is excellent for children & adults alike to wade no more that waist deep on the entire portion of our riverfront. And the fishing is awesome, as well! Thanks for the positive comments, LaDonna, and come back again..... Victoria
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We had a wonderful experience and made many great memories.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home and property

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Memories

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time in the mountains and what a beautiful home to spend it in!

Every thing we needed was there , minus the food, and was neat as a pin.

We went zip lining and gem mining and the kids really enjoyed the river front. cant wait to come back, didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Heather! My husband Dave, and I built River Bear Cabin with our comfort & enjoyment in mind. When we decided to offer our custom log home to others, we wanted to provide everything we possibly could think of to make a vacation a very special event. Many times, our guests ask about towels, or dishes, or coffee maker, or toilet paper because they are just not sure it will be provided; however, it is all there! We visit there several times a year, and we always check to make sure the necessary supplies are there for our vacationers. We are happy to hear that the Yoder family enjoyed some of the area's activities. There are white water trips, lake boat rentals, Harrah"s Casino, Ashville's Biltmore Estates, trout fishing, horseback riding, antiquing and so much more. And, of course, our Little Tennessee River is only two minutes down the gravel road from River Bear Cabin. Heather & family, come back again!
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is great! There is everything you need! Loved that it was close to river and that it a great porch. We fished, went on a hike and relaxed. Loved the fireplace. The only thing missing that we would like is a fire pit right outside the house but we had fun without it! We did use fire pit at the common grounds one day and loved it! The owners are nice and helpful and answer email very quickly. We would love to be back in summertime!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Cabin on Little Tennessee River

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast catching fish and tubing in the Little Tennessee River just at the bottom of the hill at the cabin. The cabin has everything you need to make your own meals, full washer and dryer, and comfy beds. Cell phones don't work well in the cabin but they have placed a booster and it helps but we were on vacation so didn't really need our phones too much. We were able to have a fire and s'mores by the river. There was plenty of firewood on site so you don't have to buy any. We hiked all around the Cherokee Landing grounds to see deer and squirrel. There is a suspension bridge just right up the road from cabin that the kids had fun going over. Bryson City, Nantahala Outdoor Center (whitewater rafting and zip lining), Smokies Mountain NP for some hikes to see waterfalls, and Highland for more falls (Cullasaja, Dry, Bridal, and Bust Your Butt Falls) are not to far from the cabin and make great day trips. Like other reviews said make sure to stop in Franklin at a grocery store or the Walmart before heading to cabin. Victoria was prompt with any questions we had. If we are in the area again we definitely will see if Victoria has room for us!

The one thing we wished the cabin had was a table on the deck to have meals on.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Victoria & I are delighted to hear that you all had a wonderful time at our custom log home, River Bear Cabin. All the activities you described make for a very fun vacation. There is so much to see & do, all within a 30-45 minute trip. River Bear is ideal for any of the seasons. Many of our guests request a wintertime week or two. Of course, spring & summer are perfect with cool nights and pleasant days. And, of course, the fall leaf changes are a very beautiful and busy rental time. So, come back whenever you can.....we have many repeat guests. And thanks for the great idea to put a table on the 12X45 foot deck for food and such. We will look into that when we return in a few weeks.
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A River Runs Through It

  • 5 of 5

Most beautiful stretch of the Little Tennessee River for miles! Perfect for those that love to fish and play in and near the river. The cabin is very cozy and comfortable and appropriately decorated with bear and fishing art throughout. It is well stocked with everything you could possibly need except food. Franklin is less than 30 minutes away if you need groceries and a convenience store is 10 minutes. The large common area is beautifully maintained. It is a good aerobic workout to scale the steep slope to the cabin from the river and a nice walk along the river and and community road for those who like the exercise (me). For those that don't (my husband), it's a short drive down the hill to the river. Dave and Victoria were very helpful and friendly. We hope to return again when the trout are plentiful!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melody's kind words reflect the fact that this is our second home which we visit & enjoy at least four to five times a year. And, yes, we agree that our community, Cherokee Landing, is on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Little Tennessee River. Victoria designed the log home, and we work hard to make sure that all items are in place so that our guests have a most enjoyable vacation. River Bear Cabin is our only rental and we take pride in ownership. We wish every vacationer has a terrific time at our mountain retreat!
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Car: necessary

Gem mining, white water rafting, Appalachian Trail, fly fishing, Harrah's Casino in Cherokee, Biltmore Estate in Ashville, Fun Factory Activity Center, Smokey Mountain Center of Performing Arts


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $325
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

There is an $80 cleaning fee per stay and the owner requires a security deposit of $325 by separate check. The deposit is returned within two weeks of departure. In ten plus years of renting, the owner has never had to use any part of anyone's deposit. If guests cancels before 30 days, a full refund is offered; if cancellation within 29 days out to two weeks before arrival, a one-half refund is offered; if no show on arrival date or refusal to occupy occurs, then no refund forthcoming.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.