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The Bear's Den On Top Of Ole Smoky

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

The Bear's Den On Top Of Ole Smoky

On top of ole Smoky! Amazing! This 2 story cabin is above the rest! It is for the guests with some adventure at heart and those that are up for a mountain drive. The Bear's Den is newly renovated and there are many wonderful things about it! The atmosphere is incredibly beautiful and peaceful!

(Pets are NOT allowed. Also please see NOTES BELOW for vehicle and road info in Winter and wet weather.) The cabin has an open floor plan upstairs and down, with many log furniture pieces too. You'll take comfort in knowing this cabin is clean and sanitary as well as the jacuzzi and hot tub! Downstairs can sleep 4 (more if you are up for a cot), the cabin is open for family or a few friends with the living area, flat screen, a new queen sized pull out couch, a stacked rock fireplace, windows all around to bring in the outdoors, and a trundle bed, kitchen/dining and new large bath with tub shower combo, Jacuzzi and a large window to view the great outdoors. The front deck has a great view and a very nice hot tub for your privacy and enjoyment! The cabin is lightly decorated for each season and with a Christmas tree sometime after Thanksgiving to make your cabin home away from home.

Upstairs, the entire floor is a wonderful master suite with a king sized log canopy bed, its own sitting area, private deck with rockers to soak in the mountain air. A flat screen, vaulted ceiling, full bath and a stacked rock fireplace are also upstairs !

This cabin is perfect for families or just the two of you!!

Some special notes to make your stay as special as it should be are listed below!

CHECK IN MUST BE BEFORE DARK FROM NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28. We are on Eastern Time, so please take that into consideration for planning your trip. It may be necessary to begin the next day instead of rushing to get to the cabin or arriving too late in the evening. The first time driving up the mountain is daunting for most guests in the dark and especially if it's raining. Planning is essential.

VEHICLE NOTES: The road is concrete all the way to the cabin and is about 1/2 mile long. Front wheel drive vehicles do well most all of the year, although hybrids may not pull the mountain. In winter all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive is needed in case of snow or rain. If the roads are dry, these features aren't needed. In wet or wintery weather, Pick ups most often need some weight in the back.


Kim and John, Owners

More Details

Kimberly & John
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, None
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

Why Kimberly & John chose Townsend

Amazing atmosphere of peace and tranquility for the adventurer in you!

What makes this cabin unique

Many listed in the description! Excellent Cabin!

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Best Experience of our 11 Days was this Cabin”

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

1 person found this review helpful

Title sez it all. Not a vista view but a gorgeous view through deep woods, across the valley, to mountains on the other side. Have camera ready at sunset! Cabin was immaculate, owners are very very nice people and attentive host. Newly installed washer and dryer really appreciated. Also stayed in another of owner's cabins for the 11 days with same opinion. Kim and John, bee seeing you

5 of 5 starsEase of booking 5 of 5 starsDirections to the property

5 of 5 starsKey pickup/access to the property 5 of 5 starsOverall condition

5 of 5 starsQuality of bedding/mattresses 5 of 5 starsKitchen/utensils quality

5 of 5 starsCleanliness of bathroom 5 of 5 starsQuality of facilities/amenities

5 of 5 starsService

Liked best: The whole package

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner

Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.

Recommended for:

Friends getaway Older travelers

The property was "as advertised". I recommend the location. The property was a good value for the price paid. The property provided wifi/internet access. My security deposit was returned on time.
Jun 2014
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Townsend Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • 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
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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The Bear's Den On Top Of Ole Smoky
average rating of 4.75 based on 37 reviews

Amazing top of the hill wooden house

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views. Photographs shown here doesn't do justice.

Very well maintained.

Will come again!

Do get a 4WD though, especially during rain and snow.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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There was no wifi as stated or no landline in the cabin.With no cell phone service once you get to the mountain,we were literally stranded.On our check in day,we came to the office,only to see that there was no one.We had lost our cell phone service,which they should have advised us prior.We had to go out back and call Kimberly from a local store phone.She told us to follow directions from the email.They should have personally guided us to the cabin knowing the complex steep route..It was a stressful stay for us.We had no contact with the outside world,with our friends or family once we were in the cabin.The cabin is beautiful.But I would not recommend this place, it is not worth the stress.I asked for a refund or at least a discount for the misery we went through which was denied..Not sure what else I can do for a refund..

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The experience was unfortunate and miserable for guests and owner as well. The vast majority of our guests have been pleased and able to work out the occasional uncontrollable situations when needed. It is important to read and understand the given information about the cabin location, vehicle requirements, and directions before booking. Many guests and return guests read and follow the guidelines and enjoy their stay as the other reviews declare. On this occasion, the cabin was getting a new wifi system at the time of this reservation and should have been in place but obstacles prevented. The WiFi also supported the phone. I drove to the cabin following the guests phone call to see if they had found the cabin and to give them info to use another phone by the pool, to use my cell number for family that may need to contact them and the neighbors name in case of emergency. Guests must realize if they have poor cell quality when they travel also. ATT Service is almost 100% on the mountain where the cabin is but not in the Park. Cell service in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is basically non existent. So everyone prepares to have limited contact ability while enjoying the mountains. The guest requested a full refund which wasn't an option in this case. When I arrived at the cabin, they were settled and seemingly enjoying it with all other amenities in place and planning to stay. A refund of $100 is being given and one for the children was given upon their request before arrival. I am always saddened when guests are disappointed in some way although there are many other aspects that are exceptional at the same time, but I cannot control 100%/100% of the time. Sincerely, Kim
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Pensacola fl

Beautiful view and wonderful cabin!!!

  • 4 of 5

Loved staying here, it has all that you would need and more! Loved the drive up,up, and up on top of the mountain! The place is beautifully decorated! Thank you for letting us stay! We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome cabin, great location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. The owners told us up front that a 4wheel drive was recommended and they were right. Had no issues getting there in my 4 wheel drive truck though. Cabin is at the end of the road and top of the mountain. Close to town. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

well appointed cabin, beautiful view, quiet, have really put personal touches into the cabin

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This was an excellent place to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

  • 5 of 5

It was clean, private, well decorated, and comfortable. The cabin itself is beautiful! We will return here and recommend it to friends if given the opportunity. Loved it! Hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
McGhee Tyson/Knoxville
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Laurel Valley Resort
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: necessary

This has been a great cabin for many. I have recently listed it with VRBO and transferred reviews, thus the same date for them. You are welcome to view for verification.

Townsend is a quaint and beautiful community with many things especially for nature lovers to enjoy. Townsend is a gateway to the National Park and the closest community to Cades Cove.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 14.75%

This cabin is at the top of our small mountain. The climb up the mountain is generally very doable with anything from small vehicles with front wheel drive to SUV's. Pick ups that are light in the back end can spin tires if the pavement is wet. Please NOTE: In case of winter weather, travel in and out of the cabin may be limited. Also, check in is required before dark in winter or wet weather. When driving up the mountain, remember to swing out wide on all turns and maintain a moderate speed of about 15 mph.
We very much want Guests to enjoy their stay at the cabin while they take care of the property and not abuse it in any way. No smoking is allowed inside of the cabin and no unapproved pets are allowed. Guests are not to dump used charcoal anywhere; management is happy to collect it when needed. No parties or group get-togethers are to take place at the cabin that are not approved by owners in advance. Oils cannot be used in hot tubs or Jacuzzis and only small amounts of bubbles can be used in the Jacuzzi inside and none in the hot tub outside. The fireplace is gas log and nothing else is to be put into the fire. Applicable fines will apply as needed.

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.