9 Best Vrbo Vacation Rentals By The River In Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Updated 2021

vrbo gatlinburg on river

The gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park or more affectionately known as “The Smokies”, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a beautiful vacation spot for families, friends and couples to enjoy dramatic mountain landscapes, outdoor activities, and sports and even visit an amusement park. The town is historically connected to the American Civil War and hosts some interesting monuments and sites for you to visit during your stay, including America’s First Methodist Church. Gatlinburg is an ideal destination year-round, with hiking trails popular in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, and skiing is available during the winter. Take in the beautiful mountain scenery from either the Space Needle observation tower or the Sky Lift, a 2.1 mile (3.3 km) aerial cable car for beautiful mountain views that you will not forget. Read on to find out best Vrbo accommodations that are set by the river in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

1. Creekside cabin with a gift card (from USD 336)

Stay in this cabin, located creekside, surrounded by nature and tucked in a beautiful countryside. During your visit here you will receive not only a cozy and enjoyable stay but also a “Mountain Attractions Gift Card” which gives free admission to several local attractions including the Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner & Show, Go Karts, Indoor Mini Golf, Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies and many more. These complimentary admissions add up to a value of up to 450 USD per day.

Over $700 in FREE TICKETS, Private Cabin, Creekside, Screened Porch, Internet, HOT TUB
14 reviews
cabin 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
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Nice place very comfortable beds
and you could hear it in the other pipes in the cabin
very little water and growed up in other side
There was plenty of room for our family of seven
Everything was really clean and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare a few meals in We will be back
The cabin was very nice and clean
The cabin was clean and comfortable
the cabin was very well maintained and clean
Water was slow to drain and there was black specs of dirt in the water from all faucets Besides that the stay was very relaxing and wonderful
It is 15 miles from light #3 in Gatlinburg On a better note
The kids liked wading in the little creek
We especially enjoyed the hot tub after a day of skiing at Ober Gatlinburg
This was a much needed vacation We enjoyed the peaceful and quiet location of the cabin away from the traffic of downtown Gatlinburg
so this does not mislead anyone else
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2. Rustic log cabin with a private hot tub (from USD 275)

Have an authentic mountain experience when you stay at this two-bedroom rustic log cabin, located by the gushing waters of the Little Pigeon River, which as an added bonus, is ideal for fishing. Your stay will be undisturbed by the modern world as you take in the peaceful environment within your cabin as well as your immediate surroundings. Cozy up in front of the wood-burning fireplace or enjoy a soak in your private hot tub on the screened-in porch. The cabin is also walking distance from downtown Gatlinburg so that you are well connected to anything that you may need during your visit.

Relax at Granny's River Retreat, Short Walk to Downtown, 2BR
184 reviews
cabin 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The cabin is close enough to town that the boys walked each evening after we came in and at dinner
The screened in porch was so relaxing in the evening as you hear the river running behind you
The hot tub was divine
The hot tub was wonderful relaxing and listening to the river right outside the porch Will definitely be back
The big bonus was that we caught a glimpse of bears on two occasions what a thrill would stay here again
The cabin was very clean and well stocked
The cabin was super clean
All in all if you want a clean cabin close to everything you can't beat Granny's River Retreat
Cozy cute place Clean and tidy
clean and conveniently located cabin
The river was great for the kids
The property manager was very nice and responded to any questions I had
Would highly recommend So close to everything with the absolutely feel of being far away
We didn't have to contact the owner at all
the rolling creek in the backyard is so relaxing as well as the screened back porch with rocking chairs Perfect getaway for my sister niece
The place was SO clean and close to the main action but still tucked away for some privacy
The sounds from the river were very relaxing Having shopping restaurants and attractions within walking distance was perfect
Was a relaxing place to stay Great walking distance from town
This cabin was spotless my teenage grandsons loved the water
The cabin is in a perfect location close to Gatlinburg light #2 yet feels so private and
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3. Peaceful stays on Dudley Creek (from USD 475)

Ideal for large groups, this four-bedroom, four-bath home is located by Dudley Creek and sits on over vast acres of land, perfect for long walks, outdoor games for children and an immersive experience of the countryside. The creek attracts singing birds and plenty of wildlife which you will be able to observe and enjoy during your visit. A short drive away are local restaurants, activities, downtown Gatlinburg, and the Smoky Mountains National Park, making this cabin an ideal location for groups on holiday. While outdoor hiking and other activities can be found at the Smokies, you can return to spend your evenings relaxing in your private hot tub or taking advantage of a large kitchen, living and dining space.

Private, Secluded, Quiet with Large Creek sitting on over 6 acres of wooded land
49 reviews
cabin 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
as did the arcade machine in the sunroom
the bed were comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed My biggest concern was the outside deck
my 1 son (single) and 3 other 3 sons with their significant Plenty of room
it is very comfortable and homey
Seating was comfortable and there were plenty of spaces at the dining room table for our group of 9
The house is very clean
The house was very clean and we appreciated the nice towels linens and complimentary toiletries
We had a great time and can t wait to book our next vacation
Angel is great to work with and very accommodating
The new owners/manager made us feel very welcome
We had an amazing time and look forward to visiting again The McCrearys
a hot tub lots of books and games a well-stocked kitchen with every appliance and equipment and a big table where everyone can eat together
but you are only 1 mile from traffic light 3 in Gatlinburg Close to food City grocery store
The location of the house was very good
if not months There were leaves debris and mildew
Loved being right on the creek
This house is a beautiful oasis of calm and yet is only a few blocks drive from busy Gatlinburg
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4. Log cabin by Roaring Fork River (from USD 259)

Fly fishers rejoice, this log cabin by Roaring Fork River is ideal for those looking to indulge in some fishing during your holiday. Rainbow trouts are found in abundance by the river. Choose to stay at the River Song cabin because of its ideal location in the heart of the countryside, a world away from busy cities and noisy roads. Stay in your cabin and enjoy meals which you can cook in this state-of-the-art kitchen, fully equipped with the KitchenAid stainless appliances, including a range, a cooktop, and a convection/microwave. Enjoy extra amenities including a hot tub, a billiards room, a pool table and large screen televisions for added comforts during your stay.

River Song - a Majestic New Log Cabin in the Heart of Gatlinburg!
71 reviews
cabin 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The river makes you feel easy to sleep
The cycles take a long time so be prepared to wait a while
It is decorated perfectly with comfortable beds and comfortable pull out couch
A highlight was having the creek right outside the window and right by the deck
but the door to the laundry does not open all the way
comfy cabin was spacious and very clean
The cabin was nice and clean
the cabin was beautiful and clean
Very clean & comfortable beds
Cabin was just as described and well worth
Well stocked Pleasant owner and staff
Caught some small rainbow trout in river and saw a bear
The cabin was beautiful sadly amongst construction with other rentals being built close
We had a wonderful time
the manager was really responsive when the hot water heater broke even though it was Easter Sunday
Great location away from downtown but takes only few minutes to get downtown
Great communication from Property mgt
It was also nice being able to walk downtown Gatlinburg
This cabin was located at the end of the roaring fork motor trail and at least a 15-20 min drive into the park
Regardless the sound of the stream blocked out most
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5. Riverside cottage in downtown Gatlinburg (from USD 272)

Modern design and style are aplenty at this riverside cottage with three bedrooms in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. Take in what the city has to offer for ample entertainment within walking distance from your stay - the Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the tram to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area are amongst your options. Your stay still provides some of the best countryside highlights that you were looking for on your vacation, with views from your deck looking out on a tree-lined river, this beautiful cottage will not disappoint.

River Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Downtown, Pets, Hot Tub, Jacuzzi
28 reviews
cabin 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
It was so wonderful for each room to have its own bathroom
The kitchen was well equipped and modern
The pictures looked like there were stairs going down to the river
the toilet cover was cracked in one bathroom
pilot light was out in the fireplace
We appreciated the spacious rooms and 4 bathrooms
The cottage was clean well appointed and comfortable
The space was impeccably clean and well stocked with everything we needed for the weekend
Kitchen supplies where very adequate as well as the towels furnished
They only cost $100 00
We sure hope the house is available again next year
when we arrived I made one phone call and received an immediate answer and a repair man arrived promptly Problems fixed
I'm going to try and get them to work with us when we arrive back home
couples and those with handicap needs
Perfect location within walking distance of main strip
Super convenient to the downtown strip the entrance to the Great Smokey National Park and to the Bi-pass to Pigeon Forge
We were out there every morning Within walking distance to the strip
It was a 6 minute walk to the Convention Center
River cottage is in a nice location if you want to park your vehicle and be able to walk everywhere
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6. Luxury condo by the creek

Take in the best of both nature and modern conveniences when you stay at this two-bedroom condo, located in downtown Gatlinburg. While being able to walk to restaurants, cafes, shopping, and entertainment districts, you will also be a short drive away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where abundant nature and outdoor activities await you and your family. Take in the great outdoors while hiking or skiing and choose to end your days in comfort when you stay at this condo. It has an open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, ideal for game nights, and cookouts.

Roaring Romance, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, On Creek, Trolley Route
26 reviews
condo 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
The kitchen has everything you could want/need
was that there needed to be a little more thorough dusting done
The next thing was the masterroom bed
it felt like a home
The beds were so comfy that one morning the others went golfing
the bathrooms and masterbedroom was full of dust cobwebs and didn't feel clean to me
The condo was very clean
Property was clean and the location was perfect
the rooms were very nice and comfortable
so we had to wash towels every day and the dryer took about 2 hours to dry 3 towels
They gave us a the wrong code to enter this unit
My husband tried to skim them out with the skimmer that was by the pool
let me say the communication on the property from Jackson Mountain Homes is awesome
The pool was very dirty
so the water did not spray us
oh Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
It sits between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge which made it easy to go to either place
but at the end of the strip going into the mountains
The stream lulled is to sleep every night
Also left my Chromebook in guest bedroom and housekeeping apparently took it
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7. Romantic cabin

Couples and small families alike will delight in this rustic cabin by the Roaring Fork Stream which comes fully equipped for your stay. The cabin is designed elegantly with rustic barn doors, incredible hardwood floors, custom-made wood cabinets, and granite countertops are amongst the details that you will notice during your stay. Spend your evenings on the patio area or use the outdoor grill if you have had a successful fishing day. Our tip is to make sure to go for walks by the stream. The cabin provides a beautiful look into the best of nature and only adds ease and comforts to the wonderful outdoor experiences you will have.

Walking Distance 2 Downtown Gatlinburg/On Roaring Fork Stream/Luxurious Cabin
277 Roaring Fork Road
60 reviews
cabin 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

8. Ski-mountain cabin with Mount Le Conte views

Make yourself at home in this dreamy winter ski chalet, located on Ski Mountain and part of the Chalet Village area, ideal for friends and families looking to have access to Great Smokey Mountain National Park as well as the luxuries of nearby pools and tennis courts. You will be located in the heart of all entertainment activities, minutes away from Ober Gatlinburg and the snow skiing, ice skating and the shopping it provides. Take in the views of Mount Le Conte and the Smokies, listen to the sounds of Holy Branch Creek as it meanders through the mountains and enjoy the river-stone gas fireplace, comfortable living, and dining spaces as well as the five-person hot tub for a relaxing end to your day.

Awesome Mountain, Tram & Downtown View, JukeBox, Arcade, Whole Home Generator
1544 Zurich Rd
150 reviews
cabin 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

9. Luxury cabin by three waterfronts

Three king master suites await you when you choose the Three Waters Lodge as your next holiday destination. Beautifully constructed, this cabin sits by three different waterfronts- Webb Creek, Bear Branch, and Salamander Spring, all providing an environment of tranquility to your surroundings. The waterfronts provide all-round entertainment as you could go fishing in Webb Creek, let loose your kids in Bear Branch and look out for salamanders and crawdads in Salamander Spring. The cabin itself is ideal for relaxing after long days with comfortable furnishings and a fully fitted-out game room which offers fun for the whole family.

Three Waters Lodge - Creekside- Newly Constructed
87 reviews
cabin 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The lodge was everything that we expected
The kitchen is well stocked
We all enjoyed to game room upstairs
The only drawback was the Trout Room door needs a slight adjustment to latch tight and the toaster wouldn't release toast on the right side
the ease of getting to the tournament from the house was excellent
The cabin is nicely decorated and very clean inside and out
Cabin was spacious and clean and plenty of cookware items
Property was very nice and clean
The house was just as pictured
Owner was very helpful with all my questions
So minor almost embarrassed to mention
wrap around deck hot tub etc that are included
The owner was quick to reply to our communications was extremely nice and honest
very nice and outside area overlooking stream was super
But no big deal really
Far enough away from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge and Smokey Mountain National Park to avoid the crowds but close enough join the fun
Grandchildren summed it all up by not wanting the vacation to end Thanks for the memories
A little far from town but
These two items did not affect my ratings for the house
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Enjoy the best of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Choose to have an active holiday or indulge in serious countryside relaxation when you stay in the Smokies. Hiking, skiing and exploring the Smokies can be rewarding ways to spend your days, as much as fishing by the creek and enjoying a glass of wine on your private patio. Our rundown of Vrbo accommodations helps you to have the best of modern facilities and conveniences in the countryside. We have ensured you are able to stay connected to downtown Gatlinburg while enjoying being surrounded by nature and the tranquility of the countryside.

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