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Thunder Bear Hideaway - Pigeon Forge, TN

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68 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 2 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms 2 dog max  4WD/traction may be required in winter
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Dog-friendly cabin with hot tub, pool table & decks - close to town

This three-level log cabin, nestled in the trees less than a mile from downtown Pigeon Forge, is an excellent vacation destination for families and friends. The beautifully maintained cabin offers two separate decks (one with a private hot tub) as well as a porch off the kitchen for outside grilling. Each of the king and queen bedrooms has an adjoining bathroom with shower. There’s also a sofa bed in the living room, with another half bath off the kitchen. Curl up in front of the gas fireplace in the living room with a book or watch a movie on one of the four flatscreen TVs. Soak in the hot tub or shoot some pool and watch the game on the screen in the downstairs game room.

What’s nearby:
When you’re ready to leave this relaxing woodland setting, you’ll love that the cabin is less than a mile east of the Parkway in downtown Pigeon Forge, so you’re just minutes away from all the action! The Old Mill District and the Trolley Station at Patriot Park is a 15-minute walk from the cabin. You can ride the coasters at Dollywood (three miles east), walk the halls of the Hollywood Wax Museum (three miles northwest), and round out your day at one of several dinner theaters, music venues, and comedy clubs. Outdoor enthusiasts will also find incredible trails, streams, meadows, and sweeping vistas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nine miles south.

Things to know:
Free high-speed WiFi
Full kitchen

This property is managed by Vacasa Tennessee LLC.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.


Common areas

Game room



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

House rules


Kitchen & dining






Internet : Charter


Cable : Charter

Wireless router

HBO streaming

Netflix streaming


Nearby activities & attractions

Downhill Skiing

On-site activities

Hot tub : Private

Pool table : Private




68 reviews

John D. Apr 2022
Nice cabin, great location close to everything! Will definitely be staying here again.
Stacey B. Apr 2022
nice relaxing cabin. only downside is the driveway--very steep
Roelof B. Apr 2022
The cabin was really clasn and nice. Just need new beds, they are worn out.
Manager response:
Thank you for your thoughtful review, Roelof. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! We regret that the bed was not suitable for your party and appreciate this feedback as an area to improve upon in the future. We hope to host you again soon!
Allison D. Mar 2022
Shout out to Sean the Maintenance Man! He had us fixed up in a flash and even left us with a supper recommendation. The Cabin was super clean and stocked with everything you would need but not think to bring! Thunder Bear was definitely worth it ;) Thank you to everyone who had a part in making our trip amazing ;)
Valerie S. Mar 2022
We were within a few minutes drive to so many of the attractions we visited!
Travis P. Mar 2022
This place was located super close to everything in Pigeon Forge. It was also so easy to get to the Smoky Mountains National Park. It was clean and comfortable. The hot tub worked great and we used it every night. The drive way is steep but not an issue at all. It would be great to have a few supplies at the cabin. Maybe things like coffee filters and some tin foil.
It is a 5 star place.
Manager response:
Travis, thank you for the review of your stay at Thunder Bear Hideaway. We are so glad you enjoyed the cabin and the amenities. We do not furnish items such as coffee and coffee filters and foil. We do supply a starter kit with paper towels, toilet tissue, and soaps. We hope this helps when booking your next stay. We look forward to hosting you again. Thank you!
STEPHEN S. Mar 2022
The cabin is clean and all furnishing are in good condition and appears well maintained. The pictures of the interior are a good representation of what you will get when you reserve this
cabin, however, the rooms are small. But it is cozy and comfortable. All of the appliances were in good working order. The hot tub was a big hit for our family. This is a dog friendly cabin and still well cleaned and no odors. The cabin is 0.3 miles to Teaster and 0.8 miles to the Old Mill, probably about
1.5 miles to the Island. While there is not really a view, you definitely get the convenience of being close to everything. Now the issues: After we arrived, we wanted to get out an explore, however we could not get the door to lock. After several minutes of trying, we called VACASA who recommended we remove the striker plate from the door so that it will lock. That worked for us but I can not imagine how the cleaning staff did not have the same problem and have issue fixed before we arrived. The dryer does not dry very well. We had to run two cycles for everything we tried to dry (two towels should not take two cycles). The driveway is SERIOUSLY Steep. As other posters have indicated, you will need a 4wd or a vehicle with high clearance. IF you have a midsized or full sized truck or SUV, you will not be able to turn around at the top. We have a GMC pickup and we had to BACK up the drive way to park.
Manager response:
Hi Stephen. Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay overall, and apologize for the inconveniences that prevented you from having a perfect getaway. Please know, our local staff are always available to assist if there are amenities, or issues, in the home that fall short. We hope to have a chance to host you next time
Peter M. Mar 2022
This is one of the best cabins I have rented for my family vacation. We have been going to Tennessee for the past 5 years and this cabin this year really felt like home. My wife and I are considering coming back for our anniversary in October instead of going to the beach Lol. It was so great we stayed an extra day!! 10/10
Jennifer S. Feb 2022
Great cabin! Hot tub and pool table fun to have while not out around town. Very close to everything in Pigeon Forge. Enjoyed our stay. Perfect quick three day get away.
Edward F. Jan 2022
We had a great time love the house an it was quite nice an beautiful Surrounding
Denise L. Dec 2021
We had a nice stay. Beds are comfortable - space is nice. Lots to like - hot tub, gas fireplace, location, clean. There are some little things we could nit pick which takes away one star. As others have mentioned the driveway is steep - like very steep. I would not rent if chance of snow or ice. Great getaway spot. It's 5 minutes from Dollywood and Pigeon Forge Island. You cannot beat the location. The pool table should go. The room is too small for pool and the table is not good. Replace with ping pong or air hockey table or more couches. Take your own skillet and silverware. The forks are tiny. Washer/dryer is a nice plus. We brought our own detergent/bounce. It is a very nice cabin - we have no regrets.
Dan T. Nov 2021
Cozy living room with fireplace. Bedroom upstairs and downstairs, Hot tub was nice. Grassy area for dog next to house. The driveway is steep but I had no issues backing down the driveway. I have stayed at cabins with steeper driveways. You can park at the bottom, if you want.
Kimmette W. Nov 2021
We enjoyed the cabin. There were a few things…..I would have liked to know how steep the driveway was super hard to get in and out. The fireplace did not work and the toilet leaked in the 1/2 bath. We were not able to get the internet to hook up to the tv in the bedroom. We enjoyed the hot tub and the rest of the cabin. Thanks
Manager response:
Hi, Kimmette! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate you letting us know about the shortcomings. Maintenance is scheduled to check the toilet, TV and fireplace. Thanks!
Tracy W. Oct 2021
My favorite spot was the swing, reading and drinking coffee, tea,and later wine. My husband's favorite spot was the couch, watching TV to his heart's content. He also loved the hot tub on the cooler evenings. Everything was absolutely perfect, with only one exception - the neighbors across the way had company a lot and there isn't any block of the hot tub view. Maybe a bit of lattice or something so you don't feel exposed. We couldn't ask for anything more- truly a relaxing place to stay.
Laura L. Sep 2021
Really great cabin, pics and description were both accurate. Very clean and well kept. That being said the driveway is TERRIBLE. Had to use 4wd to get up because it was raining and then couldn't get truck turned around to get out. If you drive a car you will never be able to exit this driveway without knocking the front end off your car.
Manager response:
Thank you for your feedback, Laura. We are sorry that the condition of the driveway. We do encourage all of our guests to use 4wd in this home. If guests have any questions or concerns you can reach out to our guest service agents. We hope to host you again very soon. Thank you!
Tammie O. Sep 2021
I loved this cabin. I've stayed in quite a few cabins thru the years and this one is one of the best. I loved how close it was to everything I wanted to do but also back off to itself enough to feel like you've gotten off the beaten path for some R & R. It was cozy and relaxing. Just had good vibes throughout. I would love to stay here again sometime.
This cabin was very clean and stocked with everything you would need while you're away from home. The hot tub was super clean and I personally loved the porch swing it was so peaceful. Definitely worth every cent I paid for it and I am so glad that I decided to book it.
Joseph R. Aug 2021
Scott H. Aug 2021
The scenery was great and the cabin was very nice. However, the supplies left for us were minimal and it was frustrating to not have enough dish soap to even wash dishes each day. Also, the dishwasher did NOT clean the dishes.
Joseph R. Jul 2021
Very spacious vacation get away!! Hot tub had great temp., overall good experience.
Adelia S. Jun 2021
The cabin was so cozy and in the perfect location. It was so clean and had everything we needed. It was all around great. The parking was very steep but once you get used to it it wasn’t a problem. We can’t wait to stay there agin.
April D. Jun 2021
We enjoyed our stay at Thunder Bear Hideaway. The cabin is closely located to the Parkway through Pigeon Forge, the Old Mill and The Island. Many of the places we visited were within a 10 minute drive from the cabin. We enjoyed the hot tub and the balcony swing. The kitchen had many of the necessities, but those necessities could have been of better quality. The pans were old and cheap and the knives were dull. If anyone is planning to eat mainly in the cabin, I would suggest bringing your own knives and utensils. There were paper towels and a small dish soap as well as 7-8 laundry pods provided for the washer/dryer combo. The bath towels were hotel quality and size and there were 2 dish towels and 1 pot holder. We had an issue with the upstairs toilet running when we arrived as well as the same exhaust fan not working. I called Vacasa the next morning(Monday) and they sent someone out on Tuesday.
The toilet was fixed but the fan would need replacing and they were not able to do that while we were there. The TVs worked well and we were able to sign into our streaming accounts. Just be sure to sign out before you leave as to keep others from accessing your info. There were no games or cards provided so be sure to bring your own if you want. There were 8-10 books on the shelves. The a/c had to be on 70 to keep it comfortable in the loft bedroom, but that made it quite cool on the main level and in the basement. There were no extra blankets in the cabin. I suggest bringing a couple extra to cozy up on the couch or for extra warmth at night. We truly enjoyed our stay and would stay again.
Annmarie P. Jun 2021
Cute house, nice location. Not enough blankets. Extremely difficult driveway and parking situation. Not enough blankets. Some plumbing issues/water leaks. No privacy for any of the 3 sleeping areas, and definitely not enough blankets.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Annemarie! We are glad you enjoyed this location and apologize for the issues you experienced during your stay. We encourage guests to reach out to our property management team directly via the contact information provided in check-in instructions, as our professional, dedicated team is standing by 24/7 should any need arise. We hope for the opportunity to better serve you in the future!
Kerri S. May 2021
The hot tub, and bear theme was so cute. The shiplap walls made it feel like a real cabin inside through out the whole place. Very nice that it had a toilet on every floor.
April and James D. May 2021
The cabin was clean, we had plenty of linens and towels. The cabin is beautiful and we really enjoyed the hot tub! The driveway is a little steep, but we only had one vehicle so we were okay. The cabin is located in a perfect area close to all the fun activities! We had a blast :)
Steven F. Feb 2021
Very convenient location, with that woodsy feel. Very quiet, kids loved the hot tub! Pool table was definately an added bonus! Beds were super comfy. Even our fur babies loved it! Very clean! Loved that they even had a crate for our furry family members. Would definately stay here again!
-the Fosters
Graham W. Feb 2021
This property is located close to all Pigeon Forge has to offer. However, it was hard to find even with two different GPS units. The accommodations were clean. The driveway is really steep; not a good thing during snow and sleet.
Heather D. Feb 2021
The cabin is perfect inside and has all you need. Super well kept and clean. My kids loved our stay! Only downfall is the very steep driveway. Being from MI we arent use to that and had a very hard time trying to get up to park and back down. Other than that the place is fantastic!
Robert T. Jan 2021
I am definitely coming back, the peace and quiet and the beauty of the area. Love it!!!!!
Shawn H. Dec 2020
We absolutely loved staying in this cabin. Perfect location to everything. The cabin was roomy and had everything you needed. The only issue was the driveway. It was pretty steep. Thank you for an awesome stay.
Janette D W. Oct 2020
This cute little cabin looks as good as the pictures. We enjoyed the hot tub on the deck in the evenings and how private it felt, even though we could get to everything easily in a few minutes.
Doug S. Aug 2020
great location. Minute to everything
Elaine C. Aug 2020
We had a great time staying at Thunderbear hideaway. The location was great; we could enjoy the quietness yet not be too far from the city. It was very close to Gatlinburg and to the Factory Outlet Store. The place was cozy and the space was just enough for the 5 of us that stayed there. We were glad to use the jacuzzi and the outdoor grill as well. There was ample electrical outlets in each room so we could charge our phones. The check-in ad check-out procedure was very easy and Vacasa communicates very well with their clients through email and text reminders. I would highly recommend staying there and would return the next time we plan a trip to Gatlinburg.
Crystal C. Jul 2020
This was a great place to stay to enjoy a quiet few days away from home. Everything was clean and comfortable, and it's close enough to town to enjoy some time out, but far enough away to seem sort of secluded.
Walker B. Jul 2020
Nice place away from hassle of main drag. Comfortable place to sleep. No noisey neighbors like a hotel. Why did only 1 of 4 tvs work?
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Walker. We are disappointed that only one TV worked during your stay. Please note our 24-hour customer service line is here to assist at all times and would have sent someone over to get the other TVs working for you. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our home. We hope to host you again soon!
Thomas B. Jun 2020
We truly enjoyed this cabin and the Pigeon Fun the area. The cabin was great for 4 people. Very comfortable beds! I felt like I wash my own bed at home. We will definitely be back!
Danita R. Mar 2020
We enjoyed how close it was to everything. The cabin was very comfy and I really loved all the decor!!
Chuck P. Mar 2020
Great location very clean would recommend to anyone.
A nice place to stay for a short time for small group. The place is very, very clean. We would definitely stay in this cabin again.
Susan D. Jan 2020
The house was smaller than the pictures made it look. Loved the fireplace! Stove burners needed to be replaced. Driveway is STEEP and very tricky parking for two vehicles.
Manager response:
Thank you for your feedback, Susan! We have alerted our local property manager that the stove burners need to be checked and replaced as needed. We hope to host you again soon!
Kenneth N. Jan 2020
The home was beautiful with everything we asked for would reccomend this place to anyone!
Sherry S. Jan 2020
The cabin was very nice! It was close to everything but far enough away for privacy. Driveway was a pain, but it is in the mountains. Checkin was very easy. Cabin was very nicely decorated and clean. The reason for a 4 instead of a 5 is The dishwasher is very loud so you have to turn on when you leave to go out, the pool table room is too small to play and table isn’t the greatest. Otherwise great cabin!
Eduardo G. Jan 2020
Ame todo . El único problema fue la Loma qué hay para parquear el carro
Manager response:
Gracias por tu comentario, Eduardo. Nos alegra que hayas amado esta cabaña. Tenga en cuenta que hay dos espacios de estacionamiento dedicados incluidos con este alquiler. ¡Esperamos recibirlo nuevamente!
Lori C. Dec 2019
the cabin was close to everything and very clean. I loved the décor and convenience to the Island and Tanger Outlet stores. Only bad thing was the super steep driveway.
John S. Dec 2019
It was a great cabin. My family really enjoyed the stay. The only thing that was confusing was the directions In the email are not correct. You do have to turn right on iron circle drive and it turns into Stevens court. We drove around iron mountain road 3 times before just following the gps instead of directions that were sent via email. Other than that we had a great stay.
Manager response:
We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We are sorry you had difficulty with the directions we provided. We will review them and make the proper corrections if needed. We hope you will stay again soon!
Teresa C. Nov 2019
The cabin is very nice but not what was told online. There is one king size bed and no room to put your suitcase but ont the bed or on the pool table and there were fleas. The pool table was old balls were chipped and the room was to small for a pool table maybe a air hockey table. And the drive way was bad and only small cars can get in the parking Area only one suv maybe. A few things needs to be updated and addressed 😟😟😟
Manager response:
Thank you for letting us know about your recent stay at Thunder Bear Hideaway. We apologize for the issues you experienced. The cabin has been thoroughly sprayed and all the dishes have been washed, dried and placed in the cabinets. The listing has been corrected to list 1 king and 1 queen bed in the amenities. Mountain parking can be a bit tricky! We look forward to hosting you again.
Nathan R. Oct 2019
Great location and very comfortable stay. Great for couples with pets! Only downside is that one of the sinks was stopped up and the driveway is hard to climb in a car.
Manager response:
Hello Nathan, thank you for your review. We always hope that our guests will reach out to our 24-hour number during their stay. Our team can assist in troubleshooting or correcting any issues the guest encounters once alerted to any issues. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at this home and we hope to host you again in the future!
Jo Dee W. Oct 2019
We stayed in Thunder Bear Hideaway from Oct. 11th - Oct. 14th and loved it. The location is easily the best feature of this cabin. We have stayed in several different places in the mountains over the years and the convenience was amazing since it was peak season and the traffic was challenging. It was well-appointed, very clean, and included all of the things that were in the pictures and listed online. The small details that I enjoyed the most were the abundance of really nice towels. They are hotel quality and nicer than most that I have used in other rentals. The other detail that I loved were the nightlights in the plugs all over the unit. The small details make the biggest difference to me. The weather was perfect and it was a great long weekend. I would definitely rent this unit again.
Shannon H. Oct 2019
The cabin was beautiful!
Debbie W. Sep 2019
Perfectly located for privacy and close to everything, this home was everything I wanted and more than I expected. It was clean, comfortable and doggie friendly. We had a great stay!
danny b. Sep 2019
the cabin was very nice
Nancy M. Sep 2019
It is quiet and private.
maura s. Aug 2019
Great location!!!! Easy access to all attractions.
House is clean and a great size for family of 4!
Chris H. Jul 2019
We enjoyed our stay tremendously! Everything was very clean. We hope to visit again one day
JENNIFER K. Jul 2019
We are a family of 5. We splurged on this rental due to the 2 full bathrooms and size we needed for the week long trip. Everything was fine except the lower level bathroom ceiling leaked water from upper level shower, toilets, washers...large mold patch appeared in ceiling not 24 hrs. after our arrival. Mopping up water with my bath towels all week was not something I planned on doing during vacation. Hope the problem was corrected for next renters 7/6 week?? Also, the driveway is very steep. If you have mobility issues this will be a problem for you. We enjoyed the hot tub, furnishings and it's a great location - close to everything.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Jennifer. We appreciate you reaching out to our management team to let us know of this issue, and we are happy to report that the leak has been repaired. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
ERIC F. Apr 2019
Not a bad place driveway is a bit steep. But it is close to downtown. Easy to get to everything. A good stay!
Dottie F. Mar 2019
The location was close to lots of activities. The driveway is steep and a little intimidating at first. It would be better for 2 couples rather than 6 people because the other bed is in the living room which prohibited anyone from sitting in the living room when the others were still sleeping. Had everything that we needed for our stay.
Kyle T. Jan 2019
We stayed here for 4 nights and really liked it. The log furniture is great, and the beds extremely comfortable. The King size bed upstairs fills up the room, but it was worth it for stretching out! Having a bathroom on each level was convenient. What I really liked was the accessibility to the Pigeon Forge Old Mill District. My wife and I enjoy walking, and found that it was just 15 minutes down the hill to the Old Mill Restaurant and shops. We will definitely come here again – next time for a Dollywood trip which is like 5 minutes away by car – and maybe we will walk there also to save the $15 parking fee! Oh yeah, the hot tub and pool table were great at the end of the day. We don’t have kids, but I bet the downstairs pool table/ bed room / bath and two TV’s would be a great place for kids to hang out and get away from the adults! The driveway is a little steep but we got used to it.
Laura C. Jan 2019
This cabin was everything we remembered from when we had seen, but not been able to stay in it, on our first visit to Pigeon Forge. With three floors and three very separate outside sitting areas (two decks and a back porch), the cabin feels big, but it's still cozy. All the furniture is very relaxing and comfortable, from the outside swing to the sofa and big chairs in front of the fireplace, and also the mattresses. Everything was clean and cared for. There's a lot to do in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding area in winter so we really loved the cabin's proximity to The Island at Pigeon Forge, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Choosing a cabin can be overwhelming but we definitely hit the jackpot finding this one. Thank you!
Roberts F. Jan 2019
Perfect cabin for our family of six! Five humans and one dog and none of us wanted to leave. Fast wi-fi, pool table, hot tub, and decks and TVs everywhere. We enjoyed the gas fireplace having cozy without the hassle, and a game night in front of the fire. We loved the privacy and quiet location and also the proximity to Pigeon Forge, just a five minute drive to everything. We're rebooking for summer!
William B. Nov 2018
We had a great experience. Excellent cabin experience from check-in to check-out! Thunder Bear had comfortable beds, which was really appreciated by all of us. The layout allowed everyone space to hang out, together and also alone. Loved the porch swing in the afternoon sun!
Jennifer . Nov 2018
So relaxing! This cabin was the three C's. Convenient, Clean and Cozy. We actually enjoy doing some cooking while on vacation so we were thrilled that the kitchen had plenty of pans, dishes and even a slow cooker.
Lori T. Sep 2018
Beautiful cabin and outstanding location and surroundings! When we entered the cabin, it was spotless. We stayed in the early fall. For those who rent in the winter months you may want to park closer to the bottom of the driveway as it is a little steep. That added to the feeling of privacy, and we would rent this cabin again anytime. Thank you!
Kathleen R. Sep 2018
Beautifully decorated spacious cabin nestled in the trees above Pigeon Forge. Truly loved the cabin. It was peaceful and offered all kinds of space to enjoy. It's a beautiful cabin and we would gladly stay there again. No street noise. All we heard at night was the rustling of leaves and even an owl, yet we could walk to town during the day, an unexpected plus. Perfect.
Amy F. Jul 2018
Wonderful experience. This was a super comfortable cabin. It was very close to everything and we enjoyed it very much. There was so much to do in Pigeon Forge but as soon as we walked in the door after a day of being tourists we felt relaxed and at home. Would like to return in fall for the trees.
Hattie K. Jun 2018
Great vacation! Cabin was great for our family of three. My son and husband loved the pool table. I loved the comfy sofa and the shelf of paperbacks! We all loved spending time on the decks and how close we were to PF and the trolley to everywhere else. Weather was perfect for sitting outside.
Carmen Z. Jun 2018
This is a luxurious but homey cabin, close to all the attractions of Pigeon Forge. It was great and I didn't want to leave! I would definitely recommend this cabin to anyone and we hope to come back again soon. Watching fireflies from the hot tub was a highlight at night. Thank you!
Michael K. May 2018
Great cabin with separate game room with a pool table so we could play pool late at night and not disturb people sleeping upstairs. Hot tub was great and the wifi never flickered even with five people on their own TVs and devices. Golf course two miles away was exceptional perk and so was great weather.