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Cabins on the Water:
Lakes, Rivers & Creeks

 in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, & Sevierville

2 young kids enjoying their kayaks on the lake
2 adults take a smiling selfie on a wooded creek rock
2 young people fishing off a pier

Yes, You Really Can Have It All

One of my Favorite Cabin Lists I Have Ever Made! 

Imagine the endless fun you can have

  • Kayak or jet ski with friends
  • Picnic or take a nap by the water

  • Bring you boat or rent your own

  • Listen to the sound of a babbling brook, by a firepit

  • Have your own private dock to sit and watch sunsets

  • Enjoying a glass of wine on a deck that overlooks the water

  • Go fishing with the kids for world famous trout and bass

  • Play in a creek

  • See abundant wildlife 

(See more about Douglas Lake and others here)

Still be near all the attractions and hiking!

(Note- Water levels can vary from season to season)

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See All My Cabin Recommendations Here

1.) Shambala, Pigeon Forge
5BR, 3BA, Sleeps 13   

Waterfront Cabin on Little Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, TN, exterior view
Pigeon River, Pigeon Forge TN

Check Dates Available 

Excellent location on the river, yet still in walking distance to the Pigeon Forge Parkway.  Nice, peaceful neighborhood feel, flat for easy driving, but still have mountain views.


This cabin is absolutely gorgeous!  Incudes fireplace, wifi, grill, firepit, outdoor seating, game room with pool table and other fun games.

2.) House on the River, Downtown Gatlinburg
5BR  7BA, Sleeps 12   

Gatlinburg house on the river, back exterior view, and river view with river rocks.
View of Little Pigeon River from the back of this Gatlinburg TN cabin on the river

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15-minute, flat walk to downtown Gatlinburg, and right on the river!

Modern, with all the amenities you would want in this home on the water.  There is even a trolley stop within 5 minutes walking distance.  Wi-Fi, fireplace, grill, game room with shuffleboard table, and each bedroom has its own private bathroom.  

Psst! Did you know there are otters in this water? Yep! Be on the lookout for those cutie pies!

See more cabins near Anakeesta and downtown Gatlinburg

3.) Pigeon River Cottage, Pigeon Forge
4BR  3BA, Sleeps 8   

Chalet on the River, front view, Pigoen Forge tn
Ducks swim in the river in Pigeon Forge, TN

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My family and I have personally rented a chalet in this neighborhood, and these are the cutest chalets in an excellent location, convenient to everything in Pigeon Forge, and about 15 minutes to Gatlinburg.  The river is so pretty and peaceful, with grassy areas all around and great roads with flat parking.

Also has hot tub, wifi, grill, video gaming, and covered parking area. If you bring your kayak, you can float down the river to the nearby Apple Barn.  Also, a great place to stay for Rod Runs and Car Shows.

4.) House on Douglas Lake, Douglas Lake, Sevierville
6BR  4BA, Sleeps 14   

House on Douglas Lake in Sevierville, TN, front view of rental
Lake view of Lake House for rent on Douglas Lake in Sevierville, TN

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Right on the lake, but still not too far from Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg.  2 Kayaks with life jackets for use with this house!  Ask about the Tritoon boat available for rental of 3 nights or more.


Themed bedrooms, fireplace, hot tub, grill, internet, firepit, game room with foosball table, video and other games.


5.) Mountainbrook Creekside, Gatlinburg
4BR  4BA, Sleeps 11

exterior view of a cabin rental on the creek in Gatlinburg Tennessee
exterior view of a cabin rental on the creek in Gatlinburg Tennessee

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Beautiful, secluded location on 6.5 wooded acres, yet just around the corner from the main drag, downtown Gatlinburg.  Experience wildlife on Dudley Creek, in the same historic area the original settlers of Gatlinburg walked years ago.

Walk to town or hop on a trolley. Cabin includes hot tub, gas fireplace, wifi, grill, game room with pool table, and wheelchair accessible with 2 bedrooms on the first level (see description for details).

See more wheelchair accessible cabins

6.) The Pioneer Trading Post, Douglas Lake, Sevierville
4BR  4BA, Sleeps 10  

Cabin on Douglas Lake, Sevierville, TN, exterior view and yard
Lake view from hot tub at Sevierville TN cabin rental on Douglas Lake

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Where to even start with this beautiful, vintage style cabin on Douglas Lake? You get the lake, the mountains, and a location just 15 minutes to attractions, but there is more.

Step back in time at this authentic log cabin on the lake, with tons of privacy.  Surround yourself with Appalachian history as you sleep under hand stitched quilts, enjoy the many antiques, and sit next the beautiful, authentic, Cherokee made, totem pole. Explore the trails on the property or try out a hammock.


But you will still have all the modern amenities. Includes wifi, hot tub, gas fireplace, security gate, firepit, grill, floating dock, boat launch. It is also wheelchair accessible & friendly.

See more wheelchair accessible cabins

8.) Wild 'N Free in Tennessee, Douglas Lake, Sevierville
3BR  3BA, Sleeps 12

Vacation rental on the water in Tennessee, front exterior view
Vacation rental on the water in Tennessee, Douglas Lake view

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Peaceful lake house, just 15-20 minutes from Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. 

Includes a basketball court!   Also, a hot tub, easy walking access to community outdoor swimming pool, grill, firepit, poker table, huge deck with lake view and Wi-Fi.

9.) Skipping Stone, Gatlinburg 
4BR  5BA, Sleeps 12  

Exterior view of Cabin on Creek for rent in gatlinburg tn
Cabin rental in Gatlinburg showing swim spa

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This 4200 sq. ft cabin is right on the Little Pigeon River, just outside Gatlinburg in the Glades/Arts & Crafts area, enjoy a swimming hole, tons of privacy, and use of fishing equipment and inner tubes that come with the cabin.

Large bedrooms with porches, great kid's game room with pool table, foosball and video games, fireplaces, wifi, grill, giant swim spa and more.

10.) Cabin on a Mountain Stream, Gatlinburg
2BR  2BA, Sleeps 4  

front exterior view of cabin rental in Gatlinburg on the water, mountain stream
Cabin on a mountain stream in Gatlinburg for rent, view of water

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Great little cabin within walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg. Or hop on the trolly as it passes right by!  This little gem sits right on Roaring Fork Stream, and wildlife abounds, as you relax on the back deck that overlooks it.

Includes seasonal gas fireplace, internet, step in shower, and a ramp to front door for easy access.

11.) Hooked on the River, Pigeon Forge
2BR  2BA, Sleeps 6

Cabin on the river in Pigeon Forge, TN, exterior view
River view with firepit and picnic table, Pigeon forge, tn

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Adorable cabin on the Little Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, convenient to everything! 

Hot tub, gas grill, firepit, outdoor night lighting and a hammock to relax in while you listen to the river flow.  Also enjoy a fireplace, wifi, video games and the cute ducks too.

12.) The Golden Bear, Douglas Lake, Sevierville
5BR  6BA, Sleeps 12   

Front view of lake front cabin in Sevierville, TN
chairs around a firepit at lake side, Douglas Lake, TN

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This pretty house on the lake is in a gated community with a club house and community pool.  Private boat dock (2 slips) with several boat launches nearby.

Lower entertainment area with pellet smoker, charcoal grill, cornhole, ping pong and picnic tables.  About 15 minutes from all the Pigeon Forge attractions, and about 30 minutes to the National Park.

Also includes, wifi, walk in shower with heated tile floors, game room with pool table, fireplace, grill, firepit and more.

Want More Cabins on the Water? I Got You Covered!

Crazy Amazing Lake Cabin - 4BR, 3BA, Sleeps 19 - This beautiful cabin on Douglas Lake lives up to its name. And is Pet Friendly!

Christine's Paradise - 4BR, 2BA, Sleeps 10 - This cabin is a 1 minute walk to the lake has great reviews!

Smoky Mountain Hideaway - 4BR, 3BA, Sleeps 10 - Firepit and decks, 1 Minute Walk to Douglas Lake!

Lake Front Lodge - 6BR, 4BA, Sleeps 14 - This beauty is in Dandridge has it's own dock, just outside Sevierville, but on the lake, and still convenient to all the Parkway attractions.

A Lake Escape - 2BR, 1BA, Sleeps 4 - This little pet friendly gem is a 5-minute walk to the lake and has a hot tub.

About the Waterways

Douglas Lake Overlook, Sevierville, Tennessee, Douglas Dam, wildlife display

Douglas Lake is a manmade lake just 15-20 minutes from the Sevierville and Pigeon Forge Parkways, in most cases.  It was created in 1943 and includes a dam (Douglas Dam) that helps control flooding and controls lake levels.  

Some parts of the Douglas shorelines are privately owned, but there are also many parts that are open to the public.  

Douglas Lake is known for its excellent freshwater fishing, and it ranks in the top 10 bass and top 5 crappie fishing lakes in the U.S.  You can also fish for many types of catfish, sauger, bluegill, walleye, red breast sunfish, and red horse.

You can rent a boat or bring your own, jet ski, water ski, pull floats, swim and many other fun water activities.  Many people like to stay at the campgrounds, and there are marinas and several supply stores surrounding the lake. 

The Little Pigeon River winds and runs throughout Sevier County, providing a refuge for the large variety of wildlife, as well as excellent fishing spots, especially for anglers.  There are many historic landmarks along the river, including The Old Mill, The Harrisburg Covered Bridge, and Locust Ridge just to name a few.

Roaring Fork Stream is a hearty mountain stream that flows into Gatlinburg from the Great Smoky Mountains and flows through the historic beginnings of Gatlinburg.  If you drive on The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, you will see why it is named as it is!  It is one of the most beautiful drives you can take in the Smoky Mountains, and filled with the history of the beginnings of Gatlinburg itself.

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