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Higher Ground

102 reviews

May 2024

Higher Ground

Location: Townsend TN
Accommodations: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath (Sleeps 6)

Come and enjoy this beautiful, rustic cabin where you can relax and enjoy nature. Tastefully decorated, Higher Ground looks like it stepped right out of Southern Living magazine. The country mountain décor gives you the feeling that you want in a mountain vacation home.

Higher Ground is a great place for 2 couples to getaway. With each bedroom having a king sized bed, everyone will be comfortable. Sink down in comfort and luxury in the Master bathroom with it's own whirlpool bathtub.  

Play Air Hockey in the loft or just sit in front of the gas fireplace for the evening.  

Conveniently located just outside of the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Only 10 minutes to Pigeon Forge and 20 minutes to fun filled Gatlinburg.
IMPORTANT: Out of respect for the holidays and our employees, we do NOT allow ANY check in or outs on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day

*3pm - there is NO check-in office, you go straight to the cabin

*10am - Please follow our check out guidelines.

*On During: October 1st - April 1st

Common Concerns:
*Road Conditions: Some of our cabins are on steep, narrow, curvy, mountain roads. If you are concerned about road conditions to get to a cabin, please feel free to ask us! None of our cabins require a 4 wheel drive under normal weather conditions but some do in inclement weather.
*TV & WiFi: We do have TV's and WiFi in most all of our cabins. There are times when heavy cloud cover, weather systems, mountains, or trees will cause problems with the signals. We always want our guests to have the comforts they want on vacation, but there are times we cannot control this problem.
*Pests & Wildlife: Here in the Smoky Mountains, we have lots of native bugs and wildlife. All of our cabins are treated for pests, but there are times you will find bugs or even have trouble with bugs. Please let us know if they are causing trouble, we will handle it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please never feed, taunt or approach any wildlife. This is their home and we are the visitors.

Cancellation Policy:
*$50 cancellation fee
*Before 30 days - you will get all of your money back (-$50)
*Within 30 days - whatever dates we can rebook, this is the amount that we will refund back (-$50). Example: if you had 5 nights & we rebooked 4 nights = you will be refunded 4 night+tax+cleaning fee

Availability and Online Booking

May 2024
June 2024



  • Area: Just outside National Park
  • Square Feet (1392)
  • # of Steps (1)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Grill - Charcoal
  • DVD player (2)
  • Hillside View
  • Jacuzzi bath
  • Non-Smoking
  • Secluded
  • Sofa Sleeper (1)
  • TV w/Xfinity Cable (1)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • VCR (2)
  • Mountain
  • Celing Fans (2)
  • Deck (1)
  • Microwave Oven
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Steep driveway
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Fireplace - gas (1)
  • Fire Pit
  • Air Hocky Table
  • Coffee Maker - Standard
  • Dryer/Washer
  • Heating
  • Smoke Detector


  • - 4/27/2024

    Higher Ground is perfect for anyone needing easy access into the cabin. There is only one short step up onto the porch, which worked great for my elderly Dad. This was our 2nd time staying and we love everything about it. Spacious, quiet, all the amenities like home, and close to Cade's Cove. Will definitely stay again!
  • - 4/4/2024

    The cabin was exactly as advertised. It was very clean. The cabin was in a great location, easy to find, and was quiet and peaceful. Will definitely use again.
  • - 4/1/2024

    Cabin was clean and well maintained and stocked. We enjoyed our stay very much!
  • - 3/18/2024

    We loved the cabin and the peaceful location. It was right in the middle of all the places that we wanted to go to.
  • - 3/10/2024

    We always have a great time at Higher Ground, it’s very peaceful and tranquil there.
  • - 11/12/2023

    We absolutely love this cabin!
  • - 11/9/2023

    From the beginning to end I had no problems with booking or communication. Check in and out was quick and simple. The cabin was fantastic and exactly as advertised. The cabin was clean and very cozy. I loved the location and the peaceful surroundings.
  • - 10/30/2023

    Cabin was clean and comfortable. We needed a cabin that had a bedroom downstairs. We enjoyed sitting on back in the swing, after a day full of outings. The cabin had everything we needed to cook. We Would recommend and love to return!!!!
  • - 10/22/2023

    Cabin was perfect. I only wish we could have stayed longer! Look forward to returning in the future! Very clean and quiet. Took a little practice to make it up the driveway.
  • - 9/29/2023

    We had a wonderful time at this beautiful cabin. We would love to come back.
  • - 9/17/2023

  • - 8/18/2023

    Very clean and comfortable and we saw bears outside on the driveway!!
  • - 7/21/2023

    Clean comfortable cabin.
  • - 7/16/2023

    Higher Ground was very nice and clean. We enjoyed our few days there and would book this cabin again in the future
  • - 6/23/2023

    Our stay was really nice and comfortable. We had a visitor one day (a bear) it was nice to see him. Plan to return next year.
  • - 6/17/2023

    Great location! We loved the king size beds. The porch swing was my favorite place to hang out! Very clean.
  • - 5/22/2023

    Beautiful. Clean
  • - 5/4/2023

    Wonderful stay, close to everything!
  • - 4/17/2023

    Absolutely beautiful cabin.
  • - 3/19/2023

    Great location and very clean
  • - 2/28/2023

    We loved our cabin. It fit 4 adults and 2 kids perfectly! Cathy & Keith were great to work with! We will definitely be back!
  • - 1/4/2023

    LOVED the cabin. It was quiet and very relaxing. I DID NOT like the steep driveway, but managed it ok.
  • - 10/31/2022

    Excellent cabin. Beautifully decorated. We enjoyed our stay. Will come again! Thank you!!
  • - 10/10/2022

    Higher Ground was just what we needed for a weekend getaway. It felt like we were at home. The cabin was so clean and inviting. The checkerboard and air hockey table were great for the kids. We will be back!
  • - 9/25/2022

    The cabin was beautiful and well stocked and maintained. No problems . Everything was great. Enjoyed our stay.
  • - 9/21/2022

    The cabin was very nice and spacious loved the wrap around deck and had a great kitchen we will definitely stay there again
  • - 9/9/2022

    This is the second time that we have stayed in Higher Ground and hope to stay again the next time we visit. The cabin has everything you could want for a wonderful stay. It is super clean, private yet centrally located in Wear Valley. Beautifully decorated, big porches to enjoy the mountain air. Thanks to the management staff for offering this clean beautiful cabin.
  • - 8/22/2022

    The cabin is beautiful. We have stayed in this cabin several times because it is so nice.
  • - 7/10/2022

    Nicest place we have found over the last 4 years.
  • - 6/25/2022

    Lovely cabin!
  • - 5/20/2022

    Very nice cabin. We enjoyed our stay and hope to be back.
  • - 4/14/2022

    The cabin was nice but a little dusty. It was in a great location. Our famiy had a wonderful time and would stay here again.
  • - 1/17/2022

    The cabin was great! We enjoyed our stay. It was very clean, well-stocked, and very comfortable!
  • - 9/18/2021

    Beautiful cabin, plenty of room for 2 couples. Loved sitting on the porch swing and rocking chairs on the deck after a long day hiking. Very steep driveway, but else was wonderful.
  • - 8/4/2021

    This is a super nice cabin and in a perfect place. It also has everything you need for your stay. We stayed 5 days and enjoyed every minute if it .Will be back soon.
  • - 8/1/2021

    Loved this cozy cabin! Only thing I would change is we would have loved a patio table on the deck to eat our meals at. Morning coffee on the porch swing listening to the birds is a great way to start the morning!
  • - 7/24/2021

    Great cabin. Clean and relaxing. I love the set up. The beds were comfortable. Perfect for my family.
  • - 7/10/2021

    Our stay was very enjoyable with many great amenities. Check-in and check-out processes we're super smooth. The kitchen was well-equipped. Cleanliness and upkeep were superb. Would be happy to stay here again.
  • - 7/10/2021

  • - 6/8/2021

    Great getaway spot to relax and enjoy nature. Didn't know how steep the climb was to the cabin, so we were a bit surprised. Directions are confusing because of the multiple wayfinding signs to "Ginseng Way".
    Management Response: Thank you for staying with us. The driveway is a little steep being in the mountains and all but very doable. We give step by step directions to the cabin and point out the Ginseng Way signs NOT to turn at so that you are getting to the cabin the quickest and easiest way.
  • - 6/3/2021

    We really liked the cabin. Worked very well for a family of 5 with 3 older girls. Spacious common area downstairs. The management responded quickly bringing a new replacement grill grate when I notified them that the grill grate was rusty.
  • - 5/21/2021

    Great location, well supplied the cabin with towels, kitchen equipment was great, air hockey, the provision of garbage bags was wonderful along with a number of other items such as the dishwasher soap provided, paper towels, and....
  • - 4/11/2021

    The cabin had plenty of space for us. The driveway is steep, but manageable in an SUV.
  • - 3/28/2021

    Very nice cabin
  • - 2/14/2021

    Wonderful cabin, thoroughly enjoyed the cabin and its amenities. Only other thing is I wish it would have had an outdoor jacuzzi.
  • - 2/11/2021

    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The cabin is clean, well equipped and very cozy. We enjoyed the fireplace, air hockey table and the jetted tub. We hope to come back in warmer weather to enjoy the porch. It was great as a couple’s weekend but it would also be great for a larger family or a few friends. It is close enough to the local amenities but also far enough away to not feel like you are on top of your neighbors. We hope to be back soon.
  • - 2/7/2021

    Beautiful cabin!
  • - 1/10/2021

    The absolute cleanest cabin we’ve ever stayed in!!!! It’s was homey & just the best ever!!!
  • - 11/14/2020

    We had a great time and the accommodations were lovely.
  • - 11/7/2020

    Once again, Smokey Cabins gains a FIVE STAR rating. Such a beautiful cabin fully appointed with everything you need. The have a coffeemaker and a K Cup maker. The owner even stocked the house with hot chocolate, peppermints and marshmallows. We loved sitting on the back porch swing! They even had two recliners, one for each of us. Don't miss the little area in Wears Valley complete with a winery, cafe and great General Store. We picked up some great Christmas gifts! Great restaurants and even an IGA nearby. Get out and enjoy a country drive or hike. So many gorgeous areas. Only negative is the steep drive from the main road to the cabin. Just take it easy and you'll be fine.
  • - 10/26/2020

    Went on a mini getaway with the wife for the weekend. The cabin was great very clean and just as described. Would highly recommend for anybody looking to stay in the future
  • - 10/12/2020

    We loved the cabin. It was very clean, comfortable and decorated beautifully! We love the Pigeon Forge area and will definitely use your rental service again.
  • - 9/22/2020

    We stayed at Higher Ground for about a week and found it so comfortable and clean! Very homey feeling and loved the detail to the decorating for fall. Beds were very comfortable too which was very important to us. Would stay there again for sure.
  • - 8/13/2020

    Very nice cabin! We enjoyed our stay at Higher Ground. The decor is splendid, and we had fun playing checkers and air hockey in the game area. There is not much of a view due to foliage, but we enjoyed sitting on the porch swing and watching the squirrel who had made his home in a nearby tree. The drive is extremely steep, but the parking is adequate once you get up there. The only issue we had was that the shower door in the upstairs bathroom would not close. We notified management, but told them we could manage if they wanted to wait until we left to fix it. Hopefully they took care of that issue. I would definitely book this cabin again. Make sure to eat breakfast at Hillbilly's Restaurant if you are in this area!
  • - 8/12/2020

    Very clean, very comfortable!
  • - 8/3/2020

    Cabin was beautifully kept and decorated! Very peaceful location, wonderfully spacious, and close to several avenues of amenities and entertainment! Will definately recommend and will stay again!
  • - 7/24/2020

    What an absolutely awesome cabin! I don't want to tell you how great it is because it will be more difficult to get. It is so well maintained, comfortable, and inviting. It has everything you need for an awesome week. My girls and I spent every evening sitting on the back deck playing cards and sharing a bottle of wine from a local winery. You can't go wrong with Higher Ground.
  • - 7/13/2020

    The cabin was excellent and very nice. Would definitely stay in the cabin again! Love the area as it is the same place where we just sold our cabin.
  • - 6/29/2020

    Wonder cabin in a nice location. Clean with all the necessary creature comforts.
  • - 6/22/2020

    Very beautiful and beautiful cabin
  • - 6/21/2020

    We loved our visit! We will be back.
  • - 6/14/2020

    The Higher Ground cabin is absolutely stunning! My husband and I felt at home, so much so, that we want to come back and stay with Smoky Cabins each year. Each aspect of Higher Ground was beautiful, we enjoyed our time at the cabin when we weren’t out exploring the area.
  • - 5/29/2020

    We have been renting from Smoky Cabins about 10 years. We love all of the cabins we have stayed in. But Highter Ground is awesome awesome. It is our favorite by far. We also love how it is decorated. 2nd time staying in this cabin. Next year we will make it a 3rd time. Thank you for allowing us to rent your beautiful cabin for our 16th wedding anniversary. God Bless.
  • - 5/26/2020

    Higher Ground is an excellent place to go to get away from it all! The cabin was perfect: cozy, beautifully decorated, very well stocked and so inviting! We had a fabulous vacation. Thank you for a great visit!
  • - 5/8/2020

    This was our second stay at this cabin. We always book thru you all and are always satisfiedwith our stay.
  • - 3/22/2020

    It was a beautiful cabin, excellent location to everything, including the park. Well supplied with everything you need to have a great stay.
  • - 2/17/2020

  • - 1/7/2020

    We enjoyed our stay here. The location was nice. Around 30 min to Dollywood 20 minutes to pigeon forge. The cabin was nicely decorated and clean but could use updates on a few items. Overall a very nice stay.
  • - 11/2/2019

    Great Cabin, Very clean and comfortable.
  • - 10/25/2019

    A beautiful cabin in the peaceful Wears Valley area.
  • - 10/16/2019

    This was our second stay in the mountains and this was just as wonderful as the first including thee bears that welcomed us home one day !! Please thank the owners for providing such a wonderful place for us to stay.
  • - 8/19/2019

    It was a delightful, cozy, and comfortable cabin that was so close to all the various activities the area has to offer. We enjoyed sitting out on the porch both morning and evening. We would definitely choose this cabin for future return trips!
  • - 7/21/2019

    We immensely enjoyed this cabin. It was perfect for our family of 6. We had plenty of blankets, towels and a well stocked kitchen. The kids enjoyed the air hockey table. I enjoyed running in the quiet neighborhood. The handbook was so helpful for quick references! We were also thankful for all the dressers as we were able to unpack fully for our 7 day stay!
  • - 7/16/2019

    We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cabin. All the comforts of home. Loved the electric recliner. Be aware the driveway is STEEP, and if you have a car low to the ground it will drag if you are not careful. But don't let that stop you from staying here.
  • - 7/3/2019

    We love it! We will be back!!!
  • - 6/23/2019

    The cabin is beautiful, well stocked, clean, and well maintained. Thank you.
  • - 6/16/2019

    Beautiful Cabin - felt like home. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back.
  • - 6/7/2019

    Higher Ground was absolutely amazing.. we enjoyed our stay and most definitely be booking it again when we visit..
  • - 4/4/2019

    Lovely home with beautiful views
  • - 3/17/2019

    The cabin was easy to find and in a nice location. The cabin is beautiful. We enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon.
  • - 2/18/2019

    Easy reservation and check in/out process. Directions to cabin we're easy to follow. The cabin was great. The owners certainly added that extra touch.
  • - 1/20/2019

    Gorgeous cabin.... extremley clean... and location was great. whirlpool wld have been nice but not enuf hot water to fill it up ... (disappointing) Needs a HOT TUB..
  • - 1/16/2019

    The cabin was beautifully decorated and very clean. It had everything anyone could need. Will definitely be staying again. Absolutely loved it!
  • - 1/9/2019

    Terrific cabin. Clean, comfortable, with a great interior layout. Good privacy. Good proximity to all the stuff that portion of Tennessee has to offer. Great staff if you need assistance.
  • - 12/28/2018

    Beautifully decorated and super comfortable. Our daughters will remember spending Christmas here forever! We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely come back soon!
  • - 12/17/2018

    Awesome cabin, great decide n very nice accommodations. Definitely will stay there again
  • - 10/18/2018

    The cabin is in a nice area. It was very comfortable and everything we needed was right in the cabin. Very enjoyable stay.
  • - 9/24/2018

    This was our 3rd or 4th time staying in the Higher Ground Cabin, it is the nicest cabin we have ever rented in the Smokies.
  • - 9/17/2018

    Very nice cabin
  • - 9/4/2018

    It was great!! We really enjoyed it so much!! Thank you for letting us stay in your cabin!
  • - 8/11/2018

    Very nice and clean cabin we really loved are stay. cabin was fully stocked with everything you needed we will stay again.
  • - 7/20/2018

    Very charming cabin! We were very surprised how updated, clean and beautifully decorated it was! Would definitely recommend it to others. We read about the steep drive ahead of our visit so we were prepared but still the first time up was a bit nervous. Would love to stay again!
  • - 7/10/2018

    The higher ground cabin was perfect for our family. More than enough room for all of us, full kitchen & beautifully tucked away in the mountains. If you’re looking to ‘unplug’ this is perfect. We will definitely stay again.
  • - 5/21/2018

    Very nice and clean cabin. We enjoyed our stay. It was very peaceful . Had everything thing you need. Will be renting again
  • - 5/19/2018

    At this point I’ve lost count on how many times we’ve stayed with you but this was another great time. Cabin was fantastic. The only thing missing is a hot tub. See you again in September.
  • - 5/11/2018

    The cabin was awesome and beautifully decorated. We were very impressed. We usually try to stay in a different cabin each year. I believe we have been staying with Smoky Cabins for about 10 years. But my husband said he wouldn't mind staying in this cabin again. Wasn't too keen on the steep driveway, but the cabin made up for it. Have a great day.
  • - 2/15/2018

    Lovely cabin. Very neat and clean. Well decorated and very comfortable. Driveway is steep, but manageable without snow or ice. We loved it and we will return.
  • - 12/28/2017

    The pictures do not do this cabin justice! It’s very beautiful,cozy,clean,comfortable,easy access to everything and everywhere ❤️
  • - 12/26/2017

    We enjoyed our stay.
  • - 12/24/2017

    The cabin was very clean. Loved the downstairs decor a lot; very cozy and just what you'd expect in a mountain cabin. The upstairs could use updating, but it was very clean and comfortable.
  • - 12/3/2017

    Very quiet, cozy, and beautiful cabin! We loved our stay here!
  • - 11/18/2017

    We had a great stay. No problems whatsoever. We had everything we needed.

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