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April 2024

River Bend

Location: Townsend TN
Accommodations: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

"River Bend" is a cozy, romantic studio cabin located on Little River in Townsend, TN. Known as "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies," Townsend sits next to the national park and is only minutes away from Cades Cove, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

This studio cabin has everything in one room. In one corner there is a fully equipped kitchen (minus dishwasher) and dining set. The living room with a gas fireplace & cable TV sits in another corner. The whirlpool bath is in one corner with the comfy king size bed. The other corner is the private bathroom.

The back deck features a private hot tub and BBQ grill.

This cabin is located on an easily accessible, quiet circle and sits right next to Little River giving you waterfront property that is 2nd to none. From the back deck of the cabin, you can see the river and hear it rushing by. There is river access at a common space about 50 yards down. Right from the common area of the property, you can fish, swim or go tubing.

There are so many things to do in Townsend and the national park including hiking, tubing, biking, fishing, browsing the various shops, visiting Cades Cove, picnicking, swimming, visiting the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and attending the various festivals/shows. After a busy day of sightseeing, you'll love returning to the warmth and comfort of "River Bend" and relaxing on the back porch overlooking Little River. There is also a bonfire pit for your enjoyment.

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

April 2024
May 2024



  • Pet Friendly
  • Area: Just outside National Park
  • Square Feet (480)
  • # of Steps (3)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Grill - Charcoal
  • DVD player (1)
  • Hot Tub
  • Non-Smoking
  • TV w/Xfinity Cable (1)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mountain
  • Celing Fans (1)
  • Deck (1)
  • Microwave Oven
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Fireplace - gas (1)
  • Fire Pit
  • Motorcycle Friendly
  • Coffee Maker - Standard
  • Waterfront
  • Heating
  • Smoke Detector


  • - 4/3/2024

    Really enjoyed our stay at River Bend:) Loved sitting out on the deck listening to the sounds of the river. Cabin was private and cozy.
  • - 3/2/2024

    This cabin is the perfect size for a couple. It has everything needed to be comfortable. The bed is comfy, the heater works great and the fireplace is nice. The only thing is the shower is very small.
  • - 2/19/2024

    We loved the location and the view from the cabin.
  • - 12/26/2023

    The cabin was cozy and very homey feeling. Everything was clean when we arrived, and we really enjoyed this as our honeymoon/christmas trip. Definitely recommend staying in the Riverbend Cabin.
  • - 12/14/2023

    No disappointments from the expectations from the brochure. In addition to the hot tub, it had a fire table out on the deck as well as a gas grill. Great view of the river. We had a great time.
  • - 11/7/2023

    Such a cozy place we absolutely love every minute we were there. Hot Tub was awesome. Fireplace with gas logs was perfect setting! We will be back!
  • - 11/3/2023

    Very nice cabin and had exactly what we needed. A great location for us.
  • - 10/22/2023

    We enjoyed our stay! Everything was just as described. Would definitely stay in the future.
  • - 9/11/2023

    The shower was a bit cramped, but we made it work for us. We loved everything else about the place. The hot tub was fabulous, and the cabin was clean. The location was perfect! We would stay there again.
  • - 9/5/2023

    Everything was great with the cabin. The only thing was it was a little deceptive about the steps leading down to the river. It was about 100-150 yds.
  • - 7/3/2023

    Nice cabin in a great location. We really enjoyed ourselves. Fishing was good on the river! We’ll be back.
  • - 6/28/2023

    We enjoyed the cabin very much even though it rained most of the time we were there. It is a beautiful and peaceful place.
  • - 6/19/2023

    We had a great weekend at River Bend. Had everything we needed
  • - 5/19/2023

    All very very good, will be back
  • - 3/2/2023

    We had a nice stay. Cozy little cabin. Nice to hear the river. If you want seclusion this is not it, there are several cabins all around. Staying at this time of year is quiet though.
  • - 2/17/2023

    Very nice, cozy little cabin. Loved sitting out on the deck overlooking the river. The hot tub was great as was the fireplace.
  • - 2/12/2023

    Great location, nice fireplace & wonderful deck to sit & listen to stream. Also very comfortable bed.
  • - 1/22/2023

    What an Incredible experience , the cabin was magnificent and super comfortable. The staff was very responsive and we were blown away by how perfect our trip went. We have already decided to come back every year to relive this great vacation
  • - 12/18/2022

    Really nice and quite place.
  • - 12/14/2022

    Great stay in a very cozy cabin. They had everything we needed and it was just perfect.
  • - 11/20/2022

    Had an absolute amazing time! This cabin was the perfect weekend getaway. Very clean, organized, and cozy! The hot tub was so easy to use and kitchen was stocked with coffee maker, filters, pans, bowls, etc! Will definitely be staying here again.
  • - 11/3/2022

    Love it. Need a little more to sit on and back door won't open completely but other than that...great place. Will hopefully be back next year
  • - 10/28/2022

    Very nice. Very clean. Information in folder helped. We had a great stay. Loved the tub and hot tub. A great way to celebrate our 35th anniversary
  • - 10/13/2022

    We loved it and hope to be back next year!
  • - 9/23/2022

    Enjoyed my stay! Will book again on my next trip to East Tennessee.
  • - 9/14/2022

    Nice cabin with a wonderful deck that overlooks the river and the KOA camp across the way. Fun to watch people from about 20 feet up.
  • - 9/11/2022

    We love the cabin Riverbend and would like to think we’ll be back for a third visit sometime.
  • - 7/30/2022

    Excellent everything. Thank y’all. Very relaxing.
  • - 7/25/2022

    The cabin was very clean comfortable and a great place to relax and enjoy listening to the river rolling by. It is a convenient location to Cades Cove and river tubing and restaurant dining in Townsend. My wife has always wanted to stay in a cabin by a river and she got her wish for our 44th anniversary.
  • - 7/6/2022

    Excellent everything. Thank y’all. Very relaxing.
  • - 6/23/2022

    We absolutely loved staying here. It made our honeymoon extra special.
  • - 6/15/2022

    Great location.
  • - 5/17/2022

    We loved our stay. The cabin is super cute and perfect for 2. Beautiful location on the river!
  • - 5/13/2022

    Everything was perfect! Cabin was just what we needed and the back deck was great to sit on and relax.
  • - 5/3/2022

    Everything was wonderful. Cabin was very clean when we arrived. The cabin is very charming and relaxing. The bed was very comfortable. Had a great time! We would highly recommend this cabin.
  • - 4/10/2022

    Was a awesome time. The cabin was very clean. Was so peaceful and the dogwood tree in the front was bloomed which made awesome pictures. The back deck was perfect to sit and listen tothe water and the fire pit on it was great. Would stay again and again.
  • - 3/21/2022

    We enjoy staying in the cabins offered. River Bend cabin was a little closer to the RV parks than expected and the noise carried over to the patio area, making it not so peaceful to enjoy the river sounds. Future rentals we will stick to cabins away from the RV parks.
  • - 3/1/2022

    Amazing little cabin for the two of us to enjoy our honeymoon. Loved the Hot tub with the river sounds in the background. Very cozy experience.
  • - 12/31/2021

    This little cabin is amazing… I loved sitting on the deck drinking my coffee in the mornings. We’re already planning our next trip here.
  • - 12/14/2021

    We really loved the cabin. It was the perfect size for 2 of us for a few nights. We loved having both of the tubs, and having a larger than hotel sized refrigerator. The bathroom door never closed properly though, and I could definitely feel the bumps in the floor, but I didn’t consider them a safety hazard. We loved having the smart TV so we could cast some movies. Overall, we would come back if we came back to the area.
  • - 11/20/2021

    Beautiful cottage - great location. Great outdoor deck and firepit. Cozy and impeccably clean with everything we needed. A perfecy stay.
  • - 11/6/2021

    the cabin was very clean,had everything we needed and was very comfortable.We didn't use the hot tub or firepit but I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy them.
  • - 10/17/2021

    very enjoyable
  • - 10/10/2021

    Very nice
  • - 9/19/2021

    Cute and homey cabin with beautiful surroundings. Love being close to the river. The deck is great, and loved the outdoor hot tub.
  • - 8/18/2021

    Enjoyed my time at this sweet cabin! The porch and the deck were favorite hang out spots. Perfect for a quick get away.
  • - 8/12/2021

    Very nice stay. Cabin was the perfect couples getaway.
  • - 8/10/2021

    Loved the River Bend cabin. Stayed 4 nights, August 2020. Highly recommend. Charming woodsy romantic cabin overlooking the Little River, Townsend, TN. Great for watching the tubers tube by during the day. Sunlight through the trees, sparkling on the water, is truly delightful. Beautiful trees. Loved listening to the river every morning and evening. Very peaceful. Quaint. Sweet cabin for two to enjoy. Has everything you want and need. Comfy bed. Kitchen equipped, has everything you need to cook, bake. Garden tub. Hot tub. Fire pit. Charcoal grill. Ice cold AC for summer visitors. I'm from Florida, so cold AC is a must!. TV. The fridge a little dated, but is cold. Even the bathroom is cute! Coming back again, soon, end of August 2021 soon! Staying at another Smoky Cabins rental. Staying at the Laurelwood cabin this time. Something a little bigger, different. Pool access included. Will miss being on the river though, I think. Will see. All the Smoky Cabins look inviting, one cabin even has a pool table. Each unique, special. Management is very receptive, prompt, courteous and accommodating. Grade: A+ and 5 ***** STARS! Thank you! BB
  • - 7/21/2021

    Wonderful 3 day stay at this cabin. Perfectly situated for quick entrance into Smokey Mountains National Park. Very well appointed and comfortable. Deck with the firepit was great for hanging out in the evenings. Management was quick to respond to the one issue we had with the grill. Highly recommended. We will come back again. Wonderful 40th anniversary weekend.
  • - 7/15/2021

    Cabin is great! We had an awesome time! The only negatives I can see is there is no dishwasher, no washer and dryer and the shower is really, really small. Overall a great experience though!
  • - 6/11/2021

    Cabin was great. Clean and comfortable. Beautiful river view.
  • - 6/8/2021

    We had a wonderful honeymoon at this quaint little cabin! Great deck overlooking the river with a fire pit, gas grill and hot tub (super clean) what is not to love oh and it gets better with a huge tv that you can watch from the couch or the amazing comfortable bed! Huge jetted tub inside (also super clean) & cozy kitchen with everything you need should you want to cook! Everything thing is quality from the dishes and cookware to the amazing thick comfy towels! Thank you Keith & Cathy for a wonderful stay! We will be back!
  • - 5/10/2021

    The quaint cabin was smaller than expected but we loved sitting on the deck enjoying the surroundings and the sound of the water below us. The cabin had everything we needed and for the most part was clean. The shower was way to small for my husband who is 6'4" and weighs about 220 so we'll probably not rent this one again because of the shower size.
  • - 5/4/2021

    We loved everything about Riverbend. The cabin was beautifully decorated and really felt like home. It was so quiet, at night, the only sounds you heard were the rushing water of the river, and a whippoorwill who decided to sing for us.
  • - 4/4/2021

    Amazing. Exactly as expected. Fantastic views. Cozy & so comfortable. Will be calling to book again!
  • - 2/20/2021

  • - 2/14/2021

    For those selecting a Booking with this Company, the Hugs n Snuggles begin the moment you cross the threshold of this Cute Cottage ! Impeccably neat and filled with all the necessary amenities , this place is positioned to be your launching pad to the many attractions in the immediate area . Close to Cades Cove , Gatlinberg and Pigeon Forge , your return from a day of activity sets you on the spacious back porch overlooking the Little River with its soothing sounds . After a stint in the Hot Tub you can then recline in comfort to read , watch Tv or lay in comfort to recharge for another day of adventure . Thank You to the management of Smoky Cabins for the “ Issues Free “ stay we experienced. Upon our return to the Alabama Gulf Coast we are already looking to rebook for the Fall Season !!! We hope you to will Book a Reservation with Smoky Cabins , soon !
  • - 1/21/2021

    Enjoyed our stay at River Bend. Loved seeing the note we left in 2017.
  • - 12/31/2020

    The cabin is a very nice cabin. The location was perfect for us. The Christmas snow made ut that much more special. I will be booking this cabin again.
  • - 12/13/2020

    Super cozy! Close to everything (trails, attractions, winery's)!
  • - 11/15/2020

    Great experience! The cabin was cozy and clean, beautiful view of the river. We had a wonderful stay!
  • - 10/17/2020

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your cabin. It was perfect for us and we like the quieter side. Did not want to be in the hustle and bustle of town.
  • - 9/27/2020

    We loved our stay at the cabin! Perfect for a romantic getaway!
  • - 8/20/2020

    Nice little cabin. The outside needs a little TLC but the inside is spotless and cozy. The only thing is the pictures show stairs leading to the water but they are really 2 houses down. Not a big deal but we had to hunt for them.
  • - 8/16/2020

    Nice cabin with wonderful spacious deck overlooking river! We appreciated the cleanliness and amenities provided.
  • - 8/4/2020

    Loved the cabin! Perfect for a couple! We will be back!
  • - 7/15/2020

    So far the 3 cabins we have stayed in over the years have been very clean and well equipped. We have had no problems with this company. They were fantastic to work with in our rescheduling due to covid shutdowns.
  • - 6/29/2020

    We abosutely loved our stay at River Bend! It was a beautiful cabin right on the river and easy access down to the water. It had everything we needed and was absolutely perfect for a romantic vacation! We hope to stay here again in the future!
  • - 6/20/2020

    Perfect little romantic cabin. It is absolutely beautiful and the perfect place to spend out 17th wedding anniversary
  • - 6/14/2020

    The cabin was exceptionally clean. The river made for an excellent location. We will be back!
  • - 6/11/2020

    I absolutely loved this cabin, it’s location and the company in charge of renting it to me. I am a customer for life if the customer service and cleanliness of the cabins are at this level for all of them. One happy customer already scheduling other trip because of this experience.
  • - 5/11/2020

    Had a great time👍 the river & cabin were beautiful. Scenery was awsome. Rode horses at Next to Heaven Stables on north 321, north of Townsend. Wonderful vacation & experiences
  • - 3/29/2020

    We loved this little cabin. Had an issue, and they sent someone right out. Very friendly. We will stay again!
  • - 2/24/2020

    Excellent we will be back.
  • - 1/26/2020

    Great little spot for a getaway for two.
  • - 12/8/2019

    My wife and I spent our 22nd anniversary here. It was awesome. We stayed 3 nights, no other guests in the other cabins so it was super quiet. The cabin had everything we needed. We plan to return.
  • - 11/11/2019

    Very clean cabin, nice scenic location.
  • - 10/25/2019

    Beautiful cabin with a wonderful view of Little River from the back deck. Lots of wildlife, including chipmunks and a river otter playing on the boulders right below us. There is no river access at the cabin, just an at-your-own-risk steep path below the deck that is impassible for the last 15 feet so we didn’t risk it because we forgot our rappelling gear ;). We walked down to Little Arrow campground to access the riverfront and do some exploring. Loved having the fire pit going every night and relaxing in the hot tub. Having rocking chairs would have made it spectacular but we will bring some folding ones next time. The KOA was mostly quiet and not a bother at all. The cabin was the perfect size for the two of us for a week. The floor had a lot of character, lol. If you plan to stay in the fall or winter, bring a couple of throw blankets to snuggle under on the couch or deck. The kitchen was nicely stocked with dishes, even had some salt/pepper, sugar, syrup, and coffee filters. We bought firewood in town and found plenty of twigs lying around. The tree in front of the cabin has a large fat lighter limb joint (nature’s kerosene) left laying there from a recent trimming. I used a few chips from that to start fires in the fire pit. The cabins around us were empty most of the week and it was very peaceful. We hiked 15 miles of trails in the park during our 6-day stay here - beautiful country!
    Management Response: Thank you guys for staying with us at River Bend. There is a common area to the right of the cabin where you can directly access the river. It is only about 75 yards away. Thank you for leaving your thoughts on your experience. We love hearing about our guests stay!
  • - 8/5/2019

    Cabin was spotless,well equipped with everything we needed..location was great
  • - 7/15/2019

    The best vacation ever! It was so beautiful and peaceful that we didn't want to leave. We couldn't have picked a better place to spend our honeymoon!
  • - 6/10/2019

    Great property! Beautiful view of river. Very cozy!
  • - 5/27/2019

    This was a great little cabin -- spotlessly clean, incredibly cozy, and with everything I needed and wanted. The management has really listened to earlier reviews -- there's now a great parking area out front. I enjoyed the outdoor hot tub, indoor jacuzzi, and fire pit, but mostly just spent my time sitting on the back deck listening to the river (and yes, you can hear campers across the river and folks tubing, but it's not overly loud, and the trees give great privacy). I had one maintenance issue but the managers were proactive in contacting me, and I appreciate that they're readily available for anything you need. I look forward to coming back here again someday!
  • - 5/26/2019

    Great cabin. Very clean.
  • - 5/19/2019

    Wow what a fantastic cabin, great quiet location. The cabin is beautiful, beautifully furnished, plenty of utensils to enable self catering. Really good internet,. Wee didn’t need to use the fire but it looked great and of course a good looking hot tub. River view was stunning, supermarkets and restaurants within a 10 minute drive, everything you could need. One small improvement would be to include a set of drawers for clothes for those of us staying for longer periods. We would definitely return.
  • - 4/5/2019

    What a great place to relax and get some much needed rest , we loved the deck over looking the river , this cabin was was like our home away from home , we will be coming back soon!
  • - 4/4/2019

    Fantastic as always.
  • - 2/11/2019

    Nice cozy cabin for two. High view of the river and a nice back deck and hot tub.our suggestion to make this a 5 star stay would be to have a little place (closet or chest) to unpack your suitcases. Huge tv and nice gas fireplace.
  • - 2/5/2019

    So easy to book, get instructions, and directions. Cabin was WONDERFUL!
  • - 12/29/2018

    Great little cabin. We had a wonderful time. The cabin was very clean and efficient. Everything was just right for a two person getaway. We really enjoyed sitting by the fire of a evening and listening to the river just below us. It rained one night that we were there, and it was so relaxing to listen to it on the metal roof. Cathy Moore was very pleasant and easy to work with. I would highly recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a few days of relaxation.
  • - 12/16/2018

    The cabin was beautiful and very warm and welcoming! The hot tub was great for relaxing at the end of the day, and the sound of the river was an added bonus.
  • - 12/10/2018

    We absolutely LOVED our stay with you all and are already planning our next trip! The cabin was spotless and everything was set up for us perfectly. Thank you so much for an amazing experience!
  • - 11/20/2018

    Cute cabin. Great view by the river on the back deck.
  • - 11/5/2018

    Awesome little cabin. Just what we was looking for. We had no phone service much while we was there so that was even better. Didnt get to use hot tub when was planned due to rain but didn't find the switch to turn it on nor for the tub inside. I did not want to leave. Awesome outdoor area.
  • - 11/4/2018

    Loved this cabin! Perfect getaway for 2. Hopefully we can return soon.
  • - 10/21/2018

    Romantic cabin, off the beaten path but close enough to Gatlingberg, Cherokee, Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove. Beautiful cabin enjoyed our stay, it was everything we could possibly want for a mountain getaway. Highly recommend it and we would book this cabin again, thank you.
  • - 10/16/2018

    This was a cozy welcoming cabin, perfect for 2!!! We had everything we needed and enjoyed a relaxing week in Townsend!
  • - 9/30/2018

    We loved this cabin and it's location. Our only complaint was the door was hard to open. No big deal. It rained every day we there so we understand. We will definitely be back
  • - 9/5/2018

    We absolutely loved our stay here at this cabin. It was the perfect size for the 2 of us, and had everything we could have wanted. The deck overlooking the river was a huge bonus and we spent a lot of evenings and mornings just watching the river. We didn't even mind the campground across the river -- another reviewer mentioned it but we are campers ourselves so we didn't mind at all. Even the people on tubes weren't a bother -- most were just having fun, not out to make noise or cause any problems. The only issue we had with this quaint little cabin was the driveway, or lack thereof. It rained every afternoon while we were there and by the time we left to head home, there was a huge puddle of mud across the whole yard. There was no way around it. A little gravel would go a long way to making this a 5 star review! Oh, and some better back deck patio furniture would be nice, but we really enjoyed the cabin regardless!
    Management Response: We are having some gravel delivered soon and will look at the patio furniture.
  • - 7/1/2018

    Very nice cabin very relaxing . we are definitely coming back!
  • - 6/10/2018

    Great cabin! Nice and peaceful.
  • - 6/7/2018

    Perfect romantic getaway! This beautiful cozy cabin was our home away from home for a couple of nights. The cabin was super clean and the area was very peaceful. We WILL be making a return visit in the future!
  • - 5/24/2018

    A wonderful stay - we enjoyed the cabin very much!
  • - 5/20/2018

    The cabin was great. We enjoyed our stay, very peaceful and relaxing.
  • - 3/5/2018

    Great experience.
  • - 1/2/2018

    Thank you so much for a lovely stay! We loved the fireplaces and cabin location - cabin was well supplied and we hope to return another time!
  • - 11/14/2017

    It was a very good cabin for two people. Very comfortable, in quiet location away from the crowd but with good WIFI and cable to keep in touch.
  • - 11/6/2017

    It was a lovely cabin in a beautiful setting. I couldn't fill out the guestbook bc I broke my wrist the day before I arrive. I would recommend this cabin. Absolutely loved it.
    Management Response: Thank you so much for staying with us Patsy. We hope that your wrist heals quickly!!
  • - 11/4/2017

    Wonderful place to stay. To make many memories around the fire pit. Enjoying the quality time.
    Management Response: Thank you Poole Family!! Please come back next year!

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