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River Dreaming

65 reviews

December 2023

River Dreaming

Location: Townsend TN
Accommodations: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

"River Dreaming" is a rustic but comfy family cabin located within walking distance to 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.

On the first floor, you will find a small but well equipped kitchen with eat-in dining. The coffee maker is a Keurig so bring your pods for a fresh cup of Java. The living room is comfy with a couple of loveseats, a rocker and a wood burning fireplace. The full bathroom is on the main floor as well.

Upstairs you will find two spacious bedrooms. Each bedroom has a queen size bed and other furnishings. Each bedroom has a TV for late night watching or movies for the kids.

This cabin is located on an easily accessible, quiet circle and sits about 100 yards from the river frontage. The cabin is about 100 yards from the river sitting on property with joint property river access. Right from the adjacent property, you can fish, swim or go tubing. The outdoor screened in porch is very large and has multiple chairs and a table for outdoor dining. There is also a really nice firepit for those cool evenings making smore's and memories with your loved ones.

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 Dreaming" and relaxing on the front porch or sitting around the bonfire.


PETS MUST BE APPROVED BY MANAGEMENT PRIOR TO RESERVATION. We reserve the right to refuse any pet at any time. We would like for you and your family (including the four legged members) to have the best vacation ever and appreciate your willingness to abide by these guidelines.

*We only accept dogs, no cats allowed. We only accept 2 pets per reservation.
*We charge a $70.00 per pet fee which is not refundable.
*Your dog must be on a flea maintenance program. (Like Frontline, Advantage, etc.)
*Your dog must be crated while left in the cabin alone.
*Your dog must not get on our furniture. If we find pet hair on our furniture upon your departure, you will be charged $10.00 per each quilt/comforter/sofa that must be cleaned to remove dog hair.
*If your dog damages our vacation home in any way, ie, urine on the carpet/floor, chewed furniture/walls/doors or molding, you will be held responsible for the damage repair costs.
*Your dog must be leashed when on the outside of the cabin. This is for the safety of your dog as there may be other animals in the area that could harm your beloved pet.

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

December 2023
January 2024



  • Pet Friendly
  • Area: Just outside National Park
  • Square Feet (702)
  • # of Steps (3)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Grill - Charcoal
  • DVD player (1)
  • Fireplace - wood
  • Non-Smoking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mountain
  • Deck (2)
  • Microwave Oven
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Outdoor Dining table
  • Fire Pit
  • Motorcycle Friendly
  • Coffee Maker - Keurig
  • Heating
  • TV w/ YouTube TV
  • Smoke Detector


  • - 9/17/2023

    Great location near the National Park restaurants and all amenities but hidden from everything. We will always stay at that location
  • - 7/5/2023

    Loved “River Dreaming”. It was very close to the entrance to Cades Cove, which was the major reason for our visit to Townsend and the Great Smokey Mountains. We absolutely loved the screened in front porch, the rockers, and the two large swing beds. The ceiling fans, lights, and table were also great to have on the front porch. The AC in the house was nice to come home to after a day of riding bikes and hiking, although we spent most of our time on the porch. We enjoyed our stay!
  • - 5/23/2023

    Great cabin in relaxing setting. One of the most comfortable and well equipped cabins we have stayed at and it is right outside the entrance to the park. We enjoyed watching the horses in the field behind the cabin in the morning and the fireflies at night. I had to work one of the days of our trip so the high speed wifi was an unexpected bonus.
  • - 5/2/2023

    Lovely cozy quiet location. Cabin had everything needed for our stay. We brought our clothes and food. The friendly pair of horses that visited out back were an added treat. We’ll be back.
  • - 2/26/2023

    Very nice little cabin. Clean and peaceful. Pictures lead you to believe it s located on the river ,which it is not, but it is only a short walk away.
    Management Response: Pictures and description specifically say that it is a short walk to the river.
  • - 2/19/2023

    Great last minute trip for the weekend led us to this cabin. Perfect for a quick getaway!
  • - 11/2/2022

    The cabin was good but the pictures made it look like it was next to the River. This was disappointing.
  • - 9/23/2022

    We loved the cabin! It was clean, has a great setup and was very comfortable. I wish I lived closer so I could stay there more often! Townsend is a great launching spot for the Smokies.
  • - 9/12/2022

    Wonderful cabin! It was very clean and the screened in porch was perfect! We will definitely return
  • - 7/6/2022

    It was very peaceful and relaxing.
  • - 6/26/2022

    We loved everything! Clean, cute, great location. We will be back.
  • - 6/25/2022

    Always love staying here. The accommodations are wonderful, and we found that there were even more supplies added to the amenities this time around, which made things even more convenient! This is our "go to place to stay" anytime the Smoky Mountains is our vacation destination.
  • - 5/6/2022

    Great cabin.
  • - 4/29/2022

    Great place with lots of instructions that were clear.
  • - 2/21/2022

    Would highly recommend. Far enough away from the bustle of busy Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge but close enough to access easily. The cabin is rustic and quaint and was wonderfully decorated. Everything was well kept and functional. Would highly recommend as a place to relax and unwind.
  • - 12/13/2021

    Loved our cabin and we will come back
  • - 12/2/2021

    This was our second stay in this cabin. It is very accommodating and has everything you need! We always enjoy our stay here, it is very cozy!!❤
  • - 10/27/2021

    We have been coming to the Smoky Mountains for years. We love Townsend!!!! River Dreaming is a great cabin to get away from the crowds and unplug. Loved that there was NO clock in the cabin. This is the perfect setting to give you and your spouse time to reconnect. I would give this cabin 10 STARS if I could!!!! We will definitely be back. Thank you for sharing your cabin. Jennifer and Scott
  • - 10/10/2021

    Cabin was great, very clean and cute and a great location to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
  • - 9/20/2021

    Loved short walk to river for fishing. The leather recliners were great for football games. Great location, just minutes off main road. Rustic cabin with comforts of home. Very clean! The view from back porch was amazing! We loved the front screen porch to store our bikes during the rain. Easy check in and excellent communication!
  • - 9/19/2021

    We were very pleased with the cabin, there was plenty room & it was a great location to everywhere. The location to the river was great, I caught my first trout. I would highly recommend this cabin to family & friends, also I'll be booking this cabin in the future.
  • - 9/14/2021

    Very cute and cozy cabin. Loved it.
  • - 8/27/2021

    We really enjoyed the time we spent at this little cabin. We loved the mornings on the front porch and the river access!
  • - 8/17/2021

    The cabin was cozy, clean, and well stocked. When we have a grandchild turn 10 we take them on a 10th Birthday adventure. This particular grandchild wanted to fish and your cabin fit the bill while allowing us to social distance and still have a great time. The screened porch was perfect for enjoying coffee as well as eating all of our meals. The kitchen and grill made cooking a breeze. My husband particularly enjoyed the reclining sofa and the boys loved the steep climb to the comfortable bedrooms.We hope to be back next year with the next grandchild!
  • - 8/2/2021

    What a wonderful cabin. The walk to the river is convenient and the front porch is amazing! The cabin was so cozy we felt right at home. We got to view wildlife hanging out around the cabin. We will rent with Smoky Cabins again!
  • - 7/31/2021

    We loved the big front porch and the short walk to the river. Very clean cabin and close to town. Hope to stay again!
  • - 7/31/2021

    Great location! Loved the screened in porch. My family had a great vacation in this wonderful cabin.
  • - 5/25/2021

    This cabin was absolutely amazing and exactly what we needed. It was very clean and we enjoyed the quiet and peaceful area. The view at the cabin was beautiful and even though you can enjoy the idea of being in a secluded location, it is very convenient to places to visit and shop. 5-Stars for sure!!!
  • - 5/15/2021

    Had a great stay! Love the proximity to Cades Cove.... could go there daily and be happy!.. The drive to Gatlinburg was beautiful... and driving the Dragon's Tail was a hoot.
  • - 4/6/2021

    Great and cozy cabin. Only wished we could stay longer.
  • - 4/4/2021

    Peaceful, clean, beautiful.. I would definitely stay here again
  • - 3/1/2021

    We really enjoyed our weekend getaway with our children in River Dreaming. The boys enjoyed the walk to the river while us girls relaxed by the fireplace watching movies!
  • - 2/18/2021

    River dreaming is a cozy little cabin with country decor making us feel as if we were home.
  • - 1/30/2021

    This was our second visit to River Dreaming. Such a great place to stay as a family with a little one. Exploring the property is so much fun!
  • - 1/17/2021

    The space is small but very cozy and inviting. It was immaculate. The front porch is massive and wonderful. It is so peaceful. The cabin is close to everything and easily accessible. It is perfect for 2 people or small family. Bedrooms are spacious and lovely. Internet service was great and good tv channel selection. Fireplace was nice. A great experience! Bowtie, our dog, loved the open yard.The only reason I gave this cabin a 4 is that the bathroom is downstairs and the bedrooms are upstairs. That is a personal preference to me as my husband and I are very clumsy and old.
  • - 12/27/2020

    We had a great time in this cabin. The location is awesome and we were able to spend the best and whitest Chrismas and ever!
  • - 12/12/2020

    We loved the location and how homey the cabin was upon arrival. The view from the back porch was so nice and we were glad to be able to walk down to the river with the pups. The front porch was so nice to sit and drink coffee in the morning. We were lucky enough to have a new loveseat delivered during our stay which was very comfortable. We also loved how easy check in was. It’s always nice not to have to worry about keeping track of another key.
  • - 11/26/2020

    The cabin was more than we expected! It has absolutely everything you need to make you and your family feel right at home. The location is nice as well, very peaceful. We will definitely book our stay there again!!
  • - 11/21/2020

    We book this cabin for my wife's birthday. Upon arrival to our cabin we were greeted by a black bear, which was very awesome. The cabin was great just enough room for us. My wife fell in love with the very spacious screened porch where she spent a lot of time when we weren't out sight seeing. We made good use of the fireplace in the cabin also. Our experience there was phenomenal. We do plan to vacation here with Smoky Cabins again and maybe even bring the family. We plan to tell all of our friends and family about our experience.
  • - 11/2/2020

    We loved River Dreaming! It was everything we could want in a cabin! We will definitely be back!
  • - 9/14/2020

    Loved the cabin!
  • - 9/10/2020

    It was a nice little cabin didn't spend much time there but when we were there we spent most of the time on the front porch
  • - 9/2/2020

    River Dreaming was a perfect cabin for our getaway! We loved the location and it was very comfortable for our family. Extremely clean!
  • - 8/24/2020

    Great little cabin, had everything we needed. Nice front porch, great location, peaceful. Beds where very comfortable.
  • - 8/20/2020

    We enjoyed our stay at River Dreaming. The cabin was easy to find with the directions we were sent. The bed we chose was very comfortable and the cabin’s amenities were adequate for our needs. The large, screened-in porch was a nice escape from the bugs and offered chances to see rabbits scampering in the pasture like front area. We hope to come back one day.
  • - 8/8/2020

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We had RV troubles so we had to book last minute and the cabin made up for it. It was very clean, great location, beautiful scenery, and had everything we needed! The screened in porch was a hit with the kids. Loved the Mountain View from back deck and having river access.
  • - 8/1/2020

    Lovely cabin in a peaceful setting. Had everything we needed. Loved the big porch ! Very clean! We will return ❤️
  • - 6/27/2020

    Cabin was very clean, pretty well equipped. Convieniet to the park, and attractions.
  • - 6/16/2020

    Love the whole stay
  • - 6/7/2020

    Had a wonderful time. Many bunnies, chipmunks, and something not sure what it was, perhaps a large groundhog? Quiet, clean.
  • - 5/3/2020

  • - 3/21/2020

    This was the perfect cabin for us. Very cozy, beautiful meadow, comfortable beds, a very nice stay. We would definitely like to stay at this cabin again in the future.
  • - 11/27/2019

    Very nice cabin and location.
  • - 11/24/2019

    Very cute cabin, decorated so unique. Loved the fact that my dogs could stay with me. The screened in porch was very useful.
  • - 11/24/2019

    Loved it!
  • - 8/27/2019

    We enjoyed staying at River Dreaming. The cabin was clean and comfortable, and located close to restaurants and activities, and especially the Park. In addition it was relatively close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We would certainly recommend River Dreaming cabin to others and we would stay there again.
  • - 7/29/2019

    The cabin was very clean and a perfect size for our family. The beds were comfortable and everything was in working order. We loved the screened in front porch. There was a nice gas grill that we used once for dinner. The kitchen was pretty well-stocked. There were lots of skillets but only one tiny pot. It could use a larger pot big enough to cook a box of pasta. We thought there would be better river access for fishing based on the description. We found a place to walk down but there was no room to cast due to the trees, plus the water was very high when we were there. In addition, we were unclear about property lines and where we were allowed to be as far as the river goes. The main reason we chose this place was so my son could fish, so that was a little disappointing but I probably could have asked more questions about that when we rented. All in all, I would definitely recommend this for a family of four!
  • - 7/13/2019

    Nice and quiet! Cabin was quant and clean.
  • - 6/23/2019

    We love everything about the place only thing that we notice was the rear of the property needed some attention.
  • - 5/28/2019

    Really enjoyed thr peacefullness of this location. Cabin was extremely clean. Very nicely decorated and welcoming. Screened in porch was amazing. My husband spent all of his time in the porch swing. Perfect for him as he was recovering from shoulder surgery.
  • - 5/12/2019

    My husband and I brought our Golden retriever with us to this cabin and we loved it. The location was great. Next to a campground that was very dog friendly. Big open pasture to walk him in. A huge front porch we could leave him on. The kitchen only has a few pots and pans and there is no storage containers for leftovers so be mindful of cooking and storage for meal prep. Upstairs can get warm, but there is an oscillating fan for one of the rooms. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at this cabin and I plan to come back here again.
  • - 4/15/2019

    cute home. with only 2 beds it's more geared for couples or family. a pull out sofa would be nice.
  • - 3/30/2019

    Wonderful peaceful place!!!!
  • - 3/21/2019

    What a great time we had at this wonderful little cabin. It was so peaceful!! The cabin was super clean and well organized. The beds were comfy, the linens smelled so nice as well. The screened in porch was a great place for us to play games with our 2 children and we even had a bonfire in the pit outside. We had a great time and can't wait to visit River Dreaming again.
  • - 2/23/2019

    Beautiful place!!!!

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