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River Escape

112 reviews

July 2024

River Escape

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

"River Escape" is a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom 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 cabin is located on an easily accessible, quiet street and sits right next to Little River giving you waterfront property that is 2nd to none. Right from the cabin, 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 Escape" and relaxing on the back porch or soaking in the large tub overlooking Little River.

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

July 2024
August 2024



  • Area: Just outside National Park
  • Square Feet (768)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Grill - Charcoal
  • DVD player (1)
  • Fireplace - wood
  • Hot Tub
  • Non-Smoking
  • Telephone
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • VCR (1)
  • Mountain
  • Deck (1)
  • Microwave Oven
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Outdoor Dining table
  • Motorcycle Friendly
  • Coffee Maker - Standard
  • Dryer/Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Blender
  • Heating
  • TV w/ YouTube TV
  • Smoke Detector


  • - 6/6/2024

    Peaceful and relaxing location right on the river. We could not ask for anything better. Hot tub at night and river during the day. Close to so many great places to eat in Townsend. We are looking forward to coming back to River Escape in the not too distant future. Perfect for a family of four or five or for a romantic getaway or even a couples vacation. Bedrooms are on two different floors, so there is plenty of privacy.
  • - 4/29/2024

    Everything was good. Will go back in the future.
  • - 3/28/2024

    Fantastic escape! Thanks so much!
  • - 3/3/2024

    Very nice cabin. We love the location.
  • - 12/27/2023

    Great view & nice cabin! Hidden gem! :)
  • - 12/11/2023

    Cabin was nice and easy to get to with a beautiful view of the river!!
  • - 10/14/2023

    Wonderful experience. Thank you!
  • - 9/29/2023

    Beautiful cabin. Very clean. Gorgeous view. Loved chilling on the deck and listening to the creek.💕
  • - 9/26/2023

    River Escape moved to our #1 cabin choice in TN! We have always preferred a mountain view, but this cabin was everything we wanted and more without that view! From a creek flowing out the back deck, a huge hot tub, cold AC, plenty of room for four adults, the cleanest cabin we've ever visited, cute Fall decor, comfy beds, a five minute drive to anything in Townsend and so much more! We will, without a doubt, be visiting this cabin again!! A+ Smoky Cabins! Note for future visitors: If you need to utilize both bathrooms and everyone in your party are tall, plan to share the downstairs one. The upstairs one is accommodating for smaller/shorter people, but not us tall ones. Definitely not a negative nor a deal breaker. Just a good heads up!
  • - 9/20/2023

    Beautiful cabin. The cabin was so clean! We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed looking at the Little River and just a few steps away to the river's edge. The cabin had everything we needed to enjoy our time there. I highly recommend this cabin and Smoky Cabins Vacation Rentals. We will hopefully get a chance to come back. Thank You!!
  • - 9/16/2023

    Beautiful cabin and location!! Lovely decorations for fall!! Some restaurants with delicious food close by!!
  • - 6/23/2023

    nice & clean
  • - 5/16/2023

    I have been coming down to the Smokies for many years now & this by far has been the best cabin I have stayed at. I like to stay in Townsend due to the close proximity to Cades Cove. Loved that the road was level ( no climbing up mountain sides.) Best feature by far is the river. Enjoyed sitting on the deck listening to it. Hot tub was relaxing. Shower pressure great, removable shower head great feature. Used washer & dryer, worked great. King bed downstairs was comfy. Coffee maker worked great. Liked the automatic ice maker. Fridge & freezer kept everything nice & cold. Was clean upon arrival. Enjoyed our stay immensely! Will definitely return to River Escape next spring!
  • - 3/24/2023

    Wonderful stay as always!!
  • - 3/12/2023

    Our 2nd stay in this cabin which is perfect for our "Girls Getaway". Love the water, got to use the fireplace this time and loved it. Nothing we needed that we didn't have. Plan to come again.
  • - 2/25/2023

    It is always a good experience.
  • - 2/15/2023

    We were totally satisfied with our stay.
  • - 1/1/2023

    My wife and I are both in the medical field. What we have seen and dealt with since March 2020 to the present day has taken a toll on us emotionally and physically. This trip to River Escape is our first vacation to the mountains since March 2020. We used to travel quarterly to Townsend for its beauty and peace. Thank you for a renewal of tranquility, spiritual grounding, and joy in nature as well as in each other. The cabin is well equipped, designed, and artfully decorated. Everything from our arrival to our departure was to enhance our ability to relax and find peace. The beauty of it snowing upon our first day and the magic of a freshly fallen snow. The relaxation of a crackling fire and sinking back in a hot tub. The joy of fly fishing in Little River, a "stones throw" from the cabin. The sound of the river and birds lulling us into a meditative state. What a wonderful way to end our year. What a blessing to be able to be rested and "grounded" for the new year ahead. We do plan to return to River Escape in the future. We wish the Smoky Cabins owners and all of their staff a healthy and prosperous 2023 Best Wishes, Dr. William Boyd, Jr. & Wendy Williams-Boyd
  • - 12/2/2022

    As expected, as usual!
  • - 10/9/2022

    We absolutely loved the cabin and river access. We enjoyed playing in Creek and hot tub when not out sight seeing! Cabin was very clean and comfortable and the mattresses were amazing! Had everything we needed and more! Would stay here again each time in the mountains!
  • - 10/8/2022

    Beautiful cabin! It had everything we needed and so peaceful and relaxing.
  • - 6/13/2022

    We absolutely loved this cabin and the location was perfect. We come to this area every year and would definitely be interested in booking this cabin again.
  • - 5/10/2022

    Cabin was beautiful and nicely decorated. Everything was just as described. Great place.
  • - 4/28/2022

    Very nice cabin and love the close access to the water. We missed seeing the bear that turned over the garbage receptacle the first night but we sure heard him!! Would come again.
  • - 4/17/2022

    We loved the location on the river and the peaceful side of the Smokies. It was perfect for a relaxing getaway. It was clean and check in and out was so easy. We we definitely stay again!
  • - 4/14/2022

    Loved it!
  • - 3/23/2022

    It was a fun cabin. And enjoyed the sounds from the river.
  • - 3/15/2022

    We were thrilled with River Escape-the interior, cleanliness, and especially the location. Very close to the park for hiking and close to plenty of restaurants. We loved the low key town vibe. Highly recommend this cabin.
  • - 2/6/2022

    Loved the cabin and the river view. Very clean. Check in and out very easy. Had a few minor issues we reported and were addressed quickly. Will recommend Smoky Cabins and River Escape to our friends and family.
  • - 1/10/2022

    Always very nice.
  • - 1/1/2022

    Loved the cabin! River access was great!
  • - 12/16/2021

    This was our 2nd stay and everything was wonderful as always .thank you
  • - 12/11/2021

    A lovely cabin...perfect for three or four people! Loved the Christmas decorations! Everything was clean and adequately supplied...and thanks for bringing some firewood!
  • - 11/21/2021

    The cabin was absolutely amazing! So clean and welcoming. They even went the extra mile to decorate for fall! It was a very relaxing stay. Would definitely stay again!
  • - 11/8/2021

    The cabin was well kept, beautiful location, and just what my wife and I were looking for. Recommend this cabin to anyone.
  • - 11/2/2021

    We absolutely enjoyed our stay in your cabin. We found it to be exceptionally clean and very cozy with enjoying the wood burning fire place. We spent most of our time at the cabin enjoying an outdoor fire near the creek and just relaxing to the rushing creek waters. The cabin was very well stocked with everything we needed. The King size bed is very comfortable and we found it to be a very peaceful setting during the night. We will be back in the future. It was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg which we have visited over 40 years. Thank you for having such a wonderful place for all of us to get away and enjoy. The location is very easy to get to as well as getting everything we needed from Townsend. Thank You Steve & Laura
  • - 10/12/2021

    Wonderful stay. River Escape is on a beautiful spot on the river. The cabin is very well appointed with everything we needed for our stay. A strong wifi signal and great cable service was helpful. Having a washer and dryer was a bonus. The fall decorations are a great addition to make the cabin feel homey. The reservation, check in and check out process were so easy! We can't wait to book again for future stays!
  • - 10/4/2021

    Very nice and very clean. Beautifully decorated for fall.
  • - 9/12/2021

    All around great cabin! You can enjoy your morning coffee on the deck or down by the river. The location is easy to get to and out of. I will be back to this one for sure.
  • - 9/7/2021

    This cabin was a good place to come back to after being in the park. The hot tub was a nice addition. The fishing was not what we had hoped for but a storm had messed up the river.
  • - 8/9/2021

    As usual the cabin was great. We took our son and wife this time who also enjoyed the stay
  • - 7/26/2021

    Thank you, We were pleasantly surprised with the cabin. It was even better than the pictures. It was so nice to be out of the crowded area of Gatlinburg. The river and the cabin were beautiful. The town of Townsend had everything we needed close by. Thanks again!!!
  • - 5/30/2021

    Perfect place to relax, cabin had everything we needed. Beautiful stay
  • - 5/21/2021

    The interior property was relatively clean and nicely appointed with pieces that reflected the River Ambiance. Our stay was comfortable and the location provided close access to the many attractions in the area.
  • - 5/14/2021

    Very cozy! I wish we would have booked a longer stay.
  • - 4/23/2021

    Cabin was conveniently located close to Townsend which was a huge plus for us. Even though it wasn’t secluded it felt very private and calming with the river running behind. We will definitely return to this cabin for our next getaway.
  • - 4/5/2021

  • - 3/29/2021

    We enjoyed the river so much. We ate our meals on the porch most every day. The weather was beautiful. One rainy day
  • - 3/21/2021

    Great location and comfortable accommodations.
  • - 3/12/2021

    Lovely cabin. Great location. Would have enjoyed the river more if we had been there later in Spring or Summer. Loved hearing the water rushing by.
  • - 1/16/2021

    Great little cabin. Loved the peace and quiet with the Little River flowing behind cabin. Very clean, would stay again!
  • - 1/11/2021

    This was probably the best cabin experience we have had - and we do cabin weekends often. The proximity to the river was our favorite part of the weekend! We built a fire in the fire pit and enjoyed the beautiful (although cold!) day by the river! We will be back!
  • - 1/3/2021

    It was lovely. Everything was so cozy. A great little place for two people wanting to get away.
  • - 12/31/2020

    The cabin itself is super cute and cozy. It's located directly on the river which is beautiful and the sound of the river is very calming. Its not very private as there are dozens of cabins along side both sides and very close. The power was out upon our arrival so we needed up getting a hotel for the first night and had to use space heater the second night bc there was problems with the heating unit due to a big storm that had just occurred. The owner personally came and delivered space heaters and said she would make sure we were refunded for those two nights. She was very accommodating and polite. All in all a good stay.
  • - 12/7/2020

    Excellent clean cabin. Enjoyed our stay
  • - 11/22/2020

    We stayed with a group of 4 adults. Great cabin, wonderful location, no inclines to drive to get to it. Only 4 stars because the second bedroom is underwhelming compared to the main bedroom. The second bedroom is good for 1 adult or some children, but not a couple. Other then that we had a pleasant vacation.
  • - 11/1/2020

    Loved this cabin. The location was perfect and the cabin was fully stocked. We will definitely stay here again.
  • - 10/29/2020

    The cabin is lovely. It was very clean. It is a beautiful area on the river. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed. We enjoyed our stay.
  • - 9/11/2020

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We loved the cabin and my boyfriend was telling everyone how nice it is. I wouldn’t change a thing.
  • - 8/15/2020

    Cabin was perfect for us. Can't beat river at your doorstep.
  • - 8/8/2020

    Perfect, peaceful location. We spent most of our time on the back porch!
  • - 7/25/2020

    Great clean cabin. Perfect location. Loved the river. Went tubing and fishing.
  • - 7/16/2020

    Great location.
  • - 6/29/2020

    Beautiful location!
  • - 6/19/2020

    Thank you. We enjoyed the cabin and the river very much!! We will return as soon as possible.
  • - 5/27/2020

    Cabin was clean and very nice. But the parking was not.. We had two trucks and two motorcycle trailers. Was very difficult on parking and uploading the bikes. Even if we had just one truck and trailer, this would not be a cabin to rent. But it was very nice and clean.. Very beautiful location..
  • - 5/15/2020

    We enjoyed our stay at River Escape. We love staying on the Little River. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. We love the easy access to Townsend for the grocery store and walking paths. I enjoy walking every day and the walking paths have beautiful views of the river and the mountains.
  • - 2/9/2020

    We had a wonderful relaxing weekend. We have rented many cabins in the Smokeys, but this is the first time we stayed by the river, and we really enjoyed it. The cabin was easy to get to and was close to the main town. I would like to come back in the warmer weather and utilize the outside, but the snow falling was really beautiful. We bundled up and had our coffee on the deck and watched the snow fall!!
  • - 1/5/2020

    What can we say? Was so perfect. The reservation, communication, and paidments were really easy. The cabin is easy to find. We bring a 4x4 but, not need it. Nice river view from the porch, and kitchen window. Enough space for four persons. Not too big, not too small, just perfect. We found in the kitchen all the necessary. We really enjoyed. We recommend it. We have in plans to come back soon! Thanks!
  • - 12/27/2019

    We loved the cabin and location... we felt at home in this cozy cabin. It was decorated for Christmas all we had to do is hang our stockings, we had a bonfire near the river and just relaxed. We plan to come back.
  • - 12/4/2019

    Having stayed in at least a dozen cabins in the area and being used to the beautiful mountain views we usually have we were blown away by this cabin on the river! It has absolutely everything you could possibly need including cleanliness and cookware and it is so easy to get to and from for adventures to the Natl. Park and local tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We will gladly come back to this cabin in the future for more of the serene and calming peacefulness that the river and it's sounds deliver. The hot tub worked fantastic and the wood fireplace was fully stocked for the week we spent. Such a beautiful decompressing vacation we had and it actually made us sad to have to leave. Cudo's to the owner that shares this gem with us and to Cathy and Keith for managing it so awesomely!!!!
  • - 11/11/2019

    Once again we had a fabulous, beautiful visit! What great fun celebrating my 60th birthday. We so appreciated the stocked firewood so we could enjoy the fire pit on such a beautiful day. Thank you again for sharing this lovely home. Can't wait to come back.
  • - 11/8/2019

    We loved this cozy and quiet area. We enjoyed being out of the more crowded areas. The cabin was perfect for us. Loved the river view and being able to relax in the hot tub and see the beauty.
  • - 10/26/2019

    Loved it! Charming cabin in a good location plus right on the river. We liked: Keyless entry, Kitchen fully stocked with dishes and cookware, ice cubes made for us, 2 stand up showers, good linens, furnished porch and the cabin beautifully furnished and decorated. It was a treat to return to every day.
  • - 10/21/2019

    Great location and cabin is well stocked with everything you need to be comfortable. Very clean.
  • - 9/2/2019

    We loved staying at this cabin! It was a nice retreat to come back to after the football game and after exploring the area. The cabin is very nicely decorated and is equipped with most everything you need except food!!! It was relaxing to sit on the back deck, sip on a glass of wine and watch the river-which is right in your backyard!! It’s a two bedroom, two bath cabin, but the upstairs bedroom appears to have a double bed, which would make it difficult to have two couples there! Otherwise, it is perfect!!
  • - 7/19/2019

    We had another amazing family vacation! Thank you for always providing us with a clean and hospitable place to call home for the week that we were here. Our son, who is high functioning autism, always has trouble when we go away from home, but for the last 4 years when we have stayed in your cabins he comes to us and says “ I don’t want to go home, let’s just stay here!” Thank you for that.
  • - 6/9/2019

    We had a lovely stay at River Escape. The cabin was cozy with a great deck out by the river. The string of multi colored lights added a nice romantic touch.
  • - 5/30/2019

    Had a wonderful time, the river view was fantastic. Cabin was just the right size for the two of us.
  • - 4/28/2019

    Cabin is cosey and peaceful, good location, will recommend to others.
  • - 4/24/2019

    Great place to stay! We will be little boy loved playing in the river.
  • - 4/12/2019

    I had a great time and the cabin met all my needs.
  • - 4/1/2019

    Would have been 5 star , but the hot tub broke. But we will still see you soon for another weekend.
  • - 3/20/2019

    We were so pleased with our stay in the River Escape cabin! It was the perfect size for our family of 4. It felt just like being at home! My husband and our boys enjoyed the hot tub and I loved sitting next to the fire at night to relax! The location was perfect to get to Gatlinburg and other area sights! We definitely hope to be back again and have already recommended it to our family and friends!
  • - 3/11/2019

    We loved the cabin and being able to sit outside and just listen to the river. The mountain view was amazing.
  • - 2/17/2019

    Very cute & clean! We loved being right on the water & the hot tub was wonderful. Probably the most comfortable bed we’ve slept on away from home.
  • - 12/23/2018

    Beautiful! So relaxing. We’ve stayed at several of your cabins but this one wins hands down! Love having the river out back. Perfect!!
  • - 11/25/2018

    The cabin was great for our weekend. It was clean upon arrival and the location is close to everything we wanted to do. The river behind the cabin was very relaxing and we will be back.
  • - 11/20/2018

    Loved this cabin! Loved the view of the river!
  • - 11/11/2018

    Wow! What a beautiful cabin, inside & out! We were so excited upon arrival, seeing the cabin & the creek, we were squealing with joy & delight, the neighbors thought there was something wrong lol! We so enjoyed the view from the back porch, the decor & accommodations & my grandson loved the hot tub! We would recommend EVERYONE to stay in this fabulous cabin. So close to Cade's Cove & Gatlinburg. We plan on coming back in the Spring & November 2019! Thank you for allowing us to share your home! See you soon ☺️
  • - 11/9/2018

    River Escape is a perfect getaway. It is so peaceful. We were not there at a good time to fish but we had fun trying. I love sitting on the patio with a cup of coffee with day breaking, river flowing, and birds chirping. We hit the peak leaf changing and it was beautiful beyond description. It was an awesome getaway for us. Would love to stay there again in the cabin.
  • - 10/29/2018

    We had a peaceful stay. The first night the rain on the tin roof sounded so inviting. We attended our 40th college reunion at Maryville College. Eat at the Black Bear Cafe! Really nice cabin.
  • - 10/22/2018

    Everything was great!
  • - 10/18/2018

    Wonderful week at this great cabin! Close enough to the parks and sights and just far enough away from everything as well. Was peaceful and relaxing being on the river. The cabin is well furnished and comfortable. The kitchen had all the utensils we needed. Lovely eating dinner out on the deck in the eveings listening to the river! We can't wait to go back!
  • - 10/11/2018

    Loved this sweet little cabin right on the river!! Very clean and comfortable. We will definitely stay again!
  • - 9/25/2018

    The cabin and location were perfect for our stay. We attended a wedding at the lodge. The river was beautiful. Check out time at 10 a.m. was too early.
  • - 9/17/2018

    The cabin was beautiful and the stay was so relaxing. This was just what my husband and I needed.
  • - 9/16/2018

    Very quiet, out of the way location on the river's edge provided relaxing atmosphere. The sound of the rushing water was very peaceful. Clean, and well cared for cabin, with all the amenities needed. We would stay here again.
  • - 9/10/2018

    Great cabin in super cool location.
  • - 7/6/2018

    Loved this quaint little cabin. Perfect size for our family of 4. Kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed to prepare meals. The cabin has been well taken care of and it was very clean.
  • - 7/2/2018

    We loved staying here!!! Can’t wait to come back next year!!
  • - 6/25/2018

    Beautiful cabin in a beautiful location. Very friendly quiet neighborhood along the river. Gives a feeling of being secluded on the river. This was our third stay here.
  • - 5/23/2018

    Overall, we loved the cabin. It was nice and clean. We enjoyed our stay.
  • - 4/18/2018

    The cabin was clean, well kept. The location was very nice , especially sitting on the deck listening to the river in the evening. My wife and I have been using your rentals for many years. This was by far the nicest one of all with Pioneer point a close second. Thanks you and see you in June@ the Lodge.
  • - 4/1/2018

    I visit the smokies often with my family, and I wanted to bring my friends this year. This cabin was perfect for the 4 of us. It was very clean, and the hot tub was ready whe we arrived. We really enjoyed sitting out by the river on a sunny day. The cabin is in a great location, just a few minutes from the grocery store in Townsend; and about a 30 minute drive from the National Park and Cade’s Cove. Overall, it was a great experience, and we will be back!!
  • - 3/23/2018

    Nice location, equipped well, very relaxing.
  • - 1/21/2018

    Great cabin on the Little River. The whole experience was from start to finish was first rate. Will be back!
  • - 1/7/2018

    Nice and cozy
  • - 11/13/2017

    Cabin was immaculately clean and very nice!!! Thanks for a great experience!!
    Management Response: Thank you for staying with us!! We hope that the wedding went well!!
  • - 11/10/2017

    Beautiful cabin! Downside was that the fireplace hadn’t been cleaned out. So we had to clean it out before using. Also the hot top want full. It only had water to less than the half way point. So we had to fill her up and wait for her to warm up. Outside of that it’s a gorgeous cabin, lovely views. Very relaxing!
    Management Response: Thank you for staying with us Tim. Sometimes guests leave fireplaces with burning coals that we can't clean out. I'm sorry about that!!!
  • - 11/7/2017

    Just what we were looking for.
    Management Response: Thank you for staying with us Mr. Simmons!!!
  • - 11/1/2017

    Overall we loved the cabin. The site was directly on the river.There was a nice deck with large hot tub.Inside, the kitchen was very nice. The main floor bedroom was relatively small but nice, and the bathroom was relatively large and nice.We really enjoyed the den and the wood burning fireplace.Also, Wi-Fi was very good.We would gladly stay here again, and would recommend it to friends.
    Management Response: Thank you for staying with us.

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