Sheer delight! - Burnished wood floors and walls, a cathedral ceiling, oversized windows looking out onto the woods: As soon as you step inside Running Bear, you’ll feel at home.Your private hot tub - On the covered porch, surrounded by trees, the hot tub may become your favorite feature of Running Bear. After an active day, your tired muscles will relish a long, restorative soak.Open and inviting - Watch TV, play a game with the kids, post photos on Instagram and Facebook, catch up on your reading: There’s room for everyone in the spacious living room.So comfortable - In winter the gas fireplace makes the living room especially cozy. And once you stretch out on the sofas, you may never want to get back up! One of them, by the way, opens into a bed for 2.Relaxation - Settle into the comfortable living room furniture, make plans for the day, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.Family-friendly dining - The dining table can seat 6, so that everyone can gather for breakfast in the morning or enjoy a family dinner at the end of the day.What a convenience - Even if you plan to eat most of your meals at the many nearby restaurants, you’ll still appreciate the convenience of having a full kitchen at your disposal, whether it’s to make a cup of coffee or keep your wine chilled.What’s cooking? - Oven, stove, refrigerator/freezer, toaster, microwave, coffeemaker: The kitchen has it all, plus plenty of dishes, glasses, cookware, and utensils. There’s even a dishwasher, because scrubbing dishes isn’t anyone’s idea of vacation fun.Rack 'em up - The star of the downstairs game room is undoubtedly the pool table, that's rustic-refined style fits in perfectly with the rest of the cabin.Room for 2 more - The plush sofa in the game room converts into a bed for 2, so that up to 8 people can spend the night at Running Bear.Catch up on your sleep - Each of Running Bear’s 2 bedrooms has a luxurious king-size bed, a TV, plenty of storage, and delightful rustic decor. This bedroom is on the lower level, along with the game room.Laze and loll - Prop yourself up against the pillows, stretch out on the king-size bed, and unwind with your favorite late-night TV or some light reading. Then feel free to sleep late—you are on vacation, after all!2 bathrooms, no waiting - Each of the cabin’s 2 floors has its own full bathroom, with ample counter and storage space.The 2nd bedroom is as inviting as the 1st - Like the one on the lower level, the main floor’s bedroom includes a log-frame king-size bed and a TV.Running Bear is perfect for 2 couples - Because the cabin has 2 primary bedrooms on separate floors, it’s just right for 2 couples vacationing together. Of course, it also works well for a family—or even 2 families, thanks to the sofa beds in the living rAt your service - You’ll arrive to find freshly laundered towels waiting and the beds impeccably made, so you can kick off your vacation with a shower and a nap—just the thing after a day of travel.Smoky Mountain state of mind - Settle back on one of the front porch’s log chairs with a drink, take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air, and listen to the chickadees and swallows singing—you’ll immediately ease into vacation mode!Get in the swing of things - What’s a cabin without a deck swing? Sit back, breathe deep, and you’ll almost immediately feel relaxed!Your private hot tub - On the covered porch, surrounded by trees, the hot tub may become your favorite feature of Running Bear. After an active day, your tired muscles will relish a long, restorative soak.Alfresco living - With a wraparound porch on the upper level and a deck on the lower level, Running Bear makes it easy to soak up the sights and sounds of the Smoky Mountains.A picture-perfect mountain cabin - Surrounded by old-growth trees, Running Bear offers all the privacy, tranquility, and charm you’d expect from a log cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains—plus many unexpected luxuries.Far from the hubbub, but close to the action - The wooded setting of Running Bear is so serene and secluded, it’s tough to believe that the cabin just a 5-minute drive to downtown Gatlinburg.The main-level floor plan - In addition to a bedroom and a sofa bed, each of Running Bear’s 2 floors has its own full-size bathroom.The lower-level floor plan - There’s even a washer and dryer, so you can pack light as well as return home with a suitcase full of clean clothes.Beautiful Views - Take a trip to the Smoky Mountains where you can experience the unforgettable views. Imagine going hiking in the fall season where the colors get vibrant, what a spectacular sight!It’s Time For Fun! - There are several things you can do to have a good time such as: Ziplining, Ripleys Believe It Or Not! Odditorium or Aquarium, and Admiring the views via Sky Lift.Speaking of Ober Gatlinburg - You will definitely have a great time here, if you haven't skiid before don't freight as they offer lessons. There's plenty of activities; Ice Skating, Scenic Chairlift, Wildlife Encounter, Ski Mountain Coaster, and Aerial TSettling Down - After a long, fun, and eventful day, you get to return to your cabin to kick off your shoes and settle down. Plan for tomorrows adventure while watching the beautiful scenery!Nature at Your Doorstep - When you stay at here, you don’t have to go far to revel in nature’s magnificence.A Treat for the Senses - Pine-fragranced breezes, the singing of hummingbirds during the day and the hooting of owls at night… There’s so much to savor.Photo Ops Abound - You’ll find plenty of Instagram-worthy scenes as you explore the area.Into the Wild - Deer, wild turkeys, elk, and even bears are among the wildlife you might spy during your stay.Gorgeous All Year Round - Dazzling foliage in autumn, snow capped mountains in winter, lush greenery and wildflowers in spring and summer. It's always a fabulous time to visit Gatlinburg.All stays receive a complimentary attraction ticket to Beyond the Lens Pigeon ForgeAll stays receive a complimentary attraction ticket to Country ToniteAll stays receive a complimentary attraction ticket to Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Adventure ParkAll stays receive a complimentary attraction ticket to the Titanic MuseumAll stays receive a complimentary attraction ticket to Wonder Works

Running Bear

4.71/5 (11)

4.71/5 | 11 reviews

Gorgeous wooded cabin w hot tub, pool table, 5 minutes to downtown
2 BR | 2 Full Baths | Sleeps 8 | Wooded View
Gatlinburg, TN


Property type
Wooded View View
Near Mountain Proximity
Hot Tub - Private Amenity

Where you'll be


A two-bedroom, two-floor log cabin nestled among towering trees, Running Bear is full of rustic charm. But it offers loads of contemporary amenities too, including a hot tub, a pool table and free Wi-Fi. And despite its seemingly secluded setting, it’s onl...
A two-bedroom, two-floor log cabin nestled among towering trees, Running Bear is full of rustic charm. But it offers loads of contemporary amenities too, including a hot tub, a pool table and free Wi-Fi. And despite its seemingly secluded setting, it’s only five minutes from downtown Gatlinburg.

Comfort and relaxation were top of mind when Running Bear was designed. Case in point: the main level’s porch, which extends from the front to the side of the cabin. The roof overhang will keep you cool in summer and dry even in a rain shower. Kick back on the Adirondack-style log chairs with your morning coffee and listen to the wrens and thrushes or unwind at night with a glass of wine while whip-poor-wills serenade you. You might even see eagles or falcons swooping overhead.

For the ultimate in outdoor rest and relaxation, enjoy a long soak in the porch’s hot tub. The mountain breeze rustling through the trees will only enhance the entire restorative experience.

The easygoing attitude continues indoors. The main floor’s open living areas is a study in gleaming wood made all the more lustrous from the sunlight streaming in through the expansive windows. The living room’s couches are so plush, roomy and comfy—perfect for snuggling together to watch a movie or read stories to the kids. In winter the room is even more cozy, thanks to the gas fireplace. One of the sofas even opens into a bed for two.

So does the sofa downstairs in the game room, which is another fun place for everyone to gather. The centerpiece is a gorgeous full-size log billiard table. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play pool but were too bashful to do so in a crowded bar or pool hall, here’s your chance, in the privacy of Running Bear! The cabin’s washer and dryer are located right off the game room, so you can run a load of laundry while having fun. The ceiling fan will keep you cool no matter how heated the competition is.

Running Bear’s convenient location means you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants. But if you prefer to eat at home, we’ve got you covered. The log table, which seats six, is the last word in rustic refinement. And the kitchen is equipped with all the appliances, cookware and tableware you could want—including a dishwasher, because nobody wants to scrub plates while on vacation.

Each floor of Running Bear has its own full-size bathroom and primary bedroom, which makes the cabin a great choice for two couples vacationing together—or even two families, thanks to the sofa beds. The bedrooms’ king-size beds practically guarantee a great night’s sleep… and that’s important because you’ll want to be well rested to take advantage of all the sights and attractions that are nearby.

For instance, you’ll be just minutes away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with its hiking trails, historic cabins, waterfalls and wildlife ranging from black bears to elk. Also nearby is Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area and the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Loop, an eight-mile trail of more than 100 galleries, studios and craft shops offering everything from stained glass to chainsaw art, custom knives to pottery. Plus, there’s an aquarium in downtown Gatlinburg and Dollywood one town over, in Pigeon Forge.

Whether you’re seeking plenty of action or days of relaxation, you’ll find it when you stay at Running Bear. So, make your reservation today, and start planning what might be your best vacation yet!


Wooded View
Near Mountain
Hot Tub - Community
Hot Tub - Private
Property Features
Linens Provided
Smoke Detector
Private Entrance
Fire Extinguisher
Air Conditioning
DVD Player (s)
Game Room
Pool Table
Wireless Internet
Washing Machine
Grill - Charcoal
TV (s)
Dining Room
Laptop Friendly
Living Room
Self Check-in (Keyless Lock)
TV (s) - Smart
Full Kitchen
Dishes and Utensils
Coffee Maker
Bath Towels Provided
Nearby Activities
Medical Services
Fishing - Fly
Golf Course(s)
Kayaking Rentals
Miniature Golf
Outlet Shops
Eco Tourism
National Park
Snow Skiing
State Parks
Theme Parks
Water Parks
Whitewater Rafting
Winery Tours

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Billy L.
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Just be sure to check and make sure you have hot water and everything works as soon as you arrive. Because by the time we wanted to take showers the next day it the water heater had gone out and management that it was just the breaker.

Emile L.
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Anonymous C.
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This is a beautifully furnished cabin! It was very lovingly decorated and we enjoyed every single minute of our stay! It was even better than the photos! Thank you for being part of a very memorable trip!

Anonymous C.
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The bear came by Sunday morning around 7. Checked the trash cans and then head d back up the road. Awesome

Anonymous C.
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Great place for a mini family reunion.


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Check-In: 4:00 PM

Check-Out: 10:00 AM

Minimum age to rent: 25

Pet policy: No Pets Allowed

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