Escape Cabin Fever with a Holiday Getaway to a Cabin in the Tennessee River Valley

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The Tennessee River Valley Mapguide has compiled a list of cozy cabins, quaint inns and charming cottages for a safe yet scenic getaway this holiday season.

Nestled between two mountains in a hidden cove of Tellico Plains, all six of Telliquah Falls Log Cabins feature picture-perfect views and crowd-free landscapes.

For those in search of a different type of solitude while practicing safe social distancing during the pandemic, the Tennessee River Valley is filled with open spaces, clean air and a variety of cabins, inns and cottages with picturesque views and crowd-free landscapes.

Winter has made its presence in the Tennessee River Valley and neither the cold temperatures nor the looming pandemic are stopping Americans from wanting to go on a holiday getaway. As cabin fever sets in for the many Americans working from home due to COVID-19 guidelines, an escape to a cabin can offer a different type of and much needed solitude.

Guests to the Tennessee River Valley are treated to fresh air, beautiful scenery and a variety of landscapes, abundance of wildlife, pristine waters and majestic mountains. For those in search of an outdoor-focused getaway while practicing safe social distancing guidelines, cabins, inns and cottages offer a place for families to reconnect and recharge.

“No time more than now are people turning to nature as a way to recharge. For those in search of a different type of solitude while practicing safe social distancing during the pandemic, the Tennessee River Valley is filled with open spaces, clean air and a variety of cabins, inns and cottages with picturesque views and crowd-free landscapes,” said Julie Graham, spokesperson for the Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council.

At Bear Creek Log Cabins, in Fort Payne, Ala., step back in time and enjoy a getaway in an authentic rustic hand hewn log cabin. The cabins are reconstructed from the original 1800s American Pioneer log and restored on 201 acres of secluded farmland atop Lookout Mountain in north Alabama. The property has beautiful mountain views and adjoins Little River Canyon National Preserve. Guests can hike down into Bear Creek, rock climb, enjoy an outside campfire and pet the farm animals all on the property or explore the 201-acre playground of Little River Canyon or visit the nearby town of Mentone.

Situated on six acres in historic Clifton, Tenn., Bear Inn Resort is your go to place for rest and relaxation. The resort offers 12 cabins, themed on a varied collection of lifestyle interests such as the avid hunter, passionate golfer and Nascar enthusiast. Founded on the banks of the Tennessee River in 1840, Clifton is rich in scenic, historic and recreational assets. While staying at the Bear Inn, bundle up and enjoy nature and its peaceful surroundings.

Copperhill Country Cabins is located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee. Four rustic log cabins are situated on eight private and mostly wooded acres, nestled on a hillside, overlooking a stocked fishing pond. Located just three miles from the entrance to the Cherokee National Forest and nine miles from the Ocoee Whitewater Center, site of America's only Olympic Whitewater course, guests are treated with plenty of socially-distant exploring opportunities.

Located one half mile of the parkway in Pigeon Forge, Moonshine Cabin in Seymour, Tennessee is a comfortable two bedroom cabin that sleeps six with an over-the-top game room that includes a pool table, big screen, dart board, ping pong and table hockey, and a hot tub on an open deck overlooking Mt. Leconte and Cove Mountain.

Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, Mountain Stream Cabins in Reliance, Tennessee offers a great location for an adventure getaway or a trip filled with relaxation. For the adventurer, Mountain Stream Cabins is only minutes from the clear waters of the Hiwassee River, a national scenic river, with its world class trout fishing, hiking of all levels, scenic rafting, kayaking or tubing. For those looking to relax, some cabins are situated on Childers Creek with the peaceful sounds of water flowing by and two cabins are located on a hill, nestled in the treetops.

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, in Eva, Tennessee, offers seven deluxe cabins that overlook scenic Kentucky Lake. Cabin visitors are surrounded by more than 20 miles of hiking trails, rivers and streams and forests. Park activities include disc golfing, hiking, fishing and birding. Numerous migrating and wintering waterfowl along with herons, eagles, egrets and several gull species can be seen from the expansive open waters, available from the boat ramps and at open spots on trails along the shoreline. For more information on what there is to do at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, visit its website at https://tnstateparks.com/parks/nathan-bedford-forrest.

Located on over 400 acres of protected natural lands on the banks of the Tennessee River, Pot Point Cabin was originally built in 1835, constructed from hand-hewn logs and planks reclaimed from flat boats wrecked on the “Boiling Pot” rapid on the Tennessee River. In 1993, renovations were made to the original cabin that included a great room with floor to ceiling windows that provide a scenic view of the Tennessee river, among other updates. For the outdoor enthusiast, this cabin has its own self-guided nature trail. It is a moderately strenuous, 3.5 mile loop trail featuring some steep climbs and reaching over 1,000 feet in altitude around Azalea Point. Along with the recreational experience, hikers will enjoy the rich biodiversity that is found in the Tennessee River Gorge. (Note: Water at Pot Point is well water and is considered non-potable/not drinkable. Guests are provided with a five gallon cooler of potable water. It is also recommended that guests bring their own drinking water.)

Year round outdoor recreation is found in every direction while staying in a Roan Mountain cabin. These mountain-air cabins allow guests to hike from the front door, and they are not far from the 6,285 foot Roan High Knob. Also, a short drive away is Roan Mountain State Park and Carvers Gap and hiking on the Appalachian Trail. For more information on Roan Mountain cabins or other cabins in the state of Tennessee, visit http://www.renttennesseecabins.com/.

Skyview Cabins in Tellico Plains are located in a quiet, tranquil section of east Tennessee in the beautiful Tellico Mountains. Guests can choose from the "Loose Moose" or the "Ponderosa" for their next cozy cabin retreat hideaway. After a day of hiking, fly-fishing, gold panning, shopping or just relaxing with the Unicoi Mountain views, enjoy outdoor grilling or just relax by an open fire in the fire pit. The nearby Cherokee National Forest has 189 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horses. The Cherokee National Forest is Tennessee's only National Forest and located here is the Cherohala Skyway, one of America's Byways offering plenty of breathtaking views along the drive.

Nestled between two mountains in a hidden cove of Tellico Plains, Tennessee is a tranquil and private seventy-five acre natural wonder of spiraling hemlock trees, mountain laurel, waterfalls and winding creeks that dot the property. With Telliquah Falls Log Cabins, six cabins surrounded by nature’s astounding views are available to choose from each offering privacy and recluse for a perfect get away. Recreational opportunities are plentiful and include nature hikes to Fall Branch Falls, a 75-foot waterfall, and Bald River Falls, a 100-foot waterfall.

For those that prefer luxury over rustic, Heavenly Summit is a new luxury log cabin with breathtaking views of the Smokies, Located in Gatlinburg Falls Parkview Resort, Heavenly Summit offers a premier location, less than 5 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and only 15 minutes to Dollywood and Pigeon Forge.

Elk Springs Resort features one to six bedroom luxury cabins and chalets located in a private 68 acre resort setting. The resort is nestled in Gatlinburg’s historic Arts and Crafts Community off Glades Road and border the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Save trip ideas and plan a trip easily with the Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide, an online guide of authentic places and adventures that have been recommended by locals. For more information, visit https://tennesseerivervalleygeotourism.org/. Due to social distancing rules and regulations, locations may be temporarily closed or have modified hours. Please call to confirm hours of operation before traveling.

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