About This Listing
Enjoy the breath-taking view of the Smoky Mtn National Park. Relax in an exquisite hot tub with a 50+ mile 180 degree view. Unwind from life in the Smokies!
***Please read our entire listing. We take great care to ensure guests are informed of all amenities and policies.***
Hosts Ben & Jeanne invite you to their beautifully designed log cabin in the Smokies. Set on 13 private acres, the cabin offers solitude and an unsurpassed view over Chilhowee Lake (the southern border of the national park), the western peaks of the national park, and the entrance to the #1 bike & sports-car destination in the US - the "Tail of the Dragon."
We have what we believe to be the best hot tub view in the Smokies. Our 7-person spa (holds five comfortably) overlooks the mountains and lake with a 180 degree panoramic view. When you see the pics you'll understand why we chose the beautiful location. The hot tub is NOT at the cabin but is located adjacent to our house. When the cover is raised it offers privacy as the cover blocks our view of the hot tub. We use the hot tub also, but we always defer to guests during your visit. It is open to our guests 24/7.
Need a breather from the hectic pace of life? Spend some down-time out roasting S'Mores under the stars. There's almost no light pollution here. In fact, on a clear night, you can easily see the Milky Way with the naked eye. Or, spend a little time challenging each other to a a card game or an old-fashioned evening of board games. Don't miss the chance to sip hot chocolate or coffee on the deck as you watch the sun slowly rise over the peaks of the Smoky Mountain National Park.
If you want the hustle of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge or get worried if you're not around the corner from a Walmart, this isn't the place for you. But, if you long for peace, quiet, nature, and the outdoors, you're in the right place!
You will have exclusive use of the entire guest cabin as we only rent to one person/group at a time. The cabin sleeps up to 10 people. The master bedroom sleeps 2 in a queen bed. The loft offers 4 twin beds and an optional twin roll-away cot. A twin size daybed & a double futon with extra-thick mattress in the central room offers sleeping for 3 more. A portable crib is available upon request.
The cabin features 2 full baths, a small but very well furnished kitchen (full size appliances, all cookware, dishes, etc), a vaulted central room that opens to a sleeping loft, and a private queen bedroom in the back. Enjoy the unparalleled view from an 8' x 32' covered deck complete with ceiling fans, a log swing, and several log rockers.
The cabin & home are located 1 1/4 miles up a maintained gravel road behind a locked gate so you are assured privacy and security. Any car can drive the road (4WD is NOT needed), but motorcyclists should trailer bikes up the mountain. In the unlikely event of winter weather, we will plow the road with our tractor.
We happily welcome well-behaved pets. A nominal one-time $20 pet fee (not per day, just once for the entire stay) for indoor pets may be paid upon your arrival. There is no fee for outdoor pets.
We ask that you include children over age 3 in your reservation guest count as we prepare beds, linens, breakfast foods, Smores, snacks, and allow cleaning time at the end of your stay based upon the total number of guests including children. There is no charge for babies sleeping in a crib. Just let us know so we can put up the portable crib.
$110/nt year round
$25 cleaning fee
$5 ex person fee for over 2 guests (no charge for children under age 2).
**Airbnb service fees are added to your reservation total. We don't know the amount as it varies and Airbnb sets these fees.
$20 pet fee paid in cash on arrival
14.75% sales & lodging tax paid in cash on arrival. Airbnb service fees are not taxed.
Amenities include Dish Network satellite TV, limited high-speed wi-fi (signal normally reaches the deck of the cabin but not inside due to the distance from the router), plenty of parking, linens, 4 kayaks with paddle gear, tubes for tubing down Abrams Creek or the Little River (in Townsend), floats to take out swimming in the lake, fishing poles, a corn-hole game, a frisbee golf goal & discs, hiking nearby, and an outdoor firepit complete with marshmallow roasting sticks and free firewood.
We stock the cabin with many cooking essentials such as seasonings, oil, sugar, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, coffee creamer, condiments such as mayo and ketchup, and a selection of snacks. Enjoy hot biscuits and a variety of Jeanne's homemade jellies for breakfast. You will need to pick up groceries before you arrive as the closest grocery store is 17 miles away and only 1 small seasonal restaurant (BBQ & burgers, open April-Oct) is 6 miles away.
You are the ONLY guests in the cabin. There are no other cabins or homes nearby except ours which is about 300 feet up the hill from the guest cabin. We are blessed to have a view of nothing but nature--in every direction :) None of that log-cabin-on-top-of-the-next-cabin like the big rental complexes.
Interaction with Guests
Our home is located just up the mountain from the cabin and we love to host guests and share the many local hidden gems of the Smokies. We always greet our guests personally and are available for questions or just to sit down for a friendly chat, but we make sure you have privacy. Feel free to walk up the hill to our house or give us a call anytime. Oh, and by the way, our home is an octagonal glass house perched atop the pinnacle of the mountain, so don't miss a visit to take in the view!
We're about 3 miles from the western edge of the Smoky Mountain National Park. It's very wooded and serene with no civilization within eyesight.
Distance to nearby attractions:
US 129 / "Tail of the Dragon" - 15 minutes on the TN side
Foothills Parkway (scenic highway) - 10 minutes
Fishing/Kayaking on Chilhowee Lake or Tellico Lake - three boat docks 10-15 minutes away
Hiking - nearest National Park trail entrances at Abrams Creek, about 20 minutes away
Cades Cove - 8 miles as the crow flies, but 50 minutes as the car must drive :(
Townsend - 40 minutes
Gatlinburg - 1 hr 15 min
Pigeon Forge - 1 hr
Maryville - 30 minutes
Knoxville airport - 35 minutes
Knoxville city - 50 minutes
UT Knoxville - 45 minutes
There is no public transit. You will need a car.
Other Things to Note
Our calendar is always 100% current so you can be assured that if a date is open, it IS available.
We believe in honest pricing so we offer the same reasonable rate year round, even on premium times. To keep our rates low, we do not offer discounts.
If you have a specific date in mind, we encourage you to book as soon as you finalize your plans. It's not uncommon for every day of the month to be reserved (definitely keeps us hopping to get the cabin cleaned for the next guests). We suggest you reserve weekends and holidays well in advance. With the Airbnb reservation system, an "inquiry" does NOT hold the requested dates.
2 night minimum
3 night minimum stay on holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
1. No smoking in the cabin or on the deck.
2. Well-behaved pets are welcome. There is no charge for outside pets (we recommend bringing a pet lead as there is no fence). There is a one-time $20 fee for indoor pets. This may be paid in cash upon arrival.
3. For the safety of those with pet allergies, we clean extensively after a guest brings an indoor pet.
4. Campfires are permitted in the fire pit. Firewood is provided free. Local laws prohibit bringing firewood into or out of Blount County, TN.
We loved our stay at Pinnacle Guest Cabin! We had a fairly brief stay but Jeanne and Ben provided everything we needed to settle in seamlessly and quickly feel at home. Loved the amenities, location and overall environment. Fantastic time and value. You will not be disappointed by choosing Pinnacle!
Our stay at the cabin was very nice! We were looking for a peaceful, secluded spot for our honeymoon, and this fit the bill almost exactly.
It was clean, well-organized, and well-supplied when we arrived and Ben was very welcoming (Jeanne was at work at the time and was also very personable when at last we met her). The jam is as good as advertised, the view is lovely, and the hot tub is very nice. It was also extremely quiet and calm, which we greatly appreciated. And, as a more modern type of cabin, it was very comfortable and easy to live in.
Location-wise, people are right when they say that there's not much around. We checked out the Foothills Parkway, which was a 5-minute drive away, and we could've gone to the lake as well. Most other attractions would've required a long drive, so that's something to consider.
Despite its location, though, we didn't end up feeling quite as secluded as we would've liked, probably because of how the property is laid out. The cabin is quite close to Ben and Jeanne's house and is in a fairly large clearing, which for us made it feel less woodsy than we expected.
Still, overall we had a very nice time! If you're looking for a quiet place to hole up for a few days or a gateway into the Smokies that's less commercial than some of the other places in the area, then Jeanne and Ben's cabin would be a good pick.
Such a peaceful, well-stocked, beautiful place to stay. Very comfortable and absolutely the perfect place to "get away." We'll be back for sure!
Great cabin. The pinnacle was perfect for us. It's away from the chaos of life, but close enough to local attractions to be more than entertained (1hr from gatlinburg). The cabin is clean and looks just like the pictures. The view is breathtaking!
The host were generous and helpful.
It was a joy staying there and we can't wait to come back!
You cannot beat the view! The pictures do not do it justice. We spent a very beautiful, peaceful weekend there recently and are already planning our return. Jeanne and Ben were great! We were celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary and couldn't have chosen a better place. We were greeted by fresh picked wild flower bouquets. There were homemade jams and jellies to enjoy! The cabin was very clean and perfect. Stocked with anything you might possibly need (aside from bringing your own food of course!) If you are looking to get away from it all to just enjoy peace and quiet with a stunning view, then the Pinnacle guest cabin is perfect. It's true there is little to no cell signal and wifi isn't great but for us that was just fine. The view from the hot tub is spectacular! Couldn't ask for a better experience. Please don't change a thing!
Jeanne and Ben are really great people, super helpful, and very accomodating. The cabin is beautiful and the scenery is really spectacular. Thanks for a great stay.
Jeanne was very accommodating and flexible. We originally planned our vacation for February, but after a huge ice storm, we asked to reschedule. She was more than willing! And May proved a great time to visit anyway. She greeted us with a bowl of freshly picked strawberries and homemade jams, and told us all about what we could see and do in the area. Our dogs loved it too :)
About the Host, Jeanne
My husband, Ben & I love the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. He's a pastor and I'm a real estate agent. We share an interest in hiking, kayaking, fishing, traveling, music, and spending time with friends, family, and church members.
We love to meet and greet guests and give insider tidbits on the "undiscovered side" of the Smokies.
Since Jeanne recently received her real estate license, should you have interest in land or homes anywhere in the Tennessee Smoky Mountain area, let her know before your visit and she will schedule time to show properties during your visit.
Great place for bikers and anyone else to gather before they head into The Dragon. Friendly owners. They sell all sorts of Harley clothing and gear. Open seasonally from 10am-6pm.Calderwood Highway Tallassee TN 37878-2009
Drink in solitude at Chilhowee Lake as it borders the southwestern peaks of the Smokies. Paddle the lake or enjoy fishing for bream, lake trout, walleye, and bass.TN
OK, so its like the only place to eat around! Seriously, its good BBQ burgers. Open seasonally.Calderwood Highway Maryville TN 37801
The confluence of Tabcat Creek into Chilhowee Lake at Hwy 129 forms the entrance to the world-famous Tail of the Dragon. Bike sports car aficionados dub it the #1 riders destination in the US.TN
This primitive National Park campground is a bastion of peace as it runs parallel to the babbling Abrams Creek. It offers camping trails and is open to horses.Lanier Tennessee
Look Rock Tower sits atop the peak of the Chilhowee Mtn ridgeline. A 1/2 mile roundtrip paved hiking trail links to the round concrete look out tower and offers a 360 deg view into the Smokies.Tennessee
Visit the bikers Tree of Shame, a monument to bikes that didnt quite make it through the famed Tail of the Dragon. Deals Gap (email hidden) entrance to the Dragon. Tabcat Bridge is the TN entrance.Tapoco Road Tapoco NC 28771
This gorgeous, peaceful drive through the western border of the Great Smoky Mtn Natl Park skirts the ridge of Chilhowee Mountain and offers beautiful overlooks into the western peaks of the NP.Townsend Tennessee
Historic churches and homes offer a glimpse into life in the Smokies in an era past. View wildlife such as turkey, deer, bear, and many species of birds. Several GSMNP trailheads depart from Cades Cv.Cades Cove Loop Rd Townsend TN 37882
Beautiful tour through Tuckaleechee Caverns. Stables and horserides also available.Cavern Road Townsend TN 37882-4505
Pigeon Forge hosts Dollywood, a wonderful family-friendly theme park filled with local arts, entertainment, and (website hidden) offers hundreds of restaurants, shows, amusement rides, motels conventions.Pigeon Forge TN
Gatlinburg sits at the northern entrance to the National Park. It offers shopping, shows, nearby hikes, skiing, numerous lodging places, and everything mountain.Gatlinburg TN 37738