River Bluff Cabins in the Smokies: Refuge

A Townsend, Tennessee cabin rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 4
  • Pets Considered
  • On the Little River and Smoky Mountain boundary!

Refuge Cabin is a 24x28-foot authentic mountain log cabin in Townsend, TN. The cathedral ceiling studio cabin with loft is constructed of white-pine timber, exposed beams, and a lovely deck with views of the woodlands. Enjoy the sound of light summer rain on the tin roof. Relax in the comfortable furniture in front of the gas fireplace on and watch the satellite-connected TV with DVD player. Or venture down to the stone fire pit and roast some marshmallows. You may just want to rock away in the Appalachian rockers on the covered deck and absorb the beauty of nature around you and the peace and quiet. The Little River is just below the bluff.

This Smoky Mountain wheelchair accessible cabin is a romantic retreat for couples. The in-room two-person Jacuzzi tub next to the king bed turns the space into your own large spa. Let the romance and serenity shine with a candlelit Jacuzzi night. But you can also accommodate company upstairs in the loft with its sleeper sofa, or sleeping bags. You’ll feel cozy and sung in your own cabin in the woods, but its open interior, windows, and large balcony create a spacious retreat for two+. This is a pet friendly Townsend cabin, so check with us about bringing your furry family member along.

The fully-equipped kitchen, has a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffeemaker, glassware, dish ware, silverware, cooking utensils, and cookware. The dining room table seats four. Cook out on the grill and dine on your scenic covered porch.

Sleeping Arrangements: Bedroom 1 - king bed; sleeper sofa in loft; loft area also has room for 3 sleeping bags.


  • Pets Allowed
  • Handicap Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck or Patio
  • Free Firewood Provided
  • WiFi Internet
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental

Unique Features

You can hike down the private land and ford a little waterfall into the park boundary of the Great Smoky Mountain national Park from this serene location. Relax in the comfortable rocking chairs on the back porch and listen to the soothing sounds of the Little River. Or make a fire in the fire pit and watch the stars at night. This cozy mountain retreat offers outdoor activities as well as sitting by the fireplace inside or taking a Jacuzzi bath.

The Refuge is one of seven cabins located on the same one-land road on the bluff above the Little River. If you need more space, consider renting Barefoot Lodge, Genesis, Manna, Bearfoot 2, Beary Tale and/or Evergreen cabins for a larger family reunion or special event. They are within walking distance of other another. If you rent them all, you can accommodate 28 guests.

Things To Do

It’s just a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Gallery exhibits, educational programs, and demonstrations let you travel through time and celebrate the various cultures that have shaped the area’s development. Learn how the Great Smoky Mountain National Park came to be and the rich traditions of inhabitants past and present. Ask us for your FREE tickets when you book!

Bring your bikes and take the three-mile bike ride along the Townsend Bicycle Trail enjoying the scenic beauty with stops at restaurants and shops. You can also rent bikes at the Cades Cove Bike Shop, a short drive away, and ride the 11-mile paved loop that offers panoramic visits and shops to explore.

Rates & Specials

$125 - $135 night

$875 - $945 week

Nightly rates range from $125 to $135, with a two-night minimum stay.
Weekly rates from $875 to $945 - vary depending on travel dates.
plus 14.75% taxes

$ 5.00 extra per person per night
$15.00 per night pet fee with permission
Weekly bookings preferred during holidays and the months of June, July, August and October
We will adjust this policy if the cabin is still available within two weeks

Woohoo! We are offering vacation rental special(s)

10% discount for weekly bookings. Just ask! However, no discounts on holidays or the months of June, July, August or October.

Free tickets to the new Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and Museum.


This cabin was simply amazing. This was my family's first time visiting Tennessee and I must say this stay was one for the books. The location is very convenient to pigeon forge and gatlinburg which is your two places to tour with so much to do you'll never do everything there is to do during your stay. This cabin comes fully equipped with all you'll need ecept food ofcourse. Mrs. Billy was such a pleasure to book with. Such a sweet Lady:) I would highly recommend this cabin. The view is beautiful and overlooking little tennessee river. Also very secluded and peacful/quiet. We also got to see two black bears while at the cabin:) We will definitely be coming back and dealing with Mrs. Billy.
The cabin is above a campground about 1 or 2 tenths of a mile from the Park entrance, which was very convenient for getting in and out of the park quickly. There is plenty of isolation and very quiet and relaxing. The back porch overlooks the river which has a great relaxing sound! The Kitchen was fully stocked and there was a grill on the back porch, so we were able to cook meals while we were there so we didn't have to rely on eating out too much. The bed is super comfortable and the jacuzzi is great for those sore muscles from hiking! All in all, we had a great time and would recommend the cabin. Also Billie did such aa good job of documenting all the cabin features in the little "handbook" that's in the cabin, we never felt the need to have to ask for assistance with anything.
Such a beautiful location and a comfortable stay. This was the perfect place to getaway during the Christmas holiday. We loved the cozy open floor plan and the view from the swing in the sunroom.
The cabin is very accommodating simple and quiet, just what we wanted. Loved the swing, the closeness to Cades Cove and out of the hustle - bustle of traffic and such. Billie was always answered my questions before our trip. Not only would we recommend this cabin and Billie, but plan to do a return visit :)
My Husband & I booked "manna" for our honeymoon stay. It was perfect! The size and location was exactly what we were seeking. The jacuzzi tub, indoor porch swing, gas grill, secluded deck, king bed etc were all perfect elements of making our trip unforgettable! Billlie who booked for us was so kind & the rate was exactly in line with what we expected to pay. Wonderful stay. Would highly recommend! Thank you! Melanie

Contact Information

212 Parkline Way
Townsend, TN 36882
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865-409-0481 Please mention RentTennesseeCabins.com.

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About the Owner/Manager

Our River Bluff Cabins in the Smokies is a five-star, family-owned cabin rental company located in Townsend, Tennessee. Here you can relax surrounded by nature in one of our seven log cabins. The cabins overlook the Little River on a 70-degree grade with mountain and river views. Unwind and relax with the sounds of nature surrounding you. The owner stayed overnight in a Smoky Mountain cabin and that led to a permanent stay. Billie started her own vacation rental company and now owns Genesis, Refuge and Manna Cabins, and manages Bearfoot Lodge, Evergreen on the River, Bear Foot 2, and Beary Tale cabins.

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