Eagles Ridge Resort marries the tranquility of a cabin in the mountains with modern resort facilities, ensuring that even the most cosmopolitan traveler still feels at home in the countryside. Located in Pigeon Forge, TN, the secluded wooded setting is full of flowers, foliage and fresh air.

Instead of rooms, guests rent cabins which range from one to nine bedrooms. It’s the perfect place to stay for adventurous families looking to explore the wilderness, as Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only five miles away.

1. Eagles Ridge Resort Cabins

Eagles Ridge Resort Cabins  

Eagles Ridge Resort boasts 233 individual cabins, ranging from one to nine bedrooms with amenities that vary by accommodation. Each cabin has its own amusing or endearing name, like Bearry Nice, Romantic Retreat, or Knotty Pine, and these – along with ID numbers – can be used to find cabins. Guests can also browse cabins by bedroom number, Internet access, the presence of a games room, or whether they allow pets.

All cabins are made of wood and come with paneled walls and wooden floors. The interior décor is unique and quaint, with squishy couches and carefully selected fabrics, mixing traditional rustic style with contemporary influences. The cabins also offer easy access to outdoor swimming pools with a deck for tanning in the summertime and the resort clubhouse.

No matter the size, all cabins come with snug stone fireplaces to keep warm in the winter months, outdoor hot tubs for relaxing soaks, and charming furnished porches. Many also have furnished kitchens to allow for self-sufficiency, though be warned that Internet access is not available in all cabins.

One-bedroom cabins are ideal for couples on romantic getaways or singles looking for some serenity in a peaceful mountain setting, and they represent the small end of Eagle Ridge Resort’s accommodations. Mid-sized cabins boast several bedrooms and bathrooms, and often sleep three or four times as many people as there are bedrooms.

The largest cabins come with between six and nine bedrooms, and staying in these rooms is like booking aprivate hotel for large family gatherings. Bear Right Inn is the single largest cabin available with nine bedrooms and space to sleep an impressive thirty people. It comes with eight bathrooms, two outdoor hot tubs, a swimming pool, Wi-Fi, a games room with pool table, and a fully equipped kitchen with laundry facilities. There are even festive decorations for wintertime guests to make everyone feel at home.

Optional amenities in cabins include games rooms, swimming pools, balconies, and of course Internet access. It’s worth checking through all the cabins on offer to ensure your choice has everything you need.

2. Dining at Eagles Ridge Resort

Dining at Eagles Ridge Resort  

Eagles Ridge Resort has no on-site eateries itself, but Pigeon Forge town has many independent local restaurants scattered throughout it. Much of the fare is catered to tourists and focuses on Southern hospitality and great portion sizes; vegetarians or vegans may find it hard to find food here. The hearty meat-heavy cuisine is perfect for filling up on before a busy day or to tuck into after a long hike.

Parkway boasts four eating establishments: Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Q, Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, and Huck Finn’s Catfish, Chicken and Steaks. While Flapjack’s focuses on sweet Southern country breakfasts like pancakes and waffles, the other three peddle various meats or fish. Alamo Steakhouse is a local favorite famous for its oak-fired steaks, while Huck Finn’s serves all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Q serves up delectably slow-cooked pork and beef in a cookout atmosphere, and many people queue up for its baby back ribs.

Set a little way back on Old Mill Avenue is Old Mill Restaurant. Housed in, fittingly, an old mill, the local landmark dates back to the 1830s and serves up family favorites in a truly rustic environment. And if none of the homegrown options tickle your fancy, there are also a wide variety of eateries at The Island, Pigeon Forge’s leisure and entertainment complex.

3. Weddings & Retreats

Weddings & Retreats  

The huge sleeping space of many cabins means they could be rented out for team building excursions, retreats, or even extended family gatherings. Any parties interested in renting out multiple units should contact the managers.

Weddings are a common occurrence during all seasons in Pigeon Forge thanks to its splendid scenery. Ceremonies can be conducted at the Mountain Valley Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge, the Eagles Ridge clubhouse, at a balcony cabin or just on the stunning green grounds of the resort. The local staff members are experienced in events catering and can help couples plan every aspect of the big day.

4. Activities in Pigeon Forge, TN

Activities in Pigeon Forge, TN  

Pigeon Forge is a fantastic base for nature lovers, as it’s only a five-mile drive to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As America’s most-visited national park, the landscape is beautiful and full of exciting activities.

Hiking is a huge draw, as the park has more than 850 miles of trails around the mountains. They are well marked and open in all seasons, offering a huge variety of routes to suit all abilities, time scales, and intentions. There are bits of everything to see, from mountain streams and waterfalls to blooms and butterflies, and maybe even historic buildings or ruins.

Fishing is also a popular pastime, as there are 2,115 miles of streams in the National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the only places to catch wild trout in the Eastern United States, and rainbow and brook trout are favorite river catches. All aspiring anglers need to make sure they have a valid fishing license or permit and stop by a ranger station for a list of fishable areas and regulations.

Besides walking or fishing, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. Horseback riding and trail cycling are very popular, while water lovers can indulge in a spot of kayaking or white-water rafting through the winding rivers.

Some visitors want to spend some time in the town, as Pigeon Forge is home to both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park. Combined, the theme parks stretch across almost 150 acres and feature thrilling rides, stunning shows, Tennessee’s first water coaster, and a healthy helping of Dolly Parton’s signature charm.

Other attractions in town include the Titanic Museum, which has over 400 artifacts both private and personal telling the story of the famously doomed ship and making history come alive. Music fans are sure to enjoy the Southern Gospel Museum and Gall of Fame too, and they are sure to find out more about pioneers of the genre. There’s also the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, which, at 200 feet high, offers fantastic views of the town and surrounding countryside. You don’t even need to climb all the way up a mountain.

Guests can also explore Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Tennessee, which are within driving distance of Pigeon Forge. Neither town has huge populations, but their rural atmosphere and laid-back hospitality are sure to make every weary visitor feel right at home.

A variety of cabins are pet friendly, allowing your favorite four-legged friends to come with you. Pet friendly cabins have between one and seven bedrooms, allowing for even big families to have plenty of room. Staff members recommend the Ocanaluftee River Trail and Gatlinburg Trail as perfect spots for walking leashed dogs.

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