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Welcome to Mountain Bear Cabins

Mountain Bear Cabins provides a selection of four (4) beautifully appointed rental cabins - vacation homes- in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Mountain Bear Cabins, in conjunction with Smoky Mountain Getaways in Dillsboro, offers five wonderful Smoky Mountain cabins in the heart of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains. Conveniently located to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Fontana Lake, the Nantahala River Gorge, Western Carolina University, Harrahs Cherokee Casino and the towns of Bryson City, Cherokee, and Dillsboro, our Smoky Mountain cabins are a great place to start your mountain adventure. Our homes are an hour or less to Franklin, Gatlinburg and Asheville.

We still have some great summer weeks available!  Our rates start at $1,000 per week which includes cleaning!

 Wanting to stay in Bryson City/Cherokee area including the Nantahala River Gorge, then Bear Pause and Bear Trax are the the ideal places.  Bear Trax and Bear Pause are motorcycle friendly with 100% paved access. They are minutes from Bryson City and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We are just 50 minutes to Gatlinburg and about an hour to the Biltmore.

Or, do you prefer the Dillsboro, Sylva, Cherokee, The Blue Ridge Parkway & Maggie Valley (Cataloochee Ski area and Ghost Town in the Sky Theme park) part of the Smokies? Or, are you a parent needing a place to stay close to Western Carolina University? Then check out Bear Necessities and Lazy Bear Lodge for your stay.

Relax, unwind and turn off the world in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina…

Check out  our Spa Packages where we bring the spa to you!!!  April Packages, May (Mothers Day - hint hint guys) and June (Fathers Day - how about it ladies?)

Mountain Bear Cabins: 5 finely crafted vacation Smoky Mountain rental homes. Each Smoky Mountain cabin is distinctly different yet offers unexpected quality and design in furnishings, decor and features. Come inside each cabin by clicking on its name below. We think you'll agree…Mountain Bear Cabins are your escape from the ordinary.

 Check out our new handicap accessible home - Bear Pause is a brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home with huge loft. It is next to Bear Trax (about 200 feet away), sleeps 10 and is handicap accessible with a Kohler roll in shower, spacious master suite with a King Size Bed,  High Def  TVs  52 inch TV and 27 inch, Free Wireless Wi-Fi Access, fantastic kithcen, Hot Spring spa, nice view, leather furniture and more. 

Mountain Bear Cabins
Welcome to Smoky Mountain Time!™

Bear Necessities
Elevation 2,800 feet
2 bedroom / 2 bath
Sleeps 6 guests

Bears Den
Elevation 2,200 feet
3 bedroom / 3 bath
Sleeps 8 guests

Bear Trax
Elevation 2,200 Feet
3 bedroom / 3 bath
Sleeps 8 guests

Lazy Bear Lodge
Elevation 3,400
2 bedroom / 2 bath
Sleeps 6 guests

What’s the Mountain Bear Difference?

  • We proudly feature Hot Spring portable spas, one of the finest brands on the market. Just wait ‘til you experience the exclusive Moto Massage jets.
  • Catch a great night’s sleep with fine bedding, nice pillows and comfy blankets.
  • High-end entertainment options: TVs by Sony,Toshiba and Panasonic; VCRs, DVD & CD players; and Yamaha, Bose, Klipsch or Boston audio systems.
  • Truly family-friendly cabins where kids can be kids. You’ll find few, if any, breakable knick-knacks and for your convenience there’s plastic dinnerware and cups for kids, DVDs or VHS tapes for youngster viewers, and even family games.
  • Fully-equipped kitchens that let you prepare a home-cooked meal or just a cup of coffee
  • Full size washer and dryer means you can pack light and play hard in the mountains.
  • Interiors with authentic mountain décor bring the outdoors in to you. Comfortable and tastefully crafted furniture of leather, hickory and unique cabin style blend with our black bear motif and local art pieces.
  • Our bedrooms are enclosed bedrooms, not lofts, for your privacy.
  • Experience Smoky Mountain views and tranquility at every Mountain Bear Cabin
  • Offer our repeat guests additional savings after their first stay with us


Bears Den is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Smoky Mountain cabin. It is now pet friendly!   It is located on the east end of the Nantahala River Gorge at an elevation of 2,200 feet just outside of Bryson City. Bear's Den is the heart of the Nantahala-Fontana Lake Region of the Smokies less than 10 minutes to Tsali Recreation Area-Fontana Lake and 5 minutes to the Nantahala River. If paddle sports, mountain biking or horseback riding are your sports, then Bear's Den is the place for you. For your winter comfort and romance, Bear's Den has a wood burning fire place and Hot Springs spa.


Bear Necessities is a custom 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom arts-n-craft Smoky Mountain vacation home located on a ridge between Whittier and Dillsboro at an elevation of approximately 2,800 feet. Bear Necessities has an awesome 40 mile view!  Bear Necessities now features a King Size bed in the master suite.  Free High Speed Internet Access.  Bear Necessities is within 15 minutes to Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the casino. Dillsboro is within 10 minutes and great winter skiing in Cataloochee is about 30 minutes away in Maggie Valley. When your day of snow skiing is done kick back in the spa and watch the sunset over the crest of the Smokies and Clingmans' Dome. Come inside and warm up to a hot fire in the wood burning fire place and relax under the stars in private in the Hot Springs spa.


Bear Trax is a custom 3 bedroom, 3 bath Smoky Mountain log home located on ridge behind Bryson City with an excellent east  30 plus mile view of Balsam Mountain and great Smoky mountain sunrises. Bear Trax features a jetted tub, high defintion televisions, home theater system and more. Bear Trax offers 1 King, 2 queens and an out of this world leather sleeper with memory foam mattress.  Free High Speed Internet  Click on Bear Trax here and then check out the photo gallery at the top of Bear Trax's page. Bear Trax is 5 minutes from Deep Creek area of Great Smoky Mountians National Park and 20 minutes to Cherokee and the Nantahala Region. Stay with us in Bryson City and snow ski in Cataloochee in about 45 minutes in Maggie Valley. For your winter comfort and romance, Bear Trax offers a gas log fireplace and Hot Springs Spa.  Bear Trax is motorcycle friendly with paved access all the way to cabin and it offers a secured garage as well.


Lazy Bear Lodge is a spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath handbuilt custom log home. Lazy Bear is pet friendly. While Lazy Bear is perhaps our most rustic home with its rough interior logs, exposed beams and heart pine floors, it is also finely equipped with a new remodeled kitchen, a brand new Hot Spring spa, refinished claw foot tub, gas log fire place, new central heat and air, home theater system and more. All the furnishings are new and the outdoor area with huge fire pit is one of the best amenities of the place. Lazy Bear is secluded and sits on 5 acres just below Jackson County's Pinnacle Park. Lazy Bear has breath taking 20  plus mile views and is within 10 minutes or less to Dillsboro and Sylva. Lazy Bear is about 15 minutes away from Western Carolina University.  Lazy Bear is about 20 to 25 minutes to Maggie Valley where Cataloochee Ski area/ Ghost Town in the Sky Theme Park and about 20 minutes to Cherokee and the Harrah's Casino.







Bear Pause is our handicap accessible cabin.  Bear Pause features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and plenty of space at almost 2,400 square feet. Bear Pause offers 1 king and 3 queen beds and a futon.  Located adjacent to Bear Trax and  just 2.3 miles from downtown Bryson City, Bear Pause has a great view for a fantastic vacation.  The home offers a Hot Spring Spa Hot Tub, a spacious master suite including an ADA roll in wheel chair shower and jetted Jacuzzi tub, accessible 36” interior doors and more. For your entertainment needs we have equipped the home with a 52” high definition TV, Yamaha home theater system and the master suite has a 27” high def TV and DVD system.  Bear Pause is now High Speed with Free High Speed Internet Access! 

We are family owned and family operated and live in the Great Smoky Mountains-just minutes from our properties.  We have been providing excellent vacation rentals homes since we purchased Bear's Den in 2001. We have partnered with Smoky Mountain Getaways to manage our properties and guest services. You will find our contact information here on the web site and in each of our own homes. We enjoy speaking with our guests or e-mailing them and we want you to know our commitment to quality. Who knows, maybe you will find us taking care of our places, cleaning the windows, the hot tub or sprucing up the flower beds. Smoky Mountain Getaways is dedicated to quality guest service. We are building our clientel one guest at a time. Welcome to Smoky Mountain Time!

All Mountain Bear Cabins are within minutes of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself in our peaceful retreats. Check out each of our cabins: Lazy Bear Lodge, Bear Pause, Bears Den, Bear Necessities, and Bear Trax, and discover which one best fits your needs. Just remember one thing – you’re on Smoky Mountain Time™ now!

Welcome to Smoky Mountain Time!

Check out our really cool packages - Kayaking, Rafting, Fly Fishing, the Day Spa and the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory!

Can't leave your dog at home? No problem, Bear's Den and Lazy Bear Lodge are now pet friendly. $125 nonrefundable per pet fee applies.