This place is just flat out awesome!
I arrived for a three day solo visit in December 2013, and the cabin surpassed my expectations in a huge way. I had never rented a cabin in the mountains before, so I wasn't completely sure what to expect, but everything was awesome. It was almost like a marriage between Marriott and Henry David Thoreau.
Upon completion of your reservations, you will receive an email with information about your cabin, check-in procedures, cabin needs/policies, etc… Check in was very easy, and I was able to get into the cabin as soon as I arrived.
The view was absolutely spectacular, and the cabin was filled with all kinds of luxuries: multiple fireplaces, TV's throughout various rooms, a pool table, a very nice kitchen, etc… the hot tub was absolute paradise, clean and thoroughly enjoyable. One morning I lounged in the hot tub as snow came down -- beautiful. The hot tub and deck are a paradise of a way to end a day of hiking in the mountains, or starting out your morning. I don't know much about fireplaces and was a little worried about how to use them, but they were incredibly simple and didn't even require a flue to be opened or closed.
I found the kitchen more than meeting the needs of a typical cook -- plenty of cooking utensils, cutlery, etc… Everything from a coffeemaker, steak knives, tongs, etc… The kitchen almost certainly has anything you would need to prepare a meal.
The resort is also gated, with the gate closed after 7:00 p.m. each night. Guests are given their own code to open the gate, which is a nice security touch. The resort is less than five driving minutes from the Parkway and Pigeon Forge restaurants and shops. I went into the National Park one day and it is somewhere around 15-20 minutes away.
Be aware that the resort is tucked away from the Pigeon Forge strip. There is nothing within walking distance, but everything is a pretty easy drive.
A couple other FYI's: The resort is incredibly nice, but it is in the middle of nature, so it is almost certain you will have some small bugs (like ladybugs) get in the cabin. Nothing major or nasty, but just anticipate it. Also, my cabin had a gas grill. It worked OK, but it took a long time to heat up and was not the cleanest grill I've ever seen. It was usable, but as always, cooking on someone else's grill is entering the unknown. Finally, the keypad at the front door can be a little tricky, though once you learn how to use it, it's not at all bad.
Overwhelmingly, I give Sherwood Forest Cabins a major endorsement. I will definitely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sherwood Forest Resort is a gated community resort offering affordable, luxury log cabins in the heart of Pigeon Forge and adjacent to the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals and Smoky Mountain Cabins are so convenient to all the area attractions, shopping, and restaurants, yet you’ll feel like you’re far away from it all. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sherwood Forest Hotel Pigeon Forge