5 out of 5 stars

First time to Gatlinburg

Reviewer: Joseph B. from Lexington, KY - Friday, August 23, 2013


Cabin: Fontana

We had a wonderful week staying at the Fontana cabin at Elk Springs Resort near Gatlinburg TN. It was our first time to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, and we were very impressed. The cabins of the resort were perfectly located and excellently maintained.

We had no complaints during our one week stay at Elk Springs, everything was just like was pictured on the web site, and we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. They were very easy to find and we found navigation around the region was easy, as long as you stay close to the main roads.

We were visiting from Lexington KY. It was our annual family end of summer vacation get away just before school starts. We recently had moved to the region from Wisconsin, and wanted to find a place similar to the wooded nature scenes of northern WI, and this was it.

These cabins were private enough to enjoy quite relaxation on the deck grilling or in the hot tub looking up at the clear country sky, but located just close enough to be easy access to both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Our only advice to future guests would be that if you want to be completely secluded, we would recommend another cabin farther back on the loop. Since the Fontana is the first cabin located on the loop, you can see and hear the access road from the back of the deck. This is not a problem at all as there wasn't much traffic, but further back in the resort you would be hard pressed to know there was anyone else around you. Our other advice would be to come during the week if you can. We hardly had to wait for anything from Monday to Friday, but as we were getting ready to leave Saturday, we saw droves of people coming to the area. Definitely a place to hit during the week if you can.

These cabins are top of the line, and they come fully equipped with everything you will need for your stay. Dishes, glasses, bowls, basic cookware, even a corkscrew for your wine bottle. Ours even had an in cabin stacked washer and dryer to help clean those dirty cloths after a good long hike through the mountains.

We took the Cherokee Loop motor trail through the park and saw some wonderful short hikes and scenic lookout points. We also stopped along the way to hike out to Grotto Falls, which was amazing and not that difficult of a hike. The next day we went the other direction in the park and hiked to the Laurel Falls. Our favorite part of the time was just relaxing in the outdoor hot tub with a nice bottle of wine and the stars after the kiddo went to bed. The upstairs loft was perfect for our child, and he quickly made it his own person wilderness fort!

We loved our time, and will definitely be back this fall and for many years to come. Next time we come, we would like to try another cabin in the same region, we drove around the circle and scoped out ones we might like to come back to with the entire family. Thanks Elk Springs Resorts, we can't wait to come back!

 

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