Bearskin Lodge on the River in Gatlinburg, TN

840 River RoadGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Bearskin Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy a relaxing float on the lazy river or a dip in the swimming pool that looks upon Mount LeConte. Features include fitness facility, free breakfast, gift shop, free Internet access, meeting facilities, and non-smoking rooms.

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from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Appealing mountain craft décor.
  • Covered parking garage.
  • Set alongside mountain stream.
  • Outdoor heated pool with lazy river.
  • Cozy fire pits.
  • Rooms feature fireplaces, and private balconies.
  • Located near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Next door to The Peddler restaurant.
  • Walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg shops, restaurants and attractions.
  • Located on trolley route.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Continental Breakfast
  • Gift Shop
  • Handicapped Access
  • Inside Corridors
  • Keyless Room Locks
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet Access in Public Areas (free)
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Ice Machines
  • Smoke-free Property
  • Lazy River
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Check-In: 4:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am
Bearskin Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Bearskin Lodge you’ll find state-of-the-art amenities among its traditional mountain craft decor and massive log beams. Downtown Gatlinburg shops, restaurants, and attractions are just outside your door.

Gatlinburg became a lodging destination many years ago and our lodge will take you back to a time when visitors came to enjoy the clean mountain air and cool streams of Gatlinburg. While at our Gatlinburg lodge, take a float on our own meandering lazy river, or a dip in our swimming pool that looks upon Mount LeConte.

Leave your car in our free covered parking garage and take the trolley to all of Gatlinburg, the National Park, outlet shopping, or Pigeon Forge attractions including Dollywood and Dolly Parton's Stampede. You can simply walk to the many fine craft shops, boutiques, and restaurants that line the village streets of Gatlinburg, as we are located on the south end of downtown Gatlinburg.

Check-in time is after 4:00 pm.

Note: Bearskin Lodge will be closed January 6-14, 2019 for updates to the lobby and breakfast room.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

8 Reviews
Tabitha I.
Ringgold, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful Experience"
November, 2018
My family and I stayed in the Bearskin Lodge and absolutely loved it. The staff was super friendly. The lodge was very clean and inviting. The rooms were amazing. Not to mention the fresh cookies they serve in the lobby. We will definitely be back!
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Tip: Easy Walking Distance to downtown Gatlinburg

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Cathy K.
Manchester, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent stay"
September, 2018
This is our favorite place to stay in the area. My son enjoys the lazy river and hubs and I enjoy the fire pit at night. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly and super helpful.
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Tip: Convenient trolly stop

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Cleveland, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great location"
January, 2018
Several stays over several years, always clean and quiet with a very good breakfast bar. Easy walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg.
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Tip: Get reservations early, they fill up quick.

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Jeremy McFall
1 Review
"Great for Groups!"
January, 2018
I brought my marching band up for the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade in December, 2017. The hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful is getting everything set up for us. This place is awesome, the kids loved it, my parent chaperones loved it, even my bus driver loved it. You can't pick a better place to stay!
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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Morristown, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Mini-Vacay at Bearskin Lodge"
July, 2016
Clean & quiet lodge. Outside pool & lazy river a lot smaller in person than on the internet.
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richard patton
south shore, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Our stay at Bearskin Lodge"
October, 2015
Our stay at Bearskin Lodge was very pleasant. The room and facilities were excellent. Bearskin Lodge is also convenient to many eating establishments, shops and attractions.
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Tip: There are times when the traffic is very heavy. Be prepared to have patience when driving in the area.

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Johnny Portis
Birmingham, AL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Gatlinburg Lodging"
October, 2015
The Bearskin Lodge was a very nice and comfortable hotel to stay in. The stay was extremely helpful, courteous, and truly went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. When we travel back to Gatlinburg, this will be our choice place of lodging. The rooms are extremely spacious and absolutely beautiful.
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Tip: It would probably be a good idea to make sure that all of your reservations are and confirmed before your arrival as it would make check in go even faster and you will recieve the exact accomodations that you require.

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Rebecca Surguy
Lebanon, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Absolutely beautiful"
March, 2015
Very nice touches to decorating used wood for banners and hand rails great breakfast hot food buffet. Could use more rooms with hot tubs but overall great stay
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Cathy N Andy J
"Great stay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 04, 2019 NEW
A Great hotel close to the main street and shopping in Gatlinburg. The room was large and spacious with fridge and microwave , a small sofa and table , large TV .best feature was the fireplace gave a nice ambience to the room .There was also small balcony . We had a room with 2 queen beds and were very comfortable .Would stay stay here again
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"Great Hotel"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2019 NEW
We come every year around Christmas time. We love the clean and friendly staff. Our children love the free apple cider and cookies. The hotel provides a different variety for breakfast. I was very impresses as well when we received a returning discount without even asking. :-)
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Leslie B
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2019 NEW
I stayed in late January and was looking forward to a mother/daughter weekend of playing cards and watching basketball games in our room with the fireplace roaring. When we arrived at the hotel the checkin went smoothly. We got to off the elevator and were hit with the smell of fresh paint on the 4th floor. I knew they had remodeled 2 weeks before so it surprised me that it smelled so strongly. On the way to our room we noticed that the painters tape was still present in the hall and at the bottom of the doors. We arrived to our room and the paint smell was much stronger. We are sensitive to chemical smells so this was very frustrating. It was in the 30s outside so we could not vent out the room. The beds were comfortable and the shower was very nice. However, when I tried to use the hairdryer sparks came out and smoke. A housekeeper brought us a portable one to replace. We settled in to play cards and watch games and were surprised to see the sports channels were not working. We contacted the front desk and they said someone was looking into it. We called the next day and were told the same. No one ever fixed it and their attitude was very matter of fact. We left to go watch it at a nearby restaurant instead of being able to stay in our room. The rooms have little soundproofing and we could here kids running down the hall and vacuuming upstairs and next door in the early morning hours. We coughed all weekend due to the smell of the paint and would surely never stay here again as it was not relayed to us that it would be an issue when we booked. We will go to another hotel next time.
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"Love This Lodge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2019 NEW
This lodge is an excellent place to stay when visiting Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is well maintained and has just gone through some recent facelift changes. My wife and I first visited this lodge on our 25th anniversary and have been back every year since with family and friends. We just celebrated our 30th and stayed 4 nights. I highly recommend this lodge. It is located on the "East" end of town, I'll call it, at the entrance to the National Park. Best points: Easy to get to. When the traffic on the main street in town is bumper to bumper, I take the bypass to the East as I arrive from Pigeon Forge. Then all you have to do is enter Gatlinburg from the East side and you are there. The lodge is a left turn at the first traffic light for Ski Mountain You can walk from the lodge to all the great attractions in Gatlinburg. Whether you walk the main strip or take River Road to avoid the crowd it is easy and safe walking. Great food is within easy walking distance. The main strip is one block over. They provide a complimentary breakfast room that has just changed it's menu. Now offered are cereal, muffins, and microwave biscuit fare. Juices and coffee too. I'll have to say this would be the only disappointing thing I can say. Previously, they had the more typical waffles, breakfast meats, and such that you find in most mid-priced hotel chains which while more difficult to maintain and provide was a big plus. The replacement is just "adequate" and not as memorable. In any event you should not let this deter your decision to stay here. It's still A+ accommodations in my book. I shall return again!
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
"Perfect combination of beauty, comfort, and price. We loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019
Both the decor and the staff were warm and welcoming, and the fresh baked cookies didn't hurt either! The room was spacious and comfortable, with a beautiful little view of the river. A short walk to Ober Gatlinburg and all the restaurants we wanted to try, it was a perfect place to stay. We parked our car and didn't get back in it until time to leave. Can't wait to go back. Oh, and the price was right too!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bearskin Lodge on the River

How many rooms are available at the Bearskin Lodge on the River?
The Bearskin Lodge in Gatlinburg has 96 rooms.

How many different buildings comprise your “units”?
The Bearskin Lodge has a total of one building.

How many floors constitute your property?
The Bearskin Lodge on the River has a total of five floors.

How many adjoining rooms are available at your property?There are 22 adjoining rooms at the Bearskin Lodge on the River.

Do you have a restaurant on-site? A lounge, café or gift shop?The Bearskin Lodge does not have a restaurant or lounge located on property but there is a gift shop open 24/7.

Do you have a minimum age required for check-in?Guests must be at least 21 years of age to check-in at the Bearskin Lodge in Gatlinburg.

Does the Bearskin Lodge charge any resort fees?

Do you charge for microwaves, fridges, cribs or rollaways?
The Bearskin Lodge does not charge extra for these amenities.

What are your pool hours?The Bearskin Lodge pool is open from 9am-11pm.

Is late check-in available?Yes. Guests may check-in at any time.

Is the Bearskin Lodge located on a trolley stop?Yes.