From I-40 East 1. Take Exit 407. 2. Continue on US-66 S / Winfield Dunn Pkwy. Travel 8.7 mi. 3. Continue onto Forks of the River Pkwy. Travel 0.6 mi. 4. Forks of the River Pkwy turns right and becomes US-441 S / Parkway. Travel 10.4 mi. 5. Turn right onto Cove Mountain Rd/Norton Creek Rd. Travel 112 ft. 6. Slight left onto Norton Creek Rd. Travel 0.3 mi. 7. Sharp left onto Wild Orchid Way. Travel 0.2 mi. (Rd is paved and says “Private” - do not follow gravel rd to the right.) 8. At the top of the hill, turn right and follow road to the cul-de-sac. 9. Bear Necessities will be the middle house at the end of the cul-de-sac. Look for our sign! Please remember that Gatlinburg and the surrounding area is a mountain town with snow and icy conditions during the winter. This can affect driving and parking conditions regardless of the property, driveway, or roads. We recommend four-wheel drive and/or chains during the winter months.
Don't be fooled by the name, Bear Necessities offers plenty of luxuries as well. This warm and welcoming log cabin includes an outdoor hot tub, a pool table, an arcade and an indoor jetted tub, among other amenities that make it a truly special place for a family vacation. Bear Necessities can sleep up to eight people. The primary suite epitomizes cabin style with all sorts of modern comforts. The spacious bed, crafted of logs that echo the wood walls, rafters and cathedral ceiling, is flanked by nightstands with lamps so that one of you can read in bed while the other drifts to sleep. Other features include a flat-screen TV, expansive windows that let in plenty of morning sunlight and evening breezes, and perhaps best of all, a jetted tub right in the privacy of your room. When you're in need of some quiet time, you'll know exactly where to go! Prefer showers? The primary bath has one of those too. The loft area upstairs has queen-size bunk beds, so another four people can sleep up there. The kids will rush to stake their claim, as the loft is also home to the game room, complete with Multicade arcade game, pool table, another flat-panel TV and a sound system. There's a full bathroom up there as well, making the loft a suite unto itself—one with spectacular views of the densely forested lands surrounding the house. Have still more guests to accommodate? No worries! The marvelously comfortable sofa in the living room converts to a bed for two. Guests who sleep here have the advantage of a 51-inch TV and the stone-surround gas fireplace—just the thing for chilly winter evenings, or for creating a romantic ambiance. Speaking of romance, check out the large hot tub on the back deck! Of course, a long soak is also a fabulous way to ease tired muscles after a day of hiking or biking, golfing or walking the grounds of Dollywood—activities that are all within easy reach of Bear Necessities. If you're not in the mood for a hot-tub session, you can relax on one of the deck's rocking chairs. You just might drift off to sleep while listening to the leafy tree branches sway in the breeze. Another of the deck's amenities is a gas grill. If you reel in some trout on a fishing expedition, you can grill it right out here. Everything, from hot dogs to corn on the cob, tastes better when cooked outdoors! There's a fully equipped kitchen indoors as well. Whether you plan to prepare a multi-course holiday feast or simply brew coffee and make PB and J sandwiches, you'll find all the cookware, tableware and appliances you need. The extensive counter also serves as a breakfast bar, if you'd rather enjoy a quick snack there rather than at the nearby dining table, which comfortably seats six people. If your idea of a vacation entails no cooking at all, you'll be happy to know that Bear Necessities is just a five-minute drive from downtown Gatlinburg, where you can dig into a juicy steak one night, barbecue ribs the next, and everything from pizza to pancakes in between. Besides eateries, Gatlinburg offers mini golf, an aquarium and plenty of other attractions. Only slightly further afield is Pigeon Forge, home to more restaurants as well as Dollywood, go karting, zip lining and more. And let's not forget the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the country's most popular, with its hiking trails, waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers.
Bedroom 1: 1st Bedroom Common 1: Living Room Common 2: Loft
-Please let us know if you are bringing a pet or ADA qualified service animal. -Smoking is not permitted. -Parties and events are not permitted. -Check-in is after 4PM and check out by 10AM. -We have a strict age limitation that no guests be under the age of 25 for this listing unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We require 1 parent/legal guardian for every 4 guests under 25. Upon booking, we will request verification of the ages of all guests. If guests do not meet this age requirement the reservation will be cancelled. -Per company policy, we are required to collect a credit card number and signed rental agreement once booking is confirmed. -We will require guests to provide an email address in order to gain access to our Guest Portal containing all important information about entry and access instructions. -We are locally operated and requests all guests text or call our 24/7 guest services team with any questions or concerns.