Best of the Best: Premium Cabin Rentals

June 28, 2018  |  Permalink

Are you looking to plan an outdoorsy family vacation with a modern twist? How about a quiet, romantic getaway? You could be someone who can’t stand the hard, rocky forest floor. Whatever the case, we have just the thing for you. We’ve made a list of the 6 most comfortable and modern cabins our parks have to offer.

David Crockett State Park

Location: Between Franklin, TN, and Huntsville, AL, along I-65

The seven premium cabins at this park are far from anything Mr. Crockett could have foreseen. With a full kitchen, beautifully decorated rooms, and of course, a covered porch with a perfect view of the lake, you’ll feel like you’re at the quaint lake house you always wanted. If you don’t feel like cooking, there is a convenient and delicious lake-view restaurant that offers home-style meals and a buffet. The cabins are right on the water’s edge, meaning you are only a short walk away from a full day of fun. Swimming at the park pool, row boating and bass fishing are some of the popular activities here. These cabins are also LEED, energy efficient certified, so you can feel a little less guilty about plugging in phones, laptops, and the XBOX you told him to leave at home. There are also gas fireplaces for use during the long two weeks of Tennessee’s winter.

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Montgomery Bell State Park

Location: West of Nashville along I-40

This park has eight, premium, energy efficient cabins, with a unique and modern style. The covered front patio, complete with a grill and a fireplace is perfect for your family barbeque or keeping yourself warm during winter mornings. The cabin also has large open windows to allow for natural heating of the house and the observation of nature from the comfort of the couch. Don’t worry; there are blinds for the floor-to-ceiling windows, so when you wake up in morning you won't get startled by any curious wildlife. This park is also home to a wide range of activities. Guests can enjoy golfing on one of the most revered courses in middle Tennessee, getting extreme on over 25 miles of mountain biking trails, or boating, fishing, and swimming in the lakes. There is also an indoor pool and a seasonal outdoor pool available for your convenience. This park and its premium cabins offer everything you could want in a vacation to a beautiful Tennessee state park.

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Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Location: North of Crossville near Kentucky border

The area in and around Pickett CCC Memorial State Park offers thousands of acres to explore, which will leave you plenty tired by the time you get back at sunset (or well before the sun sets if you have kids). Wind down and relax at a premium cabin, with a 7-seater round table perfect for playing cards with friends, or a board game with the family. These cabins are great for big families, sleeping up to eight people. There are three spacious bedrooms including two with king sized beds and one room with two double beds. Whether you want to relax and have a drink on the back porch, or rock yourself to sleep in front of the TV – you’re sure to wake up ready for another exciting day.

Did you know there are fewer than 30 internationally-certified Dark-Sky viewing locations, and Pickett is one of them? Pickett is a great place to take in the breathtaking night sky and ask all of those lingering existential questions. Besides hiking the miles of trails in the state forest or at Big South Fork Recreational Area, the park also offers swimming, fishing, and boating. If you want to learn about the history of the area, or like old artifacts, the archaeological museum and the CCC Memorial Museum are sure to please. 

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Pickwick Landing State Park

Location: East of Memphis near Mississippi border

The brand-new cabins on Pickwick Lake will make you feel like you’re in a beach house. The stylish, soft nature of the decoration and vibe of the place are sure to make you feel comfortable. The layout combines the space of a bar, dining room, living room, and kitchen, all in a single open floor plan. There are two different bedroom options: either two rooms, each with 2 queens, or three rooms with a king in one and queen sized beds in the others. But wait, there’s more! The elevated back deck provides a small covered section as well as an open section, so you can soak in the sun, or cool down in the shade.

Pickwick Lake is also home to a host of different activities. A museum for the history buffs, or boating, golfing, and frisbee golfing for the sportsman. The park also has bird watching, hiking, and fishing for the nature lover! The pool, located at the Inn is also available to cabin users. The Captain's Galley restaurant sits lake-side and is perfect for winding down in the evening with a southern style meal or a bottle of wine. You can also rent pontoon boats and other water craft at the local marina, which is a mere stone’s throw from the cabin. Finally, a trip to Pickwick Landing is incomplete without a visit to Shiloh, a national memorial dedicated to one of the major Civil War era battles.

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Reelfoot Lake State Park

Location: Northwest corner of Tennessee

Whether you’re looking for a nice place to stay for the Eagle Festival or simply looking for a stress-free week on Tennessee’s only natural lake, we have you covered. The cabins at Reelfoot Lake are the newest in the entire state park system, offering ADA accessible overnight stays and accommodating groups of up to 10 people. The sleek hardwood, electric fireplace, bar style seating, and lake-view back porch are all part of what make these cabins so special. The kitchens are fully equipped and there are charcoal grills outside (if you need an idea to keep someone busy for an hour or two).

If you’re more of a beach person, this is a great spot for you. During the fall, White Pelicans stop here along their migration route, making you feel like you are much further south than you actually are. Now, we know bird watching isn’t for everyone, so there’s no need to keep your eyes on the sky – you can keep them on the water instead! Local private boat rentals, public lake access points and the great fishing in this shallow lake are just some of the ways to make the most of your park visit. The park also offers pontoon tours and guided canoe floats at various times of the year to help guests get out and experience the lake in all its beauty.

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Rock Island State Park

Location: South of Cookeville off I-40 near Sparta

Beautiful and homey, the ten premium cabins housed at Rock Island State Park are perfect for a calm evening by the fireplace after a day of chasing waterfalls. These two-story cabins are complete with a full kitchen, a back porch, and a seasonal gas fireplace. They are also less than a half mile from the natural sandy beach of Caney Fork River, which is a popular swimming spot. While boating and kayaking are popular in the gorge areas, it can be dangerous at times and caution is best exercised. Other popular family friendly activities include rock hopping, picnicking, fishing, and bird watching. Due to Rock Island’s beautiful natural ecosystem, waterfalls, and forests, staying in a premium cabin in this area is sure to give you the stress-relieving feel of being well removed from society while also living in the comfort of the modern era. (Photo: TennesseePhotographs.com)

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No matter which cabin or park you choose, you are bound to have an awesome vacation at one of our premium cabin locations across Tennessee. Looking for more information? You can browse a list of parks with cabins or read more about the types of cabins we offer.

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Benjamin D. Wilt