Cozy Cabins for Warm Winter Stays

December 1, 2022  |  Permalink

During the Winter months, it's the perfect time of year to make use of the many cabins Tennessee State Parks have to offer. Here are seven cabin recommendations for a cozy stay – stay warm while still getting to experience our great Tennessee State Parks!  

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Chickasaw State Park 

Chickasaw State Park is a peaceful area tucked away in the Chickasaw State Forest. Last year, the park updated all of its cabins that sit on the shore of Lake Placid. The historic cabins (#1 – #7) received full renovations and the standard cabins (#8 – #12) received major updates. 

The park has 13 historic Works Progress Administration (WPA) cabins that sleep up to six people. The cabins are complete with fireplaces and televisions and nestled among tall pines and located within easy access to Lake Placid. If you're looking to bring your RV this winter instead, the RV campground has 52 sites equipped with water and electrical hookups. 

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Cumberland Mountain State Park 

Tucked away on the Cumberland Plateau, Cumberland Mountain is a relaxing and peaceful park that is a perfect retreat from the ordinary. The park offers incredible hiking, golfing, and picturesque lake views. Nearby, visitors can explore Ozone Falls or hike sections of the Cumberland Trail. Whatever your adventure, you are sure to find it at the Cumberland Mountain cabins. 

Cumberland Mountain State Park has 37 cabins. From Historic CCC cabins to a picturesque stone cabin – there are seven different types of cabins to choose from! Some amenities offered at the park include a restaurant, gift shop, CCC Museum, golf course, golf clubhouse, and playground. 

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Norris Dam State Park 

Located on the shores of Norris Lake, with more than 800 miles of shoreline, Norris Dam State Park is a great place for lakeside adventures, hiking, photography, and much more. 

The park has 19 historic CCC cabins, 10 deluxe cabins, and one historic cottage. The newer, standard cabins are some of the most popular in the entire park system, and the rustic cabins are steeped in history and known for their uniqueness. The historic cabins were originally constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While they are historic, they received a renovation in 2020 with modern finishes, kitchen appliances, showers, etc. All cabins are located in quiet, wooded settings and offer cozy features like fireplaces and outdoor fire pits.  

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Pickett CCC Memorial State Park 

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park is home to some of the most unique geology in all of Tennessee. Rock houses and bluffs tower over a forest of evergreens, rhododendron bushes, and moss-covered timber. Even in the winter, this park is covered in lush, green foliage. 

The park has 15 rental cabins, with three styles to accommodate different size families. There are five rustic CCC cabins that can accommodate two to four people, five standard cabins that can accommodate four to six people, and five deluxe cabins that can accommodate up to eight people. Each type of cabin is completely equipped for housekeeping with modern bathrooms, kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, linens and towels, and fireplaces. 

Pickett cabins are surrounded by miles of hiking trails and acres of recreational areas.  Some activities available include dark sky viewinghiking, and fishing. In addition, the cabins are close in proximity to the Pickett CCC Museum, which features interpretive exhibits depicting the Civilian Conservation Corps’ contributions to Tennessee’s parks and natural areas. No matter the time of the year, Pickett cabin guests are offered a variety of activities and amenities, making this the perfect vacation spot for people of all ages. 

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Reelfoot Lake State Park 

Reelfoot Lake is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee. The 15,000-acre lake is essentially a flooded forest that often freezes over during the winter months. Winter is one of the best times to see the highest volume of American Bald Eagles that live at the park. Reelfoot Lake State Park also has a museum and nature center featuring live animals and wildlife exhibits. 

The park has seven cabins that offer comfort and modern convenience on the shoreline of Reelfoot Lake. All cabins have spacious living, dining, and kitchen areas and a choice of two or three bedrooms. Amenities include two full bathrooms, full-size kitchens, a dishwasher, central heat and air, an electric fireplace, outdoor charcoal grills, and patios. All cabins have lakeside views and are pet-friendly. The cabins are also equipped with cable TV and Wi-Fi service. 

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Roan Mountain State Park 

Roan Mountain offers rolling meadows, evergreen foliage, and the gorgeous Doe River. The cabins are located about 15 minutes from the top of the mountain, one of Tennessee's tallest points. The park is also within driving distance of some of the area’s best ski slopes. 

There are 30 comfortable cabins available at Roan Mountain State Park. Each cabin has a front porch with rocking chairs, a fully outfitted kitchen, a full bath, wood burning stove, and gas/electric heat. The cabins do not have Wi-Fi service, which means they are the perfect getaway to connect with friends and family. Visitors can hike along the creeks and ridges, tour the century-old Miller Farmstead or enjoy cross-country skiing in the winter months. There are approximately 12 miles of hiking trails and 2.25 miles of mountain bike trails.  

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Standing Stone State Park 

Nestled in the middle of 11,000 acres of Standing Stone State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau, you'll find a village of 21 cabins overlooking Standing Stone Lake.  

Each cabin offers Wi-Fi, allowing guests to work and play from the park. Cabin guests have access to dozens of activities including hiking, fishing, and birding. In addition, the cabins are close in proximity to attractions such as Dale Hollow Lake, Cummins Falls State Park, and Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park. Whatever your adventure, Standing Stone cabins are the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and history of Middle Tennessee. 

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