Bear Necessities

Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Area: Mountain Shadows

2 Bedrooms
(1K, 1Q, 1SS-Q)
K - King
Q - Queen
F - Full
T - Twin
B-Q — Queen over Queen Bunk
B-FF — Full over Full Bunk
B-TQ — Twin over Queen Bunk
B-TF — Twin over Full Bunk
B-TT — Twin over Twin Bunk
B-TTT — Triple Twin Bunk
TR — Trundle
Day — Daybed
SS - Sleeper Sofa
SS-Q - Queen Sleeper Sofa
SS-T — Twin Sleeper Sofa
FN — Futon

2 Bathrooms

Sleeps 6


Forget about your worries and your strife — at Bear Necessities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Located in Mountain Shadows Resort, this pet-friendly, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cabin has space to sleep up to 6 guests and plenty of amenities to help you relax and play in the Smokies. Find the comforts of home — plus lots of cabin extras — at this great Gatlinburg getaway

The entry level of Bear Necessities has a 16-foot-tall living room with a stone (gas) fireplace that stretches to the ceiling. The loft overlooking the magnificent gas fireplace features a regulation pool table, 4 barstools, 2 wingback leather chairs, and a stereo. On the 3 decks of Bear Necessities, you will find porch swings, rocking chairs, a park bench, a state-of-art gas grill with rotisserie, a picnic table, a sitting area, and an inviting private hot tub. In addition to Wi-Fi, the living room and 2 bedrooms have cable TV plus free Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. Guests will sleep in comfort with the My Pillow® mattress covers on both the king and queen beds in the cabin.

Start with the flat, paved driveway for easy arrivals before heading inside to your cozy cabin. Start mornings with a cup of coffee and wooded views in the rocking chairs on the deck. Whip up hearty breakfasts in the fully equipped kitchen, make burgers and kabobs on the gas grill, and spend sunny summer days at the resort pool. Bear Necessities is located directly across from one of the resort’s swimming pools and waterfall! At the cabin, enjoy meals at the picnic table, movies on the big screen TV with DVD player, games on the pool table, and soaks in the outdoor hot tub.

Conveniences include a washer/dryer, high-speed wireless internet so you can stay connected, an inviting gas fireplace, and a motorcycle- and camper-friendly parking area. And don’t forget — Bear Necessities is a pet friendly cabin in Gatlinburg, so you won’t have to worry about boarding your pup. From relaxing spaces to fun extras, this cabin will have you living your best mountain life!

Living Room

Open concept and spacious, the living room invites you to take it easy on your Smoky Mountain vacation. Lounge on the sofa with a DVD playing or your favorite show streaming (free Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ access) on the big screen TV. Unwind in the recliner with a beer in hand or a good book to enjoy by the gas fireplace built with lovely stacked stones. The log coffee table welcomes snacks, drinks, or a card game, and you can flip on the reading lamp for cozier evenings together with your pup curled up by your feet.


When you’re eager to eat, whip up a fancy feast, a quick snack, or a hearty meal in the fully equipped kitchen that boasts stainless steel appliances, a double sink, and all the tools you need to cook and serve food at the cabin. Haul ingredients from home or buy them from the local grocer in town. All the pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and utensils are provided, so you don’t have to overpack this trip! And you can always store and reheat leftovers from local eateries, like Cherokee Grill or No Way Jose’s Mexican Cantina by the river.

Dining Area

Nestled in the kitchen is the dining area that features a round table for 4, where you can sit down for meals, morning coffee, and midnight margaritas. Of course, the living room is just there with additional seating so everyone can feel comfortable at mealtimes. The dining table is also ideal for homeschooling the kids, propping open your laptop for a browse, or playing board games. 

Rec Room

For more fun, head to the loft that boasts a pool table and lovely views of the treetops. The rec room is a cool hangout space for the teens while the adults are chatting away elsewhere or a nice spot to gather everyone to spend quality time playing, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company, including the family dogs!


There are 2 cozy bedrooms at Bear Necessities, and each offers a comfy place to rest with a My Pillow® mattress cover, a TV for entertainment anytime, and access to a bathroom for added convenience. The master bedroom boasts a king-size bed and a private bathroom while the upstairs bedroom features a queen-size bed and views of the trees. There’s also a queen-size sleeper sofa in the home for the kids or other guests.

Outdoor Spaces

Arrive along a flat, paved driveway to parking for 4 vehicles (including room for a trailer) and only a few steps up to the front porch, making arrivals and departures throughout your stay easier at Bear Necessities. Views are loaded with trees at this semi-private cabin rental and offer peaceful scenery to help you relax. Enjoy the great outdoors from the porch swings, rocking chairs, and bubbly hot tub among 3 decks. There’s even a gas grill and a picnic table for fun cookouts at the cabin, and a breakfast table offers additional space to unwind in nature with a snack or a drink and a friend.

Other Amenities

At this pet-friendly cabin in Gatlinburg, your doggies will love spending time with you on vacation and enjoy taking in the new sights, smells, and sounds from the decks. There’s also a small yard space out front that’s convenient to walk your pooch to go potty. Additionally, Bear Necessities provides high speed Wi-Fi so you can stay connected when you please and a washer/dryer, perfect for reusing provided towels or washing clothes after ziplining at CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains

Community Amenities

One of Gatlinburg’s premier log cabin resorts, Mountain Shadows Resort is minutes from downtown, the main entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Rocky Top Sports World, the Gatlinburg Community Center and Library, and Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. Guests can enjoy visiting Ober Gatlinburg for skiing, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and area attractions. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, it features paved roads, underground utilities, and city water. 

Enjoy 2 swimming pools (May 1 – Oct 1) — one is right across the street from Bear Necessities — a basketball goal, a horseshoe pit, and a pavilion. It’s not unusual for guests to see bears, elk, and other wildlife! As a guest at the cabin, you can also reserve the Resort Pavilion for weddings, family reunions, and other special events on a first-come, first-served basis.

Local Fun

About 3 miles from this 2-bedroom cabin to downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take advantage of golfing, trout fishing, mountain climbing and hiking, picnicking, and horseback riding. You’ll also be close to beautiful waterfalls, mountain streams, hiking and walking trails, great food, outlet shopping, and music and comedy shows in the area!

The nearby community center offers a large, heated swimming pool (year-round), bowling, exercise equipment, racquetball, ping pong, indoor basketball, and more for a small fee. There is also a park next door with a walking and running track!

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Find unique souvenirs and enjoy a day of perusing beautiful pieces created by the largest group of independent artisans in the country — along the 8-mile loop around the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.

Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts

Grab a cone for YOU and your doggies at Mad Dog’s! This yummy ice cream and donut shop is pet friendly and offers mouthwatering treats, like a classic banana split, funnel cake, soft-serve cone, cream-filled donuts, and shaved ice!


Take in all the gorgeous mountain views from the observation deck, sitting areas, and Vista Garden. Stroll through the treetops, duel zipline with a friend, let the kids go on a Bearventure, ride the first single-rail mountain coaster in the nation, and shop and dine in Firefly Village. This aerial adventure park has it all!

Resort pool access is provided and managed through the Mountain Shadows Resort Homeowners Association. Cabins for YOU is not responsible for maintenance or pool closures. Pool use is only for owners and their guests. Pools are open May 1 – October 1 for cabin guests.


  • 1 King
  • 1 Queen
  • 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • Driveway is flat and paved
  • Picnic table
  • Wooded View
  • Semi-private
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Big Screen TV
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Rocking Chairs
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Community Pool Access
  • Fireplace (gas)
  • Grill (gas)
  • Motorcycle/Camper Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Porch Swing
  • Keyless Entry - No Check-in!
  • Standard Amenities

    Standard Amenities

    • Blender
    • Coffeemaker
    • Dining Table and/or Breakfast Bar
    • Dishes
    • Utensils
    • Glassware
    • Cookware
    • Microwave
    • Oven / Stove
    • Toaster
    • Linens
    • Pillows
    • Blankets
    • Dressers | Closet
    • Alarm Clock
    • Central Heat / AC
    • Full Bathroom(s)
    • Shower and/or Tub
    • TV(s)
    • Towels - 1 per person
    • Min Basic TV service
    • Broom | Dust Pan
    • Fire Extinguisher


Entry Level
2nd Floor

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Guest Reviews

Reviews for Bear Necessities

  • "It was a great affordable getaway for me and my wife.loved bn able to shoot pool and listen to music and enjoy the hot tub all at the same time.and when we checked into it you could tell they did a great job cleaning up from the guests before us.will be renting again with you definitely.thank you"


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CFY Quality Rating System


Overall outdated and/or has worn out elements. There is little to no coordination in furniture and decor. Most furniture items are of lower quality such as cloth couches, laminate countertops, and particle board cabinets.

  • Laminate Countertops
  • Tube TVS
  • Cloth or outdated couches/chairs
  • Brass head/footboards
  • Worn out furniture
  • Outdated kitchen appliances
  • Worn or Outdated Carpet
  • Mismatch furniture
  • Visible wear on deck/exterior


Average quality accommodations. Will have some good quality and some low quality elements. Things such as a mixture of flatscreen and tube tvs, good quality furniture but worn out and not consistent, particle board cabinets and laminate countertops with updated appliances, or updated appliances but not consistent. These properties have elements of a Bronze and Gold level.


Good quality accommodations. These properties are high quality, but all elements might not be considered luxury in nature. There might be more wear on furniture, deck/exterior, etc. TVs are flat screen, but might not be the newest in quality. Might have stone countertops with updated appliances that aren’t stainless steel. These properties have some elements of the Platinum level, but elements are either slightly outdated, worn, or not as high quality.


Luxury accommodations. All elements are of high quality, design, and are up-to-date. Consistent furniture and decor in each room. Unique touches such as stone designs, barnwood/shiplap, full log pillars are often found in these properties.

  • Custom design elements
  • Stone countertops in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Leather couches/chairs
  • Up-to-date TVs
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Hardwood throughout
  • Consistent furniture style
  • Exterior not worn out