Yogi in the Smokies- Cabin Camping

When you think of a cabin, you have a picture that comes to mind. This could be a large luxury cabin with all the bells and whistles, or a rustic camping cabin with walls and barely any furniture. When we think of cabin camping, we picture something in the middle- where we hopefully have all the comforts of home, wooden walls, beds and running water.

We recently stayed at Yogi in the Smokies for 8 nights in one of their family cabins.


Located in Cherokee, NC just minutes from the Great Smokey Mountain National Park entrance, and entertainment venues like Harrah’s Casino. The area is beautiful and the scenery is hard to ignore, with majestic mountain views on both sides of the roads.


Wild elk roam the streets, at all times of the day, making unique picture opportunities around every corner, for tourists and locals alike.


The cabin had 4 bunk beds, a queen bed for Antwon & I, full bathroom with shower, sink & toilet, kitchen with full-sized frig, 3 burners and all the cooking equipment we needed. It came with table seating for 6, front porch with 2 rocking chairs and a swing, fire-ring, picnic table, and killer view of the backside of the mountain!

When booking the reservation we were informed up front, that we would need to provide our own linens, but pretty much everything else would be provided. Although at first it seemed like a huge inconvenience, to bring sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels for a family of six, everyone enjoyed the comforts of home, which made bed time easier and more relaxing!

Just 5mins from Mingo falls, this is one stop everyone should add to their travel itinerary! We climber the tower of stairs, and after catching our breath, completed the short hike to the waterfall. Surprised by this hidden jewel, we fell in love with Mingo Falls!

We enjoyed our stay! It was relaxing and tucked away-  so high up on the mountain, there was no way to work, stress or even return phone calls. The solitude was a welcome change, and even though there were moments when boredom set in, we enjoyed them too.

The staff was welcoming, and I enjoyed speaking with them in the mornings, as I enjoyed a steaming cup of coffee. Their season hadn’t yet started for the park was quiet with the exception of us and a few overnight quests.

The kids enjoyed the river- which runs directly in front of the campground and draws crowds of fisherman, trying to stock up before heading home. If we knew how to fish- or at least what to do after we hooked one, we may have given it a try.


Cabin camping can be a great ice breaker, for families looking to get their feet wet in recreational camping. Enjoying the benefits of camping, without roughing it in a tent- makes the experience seem more manageable, and for us- just taking a break from the camper every now and then- is reason enough to book!


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