Rippling Waters Retreat


This cozy, rustic cabin is nestled on the bank of the scenic Little River in quaint Townsend, TN. Just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, and other area attractions, this rustic cabin combines the feeling of solemn remoteness with the convenience of local walking-distance amenities, including a grocery store, gas station, and many restaurants. We are even less than two miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! We have one of the best locations in Townsend!

We are family friendly and welcome you to make a tradition of bringing your family to Townsend each year, just like our family did when we were children and like we do now with ours! Click here to hear our family story.

What’s Included and What You Should Plan to Bring

The cabin is equipped to provide our guests with amenities necessary for a successful stay. We do not supply food and many supplies which you will need to bring with you. If you run out while in Townsend, don’t worry! There’s an IGA Super Market just a half-mile from the cabin. Also, please be aware that the cabin does not have room for a washer/dryer, and therefore if you require such amenities you will require use of the Townsend Laundromat just a third of a mile from the cabin. We also offer plenty of closet space and drawer space for you to pack plenty of your clothing even if you’re staying for up to 2 weeks! If you’re staying for longer than 2 weeks, please be mindful of your laundry-related needs.

For your convenience, here’s a list of what’s included with the cabin and what you should consider bringing.

What’s included:


  • Refrigerator with ice maker
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes, pots, pans, baking sheets
  • Pyrex glass baking dishes
  • Silverware, cooking utensils
  • Glasses, mugs, wine glasses
  • Hand Towels
  • Paper towels*
  • Trash bags*

Other Areas:

  • Working indoor fire place
  • Outdoor charcoal grill
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Clean sheets on all beds
  • Towels in every room
  • Toilet paper*
  • Throw pillows/blankets on couches
  • Clothing hangers in closets
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Oscillating fan
  • Blow dryer
  • Linens, pillows for sofa beds

Services / Safety:

  • Free Wifi
    (Password is “blackbear”.)
  • Cable TV
  • Board games, card games**
    (Stored in kitchen buffet table.)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detectors
  • Two baby safety gates

Here are lists of what is not included:

Essentials to bring:

  • Food
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid, lighter, aluminum foil (if grilling)
  • Firewood for fire place and/or fire pit***
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Extra paper towels*
  • Extra trash bags*
  • Extra toilet paper*

Other ideas for things to bring:

  • Fishing polls and equipment
  • Tubes and toys for the river
  • Water shoes for walking in the river
  • Pack-n-play (if you have a small child)
  • Baby gate for the top of the stairs
  • Lawn chairs to sit around the fire pit
  • Bug repellant (Summer months)
* Some supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, and trash bags are given limited supply per renter. Renters will be liable for purchase of additional supplies pre-stay or mid-stay. Short-term renters may not require additional supplies. We recommend using what is supplied and buying more as necessary.

** Based on most recent inventory, games may include: Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Clue, Jenga, Life, Scrabble, Sorry, Trouble, Uno, and Yahtzee as well as two decks of traditional playing cards. If you use games/cards please be careful to return all pieces/materials to their appropriate boxes and do your best to preserve all items for future guests.

*** A firewood stacker, labeled “Take a Timber, Leave a Timber,” is located on the porch, and we encourage all guests to “pay it forward” and leave their remaining firewood for each other. Firewood can typically be purchased from the local IGA Supermarket or Ace Hardware.

DISCLAIMER: Some restaurants and attractions in Townsend and other surrounding areas have seasonal hours, including shutting down for portions of the year. Pleast contact destinations for hours and availability before finalizing your plans.
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