Sunrise at Black Bear Lodge Smoky Mountains

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Do I need four-wheel drive to reach your property?

The road to our property is on top of a mountain up a rustic road. To best reach our property we highly recommend 4WD or AWD. However, if you do not have an appropriate vehicle there is parking at the bottom of the mountain and we can shuttle you up to your tipi.

Is it too hot to sleep in the tipis during the summer months?

No, the heavy tree canopy and elevation of our mountainside property provide ideal sleeping conditions. Our tipis sit along an east-facing ridgeline, which means they are cooler in the evening because they do not get direct sunlight. 

Is there electricity in the tipis?

Yes, each of our tipis has electricity where you can charge any necessary devices.

Where do we cook and keep food?

There is an outdoor lounge with a propane grill and refrigerator. If you have questions concerning food storage, please speak to property owners Barbara or Kevin. 

Are the bathrooms shared?

There is a shared bathroom/bath house for all those staying to use. Our bathhouse is fully equipped with electricity and the basic amenities including hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, towels, etc.

Do the tipis get wet when it rains?

Our tipis are waterproof! They even have a rain catcher
built into the top as a backup system with a hose to drain if necessary,
although not likely. 

Can I bring my pet?

Black Bear Lodge is a shared space along a mountain ridge. In order to accommodate bringing your pet, please call Barbara before bringing your pet along. 

What should I do if I cannot find your property?

You can call us day or night via cell phone and we will be happy to assist you in finding our tipis.