Looking for a vacation spot with beautiful views of the Smokies, within minutes of the water, or a cozy home to spend your summer vacation in?

Jefferson County has some of the prettiest lakes in East Tennessee like Douglas Lake and Cherokee Lake. Festivals, breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains, and a short drive away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, makes it the ideal spot for your ultimate lake vacation in 2023.

To ease your search for perfect lakeside lodging, we’ve put together a list of six fantastic vacation rentals to consider. 

smoky mountain lake house with great views

Lakehouse with Smoky Mountain Views 

“The View” On Cherokee Lake  offers everything for the entire family. This spacious three-story home can accommodate large groups with 5 bedrooms, 15 beds, and 3 bathrooms. 

The house boasts beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains with 4 different levels of patio seating. If boat rentals are on the itinerary, this house will be perfect. There’s a 600 square foot floating dock can accommodate three boats and two jet skis. Watercraft rentals are available just minutes away at Black Oak Marina, Inc. in Jefferson City.   

Jefferson City has lots to offer including Carson-Newman University, Pal’s Sudden Service , and even distilleries like Mossback Distilling Co.. This property has everything to create the best vacation possible.  

“The View” has a guest rating of 4.92/5 stars. 

lake house for rent near the smokies

Lakeside Home with Tons of Activities 

This beautiful home located on Douglas Lake provides a perfect solution to the summer vacation search. This three-story home comfortably sleeps 9 guests with 3 bedrooms, 5 beds, and 1.5 baths.  

This lake house has views of the Smoky Mountains and a private dock located in a cove that is great for fishing and swimming. The house also creates endless possibilities for fun with water trampolines, arcade games, fishing poles, kayaks, paddle boards, firepits, hammock swing, sit down arcade, and a big screen TV with Wii.  

If you’re interested in renting a boat or jet ski, Swann’s Marina is a short drive away. You are just down the road from some great restaurants including Dandridge Brewing Company, Angelos’ at the Point , and Taste of Dandridge. 

This rental home has an outstanding rating of 4.93/5 stars. Now is a great time to book –they are currently running a special on their nightly rates! (Through the end of February 2023).

lake house rental on douglas lake

Waterfront Family Retreat  

This Lakefront getaway located in Dandridge, Tennessee, is a fantastic relaxation spot. This two-story home with a basement accommodates up to 12 guests with 4 bedrooms, 8 beds, and 3 bathrooms.  

This home includes other amenities like a screened in porch, private dock, firepit, game room, and a hot tub. The home has lake access and a private beach for lounging, swimming, and playing games. It’s perfect for families and friends who want to spend quality time together, surrounded by nature.  

This home has everything for everyone and is within minutes of the Dandridge Golf & Country Club which has beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains throughout the entire course.  

The home has a great rating of 4.13/5 stars. 

lakeside mountain cabin on douglas lake

Calm Lakeside Home with Great Views  

This lakeside cabin located on Douglas Lake in Dandridge is perfect for a calm retreat away from the noise of the city. The spacious two story, 2400 square foot home sleeps up to 8 guests with 3 bedrooms, 6 beds, and 3 bathrooms.  

This home has a great view of Douglas Lake and the Smoky Mountains. If privacy is a priority, this secluded cabin surrounded by 6.6 acres of woods is the place for you.  It also has a cove with lake access and a wraparound deck to enjoy the view. Located just minutes away from Lighthouse Pointe Marina, renting watercrafts is quick and easy.  

The home has an impressive rating of 4.93/5 stars. 

lakeside cabin in jefferson city tn on cherokee lake

Lakeside Cabin on the Water of Cherokee Lake  

 This stunning cabin located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, is perfect for the whole family on your lakeside vacation. This two-story cabin sleeps up to 10 guests with 5 bedrooms, 6 beds, and 3 bathrooms. The views of Cherokee Lake make this cabin even more worth it as it faces the sunset every night.  

The cabin has two porches, one in the front of the house, and one in the back of the house. It also has two decks for your viewing pleasure. Equipped with a full kitchen, dining room big enough to seat 12, and a breakfast bar there is plenty of room for the whole family.   

This cabin has many water recreation opportunities including a private beach with a floating dock that is perfect for a fun lake day. It has kayaks, paddleboats, and even a covered Hot Tub. There are arcade games inside as well as board games and yard games. 

Located just minutes from the New Black Oak Marina, it is very easy to rent a watercraft to take your summer vacation to the next level!  

This stunning cabin has an amazing rating of 5.0/5 stars. 

dock view of a lakeside cabin for rent in dandridge tn on douglas lake

Exciting Lakeside Home ready for a Good Time 

This exciting rental lake house in Dandridge, Tennessee, is perfect for all types of fun. This three-story home sleeps up to 10 guests with 4 bedrooms, 7 beds, and 2 bathrooms for all your friends and family.  

This home has everything from mini golf to a hot tub with a TV. A patio with a view of the Smoky Mountains comes fully equipped with games like checkers and Jenga for an easy outdoor game night. LED lights and string lights on the patio and a dock allow for fun outside even after the sun sets over the mountains. There’s even a game room for the kids with old school arcade games, basketball mini hoops, pool table, poker table, foosball, and table tennis. The home has water access from a quiet cove in a wooded area.   

Because of its proximity to Dandridge, this rental gives guests easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, golf courses, marinas, and more. 

This exciting home has a fantastic rating of 4.46/5 stars.  

Staying in Jefferson County – the Lakeside of the Smokies 

When planning your next trip, the Lakeside of the Smokies is an amazing option. Jefferson County is just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Knoxville, Tennessee, which allows for all sorts of fun when visiting. There are many shops and attractions like the Bush Beans museum, Douglas Lake, and Cherokee Lake. You can rent boats from the many marinas located on both lakes to create lasting memories. Jefferson County also has fantastic places to eat like Good Ole Days Sports GrilleAngelos’ at the Point. , Mossback Distilling Co. No matter what you choose to do, you cannot go wrong in Jefferson County.