One of the perks of living in East Tennessee is the quick access we have to the mountains. We know you are familiar with Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but have you adventured in Cosby, Tennessee?
Roamstead is a new outdoor resort on the scene located in Cosby right outside of Gatlinburg. You can easily access hiking trails and the National Park.
“Roamstead was born from a family RV trip across the country. Our founders noticed their glamorous plans often ended in glorified parking lots or dirty campgrounds without amenities or a thought regarding design. Alongside that, it seemed many campgrounds felt unapproachable to those who hadn’t been before. A vision was born to reinvent roughing it in a way that could welcome all adventurers to experience the magic of the great outdoors.” (Roamstead website about us)
Our family stayed in the renovated Hemlock cabin which was originally built in the 1800s. This one fit our family nicely as it had double bunk beds. The kids couldn’t get over how everything such as doorways were so much smaller (due to people being shorter back then), and they loved staying in a log cabin. Roamstead has many other cabin accommodations, lodge rooms, yurts, RV sites, and tent sites.
One of the biggest perks of staying at Roamstead is the access to the National Park. A path by our cabin lead us directly on the Maddron Bald trailhead where we hiked for hours. On the hike you’ll pass streams and creeks and an old cabin to walk through.
When we finished our hike, it was time to check out the saltwater pool at the Lodge. The Lodge was a favorite place for us as you get free coffee until 2pm, free granola, and they have breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and beverages for purchase. The camp store in the Lodge also has Roamstead shirts and souvenirs in addition to other items you might need camping. The kids also enjoyed playing board games and hanging out in the lodge.
Connected to the lodge is a pavilion and outdoor dining space. They show movies at night, so we watch Jumanji on the big screen. The kids also played cornhole and Jenga while were waiting for the rain to pass.
We also enjoyed the playground and overall green space at the resort. If you don’t stay in the cabin, they do have showers and restrooms located at the lodge if you are using one of the camp sites with tent or RV camping.