Buckhorn Inn

2140 Tudor Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Innkeeper(s): Lee and John Mellor
  • Introduction

    Buckhorn Inn - Gatlinburg, Tennessee"Most Romantic Inn in Tennessee" Southern Bride Magazine

    East Tennessee's Classic Country Inn, The Buckhorn offers the grandest Smoky Mountain views of any Gatlinburg bed and breakfast. Elegance and period charm mix with the inn's friendly, romantic atmosphere of a Smoky Mountain lodge. It has been a favorite destination for discriminating visitors to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains since 1938. Situated less than a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Buckhorn Inn is convenient to all activities and attractions in the area including hiking, arts and crafts, musical theaters, and the Pigeon Forge Outlets. Beauty, peace, and solitude emanate from the pine and hemlock forest surrounding Buckhorn Inn, while the ever-changing view of the Great Smoky Mountains across mountain meadows of wild flowers never fails to inspire the visitor.

    Walk in to Buckhorn Inn and discover a long spacious great room with a stone fireplace and large windows facing the ever-changing view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Huge white pines frame the view, and a wildflower meadow below the Inn completes the panorama.

    At one end of this room, two old-fashioned high-backed sofas form an intimate sitting area in front of the fireplace. At the other end, guests are served hearty breakfasts and delicious four-course gourmet dinners prepared by two outstanding chefs. Facing south, a wall of windows provides breathtaking views of Mount LeConte's three peaks. Mount LeConte is the most prominent of the three highest peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Just outside the windows is a long, covered flagstone terrace. Cool and shady during the summer, warm and sunny during the winter, the well-designed terrace is a special place to enjoy the mountain air while relaxing in rocking chairs.

    Stroll left in the main building and come upon a comfortable Library. Stroll right and down the stairs and find a large common room complete with coffee/snack bar and a spacious deck. Great for events, meetings, or simply relaxing with book, these common rooms are available to all.

    Buckhorn Inn recognizes that having time to work out is often one of the great luxuries of a getaway. Open from 7 am to 7 pm every day, our Fitness Center provides guests with a comfortable space to keep up with their exercise routines. Equipment includes a treadmill, a step machine, stationary bike, resistance machine, fitness ball and yoga mats.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lee and John for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests come for three reasons: Proximity to hiking and viewing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Shopping the Smoky Mountains Crafts Community and the Pigeon Forge Discount Stores, and To relax and enjoy some “down time” in a beautiful natural setting .

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are the oldest operating inn in East Tennessee (est 1938) and we are the only inn in our county to serve dinner nightly.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That the inn is even better than what is represented on our website.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Glenn Cardwell Heritage Museum in nearby Pittman Center.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day 1: Explore the Great Smoky Mountains by car Day 2: Take a hike in the mountains, ride horseback or bike Cades Cove Day 3: Shop the Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community Day 4: Take a day off and enjoy the amenities of the Inn—you deserve it!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We have a mile-long nature trail on our property but ours is a car-based community.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The best choice for dinner is right here at Buckhorn Inn. We also offer generous packed lunches for day hikers. For lunch, we highly recommend The Wild Plum which is less than a mile from our inn. The Hungry Bear, which features tender, delicious barbecue is also an excellent choice for lunch and it is only 1.5 miles from Buckhorn.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.hikinginthesmokeys.com www.nps.gov/grsm.gov.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 10 rooms in our main building, 7 private cottages, 4 large guesthouses which accommodate families or couples traveling together.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets but there is a very fine kennel less than ½ mile from the inn—Barks and Recreation.


  • Dining at Buckhorn

    Dining At Buckhorn Inn is a Delightful Experience

    Dining at Buckhorn in is a delightful experience of the best in regional cooking. Crafted with skill and care, our Southern-influenced meals are ones to remember - from our hearty breakfasts to our delectable dinners.

    Evening Dining is open to the public as well as to our inn guests and features a sumptuous 4-course meal prepared by our chef. Our ever-changing menu features a home-made soup, salad, home-baked bread, gourmet entree, and dessert served with coffee. Seating is at 7:00 pm each evening.

    Let us know by the night before, and we can provide hearty sack lunches for you. The lunch ($8 a person) is both ample and delicious. Formal Luncheons are served by special arrangement for groups only. Price is $15 to $18 per person, depending on the menu.

    Breakfast at the Inn is a hearty, bounteous affair. Guests greet the day in our main dining room overlooking the Smoky Mountains. The experience starts with an appetizer or fruit plate or fruit salad and homemade muffins warm from the oven. There's plenty of hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate and a variety of fruit juices to choose from. Next, our entree menu offers four hearty items from which guests may choose: sweet dishes such as pancakes, French toast or waffles; a special egg dish like an omelet or a souffle; eggs cooked to order; hot or cold cereal. Homemade buttermilk biscuits are nearly always on offer. Served between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m., seven days a week, our morning fare is elegant and hearty. Inn guests automatically have reservations, and breakfast is included in accommodation rates. Outside reservations are $15 per person and must be made at least one day in advance.

  • The Gardens at Buckhorn Inn

    Buckhorn Inn - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - GardensSurrounding Buckhorn Inn are 25 acres of well-maintained forest and meadows, a pond with ducks and fish, and quiet walkways that include an informative, self-guided nature trail and Rachael's Labyrinth, a circular pathway 60 feet in diameter laid out in local fieldstone in one of the Inn's meadows. It is one of the largest meditation labyrinths in the United States.

    The Buckhorn nature trail takes one to two hours to complete and has been described as moderately difficult. More species of plants are found in the Great Smoky Mountains than in any other place in the world, and a great number of these grow naturally along the trail. Many trees and shrubs are identified, among which is a rare dogwood discovered by Douglas Bebb, Buckhom Inn's founder. He named the dogwood "Fragrant Cloud" and patented his discovery.

    One section of the trail curves along the bank of a deep mountain pond. Here you can while away hours observing the frogs, carp and bass that live in these waters or feeding the handsome pair of mute swans that grace its surface. Rachel's Labyrinth is located near the end of the trail.

    In the spring, sections of the trail pass through woodland wildflowers; in the summer, sections wind through blooming meadows; in the fall, all is ablaze with colored leaves. This is a special place where the wind sings and the rabbits frolic. Each time you walk the trail you discover a new treasure.

  • Area Information

    Buckhorn Inn - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Fall

    Gatlinburg Area Arts & Crafts Community

    Buckhorn Inn is a Gatlinburg bed and breakfast located within the Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community, which comprises the largest group of independent artisans in the country with more than 70 members. Members artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave, and carve to create original collectables such as candles, baskets, quilts, pottery, jewelry, ceramics and much more. A visit to the 8-mile loop of shops, studios, and galleries is like a visit to an era gone by where skills developed by early settlers 200 years ago are demonstrated. Travelers can choose from an array of fine, handcrafted gift items made right here in the Smokies. Visit the website of artist Brian Grisham.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Buckhorn Inn is in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and is convenient to many popular features of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including the Greenbrier area. An auto tour of Greenbrier Road, which runs parallel to the Little Pigeon River, is less than one mile from the Buckhorn. From the Greenbrier area, you can reach the trailhead to Ramsay Cascades, which is one of the best waterfalls in the Smokies. You can also test your angling skills for trout in the Greenbrier, Middle Prong, or Porters Creek areas.

    Gatlinburg Tennessee

    Buckhorn Inn is only 5.1 miles from downtown Gatlinburg, providing the convenience of proximity, while preserving the quiet and privacy of its secluded location. Gatlinburg features dozens of gift shops, hundreds of restaurants with down-home Southern cooking, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, and Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies. See live performances at Sweet Fanny Adams Theater or Lou Vutos Reflections Theater. Pigeon Forge Tennessee

    Home to Dollywood and the infamous Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall, the town of Pigeon Forge is only about 8 miles from Buckhorn Inn. We have special maps for our guests that show how to get to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood via scenic back roads.

  • Conferences

    Buckhorn Inn - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Conferences

    For 20 years, Buckhorn Inn has served as host for small meetings, conferences and retreats. Our relaxed setting, comfortably luxurious accommodations, and easy-to-reach location is ideal for colleges and universities, government agencies, health organizations, businesses and professional groups of doctors, accountants and lawyers, and more.

    Location of the Buckhorn Inn

    Buckhorn Inn is an easy drive from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and the Tri-Cities, yet its peaceful seclusion offers participants an opportunity to reflect and to open themselves to new ideas and information. Our backroads lead guests through beautiful scenery with almost no traffic lights right to our front door.

    Conference Rooms

    Our conference facility will accommodate 40 people in various configurations. It is comfortably furnished with sofas and chairs as well as standard meeting room furniture and equipment.

    Conference Services include:

    • Telephone
    • Conference calling
    • High-speed wireless internet service
    • Computer jacks
    • Television and video player
    • Audiovisual equipment as required
    • Breakout rooms
    • Kitchen facilities

    There is no charge for the use of the conference facility when a group books a minimum of six rooms, suites or cottages.


    Because the Inn employs a professional chef, we offer a full range of refreshment and lunch services within the conference facility or in the Inn's main dining room. Feedback from conference leaders and attendees over the years indicates that the Inn's blend of natural splendor, gracious accommodation, and helpful staff have made their conferences both productive and memorable.

    Call (866-941-0460) or email us our conference coordinator today for more information.

  • Weddings

    Buckhorn Inn - Gatlinburg, Tennessee Weddings

    It is difficult to imagine a more beautiful, natural setting to serve as the backdrop for the celebration of a Gatlinburg wedding. The historical surroundings, picturesque views, elegant furnishings and unparalleled service make for memories that will last a lifetime. Our spacious sitting room will accommodate 75 seated guests and there are also outdoor venues which can accommodate 75 guests, including a spot overlooking the mountains. Smaller wedding parties can be accommodated in our Library or on the veranda overlooking the mountains. Buckhorn Inn is a wonderful choice for a formal sit-down or buffet wedding reception. We have an extensive menu and our professional chefs will work closely with you to provide an exciting selection of marvelously prepared dishes which will delight the eye and the palate.

    For more information, call us toll-free at 866-941-0460, locally at 865-436-4668 or email us.

  • History About the Inn

    Since 1938, Buckhorn Inn has been a haven travelers return to time and again, generation after generation. The Inn’s blend of mountain majesty, tranquil woods and southern hospitality is at once exhilarating and soothing. It beckons guests back for more.

    Cradled in verdant forest, the Inn offers breathtaking views of Mount LeConte, Trillium Gap and Winnesoka Knob. A self-guided nature trail winds through the 30 acres of woods and open meadows. It’s not unusual to spot deer grazing or the occasional bear ambling through the woods. Bird life abounds. Gardens, nature tail and meditation labyrinth give guests an inspired setting in which to reflect and relax.

    In the main lodge are ten bedrooms beautifully furnished with antiques, artwork and English chintz. Seven cottage sit a ridge overlooking the mountains, all with fireplaces, king beds and Jacuzzi tubs. Four guest houses offer accommodation for families and friends traveling together.

    In addition to our daily three-course breakfast, we offer our guests the option of dinner each evening. Acclaimed as one of the Gatlinburg area’s finest restaurants, Buckhorn has earned a well-deserved reputation for its southern-influenced menus and fresh, seasonal offering Served by by soft lamplight in the beautiful dining room overlooking the mountains, this sumptuous repast contains only the freshest and best quality ingredients—all carefully selected by our chef.

  • How to Find Us

    Buckhorn Inn - Gatlinburg, Tennessee mapOn Busy weekends, holiday periods and during October, you may want to consider the following alternative route. It is less-traveled and more scenic than our customary routing which is shown on the map.

    Alternate Route

    If you are traveling from the South via Interstate 75 or from the West on Interstate 40

    1. Take Exit 81 and travel to Maryville via Lenoir City on Highway 321
    2. From Maryville, continue on Highway 321 to Townsend
    3. From Townsend, take Highway 73, following signs for the National Park and onto Little River Road to Gatlinburg
    4. In Gatlinburg, go to Traffic Light 3, turn right onto Highway 321 North and travel approximately 6 miles to Buckhorn Road (aka Highway 454)
    5. Turn left onto Buckhorn Road and travel .6 miles and you will see our sign on your right at Tudor Mountain