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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • Best Rental Ever

    "We have rented on VRBO for years and of all the cabins around the country we have stayed in this was the best. The pictures do not show just how nice, secluded, provisioned, and perfect this place is. We used the campfire every night, the hot tub was sparkling clean and had a terrific view of the mountains, the place is remote but neighbors are shouting distance away, just right! One of the neighbors greeted us on our walk and was very friendly telling us if we needed anything stop by. We went to Klingmans Dome, Cherokee, and would have done more if we had a longer stay. When we go back to Maggie Valley to ski this Winterr we will be staying at the Elk Crossing Cabin! Jennifer and Billy were terrific to work with, even found my 9 year olds wallet under a couch and fedexed it to us on our return. One happy 9 year old when that arrived! Highly Recommend this cabin."
    Guest: VRBO Fan Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 2, 2014
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  • Lovely

    "Found this sweet cottage by accident. A truly lovely and memorable get-a-way cottage in the beautiful mountains. Great views; comfortable and classy accommodations."
    Guest: Richardsons Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 19, 2014
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  • Family Reunion-Vacation

    "This beautiful large home was just perfect for our annual family vacation together. We came from Florida, Virginia, The Netherlands, and California. I was concerned about all of us in one house for an entire week, since we have always stayed in separate condos/cabins. This was perfect...we were together and yet had plenty of room to be alone when we wanted. The floor plan was perfect for our group. The large kitchen became the gathering place. We had multiple ages, and everyone loved the fire pit, hot tub, and game room. Our shuffle board tournament was a highlight of our week. It is very well located for sightseeing and activities in the Asheville area. The access road, a dirt road winding through a cow pasture, was a bit of a surprise on our arrival--but we soon realized that the cows, chickens and horse were an important part of the total experience. We treasure our memories of the fun we had in this wonderful place and hopefully will return for another vacation."
    Guest: Lindsey Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 20, 2014
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  • Great Cabin, Great Location

    "The cabin was perfect for the three of us. David was a great host with loads of local knowledge that helped shape our week of exploration. We found plenty of hiking in the area, good fishing, and when relaxing around the cabin, we were kept company by David's cats and dogs. It was a great week and I highly recommend anyone to stay here."
    Guest: Pat G. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 23, 2014
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Smoky Mountains Travel Tips

The Smokies rise above the South along the North Carolina-Tennessee border and are a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. These beautiful peaks are most well-known as the home of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This area in North Carolina is great for enjoying the outdoors during all seasons. When the temperatures warm up, check out water activities like rafting or river tubing. As the snow falls, enjoy your free time with a little downhill skiing.

The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the natural fog that hangs over the peaks and creates large plumes in the distance. They’re an awesome place to plan adventurous hikes thanks to the dense forests. You might even catch a glimpse of a black bear!

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

- Cherokee Indian Museum: Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Cherokee Indian Museum displays a fascinating collection of original artifacts used by this tribe many years ago. A 20-foot, hand-carved statue of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, greets visitors to the museum, and inside you will learn all about the history of the Cherokee Native Americans through audio and visual presentations and displays.

- Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: While in North Carolina visiting the Smoky Mountains, stop by the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to catch a live show. This theater seats 1,500 people, so there’s plenty of space for both visitors and locals to see a performance. You can hear country, gospel and folk music, see a choral festival or watch a dance performance. It’s a great place to spend an evening after a delicious meal tasting the local fare.

- Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum: For those who love looking at sparkly things or may be interested in the history of the area, a trip to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is a must. Located in a historic 1850s jail in the center of the town of Franklin, the museum features eight rooms filled with minerals from North Carolina, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescing minerals and a collection of minerals and specimens from around the globe.

Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains

- Gem Mining: If you’re intrigued by the idea of hunting for buried treasure, gem mining is for you. The Nantahala River Gem Mine gives you the chance to search for a variety of gemstones like rubies, emeralds, amethyst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, turquoise, ametrine, Mexican opal, sapphires, garnets, topaz, quartz and smoky quartz, chrysoprase and more. Test your luck and skill to see if you can if you find your own beautifully colored treasure.

- Appalachian Trail: The Appalachian Trail is an iconic feat for any avid hiker or explorer and runs straight through the Smoky Mountains on its way from Georgia to Maine. Visitors to the Smoky Mountains area can enjoy numerous hikes to explore the different parts of the trail in both Tennessee and North Carolina; however, be warned that the paths are quite steep but offer spectacular views of the Southern landscape.

- Darnell Farms Corn Maze: For a unique outdoor adventure, try not to get lost in the Darnell Farms Corn Maze. Located near the Tuckaseigee River in Bryson City, the farm creates different patterns with the corn stalks each year where visitors can try to make their way from one end to the other without getting turned around. Put your orienteering skills to work as you enjoy each other’s company, some fresh air and what’s sure to be a hilarious experience.

- Deep Creek Tubing: When the weather turns warm, the best way to cool down is to get in the water. With deep creek tubing, you can rent your own tube for the day and enjoy floating along the water as you relax under the sun and breathe in the Appalachian air.

- Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Appalachian history and culture was born in these mountains, which can be explored on more than 500,000 acres. On the North Carolina side, there are great trails for hiking as well as horseback riding. There are many adventures to be had here as you enjoy the open spaces and breathe the fresh air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by natural beauty. You can also visit the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which displays exhibits on mountain life in the 1800s. Adjacent to the center is the Mountain Farm Museum, boasting a collection of historic farm buildings you can examine.

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