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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • Key Falls Inn and Cabin

    "we spent Sunday night at the Inn and enjoyed such lovely hospitality. The accommodations were first class and the breakfast was delicious. Monday we moved to the cabin for the remainder of our stay and we cannot say enough good things about it! Everything is first class and comfortable and in the most beautiful forest setting. Go to sleep and awake to the sound of the little brook which runs down from the water fall. We definitely will return, Lord willing. Thank you for the beautiful, restful week at Key Falls Inn and Cabin. Wanda and Levoy Bankson Bertha Ann Denard"
    Guest: Levoy B. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 19, 2014
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  • Lauren

    "I have held off writing a review of this lovely "cabin" solely because I want to rent it all the time or every chance I get. I drive 9 hours regularly to spend time here, it is the perfect mountain getaway. The owner is accessible, friendly and punctual, the house is clean and decorated with just enough cabin kitsch and decorator colors to make it feel like a real home within a cabin. It is close to my favorite "easy' hike, maybe a mile or two down the road, truly a hike for everyone to enjoy."
    Guest: Lauren J. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: September 23, 2014
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  • Lovely mountain getaway

    "Some friends and I recently took a trip to Asheville and could not have been happier with our decision to stay in this beautiful cabin. We loved staying in this peaceful spot with our closest neighbors being the cows in the pasture, and the drive to downtown Asheville was quick and pretty easy (although some of those highway merges get a little bit confusing!). This cabin had all the comforts of home -- we cooked in the kitchen, slept in comfy beds, and even checked email with the wifi -- plus beautiful scenery and a great fire pit for making s'mores and enjoying the cool mountain air. I would definitely stay here again!"
    Guest: Laura M. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 17, 2014
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  • For moms b-day

    "This cabin had probably the best view of any we have ever had. The cabin is probably 2.5 miles off 19 and takes 11.5 mins on gravel roads. It was a little scarry at first but you get used to it. Three switch backs to navigate. In my F150 I had to back up one on each turn to maneuver the curve. If you plan on doing a lot of coming and going this isn't the place for you. If seclusion is what you want you found it. Awesome mountain view with mediocre beds. Very up-to-date interior and dish network satellite. A bear came around eCh night, but no harm done. Sunsets are probably the best you will ever see!"
    Guest: Austin M. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 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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