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Recent Smoky Mountains property reviews

  • A Hidden Gem

    "If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, you must check this place out. This is not your average cabin in the woods. This is a luxury cottage home with all the fixings. We really enjoyed the beautiful house especially the screen in porch in the back. The hiking trails through the woods are wonderful with lots of opportunity to explore nature. The golf course on top of the mountain has an absolutely breath-taking view. And then, there is the lake, the club house that offers everything you ever need for a relaxing week in the mountains. We have recommended it to all of our friends and we'll be booking another week soon."
    Guest: Vann Date of Stay: August 2011 Review Submitted: April 25, 2012
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  • Great spot!

    "This is a very cozy cabin. It was warm, well insulated and very comfortable. We will be back. Looking forward to being there in the spring and summer."
    Guest: Dorinda R. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: January 22, 2014
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  • AB

    "What an awesome house! We enjoyed our girls weekend away with massages, hot tub time, and hours on the decks. Sundog staff were super helpful too!"
    Guest: Abby Date of Stay: September 2012 Review Submitted: October 3, 2012
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  • Splendor In The Mountains

    "Your home was perfect. It met our expectations in every way. The interior was cozy and inviting — just what was needed after long days of hiking. The view from the deck was exceptional — we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine in the evenings rocking back and forth and taking in the beautiful scenery to include the two love birds on the branch of the tree just off the deck, the bumble bee who dropped by for a pit stop to clean itself every evening at the same time and the badger out for its evening meal keeping a close eye on us between bites. Our son and daughter named the badger after my daughter's boyfriend. It was cute. She thought she could go pet it. The badger wasn't very amenable to her entreaties, as you can well imagine. It quickly waddled (their scampering is adorable) into its homemade den at the bottom of the slope. And speaking of scampering, my wife caught a quick glimpse of a black bear scampering across the Blue Ridge Parkway as we rounded a bend. Unfortunately, the rest of us didn't see it. Maybe next time! We might be making a trip back up to Maggie Valley this Fall so perhaps we'll check out your Waynesville home if we decide to make the trip."
    Guest: Gwen & Mike D. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 11, 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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