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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • The Perfect Getaway!

    "One of God's most amazing creations is the beauty of fall in the mountains, and this is a wonderful place to see the color of the leaves changing. My husband and I have been vacationing in the mountains for 11 years and Ponderosa is definitely one of my favorite cabins. The view is absolutely beautiful and serene, with long range views and valley views as well. It was very quiet there and just a wonderful place to get away from it all, which was exactly what we needed. I spent most of my time on the deck, birding and taking in the amazing view. Our 2 furbabies loved all the hiking and watching the chimpmunks - it was a blessing to have our 4 legged girls with us at the cabin. We will definitely be back."
    Guest: Lori and Ted Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 26, 2014
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  • Nice home and management.

    "Our family had stayed at this home for the weekend. The home itself was lovely and views were beautiful. There were a few hiccups with the stay which is the reason for a "Good" as opposed to excellent. All issues were expressed to management and later resolved generously. Thank you!"
    Guest: FL Guests Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 6, 2014
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  • Mother of the Bride

    "I saw the faces and heard the reaction as one by one our family and friends arrived at the lodge - "What was my daughter thinking?" A few minutes later they knew - the view was spectacular and the lodge was impeccable. After they rode down once, the road was no longer an issue. And there was not one other complaint. Plenty of hot water for showers, the kitchen was totally prepped for cooking and the two dishwashers were a hit. Future Scrabblers will see we added a paper D, O and J as they were the only things missing on this grand adventure. As for improvements, more automatic lights on the outside stairs, and as I have a brother who uses a wheelchair, my recommendation would be this - the lodge itself is very handicap and wheelchair accessible once inside, a cement handicap space and a wooden path leading to the back door would be all that is needed. Thank you very much for completing my daughter's grand vision for her wedding."
    Guest: Mother of the Bride Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 16, 2014
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  • Sensational stay at Riversky

    "If you are going to be in the Ashville area, don't miss the opportunity to stay at this wonderful lodge. Once you locate it and "travel the gravel" to the top and are greeted by Strawberry, the wonderful property mascot, you will really appreciate what the owners have done with this rental. From the initial query until we departed the owners were most cooperative and ready to do anything to make our stay comfortable (Even though they were in China!) The lodge has everything you need except the food, but it was an easy trip to the Ingells Market in Marshall, where they had everything you need. The view from Riversky is awesome and we spent every available minute, day or night, soaking in the peaceful setting and finishing up the evening in the hot tub. The three level set-up is ideal for any group. We had 13 people from three families and it worked beautifully. I am sure we could have slept more in the lodge and we would have been very comfortable. Kitchen is very well stocked with cooking pots and pans and serving pieces. Asheville is really not far from the property. We were in and out of Asheville, a lot. We were staying at Riversky for a wedding that was held at a venue (Brown Farm) and we were the closest of all the 140 participants and guests that had come from out of state and the Johnson City area. Riversky could be considered as a place to hold a small wedding. What a spectacular setting it would be! We all thououghly enjoyed our stay and will return any time we come to visit the newlyweds."
    Guest: Pabill Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 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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