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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • Morning Beauty that will take your breathe !

    "My Husband surprised me with this trip on our 15th Anniversary , it was an awesome stay at this house and I have to say Gwen has a Million Dollar view. Waking in the morning with the sun coming up and stepping out on the porch and just staring at awe at the Beauty of those mountains and the morning mist clinging to them. Quiet is what you hear in the morning with occasional singing from the nearby birds. You truly feel by yourself at this location, but you are just minutes from downtown Asheville and great eating places I really recommend" Ruth/Chris" near Biltmore Estate in Biltmore Village AWESOME Steaks!!!! This is a trip I will always remember with my wonderful husband ! Hope to come back Real soon <3"
    Guest: Regina Phillips Franck F. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 20, 2014
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  • Happy New Decade

    "When deciding to celebrate my 30th I knew I wanted all of my close friends around me at a decent price. The Hart house was perfect, even with the temporary ice machine outage! We had about 21 people and the only issue we ran across was everyone showering at the same time (little hot water for obvious reasons). I would recommend this to anyone looking for a close gathering and I've even had friends who will celebrating their 30th this year love the concept of our weekend at the Hart house. Bring in the new decade!"
    Guest: Rachelle R. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 23, 2015
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  • A wonderful getaway!

    "While going through some life events that called for a peaceful, relaxing getaway, a high school friend and I met up at Compass Creek for a long weekend and enjoyed every minute of it. From the cozy interior of the spotless, thoughtfully appointed cabin to the GREAT outdoors, with the breathtaking beauty of the pond, firepit, rushing creek and expansive yard, everything was just wonderful and more than we expected. We spent the days exploring Hayesville and Hiawassee (the maps and brochures with things to do in the area were a real help!) and the nights catching up with a glass of wine in front of the TV. Although we were two 50-ish women looking for nothing more than a place to kick back and relax, we could see how families who bring their children could easily make a lifetime of memories at Compass Creek... good, clean fun with something for everyone! Owners Gary and Tracey are responsive, attentive and show true pride of ownership in their cabin. It was apparent from the first communication that they want the people who stay at their cabin to love it as much as they do. We chose a jigsaw puzzle from the shelf of puzzles and games on the first night but never even got around to opening the box. Guess that will have to wait for our next stay!"
    Guest: Brenda V. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 4, 2014
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  • AWESOME VIEW

    "We have been vacationing in Maggie Valley for many years, and this cabin is our new favorite! The view was beyond words, and it was well appointed with everything you need for a perfect getaway! We especially enjoyed the outdoor firepit, it brought us back in time to our old tent camping days!! Would highly recommend this to anyone!"
    Guest: Jimmy, Mary (and Savannah our little Westie too)!! Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 21, 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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