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Sundog Vacation Rentals By Southern Resort Group
Discover a mountain-lakefront camping experience like no other at 572 Bear Lake Road, Tuckasegee, NC 28783. Laughing Trout Camp offers round, wood-framed, canvas structures called yurts that are situated on decks and offer luxury comfort while enjoying an authentic-outdoor-with-nature experience. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of popular Western North Carolina, along the banks of pristine Bear Creek Lake, a 476 acre fish-rich, skiing & boating lake. Two professionally decorated yurts provide sleeping comfort. The family-size "Bear`s Den" yurt sleeps 4 comfortably, with Egyptian-clad Serta king mattress, and twin trundle bed (which can be set up together or as two twins.) The "Snug", our 20` yurt sleeps 2, and also has Egyptian-clad Serta king bed, with space for additional aero-sleeper if needed. Both include Log dressers/racks to provide convenient storage for all and the dressing screen makes privacy easy. Also Satellite TV, DVD player, Keurig coffeemakers, (limited) A/C units and space heaters and many other quiet comforts. The yurts' platforms provide comfortable deck seating for private enjoyment of the beautiful lake and mountain views. Enjoy the Laughing Trout Camp`s gourmet kitchen with everything you need to prepare a meal just bring your groceries. Our pavilion offers seating areas, fireplace, and dining areas. Laughing Trout also offers two full, air-conditioned/heated bathrooms, featuring large walk-in showers, and outfitted for your convenience with all the necessities.
Please note that this property is not located within a master-planned community.
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beautiful setting, no peace or quiet
I was so excited to take my young son and my mom to spend a few days by the lake and just get away from it all. I found the yurts on Bear Lake which appealed to the nature loving side of all of us and the reluctant-camper side of my mom. The yurt was all I hoped it would be. The place is beautiful, the amenities terrific, the lake pristine. It would have been the perfect vacation spot if not for the very loud, constant rumble of construction trucks and equipment that started by 8am and lasted til after 5pm. The passing trucks shook us out of bed in the morning (the yurt literally shook). The noise was constant. It was not peaceful or relaxing.
When we stopped in to talk with the management company about this issue the next morning, they professed ignorance about the construction - they had no idea it was going in (and clearly it had been going on for some time).
Had we known about the construction, we absolutely would have vacationed elsewhere. We were left to conclude that either they were aware and let us book in bad faith, or they were truly not aware and not paying much attention to the property. Neither option instills much confidence.
As of this date, the only offer for consideration or reimbursement we have received was an offer of a night off of a future stay. Given our lack of confidence in the company - a future stay is not likely - which is a shame, because the place truly is gorgeous. I'd have liked to have brought the entire family there for a reunion, but I can't imagine booking with a company that is unaware of major construction happening next to one of its properties, neglects to inform renters of the situation, and does little to take responsibility for an unacceptable experience.
Our week at Laughing Trout Camp on Bear Creek Lake
This was our 2nd year at the Laughing Trout Camp staying in the yurt. The kitchen and bathrooms and yurts are first class and we enjoyed being able to remain in the wilderness after our explorations and still have some luxury accommodations! We found a new waterfall called Sols Creek Falls. We boated to the mouth of creek and then hiked up river gorge about 15 minutes to find this 120' high waterfall surrounded by gorge walls. Path was pretty good but a little washed out in spots... next year I would like to follow Sols Creek from the Old Mill area to the top of the falls.
Another day we took the boat to Sugar Cove and docked.
If you hike behind those shacks you eventually meet National Forest Service land and cross the
Creek to find a trail to the bottom of Flat Creek Falls...the Falls is so large and twisted that you cannot
see the entire thing but it has awesome power!
On another day, we went down near the back of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church to find Paradise
Falls...approached it in a round about way. Not a lot of water there but that large pool at the
Top of the edge was very big now. We then drove down to Wolf Creek Lake...the water level was way down for repairs. On the way back to the yurt we drove down Old Mill Road and took a short hike toward the lake...there is a beautiful cleared area where there was once a mill on Sols Creek...beautiful bridge across the Creek and lovely stone walls...small hunter's cabin up above...this was a gorgeous meadow area and I would love to know the history.
We took one day to eat at Lulu's in Sylva and then drove to the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Balsam Mountain Road in hopes of seeing the elk that frequent the area. We took a hike on Hemphill Bald trail where there are still fenceposts and open areas attesting to early settlers having lived there. We then headed back toward the Blue Ridge and came across two juvenile elks with racks who began to spar...thrilling!
One day we boated to the island in the middle of Bear Creek Lake and swam around the island
exploring the bottom of the lake and watching the gorge walls across the way. We had many
incredible swims in the lake off our dock as well...the water was invigorating.
Because Bear Creek lake was fairly high we were able to boat up to the mouth of the Tuckasegee gorge where the rock formations are both formidable and fascinating. You could spend a lifetime exploring this incredible area and the Laughing Trout Camp is a perfect base.
21 Whispering Falls (Bear Lake Reserve)
Fantastic house! Would definitely return for a longer stay. The pictures on the website really don't do the property justice. I arrived a bit early and spoke to the cleaning staff, who gave me a run down of all the reserve has to offer - so friendly! The meals at the Lake Club were great and Christopher (our waiter) was great - he remembered us everytime we came in and we enjoyed our conversations with him. We have both already recommended the property to friends and family (and hope they will ask us to tag along should they decide to visit :D) We also took advantage of a kayaking course at the Nantahala Outdoor Center - fantastic instructor (Abby). She was able to give instruction to very different skill levels - I had never kayaked before and my friend has alot of kayaking experience. Would recommend a visit to Nantahala even if you don't partake in any of the outdoor activities. It's just as fun to sit in the restaurant on the deck, have a beer and watch the white water groups at the end of their journey.
Great family time
My family rented both yurts for a 3 day weekend and had a wonderful time. The yurts and laughing trout camp were a neat experience for our 3 children ages 8 and 3, and provided a comfortable area to enjoy the mountains and lake! The staff is very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend to tube from the Sundrops properties down the Caney Fork River to the Sundog main office. We also enjoyed swimming in the lake (so did our dogs!), going on a pontoon ride, and swimming in the Sundrops pool. It was a very good experience and would do it again if the opportunity arises!
5 nights in the wilderness in a canvas yurt!
We spent 5 nights at the Sundog camp on Bear Creek Lake in a yurt. The photos did not do the property justice. The pavilion is a first class amenity with upscale finishes and is very well stocked. Everything from the wine glasses to the Golden Rabbit ceramic plateware added an unexplected pleasure to our meals! The bathrooms were beautifully finished in slate and boasted the finest towels!
We ate our breakfasts in front of the stacked stone fireplace and had our evening hot chocolate by the fire pit as we gaped at the unadulterated starry sky. The yurt was very well furnished with a dreamy marshmellow type mattress and really plush pillows. We enjoyed the flat screen TV with satellite and DVD player.
We docked our small Seadoo on the sandy beach below the yurt and had many fine adventure on Bear Creek Lake...one of the most pristine and remote lakes we have explored. We saw a bald eagle on one of our outings...the river cliffs rise so steeply out of the water and are often the site of diving raptors. Sols Creek Waterfall can be seen from the lake and a wonderful island is a great place to camp out for swims. We had endeavored to find Flat Creek Falls over the years but were unable to locate it from the hike at the end of Rock School Bridge. This time we docked the boat and walked the road behind the houses at Sugar Cove (we were welcomed here by a local owner), through Flat Creek and then up the fisherman's trail to the awesome many tiered waterfall. We also spent a day in the Bonas Defeat river gorge where we hopped from bus size boulders, through caves and the river to see the most amazing rock formations carved over millions of years by the rushing Tuckasegee River. Nearby is the amazing Paradise Falls and a back way into Panthertown through the Rock Bridge School road off Hwy 281. After a nice meal at Lulu's in Sylva, we drove to the Blue Ridge parkway to hike on Balsam Mountain Road and were thrilled by the family of elk that sauntered by our car during feeding time. There is a wonderful road trip on the Blue Ridge toward Asheville where you turn south on Hwy 215 for awesome views and then make a left onto to Charley's Creek taking in the serene views of Balsam Lake on the way back to 281 and our wilderness paradise at Sundog Camp.
Most of all we were loath to leave the privacy and silence of our lakeside retreat! We can't say enough about how accomodating the Sundog staff (especially Mark!) were...we will definitely be back!
Great Get Away
We've made a vacation at the yurts an anual tradition. What a great place to get away from the heat and the rush of everyday life. We'll definitely be back next year.
Water-Water-Water (lakes, river, waterfalls), Tubing, Horseback riding, Seasonal art, craft & music festivals/concerts, Seasonal snow sledding/tubing/skiing, Mountain train rides, Cherokee Village-Harrah’s Casino, Biltmore, Santa’s Land Amusement Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park trails & features over 200 area waterfalls, Trout/Bass/Walleye Fishing, Bowling Alley, Casual & Gourmet Restaurants.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Bears Den $155/night
A 3% Convenience charge only applies to final balance paid by Credit or Debit Card
Processing Fee: $125 Per Rental and includes Cleaning