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700 Acres to explore, privacy, large covered porch overlooking ponds, waterfalls

Bedrooms 5
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lodge, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Hummingbird Lodge at Highlands Pass - A getaway in the mountains (Hiking, Creeks, Waterfalls)

Cabin designed for a cozy vacation for 2 or for a group of 10

5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 10

Getaway to the mountains to our spiritual sanctuary and enjoy this wonderful retreat. Lodge is wooded and private overlooking two ponds with access to Highlands Pass. Highlands Pass is a 500 acre community with spectacular views, hiking trails and perfect for mountain biking and enjoying the outdoors. Relax on the large deck in one of the rocking chairs or the double hammock with your drink and loved one while watching the sunset in the mountains. Fully furnished with antiques, linens. Large great room and dining area with gas fireplace. 3 Bedrooms on the main floor - 2 of these are Master Bedrooms, each with their own bath. One Master Bedroom features a king bed and Jacuzzi Tub with bay windows overlooking the outdoors. One Master Bedroom features a king bed and french doors that open to the large deck overlooking the twin ponds. Third bedroom on the upper level has a double bed with private bath and jacuzzi tub.

In the lower level you will find a large bar with a full size kitchen 2 bedrooms, one with a queen bed, one bedroom has two twin beds, 1 Large Bath. A large game room with a pool table and dart board.

Outside the french doors to the walking pond and the gazebo pond which join together thru waterfalls fed by two converging mountain streams. Fish feeding is a fun activity and the ponds are stocked. Catch and release fishing is allowed.

Bring your bow, there is an archery target between the twin ponds. There is a canoe and life vests for throwing a line in the ponds or sit on one of the benches,

Professional photographers come to Highlands Pass to photograph creeks, waterfalls and wildlife. The Bear Cave and Indian Cave and others are located in our high mountains to peak your curiosity. There is so much to do here at Highlands Pass, you do not have to leave the property to enjoy the area.

There's nothing quite so magical as gathering around a blazing campfire under the night sky, listening to night-time country sounds together.

All the fun of camping out

for kids of all ages!

Children always love to roast marshmallows in the fire pit just outside the cabin's lower level.

Our PRIVATE roads offer kid-friendly: Nature Walks

ATV Trails

Hiking Trails

Nature Photography Trails

Horseback Riding Trails

Mountain Bike Riding Trails

Happy Walking Trails

Running Trails

Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing Trails

Four-Wheeling Roads

and more

Folks who just like to wander and roam, enjoy finding their own way around our trails, creek banks, mountains, and woods.

Keywords: 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 2 full kitchens, Sleeps 2 to 10, Hiking, Waterfalls, Fishing, ATV and 4 Wheelers welcome, Privacy, Sanctuary

More Details

Property Manager
Julia Curtis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017


Franklin Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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700 Acres to explore, privacy, large covered porch overlooking ponds, waterfalls
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful property. Reminded me of a family hunting lodge. Filled with nature.

  • 5 of 5

Julia was fantastic and the property was incredibly well equipped for hosting friends and family. Coffee overlooking the ponds and the tree line are a perfect way to begin your day. If you are lucky you will see deer coming down in the evenings for a swim.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Julia"s hopitality was great and would recommend it to anyone travel up that way.

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here, and I can easily see us returning again in the future. That should say a lot.

My wife and I timed our trip to enjoy the fall colors, which were gorgeous. We spent a lot of time enjoying the adjacent Highlands Pass property, which is one of the things we really enjoy about staying at the lodge. By the way, to be sure, when you rent the lodge, you are renting the whole thing. It’s not like you rent rooms along with other folks. You get the whole place to yourself, and this place is HUGE.

The lodge is spacious inside, with tons of bedrooms and bathrooms (upstairs and down). The upstairs kitchen is awesome.

The grounds include 2 ponds, waterfalls, and walking trails. But the feature we like most is the front porch. It’s so relaxing to sit out there and enjoy the view of the ponds and woods. There are lots of chairs (several different kinds), so it’s easy to find one that you’re comfortable in. There’s a hammock as well. My wife and I literally sat out there for hours just talking, catching up, watching the birds, listening to the wind blowing through the falling leaves, and relaxing. It’s porch therapy. It’s the gold standard of porches—we find ourselves speaking fondly of it every now and again as we reflect on our vacations.

To be sure, this is an older property, but it’s well-maintained and still in very good condition. If you’re expecting a 5-star stay with everything brand new, and not a speck of dust anywhere, then stay in a $1000 a night high-rise hotel in the city. This place is out in the sticks, so you’ll see a spider or wasp every now and again.

The property manager is great, and easy to work with. They are quick to respond if you have any questions before and during your stay. There are plenty of good grocery stores in Franklin, and lots of nice antique shops between Franklin and the lodge. We didn’t have cell phone reception (both our phones use AT&T towers), but there is good solid Internet service. So you may want to get a Skype (or other similar) account set up in advance, and preload it with some minutes if you want to make calls using your smart phone. There is a landline there for incoming calls, emergencies, or to call the property manager (who is local).

Overall, we had another wonderful stay, and are thankful to have a place like this available for such a reasonable rate. We highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heflin, Al


  • 5 of 5

This place is absolutely amazing. To begin with, the peace and beauty of the surroundings is incredible. To stay there is like owning your own huge piece of forest with streams and flowers and ponds on it. The lodge itself is large enough to house an extended family comfortably but is also just great for only two. The interior is spotless and all the furnishings comfortable and attractive. The kitchen is a joy. We cooked in every evening and then enjoyed the twilight from the porch. I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay. Julia is so easy to work with and so warm and welcoming. Having her as contact person made the whole process easy. She is very easy to reach and quick to respond to questions . We will definately return.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Third Time Charm!

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed at the Hummingbird Lodge, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The property is so beautiful and relaxing; we love the porch and the hammock, and the wonderful views. Julia is great and always helpful.

Thanks so much for another great vacation!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our 2 & 4 year old girls, our dog, his parents, sister, niece, my mom and 96 yr old grandma all had a great time at the lodge. It was spacious and had very comfortable furniture in the main living space. There was a gate in one of the closets that I was able to use to keep our blind dog and our 2 yr old from falling down the stairs. There were tons of books, games and a special area for drawing (which the girls loved). The balcony was very safe, as it was closed off with wood gates. We felt safe letting our kids and blind dog play on it while we relaxed in the rocking chairs and hammock. The view from the balcony was beautiful, and the views from Highlands Pass were magnificent. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Highlands Pass was a private 500 acre community with no houses on it (other than Nickajack Shack... So cool). We had a blast on our four wheeler, hiked some of the trails, saw deer, caves, rock formations, streams and waterfalls. We drove the entire family up to a beautiful picnic area on the mountain with an amazing view and roasted marshmallows on the fire. It snowed one night while we were there, and that was probably the highlight of the trip for me and the girls. It was our first time seeing real snow and making snow people (even if they were only 6" tall). Julia was a gem... She called us to make sure everything was great and was full of cool information to help us enjoy our stay better. It was an awesome vacation and we plan to visit again soon, as we know it must be even more beautiful during the Spring, Summer and Fall months.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Fatz Cafe
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Franklin Golf Course
Nearest Train
44 Miles
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 441
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Thai Paradise
Nearest Ski
59 Miles
Cataloochee Ski

9 miles to downtown Franklin, 13 miles to Highlands


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

$150/night for two guests
$20 for each additional person per night
***Cleaning fee for main floor is $125 and $200 for complete lodge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.