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Lakefront Lazy Bear Lodge- with WIFI: Newly Built 2013, sleeps 16

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom Sleeps 16

Lazy Bear Lodge, a newly built luxury lakefront cabin is nestled in the NC Mountains (at over 3000 foot of elevation) & embedded within the primitive Nantahala National Forest on the cleanest, most pristine lake east of the Rockies, Lake Nantahala. Over 4000 sq. ft. of living space, plus two levels of covered decks allows for making memories on a perfect family vacation, reunion, or even a retreat. Sleep peacefully in one of 4 bedrooms (4 bath), a 6 person bunk room or in the loft with beds for 16 of your favorite people (requires special arrangements for more than 16).! Awaken to wilderness sounds, talk a morning stroll onto the private 26 X 20 dock or retreat to the screened porch. Be embraced by the enveloping Smokey Mountains as you wind down your evening by the fire pit, have dinner in the screened in porch or family time in the media room. A bar, shuffle board, & 60 inch movie screen awaits you! Two washer dryers are available for large groups and a double oven to accommodate large events. An actual front yard (rare in these parts) allows for outdoor games or children's play. A picnic table can be enjoyed on the covered deck and the incline to the lake is unusually non-strenuous for this area. The Are there hikers in your crew? The Appalachian Trail is a mile hike from our front door and that is only the beginning of what you may experience in the surrounding area

Lake Nantahala is conveniently located a 2.5 hour drive from Atlanta, & 2 hours from Chattanooga, Asheville, and Knoxville. Knoxville Airport is closest, however the drive is windy unless you drive through Chattanooga.

Hiking, biking, great fishing in lake or rivers, boating, whitewater rafting, tubing, antique shopping, snow skiing or water skiing are only some of the activities to enjoy...the possibilities are endless .....We are 40 minutes away from the new Casino in Murphy, NC.

More Details

Tracey Russell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Tracey Russell

We live in Atlanta but plan to spend as much time at the cabin as possible.

Tracey Russell purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Tracey Russell chose Smoky Mountains

We fell in love with this lake, the surrounding area and we feel you will do the same.

What makes this cabin unique

Lazy Bear Lodge is uniquely built close to the waters edge to provide amazing views of Lake Nantahala in our own private cove


Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Knoxville, TN

Lake Nantahala is conveniently located a 2.5 hour drive from Atlanta, & 2 hours from Chattanooga, Asheville, and Knoxville. Knoxville Airport is closest.

Hiking, biking, great fishing in lake or rivers, boating, whitewater rafting, tubing, antique shopping, snow skiing or water skiing are only some of the activities to enjoy...the possibilities are endless .....

Lake Nantahala has 3,800 surface acres and over 42 miles of shoreline, of which 97% is Nantahala National Forest. The Nantahala National Forest consists of 4 forests, the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan which all together make up 1.2 million acres. Nantahala National Forest consists of a hiker's paradise with over 1,300 miles of hiking trails, numerous waterfalls, more than 800 campsites, 490 picnic sites, 7 swimming beaches, 11 wilderness areas, numerous lakes, plus hundreds of miles of rivers and streams, including two nationally recognized wild and scenic rivers. Lake Nantahala has the 2nd highest surface elevation east of the Mississippi at 3,100 foot of elevation.

Fisherman: Trout fishing, fly fishing or spin casting in the Nantahala River is excellent all season. The Nantahala was the host river for the 2011 USA National Fly Fishing Championships The river is located less than 10 minutes from away. (A North Carolina fishing license and Trout stamp is required.)

Rafting: Nantahala Outdoor is less than 20 minutes from the Lodge & was voted by Good Morning America and National Geographic Adventure Magazine as the #1 family vacation spot in America for vacations with a splash. The Nantahala River will play host to the 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships with athletes from over 50 Countries participating on September 2-8th is located about 30 minutes away. There are several nice loop trips where you can view peak season leave colors.

The Smoky Mountain National Park eastern entrance and the Southern entrance by Cades Cove are both less than an hour away

Close by attractions:

• Wayah Bald, elevation 5,385 ft (approx. 15 minutes)

• Smokey Mountain National Forest (approx. 30 minutes)

• Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Great Smokey Mountains at 6,643 ft of elevation and offers great views of the mountain and surrounding states (approx. 1 hr)

• Mountain Water Scenic Byway, 61 miles winding through the Southern Appalachians Hardwood Forest, numerous waterfalls, lakes, and two river gorges (approx. 45 minutes)

• Nantahala National Forest Surrounds the Entire Lake

• Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater Rafting (approx. 20 minutes)

• The Great Smokey Mountain Railroads (approx. 30 minutes)

• Cherokee Harrah's Casino (approx. 30 minutes)

• Bartram Trail (approx. 5 minutes)

• Appalachian Trail (approx. 10 minutes)

• The Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway, 649 miles of scenic roadway (approx. 30 minutes)

• Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Center (approx. 45 minutes)

• Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest (approx. 45 minutes)

• Pisgah National Forest (approx. 30 minutes)

• Numerous waterfalls


Topton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Three bedrooms have their own bath, all with bath or shower. One basement bathroom is separated from any bedrooms and has a separate toilet room.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 6 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • To sleep more than 16 individuals, must speak with owner. An additional queen pull out exists in the private loft area. Layout is as follows: Main level has two bedrooms, both with king beds and own bath. The basement level has a master with bath and king bed. An additional bedroom with a queen bed exists on the basement level. This room shares a common bath with basement residents. Finally, the basement has a bunk area that is in open space. The queen pullout in the loft is also in an open space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We can provide up to two pack n plays, if requested ahead of time.


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Lakefront Lazy Bear Lodge- with WIFI: Newly Built 2013, sleeps 16
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews

Great Cabin experience with a great view!

  • 5 of 5


The property was well maintained and the pictures matched the description....couldn't have chose a better place for vacation! The hospitality was great by the owners and returned calls promptly with questions regarding their property.


Cannot think of any at this time!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with amazing views. Secluded cove. Everything included -- no need to bring linens, paper products, laundry/dish detergents. Home was immaculate. Rustic decor and cozy fireplace fit in perfectly with the surroundings. So much to do nearby. Owners thoughtfully left two bottles of wine and candy as a welcome gift. The only thing I would change would be to add blinds on the bathroom windows. We had to make sure kids weren't on deck or out front when we were showering (LOL). We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing amazing amazing

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 16 (8 adults, 8 children) and stayed in the house for 6 nights.

We had an incredible time - highlights included:

- swimming in the lake

- catching fish from the jetty

- kayaking (the kids spent hours on the lake)

- watching movies together

- hiking the local area

The remoteness of the house was a real plus for us - there's no mobile coverage and limited wifi meaning it was a complete switch off from the hecticness of everyday life.

I can't recommend this house highly enough for a large group wanting to spend quality time together.

My only regret was that we didn't book a longer vacation - 6 days wasn't enough!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Immaculate, gorgeous views and stunning home

  • 5 of 5

Lazy Bear lodge was an amazing home nestled in the mountains with a beautiful lakefront view. The home was fully stocked with everything you'd need and was large and spacious to accommodate our large group. We made amazing memories and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house, fantastic location, absolutely no negatives. 3 generations from 4 to 67: 5 adults and 8 children. Plenty of room for everyone. Only thing that could make it better would be more seating in the great room and top level deck. We liked Lazy Bear so much that we have already reserved for 2018 !

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding for 3 generations of our family. Don't pull your boat down to the house. Ha Ha

  • 5 of 5

Got there late on arrival day and pulled our 25 foot boat and 2 jet skis down to the house. Somehow got the boat turned around by disconnecting it from the truck. We then pulled it back out just as it was dark and in the midst of the Saturday fireworks show. Got on the lake where I had never been before. Headed in the general direction of the house. Turned on the lights on my boat and was stopped by the lake police to turn them off but I had a nice boat. Thankfully Mrs Russell had told me the fireworks were provided by a neighbor. So I found the house and the week was on. The house and location were fantastic. There was fun to be had by all. Our 5,6,8 year old grandchildren all skied for the first time on the same day. What a memory. Thanks to the Russel family for giving up their home to us. I know they probably had a fine time in the Tetons. We will definitely be back if you will have us.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500

Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is prior to 30 days out, then booking fees are lost and money is returned. If cancellation occurs at or following thirty days and no new renters book, 1/2 funds are lost except in the case of a death or documented family emergency.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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