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Nantahala Lake & River, Topton NC. Farm, mountains, fish, raft, hike. Dogs OK.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, 1000 Square Feet, Single-Family Home. Sleeps 10. Dogs OK

Enjoy this vacation home in rural Nantahala at 3200 feet, two miles from Nantahala Lake that has 42 miles of shoreline. In the Smoky Mountains (Smokies) in Nantahala National Forest. You are surrounded by farms, mountains, meadows and streams.

The house is on my farm: Nantahala Farm and Garden. I have Ancona ducks, Dominique chickens, and Bantam chickens. My farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs are available if you want to try some. I grow comfrey, perennial herbs and Appalachian heirloom beans.

Local Activities

5 minutes from Nantahala Lake with Lakes End Grill and Marina (swimming, fishing, boat rentals including jet skis, pontoon boats, runabouts, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and ski boats). Guides available.

7 minutes from a Nantahala Forest picnic area (+ many other picnic areas).

7 minutes from Appletree and London Bald hiking trails.

10 minutes from fly fishing in streams and Nantahala River (even in winter).

10 minutes from hiking the Bartram Trail and waterfalls.

11 minutes from a trout farm with fishing and tours.

14 minutes from raft put-in at Wayah Road and Highway 19/74.

14 minutes from Nantahala Bikeway (mountain bikes) and Trail.

20 minutes from an outdoor shooting range.

23 minutes from RidgeRunner Zipline in Andrews.

25 minutes from Wayah Bald Observation Tower at 5385 feet. Plus trails, waterfalls and picnic area.

25 minutes from Silar Bald lookout and hiking trails (5216 feet).

25 minutes from Zipline Canopy Tours (travel above and through trees on cable).

25 minutes from a winery and brewery (craft wine and beer).

25 minutes from Nantahala Outdoor Center and Nantahala Gorge (rafting, kayaking, canoeing, restaurants).

25 minutes from hiking the Appalachian Trail.

28 minutes from horseback riding and horse-drawn wagon rides.

31 minutes from gem mining (ruby, sapphire, emerald).

35 minutes from "Tail of the Dragon" motorcycle adventure.

37 minutes from Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy.

40 minutes from a farmer’s market in Murphy (open April through October).

43 minutes from historic train rides.

48 minutes from ATV trails.

50 minutes from John C Campbell Folk School.

Escape to the mountains. Local activities include whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, hunting, shooting range, jet skiing, snow skiing, snowboarding, sledding, mountain biking, motorcycling, ATV riding, swimming, rock climbing, gem mining, bird watching, photography, wildlife observation, scenic driving, antiquing, waterfalls, walking, flying lessons, picnics, star gazing, nature walks, autumn leaf sightseeing, zipline canopy tours, Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters, John Campbell Folk School, gambling casinos, and Native American cultural events such as those found at the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

Local Guide

I wrote a 10-page guide with map about local activities within a one-hour drive. Most are 5-20 minutes away. It is on the desk in the home. It covers local stores, restaurants, hiking trails, picnic areas, boating, fishing, hunting, waterfalls, swimming, scenic drives, farm tours, bicycling, horseback riding, shooting, and more. There are many activities that are good for young children.

The Vacation Home

You stay in a clean 1000 square foot single-family home with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.


It sleeps 10 so there’s plenty of room for everyone. There is a Queen bed in the master bedroom. The other room has a full/double bed, 2 twin beds, and a futon. The living room has a pullout sofabed. I provide you with pillows, sheets, blankets and comforters for every bed including the sofabed and futon. There is a washer and dryer.


For your comfort, the bathrooms have towels and soap. There is a hair dryer, iron, shower cap plus other amenities. There is a sewing kit and medical kit.


The kitchen has everything you need: refrigerator, electric stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender, electric can opener, and toaster. Plenty of dishes, glasses, pots/pans, utensils, flatware, cooking supplies, towels, hot name it. There is salt, pepper, sugar and spices. (You bring your food.) I want you to feel at home.

Heating, Cooling and Water

The house is all wood floor except for the kitchen. Heated with central electric heat. Cooled with central air conditioning but it is not needed much. In the summer it goes down to 50s or 60s at night. The water is from a spring. The water here is very good.

Internet, Entertainment and Phone

There is DSL high-speed internet, both wired and wireless. There is Dish TV in the living room. In the other bedroom there is a DVD player, TV and DVDs. There is a landline phone with unlimited local and long distance within the United States so you can stay in touch with family and friends.

Porch and Yard

There is a covered back porch with a BBQ grill and chairs. In the back yard there is a picnic table for you to enjoy meals with your family. There is a firepit for a campfire. You overlook woods and farmland.


I do allow dogs (no cats). The house has a small fenced in yard (25 feet x 41 feet) that has shelter for protection from rain and sun. It is a great area for them. I do not have a weight limit or breed restrictions. Dogs need to be house broken, on flea medicine, and well behaved. If your dog is alone in the house, he needs to be in a cage/crate. When outside the fenced yard, your dog should be on a leash. I have cats, ducks and chickens so I can't have any dogs that want to chase and kill animals. If you are bringing a dog(s), let me know how many.

One renter wrote: “You have great lodging for our dog. He had room to be outside safely without us.”

Smoking & Parties

No smoking in the house as consideration for other renters who do not smoke. You can smoke on the covered back porch and walkway. Please no house parties with large numbers of people.


The vacation rental has a ramp to the door if needed for wheelchair or walker. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. The house is 1 floor.


It does snow here sometimes during November through March. The average is about 10 inches a year though that varies a lot from year to year. Some years there is almost none. If there is snow, the driveway will be shoveled. But if it is snowing when you show up, you may have to park your car by the street (on the driveway) and walk to the rental. It is only about a 3-4 minute walk. The local roads are very well maintained when it snows.


You can park a small boat (18 feet or less) on my property near the road. Let me know if you are bringing a boat to the rental. Boat rentals are available 5 minutes away at Nantahala Lake.


Each child is counted as 1 person when you select the number of people. Thank you.

More Details

Nancy Shirley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Nancy Shirley

I have lived in Nantahala for 10 years. I love it here. It is very peaceful and relaxing. I started Nantahala Farm and Garden because I love country living. I have Ancona ducks, Dominique chickens, and Banty chickens. I have a large herb garden and grow vegetables. The mountain life is wonderful.

Nancy Shirley purchased this house in 2005

Why Nancy Shirley chose Topton

I moved here because I wanted to live in harmony with nature. I gardened starting as a child when my mother taught me about plants. I loved it then, and I love it now.

I enjoy walking in the mountains. The whitewater rafting is a lot of fun with great restaurants overlooking the water at Nantahala Outdoor Center. I love bird watching. It is especially nice here in the autumn with a colorful display of falling leaves.

What makes this house unique

This is a great neighborhood where there is real community. Most people here know each other. People wave to each other when driving by. You will enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

The vacation rental is located in Macon County, 2 hours west of Asheville, North Carolina. Atlanta is 3 hours away. It is 40 minutes northeast of Murphy, North Carolina. Franklin is 40 minutes away. It is 40 minutes to the closest Walmart or Lowes in Murphy.

The closest town is Andrews which is 20-25 mintues away. In Andrews are the nearest grocery store (Ingles) and drug stores (Walgreens or Turner). There are 2 restaurants (Lakes End, Wayah Cafe) 5 minutes away.

Nantahala is a great place to vacation.


Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Both bathrooms have a shower and tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The master bedroom has a full bath next to the room. The bed is a queen bed. The large bedroom has a double/full bed, 2 twin beds and a futon. There is a sofabed in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Nantahala Lake & River, Topton NC. Farm, mountains, fish, raft, hike. Dogs OK.
average rating of 4.55 based on 20 reviews

The property had a great view and was just minutes from the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience hiking and canoeing around Lake Nantahala. I only wish we had more time to stay here! This house has everything you need except groceries if you want those. There is a grill nearby, but if you like to cook, be sure to bring your food with you as the closest grocery store is 25 min away. I highly recommend staying here! Our two dogs loved it as well :)

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Getaway in the Smokies

  • 4 of 5

We wanted a change of scene and wanted to take our pets with us. The property is a well cared for double wide on the side of a hill. The owner has set it up with all the things you need for a vacation stay. Everything worked and it was easy to play house there. Nancy provided a multi page write up, where to go, what to see, what to do, which was very helpful.

The leaves were a bit past peak but there were enough for color and we had a good view of the "bones" of the mountains. We rode the entire length of Wayah road over the two days we were there, saw gorgeous mountain scenery, a large portion of the trout rich Nantahala river, and the Fontana dam. Hint, don't lock yourself out of your car at the Fontana dam like I did, it took AAA about three hours to find it!

Nancy has stocked the house with lots of dvds and books, one in particular was the 2004 30 year update to The Limits to Growth. Good stuff. Speaking of books she wrote a marvelous one. We bought a copy, it is a good reference for country dwellers.

There were two bedrooms and two bathrooms so this would be a good place for a family with kids. There is also a nice covered deck and a small fenced yard, good for little dogs.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely little mountain house

  • 5 of 5

Nancy was a very generous host and we really appreciated her letting us stay there for a wedding weekend. The house was well-appointed with pretty much anything one might need. Just make sure you have everything planned to a tee - there is almost no cell signal in the area anywhere! Try her duck eggs, they're delicious!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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halifax va.

Bring your own linens,fans have never seen a dust mop,house smells musty

  • 3 of 5

Not to bad

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is confusing. Every bed has linens plus there are many sheets, pillow cases and blankets in the closets. Every bath has towels plus 8 extra sets in the bath closet. Every room has a ceiling fan plus I provide 2 portable fans. The house has air conditioning. I clean thoroughly after every guest.
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What you see is what you get!! Everything you need is there for cooking/grilling.

  • 5 of 5

It's the mountains so everything is always a 30 minute drive. But you can do lots of trails water rafting and exploring within that 30 mins!!! We didn't run out of fun things to do from sun up to sun down during our stay! Would definitely book to stay there again

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Panama City, Fl

Nantahala Community

  • 4 of 5

Picked this location as it is right on my favorite NC road (Wayah Rd) and is close to all other motorcyclists favorite routes. House had every thing we needed to make it a pleasant mountain getaway. Really enjoyed getting out of the Florida heat and into NC mild climate.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nantahala River
Nantahala River
Nantahala River
Bryant Bait & Tackle
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lakes End Grill
Car: necessary

Escape to the mountains. Local activities include whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, motorcycling, hiking, hunting, jet skiing, snow skiing, snowboarding, sledding, mountain biking, motorcycling, ATV riding, swimming, rock climbing, bird watching, wildlife observation, scenic driving, antiquing, waterfalls, walking, flying lessons, Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters, John Campbell Folk School, gambling casinos, and Native American cultural events such as those found at the Cherokee Nation Reservation.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $59
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 10.0%

If you need to cancel your reservation:
Cleaning fee and security deposit are always refunded.
If cancel 1 week or less before rental date, then no refund.
We have turned people away to keep the date open for you.
If cancel more than 1 week before date, then 50% refund.
There may be flexibility with these.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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