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Emory Lodge located on West Buffalo Creek

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom 2 and 1/2 Bath in Western North Carolina Mountains

At Emory Lodge you will enjoy the magnificent mountain views of western North Carolina's National Forest. The cabin was built in 1982, and was an operating trout farm until 2002. There was a second cabin built on the property in 1985 and attached to the existing cabin by a large deck. This is the cabin we occupy when we are able to come up from Atlanta. We purchased the property in 2006 and started renovations the following year. We began offering the original cabin as a vacation rental in the fall of 2012. The total square footage of the cabin is 2200 sq. ft. The lodge has a large yard with West Buffalo Creek running through the middle of it. We have about 600 ft. of creek on the property. Trout fish right off the deck!

The area has several trout streams... stocked and native. Miles of well maintained hiking trails with magnificent views. Lake Santeetlah is only about 6 miles from the lodge, as is the Cherohala skyway and Joyce Kilmer national forest.

If seclusion, hiking, mountain streams and waterfalls, trout fishing, great mountain views, and relaxing is what you are looking for, this is the place.

Please be aware, the final 1.5 miles of road approaching the lodge is private gravel/dirt. It is very rocky and can be muddy after a rain. We suggest vehicles with medium to high ground clearance. If you are planning to ride street bikes, this is likely not for you.

More Details

Scott Emory
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Scott Emory

Welcome to our site. We are Crystal and Scott Emory. We purchased the property in 2006. With encouragement from our neighbors and friends, we decided in the fall of 2012 to offer our escape from reality to others.

Scott Emory purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Scott Emory chose Smoky Mountains

We were looking for a weekend getaway in the Smokey mountains to ride our motorcycles. We found a property advertised as a former trout farm. After the first visit, we were hooked! We were not looking for two houses, but we could not pass on this property. Our dog Charlie loves the property as well, so we had to give up the motor cycles so he could come along!

What makes this cabin unique

Miles of old logging roads to walk, or ride ATV's. Located on a stocked trout stream if you like fishing, or just relaxing on the deck overlooking the stream. Nearby the scenic Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer State Park, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake, and The Tail Of The Dragon.


Robbinsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Although we are pet friendly, we do ask you keep your pets off the furniture and beds. We need to consider future guests who may have allergies.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor full bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Powder room - main floor
  • Master bath - shower only, second floor bath - tub/shower combo
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bunk bed room 2 - 2 bunk bed , Accessed from bedroom 3 on second floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom on main floor
    Bunk bed room 1 - 2 bunk bed , Accessed from bedroom 2 on second floor
  • Three bedrooms - 2 queen beds and one full. Two bunkbed rooms with 4 beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Emory Lodge located on West Buffalo Creek
average rating of 4.75 based on 36 reviews

This is really a great cabin by West Buffalo Creek!

  • 5 of 5

The owners have thought of everything to make your stay really relaxing and wonderful! Make sure you follow owners directions to the lodge and not GPS We have aJag and it is low to the ground but had no problems on the gravel road as long as you go slow. Worth the trip! Thanks Joey and Leslie

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Park, FL

Best of the Appalachians!

  • 5 of 5

I must admit my wife and I were apprehensive about staying in a cabin with the owners right next door, but our concerns disappeared once we arrived at Emory Lodge. Although the two separate homes share an expansive deck, our place had another private creek-side deck complete with outdoor furniture and a fire pit. The sounds of the creek, the natural beauty of the entire area, the comfort and the coziness of the well-equipped accommodations made for a fantastic, stress relieving get away. We were also fortunate to meet Scott and Crystal Emory...delightful people. We highly recommend Emory Lodge.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful unspoiled

  • 5 of 5

My group of friends & I (seven total) stayed at Emory Lodge. We found the lodge to be exactly as described. The natural setting outside the lodge with the stream running though the property was amazing. Inside & out we found the place to be maintained quite well. ( I. amagine this property rents out often.) As mention my group had seven, factoring in that the lodge can sleep upto 12, its layed out quite well. We had plenty of room. there is a large master bedroom & bath downstairs. Upstairs several of the rooms have views of the stream and a large deck overlocking the main deck withe the BBQ & fire pit. The great room was very inviting as well. Everyone had a good WIFI signal. The place was fully set up with everything you need to cook with. ( just bring your food) They even supply the firewood! We used the washer and dryer toward out last day whitch made things extremely convenient. Scott was point on with his details as to where things where located & how things operated. I speak for our entire group in saying we will definetly be back. Jon S.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect quiet location for our home base for a week of scenic touring. This place is very remote and private, if that is what your looking for. The cabin was large, clean and comfortable. We had no issues with our motorcycles on the road, just take your time. The deck was large and very inviting after a long day of riding. We did a lot of cooking and grilling ourselves and found the kitchen to be well stocked. The morning we left we were greeted by the owner who gave us a wonderful fresh baked banana bread for our long journey home. We highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great. It was exactly what we thought it would be.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is dated. In a cool retro way. You can see that on the honest web site. It reminded me of my parents lake house we had when I was growing up. Clean, all wood, big living room, smelled good and unique. We all enjoyed it.

We wanted something out of the way but also easy to get to Joyce Kilmer Forest. We got both of those.

First the road. I read one of the reviews and I thought we would need a SUV with huge ground clearance. I think the difference is following the directions the owners give which keeps you off Dick Branch Rd versus following GPS. We did have a SUV but also a Lexus sedan with very little ground clearance. No problem at all. None. Zero.

We were there for 2.5 days and saw 1 vehicle and 3 ATV's drive by. Friendly and waving. That's what we wanted.

Getting there- You need to hit the odometer from turn to turn because many of the road signs are not there. Again, no problem.

The creek behind the cabin/house is great. Water levels were down as NC was in a drought so we didn't see any fish but was great for all to wade in and play. Very shaded which was nice in July.

Joyce Kilmer forest was great. Huge trees! Short hikes for all and also more ambitious hikes in the area. Views getting there were awesome and we live in the Mtns. These were just great.

When you get there connect your phone with WiFi which is in the first page of the book. The owner has a lot in that book. We all had Verizon and could not call or text without the wifi. There is a house phone there.

I texted the owners twice while we were there about local attractions and they responded immediately. Very friendly. ( they had everything in the book, I just didn't look at first)

If you want to "get away" but still be close to hiking and biking (Tsali) then this is the place to go. Or just sit on the back porch and enjoy.

We will return and take advantage of some more of the local hiking trails or just sit on the back porch and listen to that creek.


  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation... The sound of the creek was beautiful!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
May 28 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall Season
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season
Nov 19 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Additional fees for pets and over 6 guests.
Holiday rates apply for July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
During holiday periods a one week minimum applies.

Bikers be aware. Property is located on private gravel road. The road is not state maintained. Vehicle with high ground clearance suggested. Check out our video on Facebook if you would like to see a rolling video of the road. It can be muddy when wet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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