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Lakefront Cabin on Lake Hiwasee in Murphy, NC-in Bear Paw -Blue Ridge Mountains

Murphy, NC, USA
  • Cabin2416 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Enjoy this lake cabin in the Smoky Mountains-near Murphy NC-best of both worlds!

Our lakefront cabin is located on Lake Hiwassee which is the deepest TVA lake that sports over 160 miles of shoreline bordered by the Nantahala Forest and so over 90% of the shoreline is undeveloped. The result is that there are not many homes on the lake, and little boat traffic as it is off of the beaten path and mostly located inside of a State Park. This is a huge lake located in the Smoky Mountains, and you can have the best of both worlds in enjoying a pristine lake and magnificent mountains.

This SMOKE-FREE AND PET FREE cabin has four bedrooms, three tiled bathrooms and a loft. "Cabin" doesn't do it justice as guests are surprised by the comfortable furnishings. There is over 2400 square feet of living space and another 800 square feet ocomprised of screened porches and decks. Two of the bedrooms are located on the main level. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, and the private bathroom has a jet tub as well as a shower. The second bedroom on the main level has a queen-size bed, and the second bathroom is located next to it. Both of these bedrooms have a private deck.

There is a fully equipped kitchen with stainless appliances, custom cabinetry and Silestone countertops. There are hardwood floors throughout the main level with a bar area and stools located off of the entrance area. The entrance hall has stairs leading to the loft which has a sleeper sofa and is a perfect nook for children who want to slip away. Also located on the main level is the great room with a vaulted ceiling, a wood burning fireplace, plenty of comfortable furniture and large French sliding doors that lead to the screened porch which is the perfect place to enjoy your first cup of coffee. In addition to the seating area, there is a long wooden table with benches to provide plenty of room for your family and friends.

The downstairs is carpeted and has a large den, two bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry room. One of the bedrooms has a queen-size bed, and the other has two sturdy wooden oversized bunk beds. The bottom of each bunk has a full-sized mattress and the top is a twin. Off of the downstairs is another huge screened porch that has a hammock and a ping pong table. We like to sit upstairs on the screened porch off of the main floor and listen to the teenagers as they are playing ping pong or talking on the dock. It is amazing what you can learn!

Just off of the downstairs screened porch is the fire pit and grilling area that has a gas and charcoal grill complete with four Adirondack rocking chairs for your comfort. It's just a short walk down the steps to the dock which has an amazing view of the lake and mountains. The dock is the perfect spot to rest, read or just relax and enjoy the view.

Our lake house is located in Bear Paw which is a private gated community which offers many amenities including a large swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball court, a covered pavilion, fishing pond and a children's playground. Mountain View Marina is located inside of Bear Paw and has a boat ramp if you want to bring your own boat. The marina will rent boats, kayaks or paddle boards by the hour or day and is a short drive from the cabin and even a shorter ride by boat. They are extremely friendly and have pontoons for rent which are simple to operate for the boating novice. Since this is a TVA lake, during the winter months, the lake level is usually dropped by about 40 feet. Lake Hiawasee is the deepest lake in the TVA system and is 300 feet deep at the dam and navigable year round. The cove behind our cabin is about 25 feet deep at full pool, and there is a dock behind the cabin where you can park your boat. Since the TVA lowers the water level during the winter months, you will not be able to dock a boat behind our cabin from about November thrul March. However, the marina has short term slip rentals available so you would be able to rent a slip for your boat and enjoy the lake during the winter season as the marina is located on a deeper part of the lake and has water year round..

This is the perfect vacation as it offers something for everyone whether you like the mountains or the water.


Mary Frances

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About Mary Frances

We bought the lake lot in 1993 and started building the cabin in 2003 as a retreat for our family. We have spent many hours here as we have shared it with our family and friends. We live in north-west Georgia and wanted to be able to get away with our children for the weekend and knew to be able to enjoy a vacation home more frequently, we did not want to have to drive much more than 2 hours.

Mary Frances purchased this Cabin in 2004

Why Mary Frances chose Shoal Creek

We had visited other lakes and were concerned about congestion it was as we enjoy boating, swimming and water sports and are very safety conscience. When we visited Lake Hiwassee for the first time in 1993 it was Labor Day weekend, and we rented a boat which broke down (they now have newer boats). We spent over an hour on the water before we even saw another boat (whose operator was gracious enough to tow us back to the marina). We immediately called a realtor, looked at the available lake lots that day and made an offer. The lake is not busy, even during holiday weekends so we can enjoy doing all of the things we love without the worry of heavy boat traffic.

What makes this Cabin unique

We visited friends who had cabins and stayed in as many lake cabins as we could during the first ten years we owned the lot and made lists of the things we thought worked as well as of those items which could use improvement. So when we were ready to start building in 2003, we knew what we wanted. For instance, all of the bedrooms and rooms have overhead fans even though there is central heating and air conditioning as the mountain air is generally cool and refreshing. There are two bedrooms and baths on the main floor so so to accommodate two families plus the main level is flat. The porches have reinforced railings so that when our children were young, when they ran into them while on their Big Wheels, the screens wouldn't tear, and there was minimnal danger of them busting thru them. There is extra insulation in all of the walls as we found people wake up at different times, and the sound is reduced to keep it quiet as possible for those who want to sleep in late! Also we have lots of windows to allow for the natural light and to enjoy the views. Everyone loves hanging out on the screened porches where you feel like you are in a huge private tree-house.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Master Bedroom on the main level and has a private deck.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Guest room on the main level which has a private deck.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, This bedroom is downstairs.
      • Bedroom 4
        2 double, 2 twin/ single, 2 bunk bed, There are two sturdy wooden bunks in this downstairs bedroom
      • Bedroom 5
        1 sleep sofa /futon, The loft is upstairs and has a sleeper sofa (full size).


        • 3 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, jetted tub, This is the master bathroom.
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, This full bathroom is next to the second bedroom.
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, This bathroom is downstairs.

          Location Type

            • Lakefront
              The cabin is on Lake Hiawassee. There is a dock behind the cabin. There are approximately 50 stairs from the house to the water, and there are three landings.
            • Mountain View
              The lake offers the best of both worlds as it is undeveloped and set in the foot of the Smoky and Blue Ridge Moutains so you can enjoy a pristine lake as well as the mountians.
            • Resort
              The cabin is located in Bear Paw which is a gated community. Amenities include a pool, tennis court, basketball court and covered pavilion. During the summer, concerts are held on the lawn.
            • Rural
            • Water View
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Central heat and air.
                        • Fireplace
                          There is a wood burning fireplace in the Great Room. We also have an outdoor firepit which burns wood. We do have a woodpile by the driveway but suggest you bring starter logs.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          There is internet access and free WI FI
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          There is room to park three cars in front of the cabin
                        • Telephone
                          There is a landline. To make long distance calls, you will need a calling card if using the landline. We find that most people use their cell phones.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          There is a laundry room downstairs.
                        • Wood Stove
                          We have a fire pit which burns wood. It's a great place for the kids to make s'mores or for the adults to have a glass of wine and enjoy the sounds of the lake.
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Keurig Coffee maker as well as a Mr. Coffee maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              The kitchen is fully equiped and the dinnerware is Fiesta.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              The fully equitpped kitchen has custom cabinetry, Silestone countertops, and stainless steel appliances.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              The pantry is lightly stocked. There is a crock pot, blender and food processor/
                            • Refrigerator
                              We do not have an automatic ice maker (we had it disconnected to eliminate the risk of having a potential leak) but have ice trays in the freezer. The marina sells ice as well.
                            • Stove
                              The stove is electric and has a glass top. Please do not use any cast-iron skillets on this surface.
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  There is a long wooden table with bench seating on the screened porch.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                      Everyone in our family loves to read, and there are bookshelves downstairs with a selection for all ages.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      We have lots of games for all ages located in the steamer trunk upstairs and in the downstairs built-in cabinets.
                                    • Ping Pong Table
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      There is a stereo upstairs located just underneath the flat screen tv along with a cord so you can connect your device to the system.
                                    • Television
                                      There are two flat screen TV's-one upstairs and one is located in the downstairs den.
                                    • Video Games
                                      There are video games attached to the downstairs tv.
                                    • Video Library
                                      In the downstairs cabinet underneath the flatscreen tv, there are an assortment of DVDs. THere are also videos in the drawers next to the downstairs couch.


                                        • Balcony
                                          There are two balconies, one off of each bedroom on the main level.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          There are two large screened porches. The upstairs porch has a large dining table with chairs and benches along with a separate seating area. The downstairs screened porch has a ping pong table.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          There is a shade garden located just in front of the cabin.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          There is a grilling area by the fire pit with a propane and a charcoal grill along with four rocking chairs.
                                        • Tennis
                                          There is a tennis court in Bear Paw.


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible
                                              While the main level is flat, there are steps leading to the front door.

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool


                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • library
                                                    • marina
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • There is approximates 2416 of living space in the cabin which includes the main level, downstairs and loft. There are two screened porches and decks off of the bedrooms on the main levels to provide another 800 square feet of space to enjoy. We find that everyone seems to congregate on the porches at the end of the day and after meals to relax and visit.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  21 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Perfect for our Guy’s Weekend trip

                                                                  Robert W.

                                                                  We took a group of 11 guys (7 adults, 4 kids) to the lake for a spring time fishing trip and stayed at this house. The water’s edge doesn’t reach the dock in March, so we just had to pull our boats onto the sandy bank. Other than that, this house was all we needed for our fishing trip!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  As mentioned in the property description, this is a TVA lake which means that the Tennessee Valley Authority (government agency) controls the dam at the head of the lake. The cove where our cabin is located is about 20 feet deep during the summer (generally Memorial Day thru Labor Day) but during the fall, the TVA begins to lower the lake level a total of about 40 feet. Sometime during the winter, the TVA allows the water level to rise wihich impacts our cove which means that our dock sits on the bank generally from November thru March. The main lake is very deep (300 feet at the dam) so it is navigable year round. If you rent the cabin from November thru March, our cove may be dry with just the creek running thru it. However, the main lake is just two doors away and within view.

                                                                  Roomy and comfortable

                                                                  Our large family stayed together for a long weekend and enjoyed having enough room for all of us. The accommodations are comfortable and homey. We would love to come back in the summer to enjoy the lake.

                                                                  Cozy Cabin

                                                                  Maura B.

                                                                  Lots of character and charm. Very cozy cabin and very clean. Also very well-stocked. Bit of a hike (~35 min) to get to town/to the nearest store in the fall, as the marina closed down, but that did add to the feeling of getting away from it all. Had a fire going every night that we stayed (in Nov) and enjoyed the outdoor table and screened-in porch.

                                                                  Great setting, great time of year to be there.

                                                                  Richard M.

                                                                  We have been to Murphy many times, vacation there almost every year! This was a wonderful home in a beautiful neighborhood. The property is very private and quiet. The home has a great layout and can accommodate many people. Plenty of room for everyone! Thank you so much for the stay!

                                                                  The stay was to short. Loved it.

                                                                  Lori B.

                                                                  Very pretty.

                                                                  Lakefront bliss!

                                                                  Patsy M.Tifton

                                                                  Thank you for sharing your home with us.... we were very comfortable in this well furnished home! Keeping our kayaks at the dock was a big plus.... loved the screened porch! Thanks for a great vacation spot!!!


                                                                  Murphy, NC, USA

                                                                  The Ocoee River is approximately a 30 minute drive from Bear Paw. There are multiple companies offer white water excursions on these world class rapids where the 1996 Olympic white water kyacking events were held. If you want a calmer white water experience then check out the Nantahala River which is just north of Murphy. There is white water rafting, canoeing, kyacking and mountain biking throughout the area. If you enjoy crafts, don't miss the John C. Campbell Folk Art School just outside of Murphy. Classes are offered as well as craft shows as some of the best artisans from the southeast display their wares. If you want to stay closer to the cabin then visit downtown historic Murphy where the "Downtown Pizza Parlor" has a homemade pizza buffet and the best chocolate chip pizza dessert you will ever taste. There are several other restaurants, such as Doyle's where a chef from Atlanta offers wonderful American cuisine. There is a wonderful independent book store, coffee shop, old fashioned cinema ("the Henn") complete with a balcony, aromatherapy store that also offers yoga classes. Local farmers bring their produce on Saturday mornings to the open air market, and you have a wide variety of crafts to view. The first time I went, I arrived close to noon which is when it closes. A woman had a pail full of magnificent sunflowers which I offered to buy. She told me to "make an offer!" to which I responded "$15". She then said "too much!!!" She got me down to $5, and I walked away with a bucket full of sunflowers. If you like gambling, there is a casino iin Murphy- Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino. It's ten miles away by the way the crow flies an a 27 mile drive doorstep to doorstep. Finally, do not miss seeing the dam which was built in the 1930's. It is over 300 feet high. Just drive thru the gates of Bear Paw and then drive straight across the road, down the hill then veer right. It is truly an amazing structure to behold and you can see what the river valley looked like before the lake was created.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Damage Deposit
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                                                                  During the summer, I prefer to rent the cabin from Sunday to Saturday but will consider a two night rental. There is a security deposit required which is fully refundable so long as the cabin is left in good order.

                                                                  21 Reviews
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