"My wife and I came to Rocky Top Lodge with 2 other couples, one couple with a 2 year old and the other with a 4 year old and 8 year old. We came up for a long weekend for the wives to run the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon.
Rocky Top Lodge is amazing! The location is great, the cabin is great, and it is stocked with practically anything you could need. The view is spectacular. I am so jealous of the huge kitchen. The hot tub is very nice and was especially good for the ladies after the 1/2. There is plenty of space so that nobody was ever on top of anybody else, and the large table was great for all of us to eat together. There were plenty of toys that the little kids enjoyed, especially the rocking horses, and the big kids enjoyed the pool table and the grill.
The surrounding areas are really beautiful too and I wish we had had more time to explore. And if you are in the area, you MUST eat at Elvira's Café. We all had brunch there before heading back home and it was fantastic. We also had lunch one day at the Black Bear Café which is also very good.
There is a minor issue with the large coffee pot, some sort of problem where it spills everywhere when you try to pour from it - though that did not stop us from getting caffeinated!
The only major issue is the deck. It really needs some repair. Some places have previously been repaired, but there are still several nail pops and loose and split boards. Most of these are around the hot tub, which is where you are most likely to be barefoot. I would NOT recommend going barefoot on the deck, especially at night. I seriously injured my foot the night before the race - luckily I was not there to run and this did not happen to one of the ladies or the kids. There are many signs around the cabin with the rules and checkout procedures and instructions on how to work things - which I thoroughly appreciate being a detailed person myself. Until the deck is fully repaired I would recommend an additional sign be added warning guests to wear shoes on the deck. I would have given a 5 star review, even with the deck issues, if my foot wasn't still killing me.
All in all it was a wonderful weekend and we are already talking about returning to the same cabin for next year's half marathon!"
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 14, 2016