We can't adequately describe how peaceful it is to sit on the deck of our little cabin and listen to the birds and the wind through the trees as you watch the sun set over the Smokey Mountains. Watch our YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shC-jOXTYe4 to get short glimpse of the experience. With the Nantahala National Forest literally as our back yard, this new log cabin is the perfect secluded nature getaway! After getting one of the best night’s sleep you've ever had in our pillow top bed, you'll have the energy to try Fly Fishing or White Water Rafting the Nantahala River, or Water Skiing on the glassy water of the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi (Nantahala Lake is just 1 mile down the road from the cabin) or hike the nearby Appalachian and Bartram Trails. Area activities also include mountain biking, kayaking, hunting, golfing, swimming, sight-seeing, and more. We've got some DVD’s at the cabin in case it rains. The cabin is stocked with everything you'd have at your own kitchen plus a propane grill on the deck. The quaint little towns of Andrews and Murphy are just a short drive away - if you don’t want to cook your own meals.
Our renters continually tell us how peaceful and therapeutic it is to stay at our cabin. They mention having great plans to visit touristic attractions and outdoor adventures - but are so lured by the peace and beauty surrounding the cabin that they end up spending most the day kicked back on the deck enjoying the views or sitting at the fire pit watching the stars illuminate the sky.
NOTE: While mountain roads are sometimes steep and curvy they are well maintained paved roads and completely accessible. We have gone to great lengths to make the cabin as accessible as possible, but our gravel driveway is EXTREMELY steep. Therefore, we REQUIRE all renters to either have 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive. If you don’t have such a vehicle we require you to park at the bottom and hike up. This is a typical request for mountain cabins and not an unreasonable expectation unless you're unwilling to hike the last 800 ft.
Renting Online: If you're reading this then you're ahead of the game when it comes to online renting. We have tried to make the process as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at any time if you have any questions about the process - but we ask that you still use the 'Contact the owner' link on this page to “book online”. We'll then email you back a PDF file that contains our rental rules which will also outline the process from there on. You will then receive a final phone call from me to get the payment information. Once we have received confirmation of the payment we will email you a very detailed set of directions to the cabin which also include the 'key box code' for entry into the cabin.
As a child I would come to this property on extended family reunions. My mother was raised on that mountain when there was no running water or electricity. My father found the stories of her childhood enchanting and loved visiting her family and hiking the mountains with my Uncles. When my Grandfather passed away in the 1980's my family inherited a parcel of that land. I shared my father's vision of developing and building on our 'family' land in North Carolina with my wife when we first got married. Even as we were finishing our degrees at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah we began saving. In 2003 I joined the Air Force and was stationed at Warner Robins, GA. We practically raised our boys on the weekends hiking up and down those mountains trying to find the right spot for a cabin. In 2005 my Uncle Frank granted us 4.88 acres of his inheritance and we eventually built what you see now. In 2007 we were transferred to Alaska. After 6 heavenly years there we received orders and in 2013 we made the epic journey from Alaska to Virginia - via 17 National Parks to our current duty station at Langley AFB, VA. We hope you will enjoy our cabin in the Mountains as much as we do.
Mike Henrie purchased this cabin in 2005
If you want to watch TV, talk on your Cell Phone, check your Email, and surf the Internet - then you should look for a different cabin. If you'd like to get away from all of that - then this is the PERFECT cabin for you. Read the reviews. Watch the YouTube Video. Then take that leap of faith and enjoy the life changing memories you'll make in the Mountains.
Rest, Relaxation, Serenity, Calm, Quiet, Secluded.
Having a cabin in the mountains to retreat to on a regular basis does wonders for ones outlook on life. There is simply no place like "Chogi" in the world. The property has been in our family name for generations. The air is crisp and clean, the water is so clear that fishermen say the lake is difficult to fish because the fish can see you. The trees and the wildlife allow you to feel like your camping in the elements - except that you have hot running water, heat and air conditioning, a down comforter ontop of a plush mattress, electricity, DVDs and popcorn, and the refreshing smell of a 21st Century wood cabin. WE LOVE IT!UPDATE DEC 2007After 2 years of renting our cabin - we've only heard one negative thing about our cabin - and that is the driveway. Unfortunately we had to cut the 800 feet of driveay fairly steep in order to get the view that we so much enjoy. This summer we spent another thousand dollars to re-gravel and re-grade the driveway making it easier to get up. I drove up it in a Chevrolet Prizm after that with no problem. The difficulty comes when someone thinks that their rear wheel drive vehicle will make it and as soon as they begin to loose traction they floor it and therefore dig a rut in the gravel. Then the rains come and begin to erode a path. That makes it more difficult for the next renter and so on and so forth. If you rent our cabin and find that your vehicle is not capable of the steep ascent without loosing traction, please stop and take a short hike. It's worth the effort - trust me! And trust our to date 41 satisfied renters!
Me and my girlfriend recently visited this cabin over New Year's and loved it. The place looks new inside and out, and it has everything you need. This was our first mountain vacation and it was perfect. I definitely reccomend checking out Wayah Bald, the view is amazing. The driveway is exactly as described, but if you like using your four wheel drive, like me, its quite enjoyable. Overall no bad remarks, i would love to come back in the summer and be able to enjoy the lake.
Amazing cabin with great views of mountains. I've managed to get there twice now since July. Worth ever minute of the 4 hr drive from Charlotte. Went once on a guy's fishing trip. Lake Nantahala is minutes away and we hit the bronzebacks hard (smallmouth) Later that day we boated to the river mouth and caught multiple trout and then explore-hiked up stream. Second trip was a b-day trip with my fiance. This cabin passes lady muster all day. Beds are comfy, Mike has thought of everything! If you think you forgot it, I bet Mike has what you need in one of the cabinets...soap, coffee, sheets its all there. The most important thing for me was that Mike treats his guests like family. He's prompt and well organized. He makes booking agents look slow. Rates are great compared to anything else in the area. Last thing, the driveway...if you like fourwheelin its fun! If you do not like sitting in a manor that reminds you of astronaut camp park at the bottom. The driveway is well maintained but steep. Any vehicle w out true 4x4 (all wheel drive) just park and walk. Its a short albeit steep jaunt but there's plenty to see and its invigorating to be out in God's country anyway. I finish by saying this is a well appointed base camp. Don't plan on bringing a family of 5 and sittin inside, you'll be on the news for wielding an axe and yelling "Herrrres Johnny." A (1) rainy day is fully survivable, plenty of dvds. Smawlie is the definition of mountain cabin designed for outdoor ppl who want to be outdoors!
This weekend was my birthday and I don't know what I enjoyed most-the gorgeous view, the solitude from the busy outside world, or even the sounds of the leaves blowing. I loved it. I ended up going on a romantic weekend because my children went to a mission retreat. I fell in love. We really enjoyed the hiking and the brilliance of the stars. Thank you Henrie Family!
Is it possible, in this crazy world, that one place can be so quiet? Once we dropped our bags, fired up the grill, and burned us some meat, we sat on the deck in amazement at the beautiful vista. Next, we decided to open the games cupboard, grabbed Mike's Russian chess set, uncorked a red from the local grocery store, and sipped and played for a bit as the sun set. Then, we retired to the cabin, and continued our wine tasting as we cracked open the lil' black book. For the rest of the evening, we just read page after page of each visitor's experiences while at "Smawlie,” which not only got us choked up a few times, but also gave us a couple of more ideas for the coming two days in the Great Smokey Mountains.
After watching one of the most beautiful sunrises that either of us could remember, we ventured back off of the mountain for three hours of zip-lining at Wildwater, www.wildwater.info. Man, did we have a great time! Then, we visited the small town of Bryson City, www.greatsmokies.com, and feasted on the best fried pickles, chili-cheese and coleslaw dog, and chicken sandwich that we’ve ever tasted. To walk off our overly-stuffed stomachs, we went from lil’ store to store and were amazed at the inexpensive prices (we need to leave DC before we go broke). After purchasing an assortment of local bbq sauces, salad dressings, and butters (i.e. pumpkin, sweet potato, etc.), we had to grab some pecan-caramel apples before we turned back towards the cabin.
When we returned to “Smawlie,” we hiked down to the lake, met some friendly locals who offered us some freshly picked grapes, enjoyed the view, and returned to the cabin for some popcorn…from a real, live, popcorn maker. It was great as we continued reading the visitors’ log and sipping wine again.
On the morning of our last full day, after a “fit-for-a-King” breakfast (grilled steak tenderloins, omelet, cheese grits, croissants, and spiced/diced potatoes) we built a little target range against the natural backstop adjacent to the cabin, and we fired an entire box of rounds through my Berretta 92FS. Then, we collected our rounds, closed the cabin, and drove down to the lake and hiked the Bartram Trail, www.ncbartramtrail.org.
Finally, we ended our last night by grilling (burgers, stuffed tomatoes, and sausages); and by building a fire in the fire pit in order to make some S ‘Mores. Just as a dozen or so mentioned in the log, we can't wait to return to the peaceful, beautiful "Smawlie!"
Your cabin was nothing short of utter perfection! At first, we were weary to pick a cabin simply from your description and the reviews. But, oh boy! We were so glad to have taken the chance and book this cabin. Let me start from the beginning. After driving up to the bottom of the infamous drive-way we decided to walk the 800ft up to the cabin. Mike gave plenty warnings to not drive up the steep driveway unless we were in a 4x4 truck. Thanks for the warning, our minivan is safe. I think the driveway adds excitement to the unique character of the cute cabin up top. It isn't too bad if you are an 'average' fit person. We did three trip up and down the hill on the first night with our supplies. It helped to stop and take plenty of rests up the driveway. Our kids, age 6 and 3, did the hiking up and down with us even after all the daytime activities we had earlier that day. They were so excited to see the cabin atop the hill. I cannot describe their excitement when they discovered the kiddy loft area. This cabin is very much catered towards a family with kids. We loved it! There were plenty of 'everything' you can imagine in the cabin. We loved all the personal touches around the cabin. It made us feel so at home and not at all like a rental cabin. Amoung the four spectacular days we spent at the cabin, we watched the beautiful stars at night, built a great fire, roasted marshmellows, listened to the night birds and watched the amazing views of the mountains as the sun rose and set everyday. We cannot wait for our next visit and make many more, one of a kind, special 'Smawlie' memories with our kids.
My husband and I flight to Antlanta, from Florida, we were dreaming about mountain view, hiking, barcecue and peace. This place is a piece of paradise, the house is so cozy, there is everything you need to feel in vacaction, away from Any stress! We wantch some dvds that the owners let in the house. We went for a 3h rafting close to Bryson, hike around the lake, make fire during the night ( waiting to see a
Bear or some animals!!!). We enjoyed these 3
Days so so much, and for sure we will come back! The little 800 ft hike are part of the experience, loved it all!! Thank you Mike and your family to share your house with us !! Audrey and Julio
Our cozy little log cabin is nestled in the mountains bordering the Nantahala National Forest on the edge of Nantahala Lake - between Franklin and Andrews North Carolina. We are in an ideal location for hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. We’re literally within 5 minutes of the Appalachian and Bartram Hiking trails, several mountain bike trails, and lots of little stream crossings. If you’re into scenic drives or motorcycling the area is flooded with world famous drives - including the infamous 'Tail of the Dragon', Cherahola Skyway, and the Smokey Mountain Parkway. Hunting season is incredible around this area. Wild Turkey, Deer, and Black Bear are just a few of the choices. If you’d rather be outdoors than anywhere else, then this is the area for you. Other than our other property in Alaska, I can’t think of a more beautiful place. Oh, if you don’t like to cook your own meals or forgot a favorite fishing lure, the town of Andrews is only 10 miles away.
Other Activities: Watching the night sky and finding new constellations never seen under city lights
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