|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Viking Mountain Lodge is an old, 2200 square foot log cabin located inside the Cherokee National Forest near the Appalachian Trail. The cabin sits high up in the Smoky Mountains about halfway between the quaint mountain town of Hot Springs, North Carolina and the historic town of Greeneville, Tennessee. The two story structure is made of rough cut hemlock logs that are hand hewn on the exterior side. With four bedrooms and two full bathrooms, VML has the ability to sleep 15 guests making it well suited for large groups or family reunions.
VML overlooks Paint Creek which runs the width of the four acre property. Whether you’re sitting on the front porch in the handmade cypress furniture, on the deck in the rocking/adirondack chairs, or inside with the windows open, you can listen to the peaceful melody from the rushing waters of Paint Creek. Our guests frequently comment that this alone is worth trip to Viking Mountain Lodge. There is a fire pit in the front yard down by the water’s edge for roasting marshmallows or keeping warm on a cool evening. You can trout fish in the creek or catch bream in the larger of the two ponds on the property.
Go for a day hike on the AT. Have a picnic on top of Camp Creek Bald. Go whitewater rafting on the French Broad River. Fly fish Big Laurel Creek. Head to historic Greeneville Tennessee and visit one of the many museums. Most of all, RELAX!
Although the cabin is rustic, it has all of the amenities of home; a large, fully stocked kitchen, washer and dryer, linens, towels, wood stove, gas fireplace, 6 brand new 5 blade Hunter ceiling fans, gas/charcoal/smoker combination grill, and even a 50” High Definition Plasma TV with 7.1 surround sound for those cold or rainy days. All of this in a spacious, clean cabin decorated with numerous Bev Doolittle prints and many pieces of antique furniture.
Keywords: Cabin, Appalachian Trail, Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, Backpacking, Canoeing,
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Although I’ve lived all over the southeast, I’ve spent the last 25 years living in and around the Orlando area. When I was a kid, my grandparents had a summer home in Lake Toxaway, NC that we used to visit every year. That is where I fell in love with the mountains. I’ve always been the outdoor adventure type and that, coupled with my experiences as a youngster, has made owning a cabin in the mountains a lifelong dream. Though I’ve never actually lived there, when I drive up to the Smokys, it feels like I'm coming home.
Alan purchased this lodge in 2008
One of the driving forces behind my purchase of this cabin is its close proximity to the Appalachian Trail. I’ve hiked numerous sections of the AT, and this area is one of my favorites. It is the perfect jumping off point for all kinds of outdoor activities. Whether it’s fly fishing Little Laurel Creek (2 miles), kayaking the Nolichucky (9 miles), hiking the AT (1 mile), bouldering at Blackstack Cliffs (8 miles), biking the Paint Creek Trails (7 miles), or having a picnic at 4400’ in Jones Meadow (7 miles), adventure is just out the back door.
The cabin is situated nearly halfway between the quaint mountain town of Hot Springs, NC (15 miles) and the historic town of Greeneville, TN (18 miles). Although both offer adventure, relaxation, history, and culture, the best thing about Viking Mountain Lodge is the fact that you don’t even have to get in your car to find something to do. Fish for trout in the creek that runs through the front yard, go for a day hike on the AT, bike along Paint Creek up Viking Mountain Road, or grill out on the deck and enjoy the cool, clean mountain air. On a clear night, walk out the garage and look at the sky, it’s spectacular.
We rented the VML for a family celebration over a weekend. The property is out of the way, but very easy to find with beautiful scenery on the way. We had 4 different families ranging in ages from 13 to 85 and there was plenty of room for all of us. There are two different outdoor tables on the deck and plenty of seating for everyone. My family enjoyed fishing in the pond and creek. The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed using the gas grill! The house was very clean for an older cabin. With all of the windows open there was a wonderful breeze and the ceiling fans were great! Not having to bring linens was a real plus!! There were two full bathrooms in the house; the downstairs bathroom is very roomy. Although we didn't use it much b/c we spent all of our time outside, the large TV with surround sound was awesome! There were a lot of games and books that we didn't take advantage of due to our short stay. The fire pit was a really nice touch at night - we brought our own firewood. The property is very well maintained and just as gorgeous as pictured. But you can't really get a sense of the beauty and peacefulness of the setting unless you are there. I could easily live there! There are no stores close by so be sure and take all of your supplies in with you. Also no cell service but we knew that ahead of time and planned for it. Also if you visit in the spring or summer months, bring some bug repellant and citronella candles which is standard for the mountains. We had several vehicles there and there was plenty of parking for everyone! The beds were very comfortable; the sleeper sofa not so much, but ok for kids. I would recommend this spot to anyone who really wants to experience a relaxing getaway without sacrificing any modern conveniences. We all loved it!!
What a great place to stay if you want to just get away from the city and be in the mountains. The cabin is very well stocked with everything you might need except food.
There are all major appliances for convenience (refrigerator, washer,dryer, gas stove, gas wall heaters as well as wood stove for winter time heating.) The cabin is near a gurgling creek at the edge of a large tree lined yard with a driveway right to the cabin for easy loading and unloading.
Although it is peaceful and relaxing there are also lots of outdoor activities available in the area. You can mountain bike locally using the bikes sored in the garage, go hiking on the near by Appalachian trail, or drive just 1/2 hour to Hot Springs for a nice dinner or visit Hot Springs Spa for a soak in the hot mineral water or a nice massage.
Lovely, lovely, lovely!! I definitely hope to stay there again.
We had a great time with the family, old friends and some new friends. I would recommend the lodge to anyone who needs to get away and just forget about your busy life for a little bit. Very relaxing and accommodating. If it were closer to Orlando, I would go more often. It feels like being at home except it's much more of a relaxed atmospher. Looking forward to going again n the near future. Viking Mountain Lodge is definitely one of my favorite vacation places.
This was a great place for my family and our friends to spend our Spring Break!
We had such a wonderful time sight seeing, hiking, fishing and exploring the area.
We would highly recommend staying here.
We enjoyed this rustic cabin. Great for the two families that stayed at the house, with plenty of sleeping options. The boys enjoyed playing in the front yard, throwing rocks in the creek, watching the neighbors goose walk through the property, and watching their Dads start a fire. Be aware that there is no central heat and air. We had a little trouble regulating the heat while we were there, but generally, we enjoyed our stay. The kitchen had all we needed to prepare all of our meals, and the house was big enough that we didn't feel like we were "on top" of each other. Will stay again!
VML is located just 1/2 a mile from the Appalachian Trail, inside the Cherokee National Forest.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$50.00 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200.00|
Rates are based on up to 2 person occupancy. Add $12.50 per person, per night for additional guests.
Cleaning fee is included in nightly price. No additional charge.
$100 off 6 night stay!
Children 2 years old and under stay for free.
We offer a 10% military discount with proof of service.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.