|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 three 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.
Another wonderful stay at Viking Mountain Lodge! We stayed last year and again this year. There is so much room in this cozy, comfortable cabin. Even at -3 degrees, it was warm and comfortable. We went to Mustang Alley horse rescue to ride, drove to the top of the mountain for the amazing view and spent the day in Asheville when we weren't enjoying the cabin. We even got snow! Thank you for the much needed respite from the daily craziness of the city. We love VML!
I hosted a yoga retreat at this beautiful location. As soon as we drove into the driveway over the small river we knew we were in th perfect spot. The place was warm, cozy, and plenty of room for nine adults. Another bonus is taking a luxurious day out to the hot springs spa, something I will do every time I visit my favorite cabin in the mountains! I will highly recommend this cabin, I'll be back yearly.
It felt as if we were in a friend's cabin. It was sweet, well loved, and a pleasure to stay at.
The cabin was exactly as described. It was rustic, cozy, well equipped and close to the mountains and trails. We had a very nice and relaxing stay. It's a great place to stay if you are looking to access the Appalachian trail.
I'm happy to say it was exactly as promised by the site and other reviewers. I didn't make it to Blackstack Cliffs or any waterfalls, so I'll have to plan another vacation there at some point. It was great to unwind and not hear the dinging of email/text/etc. The nearby fauna appeared to be very friendly (though on their own property, so I just said hi). I didn't see Rusty, though. The movie selection was good for those rainy days.
This was my family's second trip to Viking Mtn. Lodge, and we loved it as much this time as we did the first time! There is plenty of space and everything has a very "homey" feel. The kids enjoyed playing in the creek and fishing in the pond on the property. VML is just outside North Cherokee Wildlife Management Area, so if you are a hunter, that is an added bonus. Alan is very accommodating and great to rent from. I would definitely recommend this as a get-away spot!
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 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
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.