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. 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 to a secret Swimming Hole and Cliff Diving area. Local 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 or forgot your favorite fishing lure.
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 of the surroundings of the cabin that they end up spending most the day kicked back on the deck enjoying the view 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. NOTE:IF YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE THIS REQUIREMENT YOU WILL PAY FOR THE DAMAGES TO THE DRIVEWAY AND YOUR VEHICLE BECAUSE YOU WILL GET STUCK!
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. If you're ready - just “book online”. Once we have received confirmation of the payment you will receive a detailed set of directions to the cabin which also include the 'key box code' for entry into the cabin.
Final note: This cabin is REMOTE by US standards - so be prepared for no cell service, no TV, no WIFI, and no one bothering you!
As a child I would come to this property on extended family reunions. My mother was raised on the property when there was no running water or electricity. Enchanted by the stories of her childhood, my father he loved visiting her family and hiking the mountain trails with my Uncles. When my Grandfather passed away in the 1989 my family inherited a parcel of the property that had been in our family since the 1830's. I embraced my father's vision of developing and building on our 'family' land in North Carolina and shared that vision 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 the mountains trying to find the right spot for our own cabin. In 2005 my Uncle Frank granted us 4.88 acres of his inheritance and we eventually built the cabin you see here. In 2007 we were transferred to Alaska. After 6 heavenly years there we received orders, and in 2013 made the epic 45 day journey from Alaska to Virginia - via 17 National Parks, to our current duty station at Langley AFB, VA.
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.
Then, book your vacation and enjoy the life changing memories you'll make in the Mountains.
Rest, Relaxation, Serenity, Calm, Quiet, Secluded, Inspirational.
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.
It was a blast. It is a big driveway lol.
Thank you for the wonderful stay at Smawley. You have a lovely property and take great care of your cabin. Views are beautiful and experience very relaxing. We will be back.
The need to bring your vehicle to the door is mandatory. Schlepping your stuff by foot is impossible. Before a person pays, the owner has to caution his guest about it.
Absolutely loved the cabin and the beautiful views we had throughout our stay. It is secluded without feeling as if you're roughing it by any means. The cabin is so well stocked, throughout our stay we were amazed by all the details that had been thought of, from the bug spray to the local supermarket discount card. Wasn't expecting the washer and dryer so you can imagine how happy that made me. I was able to drive home without the dread of knowing I had a ton of laundry that had piled up to do. Everything is pretty much there for you. We loved the drive and had fun counting all the curves. Had all wheel drive so the drive up the driveway was doable and not an issue. I got better at it as time went on. Definitly added to the feel of going somewhere remote. We didn't miss our cell phone service at all and most times forgot when we got into town we had it. We spent our days exploring around the cabin, swam at Lake Natanhala, took a trip to Natanhala River to white water raft, went to Wayah Bald which has spectacular views and felt as remote as it gets, and visited Cherokee to the Indian Village, not to mention the nightly star gazing and campfires. Also, got to use the grill one day which was perfect. On our drive back home to Florida we took a detour to Ashville and shopped the kitchy shops. It was a perfect ending to a unforgetable trip. The care and thought put into this cabin demonstrates the love and respect the owner has for the land. It really is a testament to love and family and we loved reading the history. We look forward to returning during a different season and seeing the mountain again. Thank you again Mike for sharing your cabin and land with us. God willing, we hope to return soon.
The cabin was great! Very well kept and clean. There were plenty of kitchen utensils provided and being able to use the grill was awesome. The bed was super comfortable and so was the futon. Overall it was a great stay. My wife and I are already planning on returning. We loved the lake and being able to use the canoe on it!
Our cozy little log cabin is nestled in the mountains of the Nantahala National Forest at 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 15 minutes off the Appalachian and Bartram Hiking trails, several mountain bike trails, and lots of little stream crossings and waterfalls. 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. Grill out on the deck! But if you don’t like to cook your own meals or forgot your favorite fishing lure, the town of Andrews is only 10 miles away.
Stay up late - because star gazing the night sky is just phenomenal and finding new constellations never seen under city lights is a regular occurrence.
Enjoy the fire pit! Bring some s'mores and your pocket knife!
Take our canoe out to Rabbit Island and try the Rope Swing. Hike the Bartram Trail to a secret Swimming Hole and Cliff Diving.
Gather some wild Black Berries on the trail behind the cabin.
Take a nap. Enjoy the view. Read a book. Hey - you're on vacation!
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.