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Mike Henrie

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish

Secluded and Peaceful w/ Spectacular Smokey Mountain Views on Lake Nantahala

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin

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Lake Nantahala Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Perfect Secluded Cabin - Amazing Views of the Smokey Mountains w/ hiking trails

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. 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 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 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. 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!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mike Henrie (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Mike Henrie

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

Why Mike Henrie chose Lake Nantahala

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.

What makes this cabin unique

Rest, Relaxation, Serenity, Calm, Quiet, Secluded, Inspirational.


based on 25 traveler reviews

Secluded and Peaceful w/ Spectacular Smokey Mountain Views on Lake Nantahala
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews
Clover, SC

Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you Josh. We're glad you enjoyed the cabin and would love to have you back this summer. This summer we'll ty to make the driveway 2 wheel drive accessible again-though to me it kind of adds to the remoteness to only let 4x4's in.
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Awesome experience, we're definitely returning!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife had a wonderful time. Mike has thought of everything and the cabin was perfect. It's a remote area which was great and allowed us to unplug for a week. We are planning a return visit with family and hope this can be a regular yearly trip for us. Nantahala area is beautiful as well and we enjoyed meeting the locals in Andrews. Thanks Mike for sharing you home with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you were able to take a relaxing vacation in the mountains. We'd love to have you back! Remember, all of our returning guests get a "buy one- get one free". Come this summer and go boating on the lake or fly fishing on the river.
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Weekend Trip

  • 5 of 5

The view is indescribable and so worth the hike up the driveway! We were lucky enough to see some snow, however don't try the trails if it is snowy. The house itself was spotless and beautifully decorated. We packed our meals for the weekend and had all utensils and appliances we could have needed. During the day on Saturday we trekked down to the small town of Andrews and found an awesome pizza and craft beer joint. We considered the lack of wifi and cell service a plus because it was truly a getaway. Great house, land, and owner! Thanks so much again and hope to return to "Smawlie". -Robert & Megan

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it - and braved the driveway in the snow! We'd love to have you back!
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Cute little cabin

  • 4 of 5

Overall it was a nice little place. It was a tad annoying to get there & not have any dry towels as whoever cleaned just left them in the washer. Also the place stated that there was firewood but we were not able to find any. This guy is not kidding about the steep entrance, do not attempt unless you have a car that can take it.

There were some instructions on how to get to this one lake but we ended up nowhere since everything seems to be private property with lots of no trespassing signs.

There was also mentioned of a treehouse & after walking around for a while we found nothing.

There's a full kitchen although a lot of the pans are useless as they have seen better days, maybe time to get new ones?

The bed was comfy, slept like a baby. It was cold & there were space heaters all over the place but even those were not enough. Bring extra blankets if you get cold easily.

Finally we got before you leave instructions which I found annoying as I paid $75 cleaning fee & yet this guy wanted us to clean before leaving? I fail to see why I should do that if I'm paying separately for a cleaning fee.

Like I said overall it was okay but maybe a few things need to be changed under the description.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you braved the record temperatures! So many cabins in the mountains "winterize" and shut down for the season - but we feel that there's so much beauty in the mountains when it snows, it would be a shame to deny it to our guests, friends, and family. At freezing temperatures - we found through experience in Alaska that snuggling helps :) The "private property" signs to the lake were posted by myself and my family members to keep honest hunters honest. The property belongs to me and my family, so we apologize if that message wasn't communicated clearly - but commend you for your integrity. And we're sad you couldn't find the tree house - it's quite fun. As for fire wood - there are hundreds of downed limbs all around the property and the tools to cut them up are in the cabin. My Boy Scout background considers that "fire wood" - not the prepackaged bundles available at Walmart. Thanks for the suggestion - I'll rewrite that into the description. As for the "before you leave" instructions - I can't really say much there. They simply state, "Put the dirty towels in the bathtub, run the dish washer, and scramble the key box code as you leave". It's hard to picture anyone, besides our teenage son, that would think of that as "cleaning". Our maids vacuum, mop, strip the bed, wash the sheets, disinfect all surfaces, Windex the windows, clean and organize cabinets, scour the tub and sinks etc. It's quite a process - and occasionally after a long day - they may leave a couple of the towels running in the dryer. So, we apologize about the towels in the dryer, but there were four more towels in the cabinet that were dry and ready to use. Thanks for the suggestion on the pots and pans. Last month my family and I enjoyed a full Christmas Dinner at the cabin and didn't have a problem with the pots and pans - but, we'll buy some new pots and pans next time we're up there and maybe send you the old ones as souvenirs. In all seriousness - thank you for putting your trust in us. We are glad you took the time to write an honest review and hope that these little things won't keep you from returning this summer to enjoy the lake and the warmer weather. Mike
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Gainesville, Florida

Great one-night stay

  • 5 of 5

My fiancee' and I were in the neighborhood looking at land in the Topton/Andrews area. I believe if you want to know a place, you have immerse yourself in it. Staying in a motel is not going to get it. As others have said, Mike practically responds to emails before you send them! He is highly accommodating and very easy to work with. The cabin was perfect for our one-night stay -- it had all the comforts of home and the bed was comfortable. And it had one important thing that home does not have -- solitude. Eating dinner on the deck with only the sights and sounds of the mountain to serenade us was truly peaceful. Thank you for sharing your great cabin with us. Maybe soon we will be neighbors! To those of you 55 and older and don't have a 4x4, 800 feet is almost the length of 3 football fields. My Marine Corps veteran wanted me to say that he ran up the whole way. Ha!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad that you were able to fit us in your schedule. I know how hectic it can be to try and meet contractors and schedule inspections etc. We'd love to have you back as often as you need. So fun to potentially have some neighbors on the otherside of the mountain. I'll hike over the ridge if we need to borrow some butter:) Don't forget, all of our returning guests get a "buy one night, get one night" Take care! Mike Henrie Owner
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First time in North Carolina!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Henrie family for sharing your beautiful cabin with us! We drove all the way from South Florida and spent two nights in Smawlie. We unfortunately did not have a 4-wheel drive but the hike up to the cabin was beautiful so we didn't complain. The view was breathtaking and we spent most of our time outdoors. If I'm ever in North Carolina again, I know I have a place to call home!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you were able to fit it in your schedule. You are always welcome! Remember also that all of our return guests are entitled to a "buy one get one."
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Nantahala River
"Raft it! Hike the trails alongside it! Or do my favorite - FLY FISHING!"
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"The closest horseback riding place near the cabin. A unique adventure in the mountains. "
Nearest Airport
152 Miles
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant
Car: necessary

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 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. Oh, 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!


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Lake Nantahala Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Great water pressure - you'll never want to leave the shower. Extra Large Soft towels for 8.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 3 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Our 3 foot sleeping loft is great for kids! We have 3 kid's size sleeping bags, blankets, sleeping pads, and pillows up there along with some toys and books up there. Extra sheets, blankets, and plush pillows are provided for the futon. Crank up the fireplace, grab a blanket, and cuddle while watching a DVD or the sun setting out over the deck.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Smoking is not allowed indoors. Bring your own Coffee if you drink coffee - we have provided a coffee maker. No pets. There is no phone at the cabin, no internet, no cell reception, no cable TV. If you require those things on a vacation to the mountains - we suggest you rent someone else's cabin

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