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

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

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 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!

More Details

Mike Henrie
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

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.


Topton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
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
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Secluded and Peaceful w/ Spectacular Smokey Mountain Views on Lake Nantahala
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 36 reviews

Second Visit - Even Better!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time visiting Smawlie and the town of Andrews. The views cannot be captured by a camera, they are simply breathtaking. The cabin itself is secluded and cozy! What a relief to get away from the work hustle and Atlanta's traffic. Life without wifi or cell service is AMAZING!

We had breakfast on the porch, traveled into town for lunch, and grilled for dinner. Our first time we had to hike the driveway because the snow was so thick. This time, our 4x4 was just fine up the driveway! (it's no joke, do not try without 4-wheeldrive). All in all, we are very appreciative that Mike and his family shares this little piece of heaven. Thank you again for a much needed weekend!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so honored that you returned! Find us on Facebook and Instagram and share your photos and story with your family and friends. See you next time!
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Quiet and beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

It's in a beautiful area clean cabin. It snowed when we were there which was unexpected. So cabin was cold only, could warm the front area to sleep. Lol other then that it was perfect retreat to relax at. Very comfy it had everything you needed. We couldn't find coffee pot. Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Canton, Georgia

It was a blast. It is a big driveway lol.

  • 5 of 5

It was a blast. It is a big driveway lol.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing escape

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Miami Beach, Florida

The cabin is in perfect condition. But the requirement of a four drive car is mandatory.

  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Retreal away from it all

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Perfect! Just perfect! We look forward to having you again! Mike Henrie-owner
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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 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!


Rates & Availability

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One time Cleaning Fee $75

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