|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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,
Creekside, Historic, Mountains, Mountain Biking, Camping, Hunting, Cherokee, Rock Climbing, Rafting, Antiquing, Museums, Viking Mountain, Lodge
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 cabin 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 had 6 women in there with PLENTY of room, that's saying something! Ha! We truly enjoyed our weekend. It was like going to our own personal home in the mountains. We celebrated my friends 40th birthday here. We also went to the hot springs spa which was about 20 minutes away (a must). We will rent it again....FOR SURE! The owner is more than accomadating.
The cabin was rustic, clean and well located for a nice time in the mountains. In our five night-stay in late March, we enjoyed outings to Asheville, Hot Springs, Greenville, and excursions into the mountains. We especially enjoyed a trip up Viking Mountain (also called Bald Mountain, I believe) following a late winter snow. The snow-covered mountains in the distance, as well as the trees all around glistening with a dusting of snow, made this an especially spectacular scene. Grandkids from Miami were excited to see and touch snow for the first time--and you can imagine the snowball fights that ensued. A hike up to Margaritte (sp?) waterfall was another enjoyable--and for some of us, challenging--mountain adventure.
Alan was very helpful thru the rental process from my initial inquiry, a quick check in by Alan to see if everything was good and until our departure .
We were very comfortable in the cabin and will recommend it to anyone we know that is interested in staying in the area.
We love this cabin, it's homey. from the art on the walls to the furniture, it's all just perfect! We will be coming back for sure. Highly recommend it to anyone.
We really enjoyed your home but it did have a few issues. The bathtub upstairs had a rock on the drain that did not work, so the water backed up. All 13 of us had to use the downstairs bathroom. The light in the down stairs bathroom at the shower did not work at first. I finally took the bulb from the bedside table downstairs and changed it. There was mice droppings in the kitchen cabinets and drawers. Had to was everything we used before we used it. Also a night time visitor scratched under the stairs every night. Other than these things we had a great family trip.
We enjoyed our stay and plan to rent this cabin again in the future. It felt like we were guests in someone's home rather than a generic rental property. The house has a ton of rustic charm and just enough modern updates to make us comfortable.
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.