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Viking Mountain Lodge - Authentic Log Cabin on Paint Creek

Greeneville, TN, USA
  • Cabin2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps15
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 11-15)

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



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About Alan

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

Why Alan chose Greene County

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.

What makes this Cabin unique

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.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
      • Convertible bed(s)
        2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 2 roll-out twins and a pullout couch
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Downstairs - 2 brand new memory foam mattresses
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Upstairs - New memory foam mattress, bed frame, & foundation
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Upstairs - 2 new premium interspring mattresses
      • Bedroom 4
        2 double, Upstairs - 2 brand new memory foam mattresses
      • Two roll out beds; one in the bedroom closet downstairs and one in the large upstairs bedroom closet. The couch in the living room is a pull out bed as well.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Waterfront
            Cabin over looks Upper Paint Creek, which runs through the front yard, as well as two ponds (all of which are on the property)


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        There is a full sized couch, a leather chair, a recliner, and two rocking chairs
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Brand new high capacity LP dryer
                      • Gas Fireplace
                      • Heating
                        There are two gas heaters in addition to the gas fireplace and wood stove
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Garage
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                        Cell phones do not work at Viking Mountain Lodge. There is a telephone at the cabin, but no long distance. Please bring a calling card with you if you would like to make long distance calls.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Oven
                            Brand new gas convection oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            New refrigerator with ice maker
                          • Stove
                            Brand new 5 burner gas range
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                The dining room table seats 6 and there are 3 bar stools at the counter
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 9 people


                                  • Books
                                    Shelves full of books including cookbooks, local maps, and hiking literature
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    The Xboxes will both play DVD's
                                  • Games
                                    Lots of board games and puzzles
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    50' High Definition Plasma with 7.1 surround sound for sports, movies, and video games
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    37' High Definition LCD upstairs with an Xbox 360
                                  • Video Game Console
                                    (2) Xbox 360 downstairs and an Xbox 360 upstairs (they play DVD's too)
                                  • Video Games
                                    (40) Over 40 different Xbox 360 games
                                  • Video Library
                                    Over 100 DVD's!!


                                      • Bicycles
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Adirondack chairs and rocking chairs on the deck
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Combination gas/charcoal/smoker on the deck


                                          • churches
                                          • festivals
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • museums
                                          • restaurants
                                          • winery tours

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • scenic drives
                                              • antiquing
                                              • boating
                                              • horseback riding
                                              • photography
                                              • bird watching
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • sledding
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • massage therapist
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • rafting
                                                      • rock climbing
                                                      • skiing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water tubing
                                                      • whitewater rafting


                                                          • Recently installed six brand new Hunter 60 inch, 5 blade ceiling fans. One in each bedroom, one in the kitchen, and one in the living room. These fans are SILENT and move a TON of air to keep you cool in the summer time.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            136 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Hands down, best experience in Tennessee to date!!!

                                                            jess s.Ypsilanti, MI United States

                                                            Have nothing negative to stay about this wonderful cabin... location is spot on, short trip up the road in either direction and you are on the Appalachian Trl!!!! The stream running through the front yard is beautiful and sings to you at night to relax you asleep. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle, but not so far that its inconvenient to go into Gatlinburg, etc. You won't get any cell signal or wifi, and that was perfectly ok with me...not as popular with others in my party, lol... but they made due, and THAT WAS THE IDEA, UNPLUG!!! Would HIGHLY recommend this cabin and this property owner, Alan. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your gorgeous cabin, we had a great time and hope to visit again soon.

                                                            Great cabin and area. We will definitely return

                                                            Scott Q.

                                                            We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cabin. The cabin is well stocked with all your needs. Just bring your food and clothes. Definitely explore the surrounding area, its beautiful. We will certainly be returning in the near future. Big thanks to Allen, the owner for allowing us to stay there.

                                                            Beautiful inside and out!

                                                            Ernie M.

                                                            Lovely cabin on a quiet mountain road. The sound of the creek flowing over the rocks was so relaxing. The fire pit was a hit with the kids. We roasted marshmallows one night. The furnishings and décor inside were really nice.

                                                            Retreat and Relax to the Max

                                                            Michael M.

                                                            Alan’s Viking Mountain Lodge felt like our Viking Mountain Lodge for the weekend. We unplugged from the Matrix, because you really won’t get a cell signal or connection to the web. But, there is a LAN line for local calls or using a phone card. Signal is gained if you drive back down the road about a mile or so. The beds are great and the home and grounds are like home sweet home. Thanks for sharing your home “Uncle Alan” - we hope to return to VML soon. Mike

                                                            Family Vacation

                                                            Lisa K.

                                                            Every year we have a family get away with our children, their spouses and our grandchildren. The house easily had enough room for all of us to sleep, eat and watch movies. There was just enough snow to add to the beautiful setting, but not enough to keep us indoors. Very nice relaxing weekend. The house is rustic, but with a very warm and welcoming feel.


                                                            Victoria D.Titusvillle FL

                                                            We had a wonderful, peaceful time. The cabin is cozy and comfortable. Love love the Painted creek outside the front door. Alan is a wonderful host and provides needed info for the area We will return!!!


                                                            Greeneville, TN, USA

                                                            VML is located just 1/2 a mile from the Appalachian Trail, inside the Cherokee National Forest.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            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.

                                                            136 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.8/5
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