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Serenity on the Virginia Creeper Trail

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,591 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

secluded 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with Mountain views

Hop on a bike and join the Creeper Trail at the end of the driveway. Located between mile marker 29 and 30, Green Cove Cottage sits on 23 beautiful acres of meadow, forest and Christmas tree farm. Walk up on the ridge for a beautiful 360 degree view of Green Cove and the Jefferson National Forest. Sit on the front porch swing or rocking chairs to glimpse the bikers through the trees or relax on the back patio and gaze up at the hills.

For extra accommodation, there is a 1 bed/1bath granny flat over the garage about 50 yards from the main house which is listed separately, property # 3877695

More Details

Property Manager
Jeanette Gretsch
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

About Jeanette Gretsch

The Smith Family consists of Mamaw and Pampaw, owners of the property, and their 4 daughters and their families. There are a total of 10 grandchildren. Green Cove Cottage was purchased as a place where the family can get together and get away from it all.

Jeanette Gretsch purchased this house in 2014

Why Jeanette Gretsch chose Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

The eldest Smith daughter lives in Raleigh. The rest of the family loves visiting her because North Carolina is so gorgeous and green and not too hot (they mostly live in Texas, where it is too hot) and has stunning fall colors, actual snow, and beautiful clean running water. When contemplating a place for everyone to get together, it was unanimous that it should be this part of the world, and the Creeper Trail was the final attraction.

What makes this house unique

It's right on the Creeper trail for easy biking and walking for the whole family, and only 3 miles down the trail it crosses the Appalachian trail for the more adventurous. The quiet and restfulness of the location are unparalleled. The stars are magnificent at night. And the views from the top of the ridge are breathtaking. Plus there is a wonderful hill perfect for sledding right next to the house.


Mount Rogers National Recreation Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2591 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Front Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Cottage Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Cottage Bedroom #1 - 1 queen
    Cottage Bedroom #2 - 1 queen
  • There are also sofa beds in the front sitting room and in the family room. In addition, there is a loft apartment above the garage, which has a bedroom with a queen bed and a sofa bed in the living room. This can be rented separately. Please see listing # 3877695
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming


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Serenity on the Virginia Creeper Trail
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews

Another great year of biking on the Creeper Trail!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time staying at this property. It will not be the last. You cannot beat the location right on the trail. We left from the house and enjoyed a gorgeous trip down to Damascus. The kids played at the park. The family enjoyed ice cream in town. We traveled back to the house and grilled out. The evening ended with a campfire complete with s'mores. The house and location lack for nothing. The entire family agrees this must remain a yearly tradition. Our youngest cried when it was time to leave. It is a perfect way to relax and unwind in an outdoor setting. Everyone appreciates this, young and old. I hope this house will remain available for years to come.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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So much space & just steps from the VA Creeper Trail!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a wonderful stay at the Green Cove Cottage. It was spacious and had everything we needed. The property was beautiful and just steps from the creeper trail! We've never rented a house before and this was a wonderful first experience. It was so nice to have a place all to ourselves instead of cramming into a hotel room. Our boys loved exploring the property. The owners were helpful, quick to respond and provided us with all the information we needed before our stay. We'd definitely rent this property again!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Cozy cottage escape with family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! The setting is so serene and quiet. We LOVED the lack of high speed internet! Our 3 teens were forced to interact with us 😊 So convenient to the Trail. Excellent movie selection, well stocked kitchen, fabulous views, big fire pit. We hope to return some day! Thanks, Polly and Jay Burrows

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Perfect home for our bike riding grojp

  • 5 of 5

Clean, we'll maintained and very convenient to Va Creeper Bike Trail.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Cozy vacay

  • 5 of 5

This fabulous house in Green Cove was perfect for our friends and family! Everyone who came to see us raved about how nice it was. Gorgeous interior and landscaping. JACKPOT! We will be back! Deyna

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Beautiful property along the Virginia Creeper Trail

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to spend a weekend with the family. Everything we needed was provided. It was a clean and beautiful property in a wonderful location right next to the rail trail.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Tri cities Regional Airport, TN
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Damascus Old Mill Inn
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Hwy 81
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Beech Mountain
Car: necessary

3 miles down the trail from the Appalachian trail. Day hikes from the driveway are available to Grayson Highlands to see the feral ponies, pick wild blueberries, or simply enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Fly fishing is available in the river a few minutes walk from the front door and at Sarge's Pay Lake just down the road. Make sure you check schedule the visit during one of the many festivals that celebrate the traditional music of the mountains.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

We can accept Visa or Mastercard payments.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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