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21 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath log home with stunning lake views

Waggin' Tales Lodge is my dream, and I'm excited to share it with you. The views from the over 1000sq/ft of covered porches and decks are the best the lake has to offer. Rustic Elegance is what I was going for, and the peace and serenity that you will enjoy is exceptional. The screened porch is attached to the lodge, and you can enjoy the view while taking in a roaring fire in the outdoor fireplace—call it your place to get away from it all. Everything was designed to make you feel at home, including the custom kitchen with commercial gas range and copper sink.

The cabin was finished on December 23, 2007—and is named in honor of my three you know where the name came from! Local craftsmen from the area made everything from the cabinets to the unique railings that don’t block the view. Their commitment to quality is seen throughout.

Three Bedrooms

Two & one half baths

Gourmet Kitchen

Outside fireplace in covered porch

Gas Fireplace in living room

Over 1,000 sq/ft of porches and decks (80% covered)

Loft overlooking lake

Backup Generator to make your stay worry free

Whole house audio system—bring your IPod!

Private dock

Lake Nantahala is one of the highest elevation lakes east of the Mississippi River. At an elevation of 3100’, the lake covers over 1600 acres, and with 80% of its 29 miles of shoreline being national forest, you are sure to enjoy nature at its best. Beautiful and un-crowded, Lake Nantahala is ideal for boating, fishing, skiing, and canoeing.

Your stay will certainly be one that is ‘out of the ordinary’. The Nantahala Gorge offers first class white water rafting and paddling, fly fishing, and a multitude of other activities.

What to do.....

Hiking—The Bartram Trail is located about 1 mile from the cabin—it hooks up with the Appalachian Trail at Wayah Bald

Biking—TSALI is the Southeast’s Mecca for mountain bikers

Fishing—Lake Nantahala is the only lake east of the Mississippi that has fresh water salmon, and let’s not forget we are ranked in the Top 50 for fly fishing in the country!

Boating—get out on the lake and enjoy the waterfalls and other surprises

Whitewater Rafting—something the whole family can enjoy together

Gem Mining

Horseback Riding

Great Smokey Mountain Railroad—make it a tradition

Biltmore House & Gardens is a short drive away in Asheville

Snow Skiing! Cataloochee Ski area in Maggie Valley is 61 miles away!

In the Area

Nantahala National Forest & Gorge

Great Smokey Mountains National park

Fly Fishing—over 2000 miles of streams & rivers

Appalachian Trail ,Bartram Trail

Horseback riding

Mountain Biking—TSALI is considered by many the East’s best single track for biking and horseback riding

Whitewater rafting, kayaking, & canoeing

Cherokee Casino

John C Campbell Folk School

Four wonderful, moderate & distinct seasons

It’s no wonder National Geographic’s Adventure Magazine & ABC’s Good Morning America awarded this area the “Number One Vacation with a Splash” in the U.S.

Whatever you are in the mood for, the area around Three Bear Lodge can accommodate. Your stay can include an array of family friendly activities—from the Bartram Trail located a mere mile away, to world class whitewater rafting and mountain biking—your ‘fun meter’ will be pegged!

I'm sure you can tell I am excited about my cabin, and I look forward to sharing it with you!

Unwind a bit,

Darren & Carmen

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Darren (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Darren

I've been coming up to this area for 14 years and simply fell in love with the mountains - it simply amazes me. Fly fishing, boating, whitewater rafting, hiking the AT, and enjoying friends…can there be anything better than that!

Darren purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Darren chose Lake Nantahala

This was a lifelong dream and I was fortunate to be able to find the property, design the cabin, and actually do some of the work myself. The tile work, hardwood floors, stone, and painting and staining were all done by me and my friends.

What makes this lodge unique

The 3 Bear just makes people happy - try it and see for yourself!


based on 21 traveler reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Great stay. The view is amazing.

  • 5 of 5

We went for a family trip. The cabin had all of the comforts of home. Had a great time on the water. The folks at the marina were very friendly and the water is crystal clear. I would recommend to anyone looking to unplug and relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Gorgeous home in an incredible location!

  • 5 of 5

House: Fantastic! Well built, meticulously planned and artfully executed! The house is wonderful and was perfect for the 6-10 of us for the week. The 3 bedrooms provided privacy and comfort for the 6 core guests and the basement/game room provided an excellent temporary bedroom for 2 nights for extended family. This house is very luxurious in an earthy "lodge" style. The finishes are top quality, furnishings are comfortable yet stylish and the attention to details (like the whole house audio) was impressive. Everything worked as intended and there were no issues of age or deferred maintenance at all. Hot tub was fantastic!

Location: Very good! The pros are the house is located within a short drive (almost a walk) of the boat ramp and within a 5 minute drive of the only real restaurant, marina, store and gas around the lake. This came in handy several times. Keep in mind, this lake is not really near ANYTHING (unless you stay in the NW corner) and thus easy access to the few amenities are welcome. The house is perched about 150' above the lake / dock and the views from this spot are amazing! Both the lake and the mountains are spectacular from this vantage. If you spend the majority of your time at the house and on the porches, this quickly becomes your "entertainment". Watching the sunrise/sunsets and watching the storms roll over the mountains and down into the lake was wonderful. The downside would be the walk back up from the dock to the house. There are 122 steps, so if there is someone in your party with limited mobility you must make alternate plans. Although I did the staircase 2-3x per day (we rented a boat for the week) , my party chose not to and simply drove to the boat ramp. Plenty of parking and easy access within a 1-2 minute drive from the driveway. Even if you stay on one of the "first tier" waterfront homes, this method of transporting coolers and other heavy items using the car is still valuable.

Owner/Support: Outstanding!! Darren was in contact whenever we needed him and silent when we did not. He provided a comprehensive list of instructions, tips and advice. We were in contact via email, text, cell and landline. And when something unexpected popped up he instantly resolved it! Cannot say enough great things about the owners!

In summary, this is a beautiful home in a spectacular location run by attentive owners. Our vacation was darned near perfect and we would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing and unforgettable family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation. Everyone has unforgettable moments. The house is beautiful, spacious, clean and well-maintained. It has everything you need To have a great week. The teenagers had a blast. The room downstair is awesome with the pool table. And the jacuzzi is a plus. We spent a lot of time in the porch admiring the wonderful view of the mountains and Lake Nantahala. The Lake is beautiful and peaceful. We rented a boat for few days and it was awesome. Darren, the owner, was extremely responsive and available every time that we needed him. We recommend you to plan ahead the meals and everything you will need for the week. We recommend 100% this house for family gathering.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House, Awesome View

  • 5 of 5

It's a beautiful house with a lovely view and everything you need to enjoy your vacation. I can't wait to go back. This is really one of the nicer places I've stayed.

Tip: When you leave, you have to haul your garbage to a nearby recycling center. It's open 8-5 weekdays, but it opens at 12pm Saturday and is closed on Sundays. Plan accordingly.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time! There are two recycling centers - the one on Junaluska opens on Saturday at 10am while the one on Wayah opens at 12:30. Thanks for staying with us Jason - come back anytime!
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Comfortable, relaxing, plenty of entertainment – best of all, the view!

  • 5 of 5

Had a phenomenal fishing trip this spring. The actual fishing didn’t go so well, but the house totally made up for it. Our group put a fishing boat in at the ramp, only about 100 yards away, and left it tied to the dock during our stay. The hike from the dock to house was pretty darn steep, but entirely worth it. We really enjoyed grilling out and playing games on the deck all while taking in the spectacular views, not to mention the hot tub, pool table, and awesome whole house audio.

The owner was a pleasure to work with and extremely responsive.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breath taking views

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Darren for sharing this unbelievable home. This was a last minute decision for us and Darren made it so easy, responded fast to every question we had. This place is so beautiful the pictures don't do it justice. Our family of 6 had plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable. The pool table , the hot tub with the lake views and the kayaks put this place over the top .everything you could want from home in mountains, we can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family had a great week at Waggin' Tales Kenny!
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Car: necessary

Nantahala Outdoor Center offers zip lining, family white water rafting (even class V for the extreme sport enthusiasts), ropes courses and TSALI is world class mountain biking. Not to mention all that the Smokies have to offer.


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Topton Lodge Rental Rates

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Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Topton Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2036 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Tuscan plastered walls - and amazing views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 4 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Very large room - has full size sofa and writing desk.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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