Lake Houses, Tree Houses, and Creek Houses – Find Unique Lodging in the Smoky Mountains

Experience the unique mountain cabins and inns in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Ranging from rustic to luxurious, these lodging options are sure to pique your interest.

The Simpler Life

Hemlock Hideaway

Imagine a simpler era, someplace quiet, where you can sit and read a book by a fireplace or walk outside and drop a fishing line into a rushing stream and catch some supper. The Barn at Huffman Creek Retreat, the Hemlock Hide Away, a primitive cabin on Snowbird Creek, and Jimbo’s Farm are just three of the cabins designed to take you back in time.  Additionally, consider renting the Swan Cabin, owned by the U.S. Forest Service.  This cabin was the former home to district rangers for many years and then evolved into a remote getaway for people seeking solitude. It can be rented from the Forest Service from late March to the end of December for a small fee. This cabin, built in 1931 by Frank Swan, has absolutely no modern facilities. Visit for reservations, and make your reservation early.  Swan Cabin is very popular and reservations fill up quickly.


Lake Fontana Floating Houses

Floating Lake House

Do you love the water and the peace of the surrounding mountains? What about staying in a luxurious houseboat on Lake Fontana?  Check out the Floating Lakehouse and imagine watching the sunset at the end of the day as it dips below the mountains surrounding the lake.  Another option is staying at Fontana Lake Life, a 60-foot, 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath houseboat on Fontana Lake with a private dock! 





Tree Houses

If you prefer being perched on the porch of a tree house, looking out over the tops of the trees, River’s Edge Tree houses have just what you need.  Parking for your vehicle is directly below your nest. They were awarded the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Hotels for Romance – USA by Trip Advisor – two years in a row!

River's Edge Treehouse Resort

River’s Edge Treehouse Resort

Just for Motorcyclists

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Campground

Do you lean towards riding in the fast lane?  Are you an appreciator of miles of wide sweeping curves or do you like to challenge your abilities by riding the world famous “Dragon”, which consists of 318 curves in a mere 11 miles of challenging road.  The Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Campground is one example of the unique lodging designed just for you.  Intimate rooms and lovely cabins are designed to cater to the motorcycle enthusiast and there is a restaurant right on the premises.  You can enjoy the perfect evenings in accommodations that will have you spreading the word to your friends.  If you want a real bargain, the Two Wheel Inn is another unique place to check out, with each room providing an attached garage for your “steed”. Two Wheel Inn was named as one of the top 25 bargain hotels in the USA by TripAdvisor!  It is a joy to come in after a long day of riding to relax in lodging designed for riders and drivers. 

A Place for Spiritual Healing

If you want a luxury apartment with gorgeous marble fireplaces, at the top of a mountain, overlooking vistas of incredible beauty and still have it be affordable, try the exclusive Gleanings Luxury Suites and Cabins.  You will love the design of their manor and will feel like you have stepped into the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.  Meals can be prepared on site.  Intuitive healers and physicians designed the rooms to enhance physical and spiritual healing.


Just for Backpackers

Creekside Paradise

What about lodging for day hikers and backpackers?  Many of the cabins and lodges provide shuttle service. You can be brought to a beautiful cabin, served a delightful dinner, get a refreshing shower or soak in a hot tub, and then, after a good night’s sleep, enjoy an excellent breakfast and be returned to the trail. Creekside Paradise in one example.  There is a queen bed in each room but plenty of space to add a single bed to accommodate up to 3 guests in one room. Hikers Welcome! Bikers Welcome! Pets Welcome!  They are located close to the Appalachian Trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Bartram Trail.  The owners will run you into town for supplies and, if you want to stay a few extra days, help you select roads to ride and trails to hike in the local area.  The owners of Snowbird Creek Log Cabin also provide shuttles if you want to take a day off from hiking the trails to put your feet up, sit in a hot tub, and listen to the sound of the rushing stream as you drift off to sleep. Also take a look at and Fontana Village Resort located near Fontana Dam and The Appalachian Trail, also with shuttle service for A.T. hikers.

Luxury Lakefront

Fontana Passion Lake Lodge

Fontana Passion Lake Lodge

There are many luxury cabins available along our lake shores.  Bring your water crafts, fishing rods and bathing suits and enjoy a week or even more living on a mountain lake.  Make it a private get away for one or two or bring the whole family for reunions or celebrations.  Wealthy executives came to Graham County to relax and play as far back as the early 1900’s.  Consider doing likewise and learn about the history of this unique area.  Luxury Lakefront on Lake Fontana with Fontana Passion Lake Lodge and on Lake Santeetlah with Gillilands Island


Creekfront Cabins for Trout Fishing:

West Buffalo Creek Cabin

Graham County is famous for its fishing opportunities.  Trout fisherman come here from all over the world to try and capture the native or brook trout in our mountains.  “Blue lining” at the sources of mountain creeks has become popular in the past few years.  Rainbow, Brown and Tiger trout abound in our streams and bass, pike and numerous other species of fish lurk in Lake Fontana, Lake Santeetlah, Calderwood Lake and near the Cheoah Dam.  Rent a cabin, bring your catch home and cook it up for supper. Take a look at Breath of Fresh Air cabin or West Buffalo Creek Cabin.



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