If you get tired of relaxing or exploring our 14 acre property, you can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway for incredible views and hikes, with Crabtree Falls, Mount Mitchell, and Craggy Gardens to the south, and Linville Falls, Grandfather Mountain, and Blowing Rock/Boone to the north. Only 6 miles from the property, Crabtree Falls is a lovely falls that is best enjoyed as part of a 2 mile loop trail that includes a variety of terrain. Mount Mitchell State Park is a wild and beautiful area with lots of hiking trails and we enjoy visiting most for an evening picnic while we watch the usually spectacular sunsets from the tower at the top of the mountain. Just 2 miles from the property, you can also hike to Grassy Creek Falls, a high, delicate fall that is quite lovely. Roaring Fork Falls and Setrock Creek Falls are also located close by on Highway 80.
Gems and minerals have played, and continue to play, an important role in this community, and our property is just a few miles from the only commercially viable emerald mine to have ever operated in the US. You can see historic mines and try your luck at finding gemstones at the Emerald Village, less than a mile from your cabin. You can also enjoy learning about the geology of this area at the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, just 5 miles from our property.
Be sure to also check out our favorite local spot - Roan Mountain, with its famous rhododendron gardens and evergreen forests. When you go, also take at least a short walk on the Appalachian Trail that crosses at the entrance to the Park at Carver's Gap. Just an easy hike up the natural balds that characterize the tops of some mountains in this area are some of the most spectacular mountain views in NC. On the way to Roan Mountain, you can also stop in historic Bakersville for some wonderful goat cheese that is produced by a local farmer. You also might try one of the great hamburgers sold at Bonnie and Clyde's in nearby and picturesque Loafers Glory. There are many, many other things to do in the area and we provide our guests with a guide to the foregoing mentioned activities as well as a host of other activities ranging from horseback riding, golf, canoeing, skiing, whitewater rafting, etc. etc., at the cabin. But you will also find plenty to do right on the property as you explore the hardwood knoll, play or hunt salamanders in the creek, or simply sit on your porch or in the hot tub watching a beautiful sunset or the stars. The fireflies can be magical.Our goal is to provide you with a fun and memorable vacation experience that will be fondly remembered forever and that will make you want to come back again. We pledge to do our best to make that happen.