Comfortable 2 bedroom, 2 full bath single-family home in the Great Smoky Mountains in Topton, North Carolina (Nantahala National Forest). Sleeps 10. Dogs OK. On a farm with chickens and ducks.
5 minutes from Lake Nantahala (boat, fish, swim). 10 minutes from Nantahala River (raft, kayak, fly fish). Close to Appalachian and Bartram Trails plus waterfalls.
Includes my 10-page Guidebook with map that describes local activities. Enjoy mountains, wildlife, forests.
Enjoy this vacation home in rural Nantahala at 3200 feet, two miles from Nantahala Lake that has 42 miles of shoreline. In the Smoky Mountains (Smokies) in Nantahala National Forest. You are surrounded by farms, mountains, meadows and streams.
The house is on my farm: Nantahala Farm and Garden. I have Ancona ducks, Dominique chickens, Cream Brabanter chickens, and Bantam chickens. My farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs are available if you want to try some. I grow comfrey, perennial herbs and Appalachian heirloom beans.
5 minutes from Nantahala Lake with Lakes End Grill and Marina
(swimming, fishing, boat rentals including jet skis, pontoon boats, runabouts, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and ski boats). Guides available.
7 minutes from a Nantahala Forest picnic area (+ many other picnic areas).
7 minutes from Appletree and London Bald hiking trails.
10 minutes from fly fishing in streams and Nantahala River (even in winter).
10 minutes from hiking the Bartram Trail.
11 minutes from a trout farm with fishing and tours.
14 minutes from raft put-in at Wayah Road and Highway 19/74.
14 minutes from Nantahala Bikeway (mountain bikes) and Trail.
20 minutes from an outdoor shooting range.
23 minutes from RidgeRunner Zipline in Andrews.
25 minutes from Wayah Bald Observation Tower at 5385 feet. Plus trails, waterfalls and picnic area.
25 minutes from Silar Bald lookout and hiking trails (5216 feet).
25 minutes from Zipline Canopy Tours.
25 minutes from Nantahala Outdoor Center and Nantahala Gorge (rafting, kayaking, canoeing, restaurants).
25 minutes from hiking the Appalachian Trail.
28 minutes from horseback riding and horse-drawn wagon rides.
31 minutes from gem mining (ruby, sapphire, emerald).
35 minutes from "Tail of the Dragon" motorcycle adventure.
37 minutes from Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy.
40 minutes from a farmer’s market in Murphy (open April through October).
43 minutes from historic train rides.
48 minutes from ATV trails.
50 minutes from John C Campbell Folk School.
Escape to the mountains. Local activities include whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, hunting, shooting range, jet skiing, snow skiing, snowboarding, sledding, mountain biking, motorcycling, ATV riding, swimming, rock climbing, bird watching, wildlife observation, scenic driving, antiquing, waterfalls, walking, flying lessons, picnics, star gazing, nature walks, autumn leaf sightseeing, zipline canopy tours, gem mining, Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters, John Campbell Folk School, gambling casinos, and Native American cultural events such as those found at the Cherokee Nation Reservation.
I wrote a 10-page guide with map about local activities within a one-hour drive. Most are 5-20 minutes away. It is on the desk in the home. It covers local stores, restaurants, hiking trails, picnic areas, boating, fishing, hunting, waterfalls, swimming, scenic drives, farm tours, bicycling, horseback riding, shooting, and more. There are many activities that are good for young children.
The Vacation Home
You stay in a clean 1000 square foot single-family home with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.
It sleeps 10 so there’s plenty of room for everyone. There is a Queen bed in the master bedroom. The other room has a full/double bed, 2 twin beds, and a futon. The living room has a pullout sofabed. I provide you with pillows, sheets, blankets and comforters for every bed including the sofabed and futon. There is a washer and dryer.
For your comfort, the bathrooms have towels and soap. There is a hair dryer, iron, shower cap plus other amenities. There is a sewing kit and medical kit.
The kitchen has everything you need: refrigerator, electric stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender, electric can opener, and toaster. Plenty of dishes, glasses, pots/pans, utensils, flatware, cooking supplies, towels, hot mitts...you name it. There is salt, pepper, sugar and spices. (You bring your food.) I want you to feel at home.
Heating, Cooling and Water
The house is all wood floor except for the kitchen. Heated with central electric heat. Cooled with central air conditioning but it is not needed much. In the summer it goes down to 50s or 60s at night. The water is from a spring. The water here is very good.
Internet, Entertainment and Phone
There is DSL high-speed internet, both wired and wireless. There is Dish TV in the living room. In the other bedroom there is a DVD player, TV and DVDs. There is a landline phone with unlimited local and long distance within the United States so you can stay in touch with family and friends.
Porch and Yard
There is a covered back porch with a BBQ grill and chairs. In the back yard there is a picnic table for you to enjoy meals with your family. There is a firepit for a campfire. You overlook woods and farmland.
I do allow dogs (no cats). The house has a small fenced in yard (25 feet x 41 feet) that has shelter for protection from rain and sun. It is a great area for them. I do not have a weight limit or breed restrictions. Dogs need to be house broken, on flea medicine, and well behaved. If your dog is alone in the house, he needs to be in a cage/crate. When outside the fenced yard, your dog should be on a leash. I have cats, goats, ducks and chickens so I can't have any dogs that want to chase and kill animals. If you are bringing a dog(s), let me know how many.
Smoking & Parties
No smoking in the house as consideration for other renters who do not smoke. You can smoke on the covered back porch and walkway. Please no house parties with large numbers of people.
The vacation rental has a ramp to the door if needed for wheelchair or walker. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. The house is 1 floor.
It does snow here sometimes during November through March. The average is about 10 inches a year though that varies a lot from year to year. Some years there is almost none. If there is snow, the driveway will be shoveled. But if it is snowing when you show up, you may have to park your car by the street (on the driveway) and walk to the rental. It is only about a 3-4 minute walk. The local roads are very well maintained when it snows.
You can park a small boat (18 feet or less) on my property near the road. Let me know if you are bringing a boat to the rental. Boat rentals are available 5 minutes away at Nantahala Lake.
Each child counts as a person when deciding on the number of people renting. Thank you.
Hiking Around Nancy’s Vacation Rental
At my rental is a map and details of how to get to these trails. All are open all year and free.
5 Minutes from Rental:
You can reach a trailhead of Bartram Trail on Wayah Road across from Nantahala Lake. It is 3.0 miles from the house.
7 Minutes from Rental:
Nantahala National Forest Appletree Group Campground:
Appletree Trail: A 2.2 mile very difficult trail that climbs 1,640 feet in elevation and connects with four other area trails.
Bartram Trail: A 6.5 mile section of the 71.1 mile Bartram Trail passes near the campground. The trail runs near the expeditions of William Bartram, an American naturalist from the late 1700s.
London Bald Trail: 9 miles one-way, this trail climbs a slope at a high elevation. This very difficult trail connects with the Appletree Trail and Bartram Trail.
10 Minutes from Rental:
Appalachian Trail from Tellico Gap to Wesser Bald is a moderately difficult hike of 3 miles out and back. It is the easiest hike up to the Wesser Bald fire tower. The climb up is somewhat steep.
15 Minutes from Rental:
Nantahala Bikeway and Trail is 8 miles long. It starts at Nantahala River Launch Site at the intersection of Wayah Road and Highway 19. It goes to Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). The first 1.2 miles are good for casual walkers and bicycles. It follows Nantahala River. The harder part to NOC goes on a Forest Service road.
25 Minutes from Rental:
Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is in Nantahala Gorge at 13077 Highway 19 West, Bryson City. The Appalachian Trail goes through NOC.
25 Minutes from Rental:
Wayah Bald is in Nantahala National Forest between Topton and Franklin. The stone Wayah Bald Observation Tower is at the area's highest point (5,385 feet). The Appalachian Trail (white paint) and Bartram Trail (yellow paint) cross at Wayah Bald.
25 Minutes from Rental:
Rufus Morgan (Rough Fork) Falls is a 60-foot waterfall. It is next to Wayah Bald above. The waterfall is at the end of a moderate half mile hike (round trip 1 mile) along the Rufus Morgan Trail. There is a smaller waterfall 1/10 of a mile before the Rufus Morgan Fall.
25 Minutes from Rental:
Silar Bald #1 Hike, part of the Appalachian Trail (white blaze). The 1.6 mile (one way) hike starts at Wayah Crest and is moderately difficult. Silar Bald is at elevation 5216 feet. At the top is an almost 360 degree view of the mountains.
40 Minutes from Rental:
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Robbinsville, NC. It is one of the most impressive remnants of old-growth forest. This 3,800-acre forest was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to the author of the poem “Trees.” A 2 mile trail leads to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial.
Please smoke outside the house. No house parties with large numbers of people. I have put a lot of effort into making the rental house a nice place to stay.
I have been living in western North Carolina for 12 years. I love it here. I enjoy nature, gardening and my farm animals. It is a great place.
I answer every message that I get. I want to hear from you. I do not own a cell phone since they do not work very well out here in the country. So I can not get an instant alert that someone has left me a message on Airbnb. It might be a few hours before I get back to you. Please wait for me. Thank you.
If the weather is nice, I am probably outside farming!