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Massage in your cabin (please call ahead to arrange):
Marie Judy: LMBT#00923
828-622-3677 -Or email mariej@madison.main.nc.us

The Hot Springs Spa 828-622-7676. Call ahead to book a natural mineral bath, body treatment, hot stone massage, or Swedish massage. 

Spring Creek Cafe at the Trust Store 828-622-7400. At the junction of 209 and 63. They are generally open Thursday- Sunday for meals. 

The Mountain Magnolia 828-622-3543. This is a unique, beautiful bed and breakfast setting. Very high quality gourmet meals including Vegan.

The Iron Horse Station 828-622-0022. This a a local tavern setting with great food, live music, large screen TV, and FREE Wi-fi.

The Smoky Mountain Diner 828-622-7571.Open for Breakfast, lunch, and  dinner. Food is excellent. This is a favorite for locals and hikers. Another favorite of Tom and Rebecca. 

Horseback Riding/Llama trekking:

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides 800-959-3513. Towards Marshall, this outfit boasts their own gem mine and cave with great Madison County mountain views! Sandy Bottom is open year round (weather permitting). Our guests really like this outfit! Tom and Rebecca have ridden here and loved it!

English Mountain Llama Trekking 828-622-9686 This outfit is located near Max Patch. We have not tried this yet, but it sounds wonderful to have a Llama carry your pack!

Outdoor Adventures and Supplies:

Bluff Mountain Outfitters 828-622-7162. This store carries supplies for all your outdoor needs.  They are located right on Main Street in  Hot Springs.They carry lots of maps of the area. They also provide a shuttle service for hikers.

Canopy Tours with Navitat 828-626-3700. Located north of Asheville, Navitat  offers zipline canopy tours.

Huck Finn River Rafting 877-520-4658 or 828-622-9645. Located next to Bluff Mountain Outfitters in Hot Springs, NC.  
USA RAFT 866-USA-RAFT. This company offers rafting trips on the French Broad and Nolichucky 


The streams on the property and Roaring Fork Creek are stocked with trout. There is a wonderful pond at Max Patch with docks if you prefer still waters. 

C&H Fishing Supplies 828-622-3205 Located in Hot Springs,this store carries the fishing licenses, bait, and tackle you need to fish the area waters. They can give you advice on the best fishing holes in the are.

Max Patch Bald Elevation: 4,692 feet. Incredible view and Fishing Too!
Head out on Roaring Fork Road and Turn Right onto Meadow Fork Road. A few miles up you will see a brown sign indicating Max Patch to the right. Head up the mountain, when the road turns to dirt, continue straight and go to a T intersetion, here you will turn right. You will see Max Patch Parking on the right. If you continue past the parking you will find a wonderful lake for fishing on the right. There is a wonderful dock for easy access. 

Mountain Biking: 

There are many bike trails right out the front door. The acreage is surrounded by National Forests and Forest Service Roads. The trails are really endless. Riding is at all levels from good gravel roads to ATV trails and beyond!

Bluff Mountain Outfitters 828-622-7162 This outfitter can tell you all about the  biking trails and they even offer shuttle services. 


Iron Tree Golf Course 828-627-1933 18 holes. 

Waynesville Country Club 828-452-4617 

Area Tourist Information

The Biltmore Estate 828-225-1333

The WNC Nature Center 828-298-5600. 

The North Carolina Arboretum 828-665-2492.

Asheville Trolley Tours 828-681-8585. 

The Folk Art Center 828-298-7928. Located directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway this center carries works by local craftsman and artisans. The work  here is an authentic representation of Appalachian Culture

Chimney Rock Park, 800-277-9611

How about a train ride?
Bryson City
Great Smoky Mountain Railway: Offers open air train ride and Raft and Rail packages where you ride the train up and raft down. It is great fun on a hot day and only about an hour drive from your front door.

Driving Destinations: 

Great Smoky Mountain National Park is located within 90 miles of your cabin. 
This drive puts you near the Cherokee Indian Reservation which is the home of a reconstructed traditional Indian village called the Oconaluftee Indian Village. This hosts the famous outdoor drama, ‘Unto these Hills’ and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 
This drive also takes you to a unique place called Cataloochee which is home to an elk herd. The herd is easily seen from your car, or you can get out and hike through a unique “ turn of the century” village complete with a school, a chapel, several homes and barns. It is a unique place and a favorite of Tom and Rebecca.
Blue Ridge Parkway offers a spectacular driving experience and many chances to pull off and take pictures, and a short or long hike.

How about a Farm Tour?
 Here are a few of our favorites
Mountain Farm: 24 acre Lavender, Blueberry, and Dairy Goat Farm
125 Copperhead Bend, Burnsville, NC 28714
Call for hours: 828-675-4856

Hickory Nut Farm: Grass fed beef, Happy pigs, Country Store
57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview, NC 28730 (east of Asheville)
Call for hours: 828-628-1027

Imaldris Farms: A few miles from Hickory Nut Farms, Home of Imaldris jams and jellies; Call for hours: 828-628-9377

Asheville Farmers Market: Very large market
570 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 828-353-1691

On site Hiking: Feel free to explore our woods. There is a beautiful waterfall that can be accessed by heading up the driveway. You will come to a little “shack” on the right as the road takes a sharp turn to the left. Take a right here and cross the creek toward the shack. Here you can cross the creek and find your way through the forest, following the creek up. Our neighbors do have some dogs and they are very friendly and they are very big. Just a warning as they like to greet the guests. The waterfall is quite spectacular and worth the climb.
You can access the trail to our Labyrinth by walking up the road behind the Sundance. You will see a red mark on a tree where you cross the creek. You can wander around in these woods as much as you like.
If you feel like a steep climb, you can visit the old graveyard at the top of the ridge. We are not sure how they every got the bodies up there as it is so incredibly steep. To find the graveyard, you take the road beside the Sundance all the way to its end, and then head up and to the left. The graveyard is at the top of that ridge. There are very old graves there.

Appalachian Trail: You can access the AT from your front porch. Call us for directions as it can be a little confusing. Basically you follow the driveway up and past barn and then past the house. Access an old forest road behind the house and follow it up to the top of the mountain. You will pass a forest service barricade meant to keep drivers out. You will continue through some meadows and come to a forest road. You will turn left on the road for just a few feet then cross too your right, you will see and ATV trail, this will take you straight up to the AT. If you head to the right at the top, you head toward Hot Springs. To the Left will take you to Lemon Gap and on to Max Patch. It takes us about an hour to climb up to the trail from our house without packs. It is a beautiful hike.

Max Patch Bald – 
Incredible Views and access to 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge.
Elevation: 4,692 feet.
Head out on Roaring Fork Road and Turn Right onto Meadow Fork Road. A few miles up you will see a brown sign indicating Max Patch to the right. Head up the mountain. When the road turns to dirt, continue straight until you reach a “T” intersection. Here you take a right.You will see Max Patch Parking on the right. If you continue past the parking you will find a wonderful lake for fishing. 

Just one half mile from the parking lot to the top and you have panoramic 360 degree views into Tennessee, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even all the way to The Blue Ridge Parkway! Max Patch offers a gentle climb across the southernmost bald on the Appalachian Trail to its grassy summit at 4,629 feet. During the warmer seasons, the trail abounds with wildflowers. 

Take a jacket as it is often very windy and exercise caution during the winter months as the road to Max Patch may be icy and dangerous. 

Appalachian Trail - Public access is at the end of Gorenflo Gap Road. Go to the end of Roaring Fork Road and turn Left on Meadow Fork Road. Go to the stop sign at 209 and turn left. Turn Left on Gorenflo Gap Road which is a few miles down the road. Gorenflo Gap Road is 1 1/2 miles long and terminates at the AT trail access point.) Bluff Mountain Outfitters operates a shuttle service for hikers or give us a call at the house and we may be able to give you a lift.  

Spring Creek Nature Trail This trail can be accessed  from Rocky Bluff Campground, heading toward Hot Springs on 209 it will be on your right. The Campground is only open April-November, but you can park your car at the gate and walk down to the trail.
This is an easy loop by the river.

Trails from Hot Springs
If you take a drive into Hot Springs, here are some wonderful hiking options.  
To access these trails, go through the town and cross the bridge and take an immediate left on River Road, Turn back to the left and circle back under the bridge. This takes you down to a parking area at the Trail Head and puts you close to the French Broad River.

Lovers Leap Trail:  This is a Tom and Rebecca Favorite
It is steep for a ways, but worth the climb. The view is extraordinary. Just don’t try it if it is wet. The rocks are very slippery.

Laurel River Hike:  This is one of our favorite hikes and can be refreshing on a hot day. Go through Hot Springs on 209 and continue straight onto Hwy 25/70 E for 5 miles. When 25/70 takes a right turn, you will turn into a large gravel parking lot by the river and the trail follows the river for several miles. The river becomes quite stunning a few miles down as it enters a gorge, with huge cliffs and nice places to jump in.

 Have you got Gas or Groceries?

 It is always best to come with a full  tank and groceries.
 Our services here in paradise are  a  little limited. 
 It is best to arrive well stocked.
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