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Topic: Looking for a Backcountry Cabin, Near or in Smokey Mountain NP< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Hi everyone!
  One of my favorite experience was when i was in Montana and was able to drive 10-15 miles in to the mountainous area and then do about a 3 -4 mile hike to a small backcountry cabin on top of a mountain that had a wood burning stove. My gf and I are doing a southern trip and will be in and near Smokey Mountain NP. Is there anything like that near or in the NP??? I have had a hard to searching the net for such a place. I am not looking for some super nice cabin. I am looking for a bare minimum back country cabin in a nice area! Thanks in advance!
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There is nothing like that in the Great Smoky Mountains. You can hike to a lodge with cabins in on Mt. LeConte, but you won't be in the back country and will be covered up with people.  Go down to the Cherokee National Forest's southern section and look about renting the Donley Cabin out near North River.  There is also the Stewart Cabin and the Swann cabin.  They are not really backcountry as you describe.

Another place you can rent a cabin that is back country is out in the Cumberland Plateau at East Fork stables. They have two back country cabins.
Joe Bott Cabin and Fern Camp Cabin. I've been thinking of doing that with the Fern Camp Cabin.  Fern Camp this time of year has wildflowers, two waterfalls, a natural arch.  Overlooks to hike to. Rock formations.  They cater primarily to horse riders, but would be ok with you hiking to the cabins.  
There is an extensive trail system. You'd never be able to hike it all in one trip.
There is Charit Creek... similar to the situation you'd find at Mt. LeConte. You won't be alone there.

Hope you find what you're looking for.


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There is nothing like that in the Great Smoky Mountains. You can hike to a lodge with cabins in on Mt. LeConte, but you won't be in the back country and will be covered up with people.  Go down to the Cherokee National Forest's southern section and look about renting the Donley Cabin out near North River.  There is also the Stewart Cabin and the Swann cabin.  They are not really backcountry as you describe.

Another place you can rent a cabin that is back country is out in the Cumberland Plateau at East Fork stables. They have two back country cabins.
Joe Bott Cabin and Fern Camp Cabin. I've been thinking of doing that with the Fern Camp Cabin.  Fern Camp this time of year has wildflowers, two waterfalls, a natural arch.  Overlooks to hike to. Rock formations.  They cater primarily to horse riders, but would be ok with you hiking to the cabins.  
There is an extensive trail system. You'd never be able to hike it all in one trip.
There is Charit Creek... similar to the situation you'd find at Mt. LeConte. You won't be alone there.

Hope you find what you're looking for.

wow! thanks for the great tips! I will look into these!
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Sure thing. After moving to be near the Smokies I have fallen in total love love love with the Cumberland Plateau.  I run off out there the majority of the time now. Wild places for a wild woman.

edited to add one more thing. IF you opt to go to the East Fork Stable to rent a cabin from them.. drive up Hwy 127 while there to the Jordan Motel. Deer Gap rd goes beside the motel and back into the gorge.  You'll be at the top of a bluff line and have to park.  From there you can hike an easy trail to an amazing overlook of Buffalo Cove, hike down thru a Fat Man's squeeze on rock steps to see the 70 ft high multi drop Deer Gap Falls and explore the terrain. It is steep and in Spring laden with wildflowers!


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I would say the Donley cabin in Cherokee NF is about the closest thing you'll find around here.

If you go watch out for snakes.  Seriously.
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I agree! With both!  Donley Cabin is #1 on the list for BC cabins.  Swann next. then Stewart.   In this area.

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