ACCOMMODATIONS: BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER & RECREATION AREA, TENNESSEE/KENTUCKY
Accommodations / Lodging
BIG SOUTH FORK RENTALS
CHARIT CREEK LODGE
EAST FORK STABLES
FARM HOUSE INN BED AND BREAKFAST
GREY GABLES BED & BREAKFAST
KICKING BACK CABIN
MAPLE HILL RV PARK & CABINS
SUNSET MARINA & RESORT
ZENITH STABLES & CAMPGROUND, LLC
The Big South Fork offers a smorgasbord of accommodations. There are all types to choose from. If you like luxury and lots of amenities, there are wonderful bed and breakfasts like Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn located in historic Rugby, TN. Rugby is an English settlement founded by Thomas Hughes who wanted to create a Utopian village back in the late 1870’s. Come spend a weekend, week, or plan your special gathering in the Big South Fork today!
Charit Creek Lodge is an authentic log cabin built in 1838 by a true pioneer (a long hunter); where you can rough it, overnight in the bunkhouses or bring your tent and do some camping by the creek. The buildings are on the National Historic Register and are the oldest buildings still being utilized nationwide inside the park system. You can have a pioneer experience by cooking your own meals over the campfire or have an organized home cooked meal or a special custom campfire meal designed around your budget. You can ride, hike or go with Cowboy Larry from his barn on a guided ride to reach Charit Creek Lodge, where you will have access to over 300 miles of trails. Out here, you can experience the peacefulness of the BSF. There’s no electricity; just the sounds of the creek that runs nearby, and the abundant wildlife all around. Imagine waking up to deer in the field, turkey, squirrels, chipmunks and tons of indigenous birds and the occasional curious black bear scurrying around. Charit Creek Lodge takes you back to the 19th century with its rustic cabin and bunkhouse for the outdoors adventurers.
For a real getaway, Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat offers twelve spacious, luxurious, comfortable vacation homes/cabins in a gated community bordering the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSFNRRA). Getting away to spend quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors is what a lot of folks dream about. But it doesn’t have to be a dream. Within a short drive of Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and other major cities, your family and friends can rent one of these grand chalets which are located just minutes from hiking and horseback trails. Recently, we and two of our sons’ friends - Jacob and Bryce spent the weekend at “Hanging it Up”, one of the luxurious chalets in the Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat community. Each cabin is spacious and surrounded by three to five acres of woodland, some with magnificent overlooks. “Hanging it Up” is a fantastic cabin with a lot of character. It has a beautiful granite island in the wonderfully stocked kitchen ideal for entertaining which I (Annie) really enjoyed. The boys had a wonderful time playing outside on the swings. We built a campfire in the fire pit out back and made s’mores one night. We all soaked in the hot tub and gazed at the canopy of stars overhead. The boys also delighted in the walks down the country road to the basketball hoop where they played basketball for hours, including some serious “around the world”. The portable corn hole game that Uncle Brendan and Tante Inge got them for their birthday this year was perfect for out front of “Hanging it Up”. The great country lanes are quite suitable for hiking, walking, and even bike riding. One can ride or walk about 2.5 miles from a cabin to scenic Hwy. 294 without worries about traffic or wild dogs. The route is lined with pastures, cows, horses, and rolling hills. What heaven! I had the opportunity to enjoy a little down time in the screened-in porch where I read a good book and watched in wonder at the abundant bird feeders where birds and squirrels were dining. The cabin’s high ceilings and stunning windows opened up to the trees, wildlife, and the beautiful blue sky. Each room was decorated to perfection. The master bedroom had a blue bird theme with a comfortable built in window settee to curl up and read or sleep. The upstairs loft offered lots of enjoyment for the boys, as they played foosball, watched TV and a movie, and just enjoyed the cabin lifestyle. The cabin has tile and hardwood floors throughout with delightful beds dressed in high thread count linens. You can enjoy satellite TV throughout the cabin. I was even able to check my email, as “Hanging it Up” has wireless internet. This was true luxury and a totally relaxing weekend. Our hosts, Inez and Jack Troxell retired from nursing and the park service with a vision to turn their family land into their dream retirement home and to develop this amazing piece of property into a great place for others to enjoy as well. They offer twelve gorgeous cabins through their rental program that folks have built as their dream homes over the last ten years. These vacation homes/cabins rival any cabin or chalet in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. As an added bonus there is no congestion here, no smog, and the rentals are very affordable. Each cabin has its own personality and run anywhere from $125.00 to $219.00 per night with cabin capacity ranging from 6-12 people - all dependent upon the number of bedrooms and amenities. Many of the cabins have multiple night discounts, highlighted on the easy to navigate website - www.laurelfork.com. There is a lot to do at Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat and the great outdoors of the BSFNRRA including great hikes, such as the Yellow Cliff Trailhead for riders and hikers which connects to some of the other great Big South Fork trails. Even if you don’t hike or trail ride, what a great way to relax, immerse in God’s beauty around you, soak in the hot tub, and enjoy the simple lifestyle with family and friends. Come for a weekend retreat, a special occasion, or book a week in the Big South Fork and let the Troxell family spoil you with their wonderful southern hospitality. Bring a group of friends to help share in the experience. You’ll be glad you did. For reservations, call 423-286-5135 or log onto: www.laurelfork.com.
Maple Hill RV Park and Cabins is the newest RV destination and cabin rentals in the area. It is owned and operated by Michiganders Klaas and Betty DeJong. They consider that they have come full circle in their journey in life. Each of them worked at a campground before they were married and always thought that they would like to run one during their retirement years. You know that saying, be careful what you wish for? Klaas and Betty started looking casually a few years ago and always knew that they wanted to be somewhere in the southeast; preferably Tennessee. After a big search, they found the perfect place. It didn’t take long to decide that Maple Hill RV Park and Cabins needed some tender loving care and they took the plunge and bought their retirement dream. Although Klaas is still working out his last year at Caterpillar in Grand Rapids, Michigan and tying up loose ends. He will officially be retired in January and comes down as often as he can. Betty is here full time enjoying the many visitors. She recently participated in the popular, world’s longest yard sale – the Hwy. 127 Corridor Sale. It was a huge success. This was Klaas and Betty’s first time hosting the Hwy. 127 sale at their campground. It was so busy; it took many family members and friends from Michigan that came down to help. This was a very exciting event and although everyone worked really hard and were exhausted, they loved it. They can’t wait to come again in 2012 to help and visit again with many of the vendors that already reserved their spot for the 2012 Hwy. 127 Sale. There were over thirty vendor sites and the covered pavilion was hopping with vendors selling everything from handcrafted items, widgets and other sundry items. The pavilion’s adjoining kitchen was open daily from 6:00 AM serving the vendors and flock of visitor’s homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the busiest vendors was serving up kettle corn, boiled peanuts and Italian ice. Another of the most unique food vendors was a lady who was serving organic banana whips - perfect on a hot summer day. There were tour buses that made the journey from Dunlap, TN along Hwy. 127. They pulled into Maple Hill RV Park and Cabins and enjoyed the many vendors, the food and the hospitality. Maple Hill RV Park is open year round and offers 19 RV Sites, 9 pull through and 10 back in sites. They offer 4 private bathrooms with shower, a community kitchen and laundry area, plus clean and new facilities. They also have 4 rustic cabins with heat/air and 1 fully furnished cabin that has recently been remodeled and furnished with new linens, kitchen items - very cozy. The front porch area is perfect for enjoying a book, or rocking in a chair and enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds the RV Park. In fact, Klaas and Betty’s daughter-in-law is a professional photographer and has captured many captivating scenes in the spring and the week of the sale. She has turned several of the shots into framed prints that can be viewed at Klaas and Betty’s office. Maple RV Park and Cabins can be visited online www.maplehillrv.com or by phone 931-879-3025.
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