The Scratching Post Cabin

Vacation log cabin rental home near the Great Smoky Mountain NP, Bryson City, NC. Wonderful tourist area, kayaking, rafting, fishing, hiking and more.

Perfect luxury vacation log cabin,sleeps up to 8. Just built, there are three bedrooms, large kitchen and porches with a hot tub and dry sauna. Sit on the front porch and view the Nantahala National Forest which is our property boundary. Located in beautiful western North Carolina on Round Top Mountain. Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Nantahala Outdoor Center are only 15 minutes away. Activities for the whole family, rafting, kayaking, zip line, canoeing, fly fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, Horseback riding, snow skiing, plus more. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train or drive to Cherokee for the Indian reservation and Harrah's Casino.

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Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina

These are the current fall colors at the highest elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you’re in our area this week, the best places to see colors like this along the Parkway include Graveyard Fields, Devils Courthouse, Black Balsam Knob, Richland Balsam, Cowee Mountain Overlook, and Waterrock Knob. There is still plenty of green throughout our area so the next 2-3 weeks will be prime time for fall color viewing! Color changes always start at the highest elevations and move down the mountains.
Photo by @justinjgartman

3 Fun Ideas for a Day Trip in the Smoky Mountains in Fall Fall is the perfect time for a day trip in the Smokies! Learn fun ideas for a day trip in the Smoky Mountains in fall from Smoky Mountain National Park.

Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina

Put these "Six Scenic Drives Near Bryson City" on your "go to" list when visiting us this fall. Whether you drive on four-wheels or two, you’ll love our curvy mountain roads with vibrant fall colors, endless mountain vistas, sparkling rivers and creeks, lush forests and peaceful valleys. (Photos do not depict current fall color status and are from a prior year.)

A week of adventure in Bryson City, NC - Great Smoky Mtns National Park — The Wanderpreneurs - A Full Time RV Family Travel Blog Bryson City, NC is a gem and an outdoor enthusiast heaven! Check out our jam-packed week of adventure.

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Even the ELK are RUNNING to STAY with US!

Beautiful sunset with the Smoky's in the background @ Lake Januluska.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wanting to go for a #hike but can’t stand the heat?

Here are some helpful tips to beat the heat and have a safe and enjoyable hike in the Smokies: #recreateresponsibly

- Hike early in the morning
- Monitor the weather
- Be sure to carry plenty of water and stay hydrated
- Pack some salty snacks
- Hike trails at higher elevations
- Take frequent breaks and enjoy the scenery
- Find trails that are mostly shaded
- Hike trails that follow along streams

What summertime hike is your favorite?

Photos by J. Hoeper: Images: (1) Brushy Mountain Overlook (2) Waterfall on Middle Prong Trail (3) Gregory Ridge Trail (4) Sugarland Mountain Trail

Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina

What fun!

Ride along on a zipline through the clouds at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Zip on!
Video by @laurelkoontz13

The beautiful USA flag in the scenic Smoky mountains. Happy July 4th.

July 4th greetings!

Happy July 4th everyone!

The Short Hike That Leads To A Fairytale Footbridge At The Base Of Juneywank Falls In North Carolina Oh wow. Here's a perfect way to reconnect with nature this spring!

Happy Father's Day!

Beautiful sky in the mountains! Come visit to see for yourself.

Now taking reservations, open again for rentals!

Getaway this summer to The Scratching Post cabin. This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath is nestled next to the Nantahala Forest, secluded yet minutes from Lake Fontana. This cabin has it all. Sleeps 8.

Happy Mother's Day from The Scratching Post! Hope to see you soon.

Love these bear photos I am sharing from another's post.

[04/12/20]   Wishing all Easter blessings today and everyday.

[03/23/20]   Our county, Swain County, is shutting down all rentals until further notice. See notice below. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please be safe, stay healthy, and consider us in your future vacation plans. Thank you.

....The Swain Commissioners met this morning to discuss the following which was passed unanimously. There was no end date given, it lasts "until further notice". When asked how to handle renters who are currently in units and have a reservation going forward past tomorrow, the reply was simply that they would be held in violation. It further states that any violation of any provision of this Declaration shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with N.C.G.S. Secs. 166A-19.31 and 14-288.20A. I do have a copy of the document if you would like to see it.

1. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at noon no gatherings of more than 10 persons shall take place in Swain County including its incorporated municipality during the term of this Declaration of Local State of Emergency. For the avoidance of doubt or clarification, and consistent with Executive Orders 117 & 118, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations and food distribution sites, to the extent they sell or distribute prepared food, are exempt from the provisions of this Declaration. Further, food banks and other food distribution sites, farmer's markets, retail and hardware operations, and rental centers in which the public is not generally in close contact with other patrons are exempt from this Declaration.

2. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at noon all hotels, motels, resorts, inns, guest houses, bed-and-breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks, vacation cabin and home rentals, and any and all rentals or leases by Air-BNB, Homeaway, VRBO, and other rental programs or places where leases or use of any are for less than one month in duration shall be closed in Swain County including its incorporated municipality, EXCEPT exemptions as hereinafter set forth.

a. Exemptions related to the one month duration of lease and/or uses apply to legitimate work-related stays. Business owners, contractors, and emergency service workers who expect to have employees needing to make reservations for a stay in Swain county during the term of the Declaration shall provide employer's work related identification badge along with a letter from the employer stating the purpose of the work to be performed in the County and the expected duration of the stay. If the employer does not have proper identification for their employee(s), then they will need to contact the County Manager's office to provide information required under this Declaration.

A Swarm of Fireflies Will Light Up the Great Smoky Mountains This Summer

Heard this is amazing to see. This stunning nighttime visual is brought to us by the desire of fireflies to get it on.

Hazel Creek Fishing - Proctor NC - North Shore of Fontana Lake The area now called the North Shore of Fontana Lake was once a thriving logging community. Now accessible by boat or foot. Great trout fishing and hiking.

Bryson City Is A Tiny Town In North Carolina That's In The Middle Of Everything From here, you can do ANYTHING.

Best wishes for 2020 from the Great Smoky Mountains.

Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous 2020!

Visit the scenic Road to Nowhere on your next stay at The Scratching Post Cabin.

Most leaves have fallen after last week's rain, but it is still a pretty view from the porch.

Sunset at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingman's Dome trail, on a rare clear day at 6,643 feet high!

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Don't miss the Late October Fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

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Which would you prefer to do? Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad during Fall color or the Polar Express? Stay in a cabin and enjoy the train!

Great Smoky Mountains ranks first in national park attendance for 2018: report Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now the most visited national park in the United States in 2018. According to CNN, the Smoky Mountains came in first place among 61 national parks, edging out Grand Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Zion National Park and Yellowstone National....

Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina

We’re thrilled to see commercial rafting and boating open on the Nantahala River today after an 8 day closure for clean up due to recent landslides in the Nantahala Gorge! Thanks to Nantahala Outdoor Center for letting us follow along! Learn more:

Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina

Bryson City has again been selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine to be a contender in the Top Adventure Towns contest. You can vote once every 24 hours from multiple devices. Let's show some spirit and win this! VOTE HERE -

Landslides close US 19/74 in Nantahala Gorge

Landslides close US 19/74 in Nantahala Gorge - Heavy rain caused landslides in the Nantahala Gorge.

The Scratching Post Cabin Story

A perfect, luxurious, quiet mountain vacation log cabin which sleeps up to 8. Completed building in 2015, there are three bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half bathrooms, large modern kitchen, big great room with a gas fireplace, dining area, upstairs open loft, covered front porch, side porches, and a concrete patio area. The lower level includes a den, a game room, an outside fire pit area, (perfect for roasting marshmallows), a whirlpool hot tub and an inside dry sauna. Sit on the front porch rockers viewing the Nantahala National Forest, which borders our property, the mountains, and listen closely for the water flowing in the two small streams below. We are located in beautiful western North Carolina in a small gated mountain community. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Fontana Lake, Bryson City, The Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, casinos, and the well-known Nantahala Outdoor Center are all only 15- 30 minutes away.

Area activities for the whole family include river rafting, tubing, kayaking, zip lines, canoeing, fly fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snow skiing, plus more. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train, rent a boat on Fontana Lake, try fly fishing on the many rivers and streams, drive on the famous Dragon Tail route, explore the popular Great Smoky National Park, visit the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Harrah's Casino or drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway with its fabulous views along its 400+ miles road. The nearby quaint town of Bryson City offers two craft breweries, several family owned full service restaurants, fast food places, museums, shops, train excursions trips, antique stores, bike and kayak rentals, two full service grocery stores and more.

Even on a rainy day, you can stay and relax at The Scratching Post Cabin enjoying the arcade game console, pinball machine, darts, board games, cards, DVD movies, cable TV, hot tub and the indoor dry sauna.

The Scratching Post Cabin is a custom built 2400 square foot log cabin on a secluded multi acreage mountain lot. On the main floor is the Great Room which includes a large living room with a gas fireplace and lots of screened windows. The gorgeous fireplace mantle was cut from reclaimed American chestnut wood from the late 1800s and was custom made by Mr. Bob Marr, a local craftsman. Other handmade furniture include all the beds, nightstands, pub table and stools, coffee table, side tables and media tables. There is a separate dining room area with an oval wood table with six chairs. A half bath powder room is on this floor along with three entrances to the porches. Unique ceiling fans hang from the high ceiling. A propane patio heater is on the porch for those cooler evenings. The outdoor furniture include rocking chairs, a glider, benches, chairs, coffee table, side tables and picnic tables.

The open spacious kitchen includes an extra wide granite counter top table with bar stool seating for four. A pantry is next to the full size refrigerator. The other modern stainless steel appliances include a gas stove with multiple sized BTU burners, two separate ovens, one a convection oven, a microwave, and a dishwasher. A large granite double sink compliments the granite counter tops along with birch wood custom cabinets. The kitchen has everything needed for cooking large family meals or just snacks. In addition to the normal dishware, glassware, and stemware, other kitchen items include a coffee maker with filters, a teapot, toaster, blender, pitchers, crock pot, full set of pots, pans with lids, assortment of baking pans, baking utensils, serving bowls, platters, various spices, cutting boards, cooking utensils and knives. Also a propane gas grill sits on the covered patio with grill utensils.

Bedrooms include the king size master on the main level. It has its own private bathroom suite with a full size tub shower combo, granite counter double sink vanity. Also a double clothes closet, dresser, night tables, and cable TV. Upstairs includes two more private bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with full over full bunk beds. All bedrooms have dresses, closets, lamps, screened windows with black-out curtains, and ceiling fans. The beautiful beds were custom built by a local craftsman, Mr. Bob Marr, using reclaimed wood.

The large upstairs loft area includes a queen size sleeper sofa bed, recliner chair, table, folding chairs, music CDS, board and card games, a TV for watching DVD movies, DVDs, and numerous books. Games, movies and books all include selections for both children and adults. Sitting in the loft area you will enjoy the magnificent forest view through the two large picture windows. More screened windows are on each outside wall. A full bathroom with a custom built glass enclosed shower, granite vanity top and custom cabinetry is also on this floor.

The basement level, accessed from the great room or from outside, includes the den, the game room, a half bathroom and the workroom. A full size washer and dryer along with a utility sink are in the workroom along with extra folding camping chairs for more outside seating. Enjoy a covered concrete patio next to a flagstone fire pit area outside the lower level. Outside sitting includes a picnic table and chairs. An arcade game console with 64 different games stands next to a classic home pinball machine inside the den. A large screen cable TV is mounted on the den wall. The game room includes a dart board, pub table and stools, a 2 person dry sauna and a half bathroom. There is a side door to the outside secluded and private whirlpool Nordic hot tub complete with Tiki Torches for those romantic evenings.

Other items in the cabin for our guest include hair blow dryers, iron board, iron, vacuum cleaner, step stool, brooms, mops, dishwasher detergent and dishwashing liquid. Linen provided include kitchen towels, bath towels, bed sheets and blankets.

Book your vacation now. Book early for the busy seasons, summer, fall, and the holidays. We put up a Christmas tree in mid-December till first of January. Discounts are available for repeat customers.

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