A Quiet Vacation in the Mountains, Turkey Creek Cabins
If you are looking for a quiet vacation in the mountains to take your horses and ride, Turkey Creek Cabins is the place to go.
I was looking for a reasonably priced place to stay that would accommodate my family and horses and was pleasantly surprised to hit upon Turkey Creek Cabins. We could ride our horses on their
trails or take them to the many trails in the area including in the Smokey Mountain National Park, the Pisgah National Forest and at Biltmore Estate.
Turkey Creek Cabins was centrally located and was easy to get to being only six miles from Interstate 40. We were able to go to the Cherokee Indian Reservation and visited the Oconoluftee
Indian village and one evening went to Harrah’s casino on the reservation. It was great fun. We
also visited Maggie Valley and went to the Stompin’ Ground for some old fashion clogging lessons.
Another day, our family went into Pigeon Forge, only about an hour from Turkey Creek Cabins, and went to Dollywood. The children really loved the rides there. The highlight of our trip was the
Biltmore Estate. We actually ended up going there two days. The first day we visited the Biltmore house and gardens and toured the winery. The Bistro Restaurant was highly recommended. The
second day we took our horses to Biltmore Estate and rode on just a fraction of the eighty miles of
trails that are available there. We were able to purchase some box lunches from the café and ate
by the pond along the riding trail. The estate is picture perfect and well worth the cost of riding there.
We didn’t always have to trailer our horses to ride though. Turkey Creek Cabins has several miles
of trails available on the 150 acres. At around 4000 feet, the mornings and evenings are crisp and a perfect time for riding in the woods. We met some of the neighbors on the road to Turkey Creek
Cabins and they showed us some of there own favorite trails in the area. What was really nice was that our horses could graze in the pastures there and we could go sightseeing without worrying
about our horses well being. They enjoyed the freedom of roaming the pastures and grazing on the grass.
Waynesville, only twenty minutes from Turkey Creek Cabins, is a picturesque small town with many interesting stores. One evening we went downtown and the town had blocked off one area
of Main Street for square dancing and clogging. The caller taught anyone who was interested in learning how to square dance. The children really enjoyed getting involved and we felt like we had
stepped back in time to the small town events where everyone was considered part of the community. It was a refreshing experience. We were told about another festival of dancing that
they have at the end of July each year called Folkmoot. They invite dancers from different countries to participate and it is a two week long festival of dancing and cultural exchange. It
sounded very interesting.
The Smokey Mountain National Park is another attraction that is easily accessible to Turkey
Creek Cabins. We went to one section of the park called Cataloochee. The park has reintroduced elk to the area and we saw two of them one evening. We also saw a black bear foraging in that
area. The children had never seen anything like that before. They got so excited. There are also
some buildings that have been preserved by the park from the early 1900’s from settlers in the
area. There were houses, a church and an old one room school house. It was very educational for us all. We were able to hike along the Big Cataloochee stream and had a picnic. It is such a
peaceful area to enjoy the beauty of the park. It is not as crowded as the main part of the park.
We were able to get feed and some supplies from the Co-Op in Maggie Valley and although we
didn’t need to go there, there was a horse supply store in Waynesville called Carolina Horse Supply. We were also given a name of a veterinarian and farrier for emergencies if they were
needed. That was nice to know.
The Schmersahls, owners of Turkey Creek Cabins, were very helpful in directing us toward the
best places to ride and eat. They even had a bottle of Biltmore wine as a welcoming gift for us. The log cabin was very comfortable with one bedroom with a queen size bed and a queen size
hide-a-bed in the living room for the kids to sleep on. The cabin had a full kitchen with a microwave with everything you could need for a week stay. Linens were also provided. Having
the kitchen available for meals helped keep our cost down for our vacation. They also had a washer/dryer unit in the cabin so we were able to wash clothes without going to a Laundromat.
Although we didn’t need it during the summer, the cabin had a gas log fireplace to add to its charm
. The cabin was only $475.00 for the week which I found very reasonable for that area. After our
busy day sightseeing or riding, it was such a pleasure to go back to the peace and quiet of Turkey
Creek Cabins and sit on the front porch and enjoy the view and listen to the sound of the rushing creek. Evenings on the porch were enhanced by the twinkling fireflies.
Although we were very busy, we still did not get to see all of the areas attractions. We will just
have to try to plan another trip there. We didn’t even begin to explore all the riding trails available
in the area. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our vacation to North Carolina and our stay at Turkey Creek Cabins. We would highly recommend staying there if you are interested in having a secure
place for your horses and a comfortable place for your family to stay on your holiday.
The Fowler Family
Contact: Linda and Jerry Schmersahl
1621 Turkey Creek Road
Clyde, North Carolina 28721
Phone: 770-862-4833 or 770-345-0672
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