Camp Cotton Lake Lodge

Camp Cotton Lake Lodge

50+ acres, Private Cove Dock on Fontana Lake, Loaded fishing pond, Tsali, NOC
This is a unique property for those who really want to get away from it all and who enjoy an active lifestyle in the great outdoors. Extremely private, this vacation home is nestled on 50+ acres of property that backs up to thousands of acres in the Nantahala Forest.

A 5 minute walk down the driveway next to our private and well stocked (catch and release) pond and then across a dirt road (we are the last house on the road) leads to a private cove and dock on the jewel of the Smokies, Fontana Lake.

Jump off your own private dock into 25′ of the purest, cleanest water imaginable. 85 degrees all summer long. A kayak and canoe is provided. Fish, swim or just relax next to the water.

The Main cabin has three bedrooms, a master bedroom with a King bed. A brand new addition features a downstairs bedroom with a queen bed and an upstairs bedroom with two bunk beds, each bunk bed has a queen bed on the bottom and a twin bed on the top. A family can pack some people in or two couples with kids could share.

There is also a separate, tiny cabin with a deck that has a twin bed. It is a short walk from the Tiny cabin to the 800 square foot covered porch nestled on the side of a hill. It’s really a place that encourages outdoor living and we spend 90% of our time on the porch, with three ceiling fans, when not playing in the lake or on the property.

The porch (outside living room) has a massive stone fireplace, surrounded by couches. You will love roasting marshmallows by the fire every night.

The porch also features a bathroom and an instant hot water shower. So the tiny cabin inhabitants don’t need to go into the main house when showering or using the facilities. The shower has a little window overlooking the stream that runs next to the porch in the side yard. Our girls love to pan for gold in the stream for hours. A grill, both gas and charcoal is provided.

Walking up the property, there are several trails that lead to the top of the ridge where the old forest road runs for miles. If you’re up for a leisurely 3 mile hike (once at the top) you can travel it to the end and you will be in the cove where they shot the Jody Foster movie, “Nell”.

If you love to fly fish, it does not get better than this! Native Browns a short boat ride away.

This is a great place for outdoor adventurers. Some of the best mountain biking in the world is a 15 minute drive away at Tsali, where there are miles of trails that sweep along remote coves of Fontana lake.

The Nantahala Outdoor Recreation center is only 15-20 minutes away where you can go for lunch, a beer, or take a guided white water rafting or kayaking trip.

Wintertime enthusiasts: While the lake is too low to use, Beech Mountain is only 45 minutes away, fun NC skiing day or night.

We are also only 25 minutes from beautiful Bryson city, often voted the prettiest mountain town in America. There is so much to do in town, from browsing quaint little antique shops to riding the valleys and river on the old Bryson train.

Bikers are welcome, but we will not rent to large groups who are just here to party. The Tail of Dragon starts right outside our road, the best motorcycling on the East Coast.

We are also very close (10-15) minutes from Fontana Village where you can play frisbee golf, get an ice cream, enjoy one of their restaurants, or rent a boat for the day.

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