Information Packet

Cabin Information

NC Contact

Sam & Dorothy Brady have the key.  Please call them at 706-964-2051 OR 828-494-7927 a week or so before your arrival to make arrangements to get in the cabin. Be sure to leave a message if they are not home when you call.


Directions are provided on a separate document and may vary depending on your approach to Western North Carolina.  Our cabins are near each other despite the different approaches/addresses. READ DIRECTIONS IN ADVANCE – There are limiting factors which may affect the planning of your trip.


Although the cabins are fully furnished, including dishes, utensils, towels and linens, you will want to bring your own personal items and supplies: soaps, paper supplies, matches, charcoal, firewood, etc.


The closest gas/ convenience store is on Rt. 68 in Farner, TN and others in Ranger (Rt. 294 toward Murphy, left on US 64). Groceries and pharmacies are located in Murphy(NC), Ducktown (TN), and Blue Ridge, GA .  Please DO NOT leave perishable goods in cabin after you leave.


The cabins are equipped with a modern microwave, refrigerator, oven and dishwasher.  Please clean them and run last load of dishes upon departure.  Please clear out all food from the refrigerator.  Also lower temp for heat to 60 degrees in winter and raise AC setting to 80 degrees in summer.


Guests may pay a cleaning fee ($50-75 of deposit) or clean the cabin themselves before leaving. This includes sinks, bathtubs, counters and floors. (NO scouring pads or abrasive cleaners, like Comet, should be used.) The carpets and floors should be swept/vacuumed. Run the dishwasher before leaving. Please also strip the bed linens and put in one pile by the washer/dryer. Clean up like it’s your own home!


Tenants are responsible for removing all trash upon vacating.  There is a form in the cabin giving permission to use county dumpsters in NC with directions.  Use the trash compactor (with compactor bags) to conserve space.  Do not leave food or garbage on porches – the raccoons will make a mess.


Large capacity washer and dryer are available for your use (bring own supplies). When you arrive, clean linens will be put on each bed; when you leave strip the beds and put the linens in one pile by the washer/dryer. All guests should start a load of laundry before departure.


You are welcome to use any maps, brochures and literature in the drawers or on tables, but please put them back before you leave.


Cell phones DO NOT work in most of the area.  The cabin phones are restricted to local service only.  You will need to use a calling card or credit card to make any long distance calls.  The Mountain View Cabin (36 Lake Point Dr.) number is (828) 494-4159.  The Lake Side Cabin (506 Wilderness Lake Circle) is (828) 494-3674.


We have Direct TV (Variety of 105 Channels). There is also a VCR available for your use with the TV.


Your deposit will be returned minus any add-on rental items/services, replacement for broken glasses, dishes, damage or clean up costs.  The security deposit is subject (but not limited) to lost key(s), telephone charges, damage to premises, not leaving premises in reasonable condition of cleanliness, including trash removal, articles missing from rental, having more persons than reservation specifies, or pets on the premises.


No pets permitted and No Smoking in the cabin.  Quiet time in the area is 11 PM. Phone is for local calls only. Wilderness Lake Estates does not permit hunting or use of ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles or 4-wheelers); please respect the property of our neighbors.

Activities Guide


Apalachia Lake has good largemouth & smallmouth bass fishing, but a small boat or canoe is best for access.  A NC fishing license can be obtained at Howards Bait & Tackle on NC Hwy. 294 past Hiawassee Dam.  Stream fishing for trout is excellent in the Hiawassee R. west of Appalachia Powerhouse (TN license required).  The Tellico River (in Cherokee NF, east of Tellico Plains, TN) is also a blue ribbon trout stream!


Walking around the roads in Wilderness Lake Estates can help guest get comfortable with the immediate surroundings.  Both the Cherokee National Forest and Nantahala National Forest have detailed trail systems.  The US Forest Service publishes maps of these areas. The Old Copper Road Trail is an easy walk by the Ocoee Whiteater Center and the John Muir Trail follows the Hiawassee River from TN Hwy 68 to Childers Creek near Reliance, TN. Turtletown Falls Trail is easy and a short drive from the cabins: from Owassa Road turn right on Camp Creek, right on Pine Ridge, right on TN Route 68 (north), turn left on Underwood, left on Dugan, Left on Farner Rd. and then right into Turtletown Creek Falls (parking at end of dirt road).

Horseback Riding

Try or Rough Rider Stables (423-496-5628) on Rt. 68 between Turtletown and Ducktown, TN (look for signs), Chunky Gal Stables Hwy 64 Hayesville, NC 828-389-4175 or Coker Creek Village Hwy 68 in Coker Creek, TN 800-448-9580

Whitewater Rafting

The Ocoee River has numerous outfitters that offer short day trips (mostly on weekends). Click the Polk County on our Map/Links page on our web site or check for brochures at Ocoee Whitewater Center. On Rt. 64 West of Ducktown, TN and call the various outfitters for available dates/times subject to TVA water releases.


There are some nice waterfalls in the area.   Be careful; wet rocks can be extremely slippery! You can boat (large cove before marker #3) or drive around the North side of the lake and walk down a trail to North Shoal Creek falls.   Turtletown Creek Falls Trail is close by: take north on Hwy. 68 in TN and turn left on Underwood, left on Dugan and left on Farner Rd, then right on USFS road to Turtletown Creek Falls.


There is a boat ramp at Apalachia Dam (off Rt. 68 north of Farner, TN), but you need to ford the stream to get your car and trailer to the other side to put in the lake.  The ramp there is dirt and gravel and turn around can be difficult.  The boat ramp at Hiawassee dam (294 East, left or North to dam) is paved, but farther away. There are many coves and inlets, almost 31 miles of shoreline to explore.  Be sure to visit North Shoal Creek falls about half way to Hiawassee Dam on the North side.


The cool water of Apalachia is clear and clean, but there is no “beach” type area, so access is from the shoreline or a boat.  The lake gets very deep quickly in most spots.  Parkersville Lake (Ocoee US 64) has a beach!


Since we are in a true wilderness area you will need to drive 45 minutes or more to get to decent golf courses.  Cherokee Hills Golf and Country Club in Murphy 828-837-5853 and Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA are two of good ones.

Day Trips

Less than an hours drive is of the most scenic river drives and waterfalls in the US!  Take Rt. 68 North to Tellico Plains and turn right (East) at the Cherokee National Forest sign to Bald River Falls.  You’ll follow the Tellico River which is also a fabulous trout fishing stream. Other day trips could include: The Ocoee Scenic Byway (first in the U.S.), the Cherohala Skyway, a scenic mountain drive; McCaysville & Blue Ridge, GA, good places for antiques; Great Smoky Mountain National Park (1.5 to 2 hours to the south entrances).  Lake Hiawassee has a marina with boat rentals (20-30 minutes – north of  Hwy 294 near the Dam).

Good Dining

Doyle’s Cedar Hill in Murphy is a fine restaurant! Although it is casual dining and is not usually crowded, reservations are recommended: 828-837-3400.  The Long House Resuraunt at Cherokee Hills Country Club (828-837-1782 has good food and views.  Brothers Resuraunt and Country Store has great variety and is close by (US Hwy 64 in Ranger).  We also like Shoebooties Cafe and Downtown Pizza Company in Murphy.  If you are up for the drive Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA is an awesome restaurant and golf club!