USA North Carolina Western North Carolina Whittier Listing #23455

Rocky Gap - Whittier, NC

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36 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 3 Queen Bed 2 bedrooms  plus loft 2 bathrooms No pets  4WD/traction required year-round
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Historic log cabin with mountain views, a covered deck & two gas fireplaces

Step back in time when you arrive at this beautifully reconstructed 1890s log cabin. This totally private mountain top home sits at 4,000 feet of elevation and offers a panoramic view of the Great Smokies, Clingman’s Dome, and Mt. Laconte in Tennessee. Rocky Gap has two gas fireplaces and a beautiful primary suite. Kick back as you take in the magnificent, long-range view of the mountains from every room.


This home is between Dillsboro and Cherokee and backs up to Forest Service Lands, giving you access to miles of road for hiking and mountain biking. Go rafting on the Nantahala or tubing down the Tuckasegee. Enjoy a day of sightseeing on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad. Convenient dining and shopping are nine miles away in Dillsboro and Sylva. Drive 14 miles north to the Cherokee Indian Reservation with shopping, dining, and Harrah’s Casino.


You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

Kitchen & dining






Mountain view




Cable : DirecTV

DVD player

Wireless router

Nearby activities & attractions

Downhill Skiing

Golf nearby


Gas grill : Private


36 reviews

Leigh H. Nov 2022
The cabin was very nice. The view from the master bedroom was absolutely amazing!
Peter H. Aug 2022
The house is clean, beautifully updated, has a well-appointed kitchen, scenic deck for relaxing, and even included a squadron of hummingbirds for our entertainment. We’ll be back!
Ben N. Jun 2022
Being able to get away to a quiet, beautiful location but still be able to do day trips in Western NC makes this perfect place to be. The house is fabulous too! Like a mini lodge and very clean and comfortable.
Melanie T. Oct 2021
We’ve stayed at many rental cabins over the years and Rocky Gap is far away the best place we’ve ever stayed. It’s secluded enough to be very private, but an easy drive to local attractions. The cabin itself leaves very little to be desired - maybe faster internet, if you need it! The best part about Rocky Gap is the quiet and the view. The house itself is so comfortable it feels like home right away. There’s not much lacking! If you’re near enough to drive, bring some sharp knives, but otherwise, just about everything you need is available. We’ve stayed at Rocky Gap before and will come again. It’s a little bit of heaven!
Scott H. Sep 2021
This is the second year in a row that we have stayed at Rocky Gap. It was nice to see that the property is being maintained well and was nicely cleaned for our visit. We value the proximity to several small towns such as Bryson City, Dillsboro and Sylva. We especially enjoy the seclusion offered at this home and the gated access - you feel totally isolated from the outside world. Very peaceful and calming. We hope to return for a third visit.
Nichol B. Sep 2021
“Oh…wow.” This is what I heard my very uneasily impressed husband say when he entered the main bedroom. When I went to see what he was talking about, I agreed. The view was simply breathtaking. The whole house was so nicely decorated and offered views from every room, it the view from the main bedroom was the best. The cabin would comfortably sleep 6 people, but why would you bring anyone else. This is a cabin where you will want to sit in the seating room of the bedroom and leave only to sit outside on the covered or uncovered deck. You will want to cook in the chef’s kitchen and there is a grill if you are so inclined. The cabin is secluded, but not isolated. If you want to venture out, it is relatively close to outdoor activities and shopping. But, this is a cabin for rest, relaxation and romance. Why would you leave? We didn’t want to. We will definitely be back.
Allison S. Aug 2021
This is the comfiest cabin with the best views! We always have a trip booked here to look forward to!
Kristy W. Aug 2021
Beautiful home with all the amenities. Felt right at home. Had everything you would need. Well stocked home especially the kitchen. We cooked every meal in the cabin.
Melissa W. Jul 2021
This home was absolutely beautiful!!! It was very clean, well stocked, comfortable and very cozy. It truly was our home away from home where we could relax and get away from our crazy everyday life style. We enjoyed our morning and evening coffee on the deck with such beautiful views. We absolutely want to come again and definitely recommend it!

Cynthia Z. May 2021
This was a great place to hang out for a long weekend. The view is awesome, the place is big enough to spread out and not feel crowded, and there is hiking nearby for getting outside. You do definitely need a 4WD to get up the driveway! I would definitely rent this house again.
Matthew B. Apr 2021
We have stayed at several other cabins but keep coming back to Rocky Gap, you can’t beat the view and the home is well appointed.
Samuel G. Nov 2020
I wish I could only take half a star away from what should be a 5 star review.

We were very excited to be able to stay two full days inside this cabin. However, I would strongly advise... and I mean STRONGLY advise getting up to the cabin with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, not a suggestion... pretty much a must. While we drive a small SUV, we didn't have a 4 wheel option. Mind you this driveway elevates you 190 in elevation from the entrance to the property, which by the way, it is through a fairly steep road as well that is mostly gravel. From the paved road that leads you to the gravel road, you will probably go up 1000 feet in elevation. We should have gone earlier in the day time, but, it was November and the days are shorter. We had to go up in reverse from the entrance of the property to the cabin when it was dark because we only had front wheel drive... our fault for not renting a better suited vehicle.

Once you are there however... you will not want to leave as my wife and I didn't want to leave. It's so lovely, and rustic-modern. The kitchen is AMAZING. We cooked and ate like kings and queens (I'm glad we shopped for groceries earlier). The view from the Master bedroom is breath taking and will catch you by surprise every time you look at it. You can look out for miles of hills and mountains. You will feel like you are on top of the world. No kidding.

This cabin is super warm in the winter. The fireplaces warm up the place incredibly fast, and we rarely had to run the heater.

All the amenities one could ask for and more. This will definitely be a place we return to over and over again....only... with a better car.

Please enjoy your stay and please be safe as you drive up.
Faith B. Oct 2020
My husband and I have stayed in this home several times, and drinking coffee on the porch in the mornings, never disappoints. The home is well-appointed. This time my husband's brother and wife joined us; it was great as we could each do our own things and then enjoy dinner at the end of the day—plenty of space for both couples.
Heather R. Oct 2020
My husband and I stayed at Rocky Gap to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We absolutely loved the house and the view is simply breathtaking. We had a quiet week of relaxation and quality time. The kitchen was very nice and it was well stocked with dishes and cookware. We enjoyed exploring the nearby towns, with Sylva and Dillsboro being our favorites. We were definitely thankful to have 4 wheel drive as the drive up to the house is a little intense! However the drive is totally worth it for the privacy and unbeatable mountain view! We were truly sad to leave and hope we can visit again in the future.
Bryan F. Oct 2020
Incredible view from this cabin.
A mixture of old and new. Updated where it counts but quaint and rustic where it matters. Great kitchen. Highly recommended. The drive up is not for anyone with anxiety issues though. This place is on top of a mountain.
Scott H. Oct 2020
Well-appointed and centrally located cabin. The views are outstanding. It’s just a short drive to Bryson City, Dillsboro, and Sylva. The housekeeping staff do a nice job in keeping the home clean. Perhaps the next deep clean will care for the many spiderwebs in the home. Also, the screens on the enclosed porch and the concrete pad outside the exterior door of the lower level bedroom have algae growing on them. It’s not a huge issue but it’s probably time for those things to be done. I still fully recommend this property and found it to be very therapeutic to sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Scott. We will give your feedback about the spiderwebs and screens to the local staff. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again in the future!
Gale Z. Oct 2020
The cabin is beautiful but the view is outstanding!! Solitude and serenity abound!
Allison S. Sep 2020
This cabin is perfect! Mountain View’s are absolutely gorgeous, cabin is perfect! You won’t be disappointed!!! Will definitely be back!
Faith B. Jul 2020
My husband and I stayed in this home sever times over the last ten years, since our last stay the homeowners have updated the kitchen, it’s is awesome if you love to cook. The home itself is packed with character but it’s the views from the porch that draw us back to this rental. It is truly a gem at the top of the ridge.
Katherine S. Jul 2020
We stayed here 11 years ago, and we loved how the kitchen was remodeled. The views are just stunning, it is so quiet and a great place to enjoy the scenery. This cabin is very centrally located to enjoy Dillsboro and Sylva with Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Asheville not to far away.
Sharon H. Jun 2020
Beautiful view and well stocked house.
William R. Jun 2020
1. The views are spectacular. No direct sunset or sunrise but top notch.
2. Top of the mountain solitude & privacy.
3. Spaces are beautifully & comfortably furnished with plenty of indoor & outdoor options.
5. Architecture, wood, & lighting are also magnificent.
6. Three gas fireplaces for warmth & that cozy vibe
6. Kitchen is wonderful for preparing & enjoying meals
7. Major Smokies trailheads (Deep Creek, Smokemont, Noland Creek) within 30 min
8. Washer & dryer for post-hike cleanup.

1. Normally, I'm not concerned with being without internet on a getaway vacation.....but I was hoping to do some property searching this time. There is WiFi but the internet speed precludes accomplishing anything. Streaming music can also be problematic so download before you go.
2. Enjoyed the mountain driving in a Subaru but some might not
Angela V. Jun 2020
We just loved our stay here. Gravel drive is steep but we were able to get up fine in Kia Optima with ground effects. Beautiful views. Hated to leave.
Dennis A. May 2020
We have been going to Rocky Gap for nine years. Always a great experience. We love the views, the home and the hikes.
Jessica R. May 2020
Frequent traveler and this is one of my favorites. Can’t beat the view. House is very clean and nicely updated. Highly, highly, highly recommend this house.
Jacob L. Dec 2019
William e. Oct 2019
Loved the spectacular views from every window. The cabin was the best we have stayed at so far. Very clean and welcoming. We will definitely be back
Lynn T. Oct 2019
This home is well appointed and much bigger than the photos show. The three sleeping areas are more private than you envision from photos too.
I would totally come back if I visited places more than once.
P.S. my 2006 Honda CRV did fine driving up.
Lori C. Aug 2019
The view from every room was amazing! We had everything we needed to enjoy a wonderful weekend reconnecting as a family with young adults. We even brought games to play so we could have some fun and laughs being disconnected from technology. It felt like we were the only people for miles! We would stay again and recommend a visit!
Tamara R. Aug 2019
We've stayed in many places over the last 10 years but this one is the best by far! We arrived to a beautiful home that's very tastefully decorated, with a wonderful screened in porch, deck, and incredible views!! It feels like you're visiting in a home, not a rental. And it was super clean, which isn't always the case in vacation rentals. Quality furnishings and linens too.
There are tons of windows throughout offering the most amazing views. Coffee on the deck in the morning is a real treat.
We loved the complete privacy of this cabin and being on top of the mountain. We have a front wheel drive Camry and had no trouble getting up the mountain.
We will definitely being staying here again and we can't wait!!
Jonna B. Jun 2019
Best vacation rental we have ever stayed at. Incomparable views, amazing master bedroom and kitchen, lovely decor. Easy drive to GSM National Park. Would absolutely stay here again. The lane to get to the home is a challenge, we were fine with 4WD in the summer but I would caution those that don't have a 4WD vehicle. Arrive during daylight hours. Otherwise highly recommend.
Teresa P. Jun 2019
Cabin was spacious and comfortable. Beautiful kitchen and dining area. Sleeps six, but perfect for two couples. Bed and baths on separate floors. Views are amazing. Great screened in porch.
Jordan S. May 2019
The Rocky Gap cabin was an amazing experience in the Smokey Mountains. Everything that you could need was provided in the cabin and this made it feel like home. The cabin was spacious and very well maintained. Every room was neat and clean. The amenities were great, but the best part was the view of the mountains. We will definitely be returning to experience it all over again.
Dennis A. May 2019
We have stayed at Rocky Gap several times over the last ten years. Best views of the mountains from every room. So grateful that the owner shares this beautiful home.
Randall H. May 2019
My family stayed at the Rocky Gap Cabin for three nights. This is a great log cabin with many unique furnishings that add to the Cabin experience. The view in the photos was even better than the photos. Sitting on one of the deck areas or porch one can see into Tenn. If you like seclusion this is the Cabin for you. We did not see anyone else during our stay. There are no neighbors visible from this Cabin. It was extremely quiet except for nature. The kitchen was well appointed with everything you will need to cook. We have rented several houses and this one had the best dishes, utensils, etc. than all the others. All the beds were comfortable with nice linens. Plenty of towels in the bathrooms and plenty of hot water with separate hot water heaters in each bathrooms which sped up the mornings. It was chilly the days we were there and the three fireplaces warmed up the rooms fast. It is a lot cooler up on top of the mountain at this Cabin than in Franklin and Cherokee. We had no trouble navigating the steep drive with both a 4WD and FWD, just keep moving. We found plenty of places for our daily walk exploring cleared lots for sale nearby, the adjoining national Forrest or climbing the drive. Overall a great place to stay that I highly recommend.
Emily E. May 2019
Thank you for sharing your home. It was a perfect getaway, and the views were breath-taking to wake up to. Very well kept. Highly recommend 4 wheel drive for the driveway as noted in the footnotes prior to booking! Well worth the drive.