Wilderness Lodge…

 a vacation rental
tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains,
near the historic and quaint town of Hot Springs North Carolina

Wilderness Lodge

Side view of log home- summer



After many years of managing Wilderness Lodge I will soon be relocating out of North Carolina. I appreciate the opportunity that John/owner presented me to take the reins and lead Wilderness Lodge to the successful unique vacation rental that it is today.  For those of you that haven’t stayed at Wilderness Lodge yet, I have generated a substantial amount of repeat guest business through the years… some guests coming here multiple times during a year, some booking the same dates year after year.  The loyalty of repeat guests illustrates that Wilderness Lodge is a well-liked vacation rental.

I am in the process of training a new property manager to take over the management of Wilderness Lodge.  We are targeting early December for the transition to be completed so that she may start booking reservations for 2020.  However, I will post updates here as we progress through this process, along with new e-mail contact information once that is established.  For now the website will remain active and reservations will be able to continue to be made from here.  There’s also a possibility that the property will become a listing on Air BnB, too.

I’ve made some lifelong friends with a few people that have been loyal guests of Wilderness Lodge.  It has been a personally gratifying experience being involved building the business from the ground up.   Last but not least… I will miss my professional and personal relationship with John but I know that our friendship will continue long distance.



Secluded in 200 (not a typo- two hundred) acres of wooded privacy this log home has been a popular vacation rental for many years.
We have many guests who have been here several times because…they love it here!
You won’t find another vacation rental in the area with this much acreage… the ultimate in privacy!
In the words of country musician Dwight Yoakam… you’ll feel like you’re thousand miles from nowhere”.
  Yet, you’ll find the town of Hot Springs (pop. 600+-) just 13 miles away. You’ll find a slow pace there, too!


In this forest-like setting, there is an absence of traffic, noise, and street lights. No thru road or other homes in view from Wilderness Lodge.

In the words of the owner- Wilderness Lodge

“is not a Disneyworld or city experience…
this is the wilderness.”


To get an idea of what some of our guests have experienced at Wilderness Lodge
view our Guest comments page.





Hot tub at Wilderness Lodge
Whether your searching for a vacation rental for a:

weekend getaway  ~  vacation destination  ~  honeymoon location
 special place to re-connect with family, a friend
celebration of a special occasion or holiday
      private and peaceful setting to focus on your creative skills- art, music, writing
gathering spot for small groups of individuals with shared interests/hobbies
just the girls or guys getaway
place to hike… you don’t even have to leave the property if you don’t want to!

you’ll want to considerWilderness Lodge !




Surrounded by lots of vibrant colors in fall





We also offer a private and cozy studio apartment (maximum 2 people) if you don’t want to rent the main log home, or have budget restrictions.
This apartment can also be rented if you’re renting the main log home and need additional space.
The apartment and log home are NOT rented separately at the same time to ensure everyone
receives the full benefit of the privacy at Wilderness Lodge.


  See details at “Studio apartment” page.






THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE… only interrupted by the sounds of the

stream that flows through the property, birds chirping,

maybe tapping of rain on the metal roof!


Visitors here are tiny hummingbirds (seasonally visiting our feeders) to larger sized red tail hawks,  turkeys… you may even see deer or a bear!



If you’re wandering on the trail through the property you may want to explore (at your own risk) the small cave.






The Appalachian Trail passes

through the town of Hot Springs


  by bridge across the French Broad River

 If you’re wondering what there is to do around the area, click here for area activities & attractions.

Asheville is 30 miles away, and offers many options to experience
more mountain culture, diverse cuisine, and craft breweries.

 The closest airport is also located in Asheville.



A day in the mountains is better than a week in the city


Please check the Availability Calendar page
to determine available dates prior to completing the Reservation Form.

We hate to say “no, those dates aren’t available”.





WE ARE BOOKED:  Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years 2019



NEW IN 2019 



A TIPI by the CREEK!





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for a slideshow tour of the studio apartmenclick here.

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PHONE:  828-622-3784

This property is managed by: Only in the Mountains Realty
Website:  www.onlyinthemountains.com         E-mail:  [email protected]






*If you check in the same day another guests check out the hot tub won’t be hot until the next day. Unless a guests informs us they haven’t used the tub, and our inspection appears to confirm that, it will be drained after each guest checks out. Due to the temperature of the well water, and the heater it takes many hours to heat back up to a comfortable temperature.




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