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The Lonesome Pine

· Turtletown, Polk, Tennessee
10 acres hosted by Cathy P.
1 lodging site
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On 8.1 acres I have built a peaceful existence with rescue horses. In the evenings you can hear the whistle of a train echo throughout the mountains, chirping of frogs or the sweet call of the Whippoorwill. There's lots of shade to be found and plenty to see and do by car, boat or hiking. You can do it all or do nothing. The mountains are calling. Come join me. Learn more about this land: Rustic small sleep cabin. 10x10. Full size bed with clean linens and quilt. Solar lights outdoors. Bedside table. Bedside battery powered flashlight/bug light. Electric 110 outlet for fan or space heater that’s provided. Note: If it’s cold outdoors it’s cold in the cabin. Pack accordingly. The perfect do nothing campsite or get out and enjoy everything the area has to offer like THE OCOEE RIVER of Polk County TN. There's beautiful hiking trails near, including a 2 mile hike into Turtletown's twin falls or entire loop approximately 5 miles. A great place to fish in the above streams or get wet in the cold, clean waters that pool beneath the falls. 15 minute drive to most everything. Amazing restaurants in our historical twin towns of Copperhill, Tn and McCaysville, Ga join together on the riverbank. The Taccoa (GA side) and Ocoee River (TN side) You can dine and shop on the river at River Walks indoor mall. Hungry? You have the best of the best from amazing hand tossed, wood fired oven pizza at Twisted Tomato Co to just about anything you'd desire on the menu at Burra Burra On The River. There's also Happy Bear Cafe with hand dipped Hershey's ice cream, amazing fudge, coffee and other sweet treats to enjoy. The atmosphere !! Just wow. All 3 places have outdoor riverside dining, and a host of beers and wine. During your stay here, just mention you are a guest of Whippoorwill Horse Rescue and you will receive %15 off your tab at any of the 3 restaurants. The General Store is a sweet place to pick up something unique for yourself or a gift for a friend. A list of other foods, I haven't mentioned and you can book a guided fly fishing trip while in town. Feel like a day of tubing and/or whitewater rafting? Rolling Thunder River Company has got you covered & they're the home of the only 3 mile float. Book your trip online to assure your trip but they also take walk ins. For whitewater rafting on the Ocoee you must be 12 years of age by law. You've got the site of the '98 Olympic Course at the gorgeous White Water Center. Plenty of places to hike, picnic, grill and simply take in the view from two bridges. (One high above the water) Take a seat on a warm rock or take your lawn chair. Watch the rafters take on some huge rapids like "Humongous" during the course of "The Upper" river. Even closer is our tiny town of Ducktown, TN. There you'll find "Rods Rockin Rolls". Some of the best egg and spring rolls I've ever had and the entire menu is fun. Outdoor dinning is available there. (8 minutes away) If you're feeling up to a good brew, there's a brewery located next door to "Rods Rockin Rolls". Visit the Burra Burra mine museum in Ducktown to learn our copper mining history. Located on the outskirts of both Ducktown and Copperhill you will find fresh vegetable stands (during season). They both carry a small assortment of vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, apples, corn and melons. Located closely to NC and GA state lines. Blue Ridge, GA home of The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and Merciers Apple Orchard with you pick berries, wines, ciders and farm tours. Murphy, NC home of Harrahs Casino for a night out of entertaining slots and black jack. Enjoy a day trip on a open or closed train car? You'll love "The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway" A 4 hour excursion and fun for the entire family. (handicap accessible) Book your trip online to assure your trip but, they do take walk ups. (1/2 hr drive to depot) in Blue Ridge, GA. You'll ride through the gorgeous mountains to TN and travel next to the Taccoa river. Your train car host will give you a little of our history along the way. There's restrooms on board and a snack car located in the middle that you can visit en-route. Trip is 13 track miles (one hour) to Copperhill, TN for shopping and lunch break for 2 hour lay over then one hour back to depot. Lots of shopping there in Blue Ridge. Your stay here will be located on site of Whippoorwill Horse Rescue of Tennessee. (see us on the website) You'll be sleeping in our 10x10 cottage with a cozy full size bed with fresh linens and pillows, storage inside for your things and some comforts of home. You will share a common area with kitchen utensils, dinner ware, grilling tools, serving spoons and an extra ice chests (bring your own ice). Outdoors you'll enjoy cooking on the fire pit. With the fire pit there is fire grill for cooking things from burgers to breakfast. I also supply cast iron pan and cooking utensils. I'll have your first fires wood ready but after that you'll have to gather your own from dead fall in the woods OR if you'd rather, I sell split hardwood on site .Wash sink area uses gravity water brought in from the well (filtered) and stored in 50 gallon drum for doing your own dishes and ask that you use dish washing soap. Trash bins with lids on site for all disposal as marked. Please, don't leave food out in the open, especially over night. Should there be a windy day and I deem a fire in pit is unsafe, I'll provide a burn barrel so you can still enjoy an open flame and not miss out on your S'mores. On site you'll have a private shelter with compost toilet. Please be tidy and most of all clean. I'll be on property most all days but do have to leave for feed, hay & general things for my home but, will pretty much on hand if you need something. The horses on the property are all residence of Whippoorwill Horse Rescue of Tennessee.(check out our website) As friendly as most of them all are, being in the pasture is prohibited for safety of all unless I am with you. A 900 to 1200 pound animal has a mind of it's own and If spooked a horse could kick. One of our horses is completely blind and wouldn't harm anything on purpose but, just a reminder. Please, don't feed the animals/horses anything without checking with me first. Some horses are so old they don't have teeth (Scarlet is 43) and that is a choking hazard as well as possibly getting your fingers bitten by those who do have teeth. I just want you and them safe but they truly enjoy interaction with you hoomans. The property is 8.1 acres with plenty of shade to kick back and relax. Neighbors aren't real close but, I do wish to respect them. No Swearing aloud for anyone to hear ( the mountains have ears and it echoes) I like noise pollution on a low scale but, you will hear a truck/tractor starting up, cows, horse, dogs and chickens. This is after a small farm so if those noises bother you ... well. Quiet time is 9:00 PM. but, I'm not telling you to go to bed, just keep it low. No parties, drugs or firearms. I do not discriminate and will do any and all I can to make you feel welcome. Don’t worry about the walk to campsite because it’s pretty easy and I’ll have a pull wagon you can use to haul you gear in. Google Maps of the area is very helpful as well as things to do and see. Bring your mountain bike, hiking shoes, hammock and swimsuit for sure. You may want to check the weather so you know what to bring with. You can look us up under the zip code 37391. Spring, Summer and Fall are beautiful here and our little towns always have something going on during holidays and many other days. You'll find antique car shows, outdoor music and firework celebrations and parades and most all activities are free. Craft shows and chili cook offs happen on different occasions as well. I'll do my best to get these dates on the calendar. Please know that you are responsible for securing your own fishing licence but, I'll be happy to point you in the best direction for stream or lake fishing (as well as the best bait). There's great spots for Trout and Fly fishing at Horseshoe Bend Park. You can also book a guided fly fishing tour. Bring your flash light as solar lights aren't always dependable. Bring your camp stove if you like and I'll have a space for you to set up for cooking. This is a working farm/horse rescue so, if you see a frail horse just know they're here to mend. There's so much to see and do nearby but at the same time you're tucked away in the peace of the mountains. You may hear an occasional car but not close to a highway. I look forward to meeting you and making your stay as fun or laid back as possible. When looking at photo's of this listing you can see a brief description of what you're looking at. Please message me at anytime with questions or concerns. Leave Nothing But Footprints, Take Nothing But Memories. PLEASE NOTE: THE DRIVEWAY CAN BE ROUGH AT TIMES AND OFTEN AFTER RAIN YOU MAY NEED FOUR WHEEL OR ALL WHEEL DRIVE. I will be happy to assist you if need be. The mountains are calling.THE LONESOME PINE is a rustic small sleep cabin. 10x10. Full size bed with clean linens and quilt. Bedside table. Limited electric- one 110 outlet. One lamp. 1 Floor fan. 1 space heater. NO LATE NIGHT CHECK INS. Note: If it’s cold outdoors it’s cold in the cabin. Pack accordingly. Leave Nothing But Footprints, Take Nothing But Memories.  PLEASE NOTE: THE DRIVEWAY CAN BE ROUGH AT TIMES AND OFTEN AFTER RAIN YOU MAY NEED FOUR WHEEL OR ALL WHEEL DRIVE.
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17 ratings · 15 reviews
Carlito E.recommends
October 11, 2022
The Lonesome Pine Ocoee Turtletown
Amazing stay at a horse rescue
Staying at Cathy’s was incredible. We had a great time and happily recommend this place to anyone.
Susan P.recommends
March 6, 2022
The Lonesome Pine Ocoee Turtletown
I loved it there me and my family need a country camping trip. Little cute shed made in to a cabin. Bed and table side. She had all kind of stuff there to use. You can get power and wood. The sink area to wash you dish's. Is so cute. Now the shower. Where Im.6ft. Is to short for me. No privacy. For me. Just needs shower curtain. The bathroom. Same if your tall it's hard to get to the bathroom. But the place was perfect for us. Still fine place to shower and use the toilet. It's private. We was alone there. Fat away from there house where it's private. The dogs are friendly and chickens and horses. Fresh water too. Good ole country fresh water. The lady was so nice. I understand she runs a ranch. And can't be around all the time. So I did not bother her at all. We brought all we need. And more. Only water I forgot. But it's really nice and worth the money. We we'll be back next spring like this time around.
Jazmine H.recommends
January 1, 2022
The Lonesome Pine Ocoee Turtletown
Perfect Gateaway
Cathy is an amazing host. She has an amazing hospitality to her and she is very giving and kind. She provided everything we needed for our stay. We would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a nice and relaxing gateway. Her animals are also amazing and we loved every minute of it!
Patrick H.recommends
November 4, 2021
The Lonesome Pine Ocoee Turtletown
I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend at The Lonesome Pine & the new friendship that I have with Cathy. Cathy was a great host who went above and beyond to make sure my stay was perfect. She provided a very clean camping hut with a heater, camp lamp, & firewood. It was conveniently located close to everything I wanted to do & see. The animals and farm fresh eggs were wonderful too! I look forward to returning sometime soon!
Daniel B.recommends
October 18, 2021
The Lonesome Pine Ocoee Turtletown
Peaceful. Picturesque. Beautiful.
Cathy is the best! She was such a courteous and considerate hostess. She gave us eggs from her chickens; they were so bright, flavorful, and fresh. The camp was private and relaxing. We enjoyed cooking over the fire. One night it poured rain on the tin roof. It was loud, but it was fun and novel. The pasture land adjacent the camp had a fog hanging over it in the morning. The horses would come up to the fence and say, "Hello." We had a really perfect weekend getaway. And it was so different than other camping/cabin trips.
Holly R.recommends
October 4, 2021
Camping Ocoee River Turtletown TN
Wonderful hideaway!
This is our new favorite place to go! The perfect Escape! Wonderfully quiet, very private, a great place for stargazing and reconnecting with family and friends. The campsite is perfectly level and grassy, with space for the tent, the fire pit, the table, and plenty left over to play. The water is fresh and cool, and access to electricity was a bonus! Cathy has honestly thought of everything. I felt like we could have left half of our supplies at Home. From cooking equipment to trash bags and firewood, it had it all already there! The horses are amazing, I love the rescue that she has built there, a wonderful respite for horses who needed Shelter From the world. The kids (old enough to follow the rules and stay out of the pasture) got to run safely and freely, a nice feeling to let them enjoy and explore. The horses are safely behind their fence at night, but it was nice to have one come up and visit us one evening. Cathy had great suggestions for restaurants if we wanted them, and gave great directions for trails to explore. We found a neat country store nearby with homemade fried pork skins! And did I mention the fresh eggs? What a glorious bonus! An easy drive from Atlanta, felt like the middle of nowhere, but actually relatively close to anything we could have needed. I almost hate to share our secret new vacation spot ! Can't wait to be back.
Turtletown, Polk, Tennessee, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), and Miccosukee First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Cathy P.

Joined in May 2018
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