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 that is completely closed in 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 and griddle combo for cooking things from burgers to breakfast. You will find things like spices such as salt, pepper, and season-all that I happily share. 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 area and sink uses gravity water brought in from the well (filtered) and stored in 50 gallon drum for doing your own dishes and I provide rubber gloves 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. In the case that you've forgotten anything, just ask. I keep on hand a first aid kit and after bite medication for stings of most kinds. If there's something you need that I can loan, all you have to do is ask.
Things to be aware of are wasp, yellow jackets, mosquitoes, snakes and fuzzy caterpillars. DO NOT touch any of the fuzzy caterpillars as the "fuzzy" is actually sharp quills. Some call this the "Pack Saddle" for the markings and the sting is painful. (they can be fuzzy or they can be smooth) I've been here over 30 years and have yet to see a venomous snake and since I have cats I rarely even see a black snake. I'm not saying you'll run into any of these (except a few skeeters) but, just putting it out there. 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. Also, I'll be happy to pick you up something while I'm out. I have a home phone for emergencies only. (because I don't have long distance paid ahead)
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 their movements are unpredictable. I can bring out my big friendly guy named, Jackson. You can meet and greet my sweet friend and, maybe sit on his back for a photo op. The horses aren't afraid of dogs so the rules that apply to your fur baby is to keep them on leash; If spooked a horse could kick and injure your pet. One of our horses is completely blind and wouldn't harm anything on purpose but, just a reminder that your pets must be watched by you. 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.
For an added $5 per person I'll be happy to provide breakfast (at you leisure & up to 11:00 AM) . You can sit on the front porch or picnic table with gravy, biscuit, scrambled eggs (with or without cheese) and your choice of sausage OR bacon. Served with fresh coffee OR orange juice (ice water for everyone) If you have any allergies, I'll need to know ahead of time and at least the night before notice if you'd like breakfast.
This is a working farm/horse rescue so, if you see a frail horse just know they're here to mend. During winter months I will be offering a work trade stay so, if interested let me know.
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.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
On road to off road biking.
Ocoee River is 15 minute drive away with class 4 and 5 rapids. Self guided or guided rafting trips. Also minutes away is Taccoa...Read more
There are two amazing lakes within a 25 minute drive. Great for bass, catfish, pike and trout. Lake Hiwassee has pontoon, fishi...Read more
Plenty of hiking trails near. Whitewater Center on the Ocoee River, Turtlerown Falls and more. Google Polk County for more resu...Read more
Horses are on the property here but, they're not working as they are all rescues and retired. However, there is horseback ridin...Read more
Taccoa River self guided 15 minutes drive. Campbell Cove Lake 10 minute drive.
15 minutes drive is the beautiful White Water Center of the Ocoee. It's a favorite place to swim, hike, picnic or just take a l...Read more
Ocoee River is short and beautiful 15 minute drive. The upper portion is up to class 5 with five large rapids. Middle has 22 ra...Read more
Local wildlife includes deer, bird, geese, squirrel, raccoon, possum, etc.
Natural features you'll find at The Lonesome Pine in Tennessee.
Lake Hiwassee & Lake Appalachia are a 20 to 25 minute drive.
You will be using my private driveway to enter property. During heavy rain this could get tricky but, I will get you up here :)
Places to see near Whippoorwills Nest
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
What a wonderful place!! The property is absolutely gorgeous!! Cathy is a wonderful host and super friendly!! You will love it!! Lots to do in town and beautiful hiking areas and rafting!! Highly recommend!!
A magical little mountain retreat
Before we even arrived at her home, Cathy was already the most gracious and helpful host I've ever met. She was available every time I messaged her and responded quickly to help in planning the perfect little getaway. She's full of knowledge on the area, suggestions for things to do, and so much kindness.
When I arrived at the property I noticed how much charm it has right away. As Cathy mentions in the listing, the driveway is an adventure on its own, but I found it easy to make it up with my Ford Escape. Cathy guided us into a parking spot right next to the house that gave us easy access to the little pathway leading to the cabin. She provided us with a wagon to carry our supplies down (and even offered her four-wheeler if we had anything big) so we loaded everything up and headed down to the cabin. It's a very short and easy walk, so no fear whatsoever, you don't need to put on hiking shoes to get there. Cathy walked us through all of the amenities, showed us where the different parts of the property were, talked to us a bit about the process of building the cabin and what she does with the rescue, and then left us to explore and get settled.
She went above and beyond in so many ways. From bringing us a dog run so that we didn't have to have our pup on a leash the entire time and a jug of water for him so we didn't have to use ours, to bringing us fresh eggs from her chickens, a hammock, a grill, extra covers when it got a bit chilly, you name it. Cathy provided the most wonderful experience for us and it's so clear how much love she has for her property and the area around her. My only regret is not being able to spend more time there, but fortunately for me, it's a close drive and I'm already planning a trip back.
The little town of Copperhill nearby is a gem as well. Before our arrival, we went fly fishing on the Toccoa River, and on our way out of town we stopped by the fly fishing shop (Toccoa River Outfitters) and Yellowbird Coffee Shop and everybody we encountered was full of southern charm and hospitality just like you'd expect in this part of the state. I think it would be hard to meet a stranger in this area.
Cathy, thank you so much for your hospitality, your knowledge, and for sharing your home with us. We had the best time and can't wait to come back. :)