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part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Located in the Cheoah Point Recreation Area in Nantahala National Forest, this cabin is part of a campground that includes tent and RV sites as well as a second cabin. The campground is situated on a peninsula in Santeetlah Lake, surrounded by mixed hardwood forest.

Cheoah Point Cabin 1 is reservable from the end of March through mid-October.

Natural Features:

Santeetlah Lake is man-made and offers 76 miles of shoreline surrounded by natural forest. There are many coves and inlets to discover and mountain views to enjoy.

Birders will find several bird species here. Spotted sandpiper and osprey are sometimes seen in the spring and summer. Red crossbills, green herons and prothonotary warblers have been known to visit during migration.


There's a playground within the recreation area, as well as a swim beach and boat ramp. Santeetlah Lake is ideal for fishing, power boating, non-motorized boating, sailing, jet skiing and water skiing. Anglers can find bass, walleye, trout, crappie and bream.

The Wauchecha Bald Trail is nearby, which starts as an easy hike but becomes more difficult. This trail eventually leads to the well-known Appalachian Trail.


This primitive cabin has two rooms and can sleep up to six people. The front room has a full bed frame and the back room has a set of bunk bed frames. Outside of the cabin is a concrete patio with a grill, picnic table, lantern post and electric outlet unit. There are no electrical outlets inside. There is no running water inside the cabin, but there are water spigots located throughout the campground. Flush toilets and shower facilities are located approximately 150 feet away.

Visitors may wish to bring pads or mattresses and bedding. Supplies and equipment for preparing food, in addition to a cooler, are recommended.

Nearby Attractions:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short distance away, offering an ideal day trip from Cheoah Point.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Hunting
  • Marina
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin has lights and ceiling fans, however there are no electrical outlets inside the cabin
  • No other electrical units or heating units are allowed inside the cabin
  • Smoking is not allowed in the cabin
  • No flammable devices allowed inside cabin
  • Please remove all trash and sweep before leaving
  • Click here for more information about National Forests in North Carolina
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.36917, -83.38528
35°22'9"N, 83°23'7"W

From Robbinsville, North Carolina, continue on Highway 129 north for approximately 6 miles. Turn left on SR # 1145 - Thunder Mountain Road. Go 1.3 miles to Cheoah Point.

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Information:  (828)479-6431
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