Outdoor Experiences

Tapoco Lodge

Where Comfort Meets Craftsmanship

Type /
Boutique Outdoor Hotel
Rooms /
Capacity /
75 (Lodging) / 200 (Event)
1.5 hours from Knoxville

A sublime outdoor hotel nestled on the banks of the Cheoah River, the historic Tapoco Lodge has been a North Carolina mainstay for outdoor adventurers, gear heads, and nature enthusiasts since 1930. Whether you want to explore the 120 acre campus via groomed trails, visit Nantahala National Forest, enjoy a wine whilst seated around one of the riverbank fire pits, or drive the Tail of the Dragon, there is have something for everyone. At Tapoco Lodge, we don’t just say ‘welcome,’ we say ‘Welcome Home’.

Amenities and comforts


Lodge Suites

Spacious suites located in the Lodge with magnificent views and more space to unwind however you see fit.
Sleeps: 2-4

Lodge Rooms

The luxurious Tapoco Lodge Rooms combine the elegance of days gone by with the comforts of today. With rooms featuring views of either the rushing Cheoah River or the Yellowhammer Mountains, it is just the environment to truly relax and indulge. Each room features a unique regional theme along with a plush king bed.
Sleeps: 2


Each of the cabins at Historic Tapoco Lodge offers different, yet beautiful views of the Cheoah River, Cheoah Bluffs, Meadow Branch, Yellowhammer Creek and the Yellowhammer Mountains.
Sleeps; 2-6

The beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the river are equaled by this cozy jewel. The food, service, atmosphere, and accommodations were extraordinary and exceeded expectations. The staff were attentive and exuded southern hospitality without being underfoot. We will definitely return.

Bryn D.

Tapoca Local Favorites

Cherohala Skyway

This 43-mile National Scenic Byway has been named by the Discovery Channel as one of North America’s top 10 most gorgeous motorcycle rides and it’s easy to see why. With long sweeping turns, scenic views, cool summer breezes, and almost no sign of civilizations along the way, this is a must-see destination for motorcycle and car enthusiasts alike who want to experience the unforgettable.

Lake Santeetlah

Seeking to reconnect with nature? Lake Santeetlah is just a short drive away and boasts peaceful, private shorelines buffeted by thick national forest. This lake’s pristine crystal waters remain delightfully untouched by human intervention and will delight and heal, nurture and nourish.

Rafting & Kayaking the Cheoah River

If still water is too slow for you, then the world-class whitewater rapids of the Cheoah River will rouse your spirit for adventure. Located just west of Santeetlah Lake, adrenaline seekers and outdoor enthusiasts will love the kayaking and rafting opportunities presented here; where slick rapids and complex turns will test your water mastery.