Historic Tapoco Lodge

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Local Highlights

Experience the Tail of the dragon close proximity to Tapoco historic lodge


Tail Of The Dragon

Do you think you have what it takes to ride a dragon? Officially known as US Route 129, this winding road is flanked by the Great Smoky Mountains on one side and the Cherokee National forest on the other. With 318 curves in just 11 miles, this internationally-recognized drive promises fun and excitement for anyone who dares to conquer it.


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.


River Rafting & Kayaking

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.


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.


Joyce Kilmer Forest

Named in memory of poet Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), and his poem “Trees”, this old-growth forest is an untouched haven that is home to many trees that are over 400 years old. Take a hike through this majestic grove and reinvigorate your soul in this lush retreat. In the summer, take a twilight stroll to spot the fireflies and reflect on Kilmer’s words, ‘I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree’.


Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson

Adventure is always made better by community, so be sure to make Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson an essential pit stop. Meet other motorcycle enthusiasts, join group rides, and browse state-of-the-art bikes while enjoying the breathtaking backdrop of the Smoky Mountains.


Tapoco Tavern - Riverside Dining

Enjoy Local Cuisine with Riverside Dining and During your trip be sure to make a reservation at our delightful Tapoco Tavern serving a classic menu and Italian pizzas on the banks of the Cheoah River, our very own restaurant will be sure to serve you an experience that will delight all of your senses.


11 Hiking Trails on property