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Tellico Cabin Rentals

Article written by Adventure Bob

Date Added: 10/11/2006

Going to Tellico to wheel? Need a place to stay? Don't know anyone who'll let you sleep on their floor? Try Tellico Cabin Rentals.

We were invited to the 20th Annual Dixie Run in Tellico and realized "Hey we have nowhere to stay!" We made some phone calls and hooked up with Helen and Chuck Davis, owners of Tellico Cabin Rentals. Usually when we go on these trips to new locations, the lodging is a crapshoot; but this turned out to be excellent.
If you've never been to Murphy, North Carolina you're in for a real treat. Unfortunately, the town's a little far from the trails, so we decided to stay at Tellico Cabin Rentals. Their motto is "If we were any closer, we would be on the trails." After meeting Helen and Chuck, we think it should be "like staying with family"... well, the ones you like anyway.

Helen and Chuck bought property at the entrance to the Tellico trail system about 6 years ago. They then built 3 cabins, a house, a shop, and rock garden on the property. To augment their capacity, they sublet 5 other cabins in the local area; one of which is in the heart of Tellico. They're open year round, and 99% of their guests are four wheelers. They give discounts to Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Members and are very active in keeping Tellico open to our sport.

We stayed in the Magic Cabin, so named for the horse that?s pastured in the field below. We were pleasantly surprised with our accommodations. The cabin was very nicely appointed with room enough for 6. It was fitted with all the necessities: Fire place, satellite TV, stereo system, bedding, bath linens, washer and dryer, a really comfortable couch, and a full kitchen. When staying with Helen and Chuck, you need not worry about anything - except wheeling!

When you pull into Tellico Cabin Rentals proper, the first cabin you see is the Grand Cherokee. This fully furnished and equipped cabin sleeps 10 and rents for $125 per night with a $10 per night extra person charge. This means that 10 people can stay 10 minutes from the trails for about $25 a night per person. Plus, when spending the night on Chuck and Helen's property, you don't have far to go when returning from one of their bonfires.

Moving up the rather steep drive, the next cabin is the ATV Den. This cabin sleeps 6 and runs $125 per night with the same extra person charge. This cabin is located across the drive from the fire pit and the hardest section of the rock garden. This location makes getting home after an evening's festivity a short stroll. It also happens to be the location where Chuck launches his famous ?Rhino Rides.? This harrowing rip through the woods at max speed in a Yamaha Rhino has evoked screams in the night from the un-indoctrinated and the inebriated alike.

The last cabin up the hill before Chuck's shop is the Lock?em Inn. Sleeping 6 and renting for the same price as the the others, this cabin offers close proximity to the fire pit as well as the shop.

One service they offer that you won?t find at any other lodging facility is the well outfitted shop Chuck runs to keep wheelers on the trail. While he doesn?t stock parts, he does have a welder, plasma cutter, lift, and tools to help keep everyone wheeling during their stay. He was kind enough to weld up my broken exhaust after an asphyxiating first day. Larry and I were very thankful.

Final Thoughts

Helen and Chuck are two of the nicest people running a great place to stay. They wheel and have a place in their hearts for fellow wheelers. The cabin we had was a geat value, close to the trails, and very nicely equiped. All of their cabins end up costing you only about $30 a night per person with outstanding ammenities. To get the same level of service in a hotel, you'd be paying close to $200 a night per person and wouldn't have nearly the same good time. I'm not sure there are any of those in Murphy, and all the ones that are there are 30 minutes or more from the trails. Chuck's emergency repair shop came in handy and has kept more than a few wheelers on the trails. We're looking forward to seeing them them again for the 21st Dixie Run.

If you find yourself needing a great place to stay don't hesitate to call.

Tellico Cabin Rentals
284 Tellico Cabins Trail
Murphy, NC 28906

Phone: 828.835.8882

Our Thank You's!

Huge thanks to Helen and Chuck that I didnt have to share a tent in the mud pit with Larry. We appreciate everything you did to make our stay great!

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