The SpaceYou will have entire home and environs to yourselves. The property includes 61 acres on southeast facing lower northern flank of Stairs Mountain, totally surrounded by beautiful natural Shining Rock Wilderness within Pisgah National Forest. Hiking available on property on all improved and unimproved roads. Longer hikes within 2 miles of property off US-276 south at three Big East Fork trailheads [trail #332, Old Butt Knob, 3.6 miles; trail #363, Shining Creek, 3.4 miles; trail #357, Big East Fork, 3.4 miles (first two listed will take you to awesome Shining Rock)]. Your front porch faces southeast with a view to the sunrise and Wagon Road Gap/Pisgah Ridge. Guest AccessYou'll be able to access all parts of your cabin during your stay. You may also hike all roads on property as well as enjoy all undeveloped and protected natural areas, including the creeks. Fishing (seasonal with license) directly across US-276 @ East Fork of Pigeon River adjacent to Camp Hope. Springdale Country Club (seasonal and weather-dependent) less than 5 miles north on US-276. Mount Pisgah Recreation Area within 10-15 minutes (except on Blue Ridge Parkway closing in winter). No hunting, fishing or firearm discharge allowed on this private property. Registered guests only, pets and/or visitors only if pre-approved. No trailers unless pre-approved and less than 12 ft. length; no campers. Interaction with GuestsSomeone will be available to help with any special needs or requests. However, we value your privacy, so we'll be available only if you need us. Your cabin will be left open and ready for you on your day of arrival as of 3 pm unless alternate arrangements made prior. Your key will be on Dining table. This is a pet-friendly cabin with additional fee of $50 per pet per stay (pay on arrival or leave on table with key on departure). Thanks for observing 11 am checkout, allowing time for cleaning and turnover. If you forgot something or need something, ask us; we may have it. If you can't get something to work or need instructions on use, please just ask; we will be very pleased to help you. The NeighborhoodOur "neighborhood" is pure quiet nature. The 61 acre property is on the south-facing lower ridge of northeast side of Stairs Mountain (adjacent to Cold Mountain just to the north) totally surrounded by Shining Rock Wilderness within Pisgah National Forest, intersected by three creeks, including Ugly Creek and Falls Branch. Elevation above 3500 ft almost entire property. Our ambient temperatures are generally 5-10 degrees cooler than those at lower elevations like Waynesville, Canton, Brevard, and Asheville. The road to your home or cabin is accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles spring, summer and fall, although 4-wheel drive/AWD vehicles strongly recommended during winter, especially when snow or other frozen precipitation expected. We are here to assist if needed. Totally immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings and let your cares fall away for your entire stay. Suggested Rx: minimum 3 night stay to truly decompress. Getting AroundEnter property at covered white mailbox @ 101 Heritage Cove Rd, through gate, veer right at split, keep straight past first right (red tractor) and second right (entrance to Sunburst lodge), take third right (just past Dogwood sign on tree). Enter at 3rd right (and curve to right, not up hill to left) just before burn pile. Special note: please DO NOT enter Dogwood parking via second right as it is too steep; only use as exit from parking in front of Dogwood. Ample parking for 2-3 vehicles in front of home. We do not allow campers or trailers (latter sometimes allowed but only if less than 12 ft. length and only if pre-approved). Speed limit 10mph entire property. Rule of thumb, especially with 2-wheel drive vehicles on our gravel roads: do not stop or slow excessively on uphill access roads, keep momentum of vehicle going until on flatter terrain; if you seem stuck on uphill grade, please don't dig gouges in road; try backing up to flatter area and restart your ascent at reasonable steady speed, keeping your momentum through entire uphill portion of access road. 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicle highly recommended during anticipated or actual inclement winter weather. Please do not anticipate being able to navigate to your cabin in 2-wheel drive vehicle with more than 2-3" snow; due to local microclimates and elevation characteristics, we may get up to 2-5 times the snowfall received in lower elevations like Asheville, Brevard, Waynesville, or Canton. Always be safe and please just ask if you need help or guidance with anything. We're here to help and keep you safe and happy for your entire stay with us. Other Things to NoteYou may wish to obtain groceries in Asheville, Brevard, Waynesville or Canton prior to accessing property, as we are approximately (as the crow flies) 11 miles/20-25 minutes from the latter two towns and 22 miles/40-45 minutes from downtown Asheville (30-35 minutes to West Asheville and Brevard). Access to property is via US 276 either via Brevard (30-35 minutes); Blue Ridge Parkway (seasonal, not best route in winter or with fog due to elevations) to US 276 north (from I-26/south Asheville, 30-40 minutes of sheer beauty); or I-40 (to 276 through Waynesville or exits to Canton, then to Bethel via 110, then to property via 276 south; 25-35 minutes, easiest route, especially in inclement weather). All major roads, including US 276, frequently scraped and salted in winter snow storms and generally kept open (except Blue Ridge Parkway which is most often closed in winter). Use appropriate caution in mountain terrain, near waterways and especially with local wildlife that considers this property their home. We have plenty of local wildlife, especially in spring, summer and fall, including black bear, deer, turkey, eagles, hawks, owls, various smaller critters (squirrels, chipmunks, field mice, opossum, raccoon, bobcats, fox, beaver, woodchuck, rabbit), and even snakes (including infrequent eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and copperheads, although much more commonly seen are black snakes, corn snakes, "ground" and other harmless snakes) and other reptiles. You may also occasionally hear or see coyotes, and may be lucky enough to glimpse the local brown trout in the creeks. Avoid close contact with all animals in environs, and do not leave open food or unsecured trash outside or out on counters in home, as this will encourage foraging and bad habits in our larger and smaller animals alike. Avoid wildlife-pet interaction by keeping pet(s) on leash or under strict voice command at all times when outdoors, especially if hiking in undeveloped areas in and around property. Always be aware of your footfalls and where and what you reach into or under while in this general area, as you would in any wilderness area. Carry in, carry out, nothing left behind. If you forgot hiking poles, daypack or backpack, ask us for loaner to use. Special golf packages and pricing may be available during your stay at Springdale Country Club, which is open to public with reservations. If you have questions about local happenings, restaurants, music venues, breweries, hiking or rafting options, or other adventures that you can't clarify pre-travel online or by phone, just ask us and we'll try to find out the details for you. We recommend making plans and reservations prior to arrival, as WiFi currently only available at owner home for emergency assistance, although Verizon cell service spotty but generally available in most homes on property (sometimes dependent on the weather gods); 4G Verizon cell service available just across US 276 at Camp Hope almost all times.