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Property Details

Updated: Dec 18, 2014
House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

River Frontage Completely renovated in 2007, deck overlooks private frontage on South Toe River, with Pisgah

National Forest on the far bank. Short walk to Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area operated by the

National Forest where there is a terrific swimming hole. This is some of the best trout fishing

waters in the eastern US. We're located amidst the highest concentrations of hand-made

craftspersons in the US, with Penland School only half hour drive, and studios scattered throughout

the valley. Just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at exit 344, half-way between Marion and

Burnsville. Less than an hours drive to Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls and

Gorge. Half hour to Burnsville, Marion and interstate 40, Penland School of Crafts. BBQ on deck,

hammock hung and ready for your rest and relaxation, down by the river. Firepit, have a bonfire,

burn a burger or two. Walk to mom and pop store and gas, fishing supplies, etc.

Bring cell phone.

****Don't let someone else get your reservation while you're waiting for us to respond to your email. We have 24/7 secure reservation system with more photos, details, and we take all major credit cards. Make your reservation now, don't be left looking for second best. Call me for that link and we'll "git'er done" ****

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets welcome

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Guestbook comments from the owner

I cannot begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at the Bear's Den! My entire family had such a wonderful time that we are hoping the cabin is available the same time next year. We would love to make this stay a yearly tradition. Thank you for letting our family come together and enjoy being with each other. It can be hard sometimes with 4 children, but this trip opened my eyes to our joyous children and loving family!

Thank you so much and I hope to be talking with you again soon!
Jul 2010
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3 Reviews

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Bear's Den - on the South Toe River
+1 -8286759857
Burnsville High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Jupiter, Florida, USA

Let's talk about the cabin.

Let's talk about the cabin.
  • 1 of 5
We stayed at this cabin for a little over 6 weeks in 2012. I'm not positive about our arrival date but I know our departure date was September 1, 2012. I agree with the other reviews in terms of the area. It is just a beautiful area with lots to do. In addition to things mentioned by others, there's a great apple orchard that gives hay rides and has a nice little gift shop along with country ,and mountain music groups who play on weekends. There is also another place that offers mountain music at night on weekends a wee bit north of Burnsville on the main route past town. During the 1 st week of August, every year the Yancey County arts and Crafts Festival is held on the town common. Each year I think the crafts get better as well as the arts and the prices are very reasonable.

Now to the house: here it was in the middle of summer and the owners refused to replace the front storm door with a screen door. Windows were very difficult in some cases, impossible to open; so we could never appreciate the nice breezes. The kitchen faucet leaked which we repeatedly reported and it was not fixed. The sofa is old and terribly uncomfortable. I often noticed the distinct smell of mold or mildew in the house which left my throat feeling scratchy. The pictures make it look far, FAR nicer than it really is. I suspect if you are only staying for a day or three, you could and probably would put up with the troubles in this cabin but, believe me, the inside is OLD even though the outside has clearly been refurbished. I would not recommend this property to anyone.
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This house has been refurbished in last 5 years with wood floors being added along with an expensive glass storm door and new furnishings inside. The house has kept its cottage appeal with original windows and wood furnishes. With all old houses some things don't work as efficient as they do in newer homes..This is a lovely cabin and has had many of satisfied renters, the proof is in the pudding..
Bear's Den - on the South Toe River
+1 -8286759857
Burnsville High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Sumter, SC, USA

Our Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
We have not had a family vacation like this ever before! There are 6 of us and we finally found a location to suit all of our needs. My babies loved being in the water while my older two loved rafting downt the Toe River. My husband and I loved sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying our time together. This house is in a wonderful location where it is quiet and enjoyable. My parents live in the area in Burnsville and came out for dinner one night. My dad enjoyed the house so much that he is now looking into renting it for a weekend get a way. I am so hopeful that it will be available agin the same time next year as my 4 year old is still talking about "our other house...the one we stayed in when we went camping". For a 4 year old to remember such details, you know it was a wonderful vacation for us all!
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Bear's Den - on the South Toe River
+1 -8286759857
Burnsville High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains
Mt.Pleasant NC

Great little cabin!

  • 5 of 5
We took our three children (ages 4, 6 and 9) for a week and had a fantastic time. The river is just right in the back yard. The kids spent hours just playing in the river right there in back of the house. Water was not too deep to worry, but they could float around on inner tubes. The cabin is cute and clean, perfect for our needs. Not far to Mt. Mitchell and other short hikes to water falls. Lots of great pottery shopping. Hemlocks campground right up the road with an excellent river swimming hole and a walking trail. (3 bucks to get in for the day)
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Things to Do Nearby

Within 5-10 miles

* Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Park - Operated by Pisgah National Forest, Hiking trails, terrific swimming hole in summer, RV and tent camping, tubing in the river, great trout fishing in the South Toe River.

* Mount Mitchell Golf Course - Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest one of the best public courses in the mountains, centered on the South Toe River which comes into play on almost every fairway on the back nine.

* Black Mountain Campground - Within the Pisgah National Forest and along the South Toe River watershed on Mount Mitchell's eastern slope. Hunting, Fishing, waterfalls, hiking trails, RV dump station, RV and tent camping.

* Setrock Waterfalls - located at Black Mountain Campground, about 1/2 mile hike, cascading waterfall of over one hundred feet.

* Little Switzerland -- quaint shops, great restuarants

* Roaring Fork Waterfall - only 1/2 mile from Mount Mitchell Golf Course, one of the most spectacular falls in the area, and a real hidden gem. Its 1/2 mile hike up a forest road, nearly level hike.

Within 10-20 miles

* Burnsville and its quaint old town square.

* Penland School of Crafts - I like to call it the "Juliard" of craft arts. Its located between Burnsville and Spruce Pine, and has drawn many artists to the area. We may have the largest concentration of craft artists in the Eastern US.

* Numerous Craft Studios scattered throughout the area

* Mount Mitchell State Park - and home of four of the top ten mountain peaks in the US, including Mount Mitchell which is the highest peak East of the Rockies.

* Lynnville Falls - a popular tourist destination

* Mast General Store

* Roan Mountain State Park - popular for its hundreds of acres of bald mountain covered in pink flowering native Rhododendrons. The Rhododendron festival is generally in late June at the town of Bakersville.

* Lake Lure near Black Mountain, wonderful mountain lake with high-end mountain homes and estates

* Lake James near Marion, boating and fishing, public access

* Chimney Rock, now publicly owned, a natural wonder and great hiking spot.

* Black Mountain, a town renowned for its small shops and restuarants, great place to spend an afternoon.

Within 45-60 miles

* Asheville - One of the "happiest" towns in America, a true mountain town with a lively art culture.

* Biltmore Estate - The largest private residence in America built by George Vanderbuilt, and now open for tours, one of the premier tourist destinations in the East.

* Blowing Rock, a wonderful mountain retreat with great shopping.

* Wolf Laurel Ski Resort

* Grandfather Mountain - biosphere and privately owned park (open to public). Excellent hiking, wildlife park, etc.

* Beech Mountain Ski Resort

* Sugar Mountain Ski Resort


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $99 - $125

    Weekly Rate: $525 - $575

    Monthly Rate: $1500 - $1650

  • In season (higher rate) applies to Memorial day weekend through October, Christmas and Thanksgiving weeks.
    Some discounts in September as time draws closer, please ask.
    $50 cleaning fee
    $39 Security Deposit Insurance --- or $500 security deposit before check-in, refunded 45 days after checkout.
    Pets are $50 non-refundable
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • pets considered

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • AC, BBQ, Satellite TV, Deck, Grassy area with bonfire pit, walk to groceries & gas, borders US National Forest, River frontage

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