To stay in the heart of the action, we decided on a room at the lodge. To access the park, it's about a five mile ride off of Route 25 along a very windy road. When we arrived, we were one of only a handful of cars in the park. There are only 30 rooms available - the Lodge is similar to a motel, with doors that open to the parking lot. It does appear that some renovations have been done recently, because the rooms are in great shape. Very clean and up-to-date looking. The beds themselves are probably a little older, but not awful. The cleaning ladies were done very early each day, and left the room spotless. There is ample room to move around, and we had a nice balcony view out into the forest (plenty of deer sightings from our balcony.)
The pool also looks to have been redone recently - it's in great shape. What was really nice is it starts at 0 feet, and only gets up to about 4 feet deep - so we could let the kids play while we stayed out. And with such a small Lodge, it never was terribly crowded.
There's a mini-golf course on the grounds - a simple 9 hole affair. It's seen better days, but for $3 a pop, it is a decent time killer. We ended up just playing the course twice since there was nobody out there.
The lack of crowds did have one drawback - the dining room either was menu only or buffet only at meal time. With family members having allergy issues, we sometimes had to troop to Pineville or Middlesboro for food. Review of the restaurant is under the Mountain View Restaurant. The other minor complaint - the Wi-fi was very weak in the rooms...this would've been a problem had we really needed it.
Lots of planned activities for the kids - we attended a few. The crafts were interesting, but we decided they weren't anything we couldn't have done at home. The highlight was a sponsored fishing trip to a pond - poles and bait provided. Each kid caught their first fish! Very much worth the time.
There are tons of hiking trails, most originating near the Lodge. Reviews are under things to do.
All-in-all, for about $100 bucks a night, this was a great stay.
This mountaintop facility boasts 30 modern guest rooms, and an older rustic lobby built of stone and logs by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's.
Every room has a balcony or patio. There is also a very nice mountain view restaurant, swimming pool, golf, picnic areas, numerous hiking trails and much more. Not just a place to sleep, this is a destination within itself.
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