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August 27, 2018

Hikes and Activities in the GSMNP

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has shared some information on upcoming hikes and other outdoor activities.  

Upcoming Hikes

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 9:00 a.m.  Alum Cave Trail–Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  When you hike Alum Cave Trail, you’ll travel the park’s latest Trails Forever success story.  What was once a worn path is now a safer, smoother trip along one of the most scenic trails in the Smokies.  Join professional guide Liz Domingue to explore the beauty of this trail.  The hike is 5 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 8:30 a.m.  Swain County Visitor Center and Museum, Bryson City, North Carolina.  History in the Noland Creek Valley runs deep.  During the late 1800s and into the early 19002 this remote area was home to farmers and their families.  In 1905 the Harris-Woodbury Lumber Company purchased 17,000 acres but spared the Noland watershed from logging operations.  Surrounded by natural beauty, Steve Kemp, award-winning author and Smokies historian, will interpret the history and uses of the area.  The hike is about 12 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the length.

Other Activities

Monarch Butterfly Tagging:  A Citizen Science Program, Cades Cove, Tennessee.  The program is being

Butterfly tagging hikes are about 3 miles and rated easy.

Monarch butterfly tagging programs are available on 3 dates in the Cades Cove area.

held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, Sunday, September 30, and Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Monarchs are the only known butterfly species to make a true migration in North America.  Many of the monarchs we see traveling through East Tennessee are on a 2,000 mile journey to spend winter among forests high in the mountains of Mexico.  The Great Smoky Mountains Association monarch tagging program gets you involved by collecting data that will help scientists answer questions about the origins of monarchs that reach Mexico, the timing and pace of the migration, mortality during the migration, and changes in geographic distribution.  Plan on 3 miles of hiking that is rated easy.


For more information on these, and other, activities, please visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association at http://www.smokiesinformation.org.


August 6, 2018

Guest Reviews Make our Day!

Thank you to all of our guests who have taken the time to review the Buckhorn Inn!  This week we are sharing some recent reviews from TripAdvisor

  • It Can’t Get Much Better!!
We had a wonderful get-a-way with expected awesome meals and unexpected warm, sunny weather (included great views of Mt. LeConte from our room). We had only eaten there previously not stayed the night. Very quite atmosphere, great hosts and staff, dinner of course was exquisite as was breakfast. We will be back!
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms are shown on website. Don’t miss selection one with a view of Mt. LeConte.
  • Awesome stay—-Awesome staff—Awesome Inn
    The Buckhorn prides itself in leaving no stone unturned–no detail overlooked—this visit was no exception—every “t” was crossed and every “i” dotted!!! This was our first stay in a guest home—The Webb Mountain House–and it was spectacular—appointed wonderfully–excellent views–breakfast was beyond compare and dinner was beyond any of our expectations—so delicious!! Erica made sure our every need was cared for!! Lee and Debbie are the best hostesses around! When you think The Smokies–or Gatlinburg–Look no further than a stay at The Buckhorn Inn!! You will be thrilled you did!
  • Joy for the heart and peace for the soul
Once you stay at the Buckhorn Inn, you will want to return again and again. Buckhorn offers spectacular views of Mt. LeConte. You have a choice of accommodations, including rooms in the inn itself, private cottages (our favorite) and even private guesthouses. All of the rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable. The four course gourmet dinners are the highlights of our stays. The grounds include a Nature Trail for walking and plenty of beautiful spots for relaxing. Plus the inn is located within the Gatlinburg arts district featuring galleries, craftsmen and shops. My husband and I have been visiting Buckhorn for about 15 years now, and we can’t wait to go back.
Date of stay: February 2019
  • “Perfect Long Weekend”
    A beautiful view of picturesque Mt. LeConte is the backdrop for a scrumptious breakfast in the Buckhorn’s dining room each morning. All enjoyed from what what John Mellor teasingly calls the “best seat in the house.” We say “teasingly” because every seat is stellar. Innkeepers John and Lee Mellor are usually found in the dining room at breakfast greeting their guests. It is their genuine fondness for people which creates the home-like atmosphere that keeps so many of us returning year after year. The Buckhorn is a wonderful B&B for an extended visit to the Smokies and for that “perfect long weekend.”
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    Date of stay: February 2019
  • Dinner at the Buckhorn in a Rare Treat.  Jenny G gave us 5 stars and wrote:  “We recently stayed at the Inn and chose to enjoy the four-course dinner this time.  No regrets.  The food was just exquisite and it made for a beautiful night to remember.  Can’t think when I have had a better meal.”

Outstanding, Don’t Miss this One.  Tom R gave us five stars and wrote:  The Inn is outside the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg but well worth the drive.   Fixed menu each evening, so check ahead to see what’s on the menu.  We had pork tenderloin, melt-in-your-mouth and tasty.  Blackberry cobbler with lemon curd ice cream.  Wow.  Great service and views.  Don’t miss it. “

Guest reviews tell us that our rooms are comfortable and our views spectacular!

The Buckhorn Inn features many cozy spots.

Buckhorn is the Best!  ddmeen gave us five stars and wrote:  “We visit the Smokies several times each year and we always stay at the Buckhorn Inn.  The accommodations are beautiful, and the views of the mountains are magnificent.  The breakfasts are absolutely delicious.  Special desserts such as cookies and brownies are available each afternoon.  Be sure to book dinner there also!  The staff is lovely, and they do everything possible to make your stay a memorable one.”

Great Family Vacation Spot.  susangoodson gave us five stars and wrote:  “We recently stayed at the Bebb House at the Buckhorn Inn.  It is a lovely place to stay and the view was spectacular.  The breakfast and dinners at the Inn are the shining star of this resort.  It’s a lovely experience and I would highly recommend it.”

Best Place to Stay East of the Mississippi.  Jenny gave us five stars and wrote:  “You can’t go wrong with the Buckhorn Inn.  It’s been there for 80 years.  The hosts are lovely people, the food is stellar, the view is amazing.  You’re looking into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  And the brownies and cookies every afternoon are out of this world.  I’ve been staying at B&Bs for thirty years and this is the best ever.”

Thank you everyone for these wonderful reviews.  We strive to make your stay with us lovely in every way–thank you for letting us know we are hitting the mark!