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Cantrell Creek Lodge

Updated on September 3, 2016
Cantrell Creek Lodge
Cantrell Creek Lodge | Source
Cantrell Creek Lodge
Cantrell Creek Lodge | Source
Cantrell Creek Lodge
Cantrell Creek Lodge | Source
Similar to the Willys jeep truck we drove to Cantrell Creek.
Similar to the Willys jeep truck we drove to Cantrell Creek.

Cantrell Creek Lodge

Built in 1890, the Cantrell Creek Lodge located in the Pisgah National Forest Cradle of Forestry in Transylvania County, North Carolina was moved from its original site in 1970. Now one of this areas attractions and a wonderful place for biking and hiking for those who enjoy being outdoors.

When I saw the photographs taken by a friend of mine on FB, Mr. Nolan Jones, many memories came to my mind of my first job as an outside worker for Camps Mondamin and Green Cove in Tuxedo North Carolina. It was in the early 1960's and one of my favorite assignments was driving over to Cantrell Creek Lodge in Transylvania County near Brevard, NC. The camps leased the facility and would take horses over for campers to ride the trails. The excursions were over several days which also included hiking on the national forest trails, swimming in the cold waters of the Davidson River and camping.

The drive in was a rough one even for our old Willys jeep pickup. We would leave Tuxedo shortly after arriving for our work day and load supplies that might be needed. The drive was through some of our counties most productive farm lands. We would pass by huge corn fields and fields of gladiolas, flowers whose beauty adorned the rural landscape seeming almost surreal and misplaced in our part of the world.

On one of our trips to Cantrell Creek Lodge we ran out of gasoline at the second crossing which was Cantrell Creek and we actually had to cross Mills River twice. Luckily, we had a small amount of mixed gasoline we had taken for the chain saw. Not wanting to walk back to the nearest gas station, we poured the mixed gas into the old Willys. Thankfully, the old boy started again but smoked, coughed and wheezed as if he was dying of some mean respiratory ailment . We quickly found a spot to turn around and drove the five or so miles back to civilization to a Rocket Gas Station in Mills River. From that day, our future trips included a double check on the instrument panel to insure we had plenty of fuel.

We would pass the huge rock quarry in Penrose, NC which is still productive and has been acquired by Vulcan Materials and Highway 64 would lead us to the crossroads. Making a right turn in Mills River, we would soon be turning into Turkey Pen Gap and into the Pisgah National Forest. For the last leg of our trip we would ford the Davidson River twice and Cantrell Creek once before our arrival at the lodge. We would always stop to look in the river or creek to perchance see some of the trophy size rainbow trout stocked by the fish hatchery. The rocks were as slick as owl dookie and if we weren't careful we might find ourselves sitting in the icy cold waters of these mountain streams as we indulged our folly.

Cantrell Creek Lodge was built without nails. The boards were held by wooden pegs and an architectural marvel. Much has been done since relocation to make it more attractive yet it remains rustic in appearance and is a favorite for locals as well as tourists.

Cantrell Creek Lodge was dismantled and moved to the Cradle of Forestry in the late 1970's.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you teaches12345, it is a great place to visit, hiking and bike trails. My grandsons love to go there.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      When I saw this view, I immediately was transformed to a place of serenity! I love this place and I know it's a place I would so enjoy hiking through. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!