It’s our last day at Brown Mountain Beach Resort and I’m actually sad to leave. Yes I love and miss the Gulf but at this place we discovered a little diamond in the rough.
The current owners, Ron & Wendy have been here about 15years-trying to restore this place to its original beauty. They have done a fantastic job with the cabins which are their main source of income. They usually have about 30 weddings a summer and what a beautiful place for a mountain wedding.
The campground is secondary and not a priority-they love their peace and quiet and if they opened up all 80 spaces that peace and quiet would be long gone. I respect that about them-the beauty is worth more to them than the money-rare in today’s world. And beauty – well there is an abundance of it everywhere you look.
When we checked in, there was one tent camper and one class C-both left on our 2nd day here. Another tent camper-son and father, checked in so that left the entire campground to the 4 of us. Couldn’t get any quieter and we so enjoy it. No traffic, no radios, no screaming children, no screaming adults-just Mother Nature. And on our last day here we were all alone-like our own private resort.
Don’t go without reservations or you will probably be turned away-I’m serious no fooling around here to negotiate a spot. Be patient, be respectful and reserve if you can. We count ourselves very very lucky that we got a reservation to enjoy this secluded spot.
We tubed Wilson Creek several times and what a fun time that was. The creek ranges from 27feet deep at the swimming hole off the lodge deck to an average of about 1-2 feet everywhere else. No class V rapids here-just swift rolling water that will take you on a swift spinning ride and sometimes get you hung up on a huge flat rock! I celebrated my birthday here and it was perfect-tubing on the creek.
Jim tried his luck at fishing several spots and sad to report he only caught this sweet little sunfish. It is a little late in the season here for successful fishing-so he tells me.
Ask me what I did besides tubing and a little hiking and a little jewelry making and I’ll tell you-absolutely nothing-just daydreaming watching the honey bees on the clover. What a great life we have and we know how blessed we really are. I remember all those times in the past struggling with work and schedules and wondering if life was always going to be such a struggle to find time off together. Well, all that hard work paid off and the life we could only dream of has come to be. The only regret is that our family can’t be with us on the road and we miss them terribly.
So we head out tomorrow morning-not sure where we are going to end up-we’re pointing towards a spot called Grandfather Mountain-just a short jog down the road and once we reach that we’ll decide if we head north to Gatlinburg or continue southwest on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have 7 days to get back to Florida for my doctor’s appointment and we will probably wander slowly south through Georgia to get there. Or maybe we will pick up the Natchez Trace Trail and go through Mississippi-who knows-remember what they “Not all who wander are lost “…
Happy Trails my friends
PS. We made a decision on which way to head after spending one night at Devil's Fork State Park. We are heading to North Western Georgia and a place called Cloudland Canyon State Park.
The Cabins at Brown Mountain Beach Resort-so sweet