Jimbo's Farm 53 Acre Mountain Retreat w Trout Pond
|Per week||$950 - $1,125|
When one visits the towering mountains of Graham County, they are
reminded of those early days when the Scotch-Irish settlers first came
to the Appalachian M mountains of western North Carolina . Little has
changed; most of Graham County is still a wilderness with over 60%
being a part of the Nantahala National Forest and over 10,000 acres
designated as the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Joyce Kilmer -Slick Rock
Wilderness Areas . The Memorial Forest was dedicated in 1936 to honor the poet Joyce Kilmer. Here one can hike through a forest of primeval
beauty ... an original growth forest where it takes five or six men to
reach around the girth of one of the giant poplars or hemlocks.
Nestled in an undergrowth of mountain laurel and rhododendron, you will get a picture of times past when only the native Cherokee Indians called these mountains home.
Today, the population of Graham County is less than 8,000. Robbinsville,
the County Seat has less than 800 residents. We are rural in nature and
far from the beaten path. We do not have some of the conveniences one
finds in the metropolitan areas of this country, but we do have an
abundance of those life qualities that city dwellers can only dream
about. We have clean air and pure water as there is no polluting
industry within miles of Graham County. Our mountain streams
feature an abundance of trout. Santeetlah and Snowbird Creeks, both flowing into Lake Santeetlah, have national reputations as being great southern trout fishing streams. The 2,800 acre Lake Santeetlah has held the state
record for both walleyed pike and large mouth bass. Fontana Lake ,
bordering the Great Smokey Mountains National Park , is also well known
to anglers as a great fishery.
Our natural scenery is breath taking. With over 100,000 acres of
National Forest one can ride or hike to mountain tops rising above 5,000
feet in elevation, or enjoy the serene beauty a mountain steam as it
meanders through a rich green valley. Drive to the top of Hooper Bald,
(elevation 5400 feet ), by way of the scenic Cherohala Skyway for
inspiring vistas of the place we call home. Or visit the nearby
Nantahala Gorge where whitewater sports abound.
As if our beautiful mountain environment was not enough, we have been
blessed to have the Gem of the Smokies at our doorstep, Lake
Santeetlah. Santeetlah has approximately 80 miles of shoreline of which 80%
is a part of the Nantahala National Forest . This 2800 acre mountain lake was
constructed in 1928 and is surrounded by nature at her best. Water
levels on Santeetlah are regulated year round for recreation with winter
levels lowered a maximum of only five feet. With so much of the
shoreline being within the boundary of the National Forest, this lake
will never be crowded. Only a few will be fortunate enough to be
property owners on this beautiful lake. If fishing, boating, skiing, or
just drifting around on a pontoon boat appeals to you, you will love
Lake Santeetlah , a premi''' re location in the southeast for resort home
ownership and summer vacations.
To the north, Graham County is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains
National Forest . Our western boundary is the Cherokee National Forest
in Tennessee . To our east is the Nantahala River and Nantahala National
Forest. T o the south lies the Snowbird Mountains of the Nantahala
National Forest . We are about a 2.5 hour drive North of Atlanta; about
1.5 hours South of Knoxville; and about 1.5 hours West of Asheville.
Yes, we are off the beaten path. As a matter of fact, because of our
mountain terrain, commercial traffic is routed around Graham County .
Yet the rugged Appalachian Trail runs directly through the middle of our
county. These facts give you an idea of what we believe to be important.
This is a place where the heritage of the Cherokee and early Scotch-Irish settlers runs deep.
Visit our towering mountains, original growth forest, deep green valleys
& and use the crystal clear lakes and streams of Smoky Mountain Country.
Build for yourself a mountainside villa or a lakefront chalet. It can
all be yours! Enjoy it with your family and above all else protect it;
for this is our heritage, and a wonderful legacy for future
All the Best. Jim Kalamasz
|Mar 25 2014||Jan 15 2015||$175||$175||$950||-||-|
|Apr 27 2014||Jan 05 2015||$175||$175||$1,125||-||-|
|Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 10 p.m.|
|Lodging tax: 11%|
|Deposits: $300.00 will lock in dates. Balance due 30 day's before arrival|
|Payment Options: Money Order, Cashier's Check, Personal Check, PayPal|
|Other Fees: Pet's are welcome with $50.00 cleaning charge. Jimbo's Play Room available $25.00 per week. Pool table, Darts, Game room.|
Tsali bike trail, Appalachian Trail, & Fontana Dam.
I just want to thank you for letting us rent your fabulous farm house. We had a great time and the dogs loved being able to run and explore with us as we hiked the property. We will definitely be coming back.
Best wishes and happy holidays,
Wanted to send you a note about how much we enjoyed your farm! You truly
have a beautiful, peaceful place, and we had a much needed relaxing week!
The girls slept on the downstairs floor with us in the bedroom. This kept
them from waking up too much at night and from worrying about that closet!!
(Brenna got stuck in last year)
Our son, Connor, made the fire every morning and talked about how he thought
about making us breakfast (even though it never happened until Mom got up
Fishing was great, but Connor had more trouble getting the fish off the hook
with the single hook verses the lure he used with 3 hooks.....seems the fish
were swallowing the single hooks, while the 3 hooker snagged there mouth
instead. (I'm not a fisherman so I wouldn't know the first thing about
Connor also had fun playing darts and reading in his spare time.
Girls fed the birds, stuck their feet in the creek, did some nature hikes
and fished with sticks.
I forgot to move the wooden horse back to it's spot for wood chopping. The
girls used it for an easel for art one day. And I think I left some take
out food in fridge. Sorry, I get so many distractions from kids when
packing up the car.
Weather was strange, but we didn't care. Kids loved the snow first day. I
should have gotten a picture of them fishing in the snow storm! Our last
day we were awaked by an extremely loud clap of thunder....my youngest will
probably remember that as the most memorable part of this trip (atleast it's
better than being locked in upstairs closet!)
Anyway, thanks again and take care till next time.
Hope you had a great New Year! I've been so busy at work since
our vacation that I can't get the time to send you a decent email!
Last year was one of our favorite vacations ever! We meant to
send you pictures and haven't got around to it. We may try to come up a
little earlier this year. It was 95 degrees the week we were at the
farm. However, the Miata rally was in Robbinsville that week and I just
happen to own one, so we're trying to decide. Anyway, it was great to
hear from you! Jimbo's Farm is our "wall paper" at work and at home.
Give our love to Carolyn and Marie! They were great!
Talk to you soon!
Just wanted to tell you thanks for a great week of totally getting away from "it all."
The farm was everything it should be. I tried to call you and Carolyn Saturday before we left at just after 9 A.M. Your phone just rang and we left a message at Carolyn's. We left the place like we found it. Keys on the table and the one door unlocked. I did shut off the pilot light and gas to the gas logs in the bedroom. Terminex came by one day and an older gentleman showed up to cut the grass on Wednesday or Thursday. We saw the gameroom, but ended up not ever getting around to using it. Hiked up and down the trails a lot. Did some fishing. The catch and release was a blast. Kay caught a Goldie on Thursday. Stunning. It wasn't the great big one but still big. The geese pretty much stayed at the pond. Saw one snake at a distance. Neither saw nor heard coyotes. We brought along a Sirius radio so that was what we listened to the whole time. Kay thinks the only way to improve the place would be to add a hot tub on the front porch. (She really wanted me to put that in.) I would like to suggest making it possible to pay by card. Again, it was all you said and more. We will refer you to our friends.
Steve and Kay Dexter
Well, we just got home from North Carolina. We drove over to Charlotte yesterday morning, spent the evening with friends, and had intended to drive home half way today and half way tomorrow, but decided to do it in one day.
We had a wonderful time at the farm. It's a great place to relax and unwind. The scenic drives in and around the area were beautiful. We even saw some snow up on the Skyway.
The temperatures were so mild, it was amazing and that allowed us to take drives that we probably wouldn't have been able to maneuver if there had been ice and snow at lower elevations.
We really had a blessed time. The Labor Day bash was wonderful but then the peace of the farm was healing. We saw all kinds of critters we hadn't seen in previous years. A heron stood for a long time where we feed the fish now. He also swooped down on the pond while we sat and watched. The kingfishers were diving and noisy for about an hr. The butterflies were tremendous! Stephen and Dad even saw a turkey.
Thanks again for the extra day. God bless you.
We've arrived safely home, and I wanted to thank you for allowing us to stay at your place.
For the third time, it was paradise and a perfect vacation. I reckon that in the future, when it's vacation time, it's your place we'll return to.
Take the best care of yourself, and stay in touch. You'll be hearing from us again.
Jim and Lacey