This page lists all of the things to see and do on the Tennessee side of Viking Mountain Lodge.
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Home of Davy Crockett and President Andrew Johnson, Greeneville is rich in history and culture. Visit the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, stop by the Nathanael Greene Museum, or get tickets for the Dickson-Williams Mansion Tour at the General Morgan Inn. Greeneville was once the capital of the lost state of Franklin and today is host to many museums and numerous antique shops throughout it's downtown area.
0.8 miles from VML, about 15 minutes on foot
This is the easiest way to access the AT from the cabin. Once you turn on Viking Mountain Lane, walk about half a mile down and you'll see an ancient log cabin on your left. About a quarter mile past this cabin the road makes a sharp left turn. The AT is just off to the right along this curve. If you get to the old cemetery, you've gone too far. Be on the lookout for the white blazes painted on the trees.
6.8 miles from VML, about 13 minutes
Ma & Pa's is a delicious home style restaurant with very reasonable prices and friendly staff. This is my favorite place to come for breakfast while staying at the cabin.
7.5 miles from VML, about 19 minutes
Jones Meadow is a large grassy field near the top of Camp Creek Bald (also known as Bald Mountain or Viking Mountain). The AT passes close by and is accessible from this spot. The field is the site of an old ski lodge that was closed down in the 70's. There is still evidence of some foundations near the overlook. Spectacular views of Greene County abound as well as a picture worthy look at Blackstack Cliffs. This is definitely worth the trip on a clear day.
7.8 miles from VML, about 30 minutes (0.5 miles on foot)
Blackstack Cliffs is a natural rock formation that overlooks a steep mountainside. It is a relatively easy hike from Jones Meadow. Just follow the driving directions to Jones Meadow, hop out of the car, and follow the trail until it intersects the AT. Once there, it's just a short hike to the side trial leading to Blackstack Cliffs.
9 miles from VML, about 14 minutes
There is a parking area and boat ramp here just below the Nolichucky Dam providing access to some of the best small mouth bass fishing in eastern Tennessee.
9.3 miles from VML, about 21 minutes
Dudley Falls is a sliding waterfall that dumps into a nice little swimming hole in Paint Creek. It's a popular area with the locals and part of the Paint Creek Corridor.
10.1 miles from VML, about 15 minutes
This is a well maintained and challenging course right at the base of the mountains along the Nolichucky River. Check the website for hours and rates.
14.5 miles from VML, about 33 minutes
Margarette Falls is one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls in this area. It's a moderately difficult 1.2 mile hike from the parking lot to the sixty foot falls.
14.8 miles from VML, about 21 minutes
Ingles is the closest full-fledged grocery store to the cabin. They have a friendly staff and carry anything you could possibly need. There is a card on the keychain for the cabin that will allow you to get membership discounts, so bring it with you to the register!
15.6 miles from VML, about 23 minutes
This is a typical hardware store and the best place to swap out propane tanks for the gas grill if need be.
16.5 miles from VML, about 25 minutes
The Nathanael Greene Museum features twelve permanent galleries and twelve walk-through exhibits encompassing the rich history of Greeneville and the surrounding region. The museum is named after a famous revolutionary war general, as is the town and county.
16.8 miles from VML, about 26 minutes
This is a large three story antique shop located right in the middle of downtown Greeneville.
16.9 miles from VML, about 26 minutes
Here you can learn all about our 17th president. The site includes his family homestead, a visitor's center, and the national cemetery where Andrew Johnson is laid to rest. Tickets for the tour are also available at the General Morgan Inn in the heart of downtown Greeneville.
16.9 miles from VML, about 26 minutes
Designed and constructed (1815 - 1821) by Irish craftsmen Thomas Battersby and John Hoy, this house was built by Greeneville's first postmaster, William Dickson, for his daughter, Catharine (Mrs. Alexander Williams). Marquis de LaFayette, Presidents Jackson and Polk, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, and Frances Hodgsen Burnett were visitors. It served as headquarters for both Confederate and Union officers. Confederate General John Hunt Morgan spent his last night here before being killed in the garden on September 4, 1864.
19.7 miles from VML, about 34 minutes
Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, Inc is a non-profit horse rescue, dedicated to the horses of Northeast Tennessee and the surrounding areas, to provide a safe and secure home for unwanted, abused, abandoned or neglected horses, mules, donkeys and ponies. Fun rides for a great cause!
29.5 miles from VML, about 43 minutes
105 acres with a museum, a replica of the original cabin, fishing in the Nolichucky River, a swimming pool, picnic tables, and a campground.