Review: Maggie Valley Yurts & Log Cabins

Review: Maggie Valley Yurts & Log Cabins

Easing into a new adventure, Jason and I embarked on a journey to Maggie Valley, NC, eager to explore the region's winding roads and scenic beauty. Upon our arrival at Maggie Valley Yurts and Log Cabins, the charming allure of the six cabin rentals, nestled just off the main road, instantly caught our eye.

The promise of a relaxing stay was evident as we noticed the well-maintained surroundings and the nearby Campbell Creek. Jamie and Lisa Milligan, the visionaries behind this haven, have crafted a glamping experience that reflects their years of expertise in creating lasting memories for travelers.

Incidentally, a yurt is a traditional portable dwelling with roots in Central Asia, characterized by a circular wooden frame covered with felt or fabric. They are typically associated with nomadic cultures and offer a versatile and durable shelter suitable for various climates.

In contrast to tents, yurts are more permanent structures, featuring a solid frame that provides stability and a distinctive round shape that maximizes interior space. Using insulated materials and a central skylight often sets yurts apart, providing comfort akin to a small, well-insulated house.

Coupled with their cultural history and sturdier construction, yurts are a unique and appealing alternative to traditional tents.

Our chosen abode, the Mountain Laurel yurt, stood tall and inviting, boasting 706 square feet of comfort. Before entering, we brushed the dirt from our motorcycle boots on the front deck’s boot cleaner.

How civilized.

Stepping inside, we were greeted by the iconic yurt dome's high ceiling, creating an immediate sense of openness and warmth. The climate-controlled interior, featuring heating, air conditioning, and a gas fire reminiscent of a cast-iron wood burner, provided a comforting retreat from the crisp December mountain air that surrounded us in the saddle all day.

The yurt, designed with meticulous attention to detail, featured king- and queen-sized bedrooms and a sleeper sofa—perfect for sharing the space with fellow riders or simply spreading out and enjoying the serenity of the surroundings. The full kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher, allowed us to prepare our meals, adding a touch of home-away-from-home convenience to our micro-adventure.

The personalized touch infused into our stay was what set Maggie Valley Yurts and Log Cabins apart. The communal outdoor fireplace became the backdrop for our evening filled with laughter and shared tales of our motorcycle escapades.

The nearby koi pond, home to ducks (which you’re permitted to feed) and geese, was a recent addition to the property and surprised us with a charming picnic table and fire pit, ready for our enjoyment. Look out for the wild elk and, if you’re lucky, deer strolling through the property.

The amenities provided in the yurt exceeded our expectations. From the electric fireplace ensuring a cozy mountain night to the thoughtful provision of kitchen essentials, plates, cups, utensils, and linens, the Milligans had curated an experience that resonated with comfort and convenience.

Perhaps the best feature of all was in the luxurious expanse of a super-king bed, where the plush, peachy soft linens and the sprawling dimensions cradled us. Sleep came like a gentle lullaby, wrapping our weary bodies in a cocoon of unparalleled comfort.

As we wrapped up our day exploring the beauty of Maggie Valley, the Mountain Laurel yurt welcomed us with its embrace. The large wrap-around porch, a perfect spot for morning coffee or evening reflections, became our go-to place for unwinding.

Beyond the comfortable amenities and scenic surroundings, the Milligans’ genuine warmth and hospitality made this motorcycle-friendly stay memorable.

Facts & Info


  • Secure parking area outside each yurt and cabin for your bike(s).
  • Keyless entry.
  • A fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher.
  • A gas fireplace mimics the warmth and ambiance of a faux log burner.
  • Restaurants within 1.2 miles or a short ride away—refer to the Welcome Folder for curated local recommendations.
  • Spacious rooms designed for four to six riders to organize and spread out gear.
  • Wardrobe space for hanging your riding gear.
  • Easily accessible double USB and mains outlets discreetly integrated into wooden side tables for charging electronics.

Nearby Attractions

  • Cataloochee Ski Area
  • Wheels Through Time Museum
  • Elevated Mountain Distilling Company
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center
  • Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park
  • North Carolina Smokies

Nearby Roads

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-experience route for motorcycling. With its winding roads and breathtaking views, it provides a slow-paced and relaxing ride that perfectly complements the thrill of cruising on two wheels. Riders can embark on this iconic journey in nearby Cherokee with its captivating curves and stunning mountain vistas.

Another exciting option is the Tail of the Dragon, a legendary stretch of US 129 that begins at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, boasting 318 exhilarating curves over 11 miles. The journey continues with the Cherohala Skyway, starting in Robbinsville and offering a scenic ride through the mountains. These interconnected routes create a motorcycling haven, providing a perfect balance of challenging twists and turns combined with breathtaking natural beauty.

Gatlinburg, known as the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, beckons riders with its charming atmosphere and is a convenient starting point for adventure into the park's scenic routes. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, renowned for its diverse landscapes and Southern Appalachian mountain culture, is a fantastic ride amid ancient mountains.


Rooms start at $115 per night.


Maggie Valley Cabin Rentals
5 Tobacco Barn Rd.
Maggie Valley, NC
(828) 944-0610