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“Great place on the river”
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a few steps from parking lot at Dry Falls
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a few steps from parking lot at Dry Falls
Picnic tables, benches, fire pit by the river
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25 reviews
a few steps from parking lot at Dry Falls
Picnic tables, benches, fire pit by the river
living room has a sofa and a love seat
big view of river
Back bedroom with a big window, river view
fireplace an TV (Dish Network with many channels) in the living room
new queen bed with memory foam
bath attach to the back bedroom
birdhouse in the front
bbq on covered private deck
hummingbirds keep coming
quiet dishwasher
washer and dryer
Front bedroom
Blue berry bushes are flowering in the spring
Canada geese in the river
Kwanzan cherry tree is blooming in the backyard in the spring
Tubes and floats are provided.  Put in upstream, float to property.
from our back yard
fall color in the backyard
walk under Dry Falls
walk under Dry Falls nearby
bridal veil falls right on rte 28/64
Fall Colors peak soon
cullasaja falls is very near
Dollywood Splash Country Water Park only 45 scenic miles away!  
Save big on rates here.
Scenic hwy to most visited national park nearby
Nearby Highlands Aerial Park Zip Lines!
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Franklin, North Carolina

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Todd v
Aiken, South Carolina
1 review
“Great place on the river”
Reviewed July 28, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We loved our stay at Riverwatch. The upstairs was a great bargain and very clean and well kept. Plenty of things to do, great roads and things to see. Beautiful area with friendly folks. The kids really enjoyed being able to float down tubes on the river. There is a small drop off point about a mile upstream and you can simply float back to the house in a half hour to 45 minutes. Overall it was a great vacation and the place did not disappoint. Thanks!

Date of stay: July 2015
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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273laurel...
Evans, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great location, decent rental”
Reviewed June 29, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Ok, first thing and the only reason it's not a 5 is the pricing on the website Flipkey. It said it was $90 per night (now advertising for $75 per night) They charged $211 for 2 nights, plus $17 in taxes and $60 for a cleaning fee. There is also a deposit which I do expect to get back. So it is more economical to stay additional nights since there is the $60 cleaning fee. For the 2 nights we stayed our cost was $144 per night or $288 after we get the deposit back.

As far as the place goes - awesome location! The river behind is just deep enough to tube. We looked on a the map and drove around the road looking for spots to drop tubes in. We finally found a mobile home park on 64 that had a area with a low enough slope to get tubes to the water. My boys all tubed back to the rental and we took them back up river several times. The last ride they made was in the pouring rain but they had a blast and it wasn't thundering or anything like that. Each trip took about 45 minutes. A nice mountain drive on 64 and you hit the first waterfall in about 15 minutes! from there, we saw several more on the way to Highlands to zipline.

The house/duplex/lodge was clean. We opened every window in the place since it was only 74 outside so I don't know if the ac works or not but I assume it does. The beds were comfortable. There were plenty of supplies you might need. We brought so much with us and really wouldn't have needed any of it. It has silverware, dishes, spatulas etc. The bathrooms are both inside a bedroom so if you do have 6 people those sleeping on the couch bed in the living room will have to go through a bedroom to get to the bathroom, not a big deal for us.

It rained both days we were there. There is a TV in the living room with satellite. It worked well. The TV in the front bed room didn't appear to be connected to satellite. The back bedroom had something called SMART TV XBMC. It took me a while to figure out how to find the shows but once I did I never could get any shows to play. It always it failed to load. Again not a big deal for us because we can watch tv at our own house but my husband is used to watching something on tv while going to sleep and we couldn't do that. I recommend the owner update or check on the system before winter because it probably would be annoying if the weather was too cold to sit on the back porch.

The place has several blueberry bushes and there were wild blackberries in several places. I loved snacking on nature's candy.

The cabinets are mix/mashed, some of the stuff is dated but it was clean, comfortable and definitely a decent place to stay in a good location. We are actually considering booking for a week next summer. I'd recommend. It beat my popup camper, tent or single room cabin.

Date of stay: June 2015
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Liked best: Location! Loved sitting on the deck watching the river
Liked least: Lack of working Smart TV in the bedroom - just put satellite in there.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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Management Response
Jul 2, 2015
It is common for all listings to say "from $.." or "as low as", then quote the winter rate. Our rates are said to be 24% lower than similar properties in this prime location.
All earnings from this property have went to improvements, and adding new amenities.
The new TV and Smart TV box for the bed room was just added, and has not been fully configured yet.
We thank her for the review, and welcome her back soon.
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225betty2...
Ridgeley, West Virginia
1 review
“home a way from home!”
Reviewed June 1, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

nice place to spend a week. the house was just the right size for my family [my daughter, grandson and myself]. there were thunder storms through out the week so we spent a lot of time in the house. there was only one tv that worked and there was not much on it to watch, i am spoiled by cable, that gave us time to play with my 18 month old grandson. the water falls in the area are beautiful, took a lot of photos...

Date of stay: May 2015
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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alexetta
1 review
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“We loved chasing the waterfalls!”
Reviewed October 3, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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people found this review helpful

We enjoyed our lodge. It was very accommodating & the view was awesome! The owner's even came over to check on us & gave us a gift. We really enjoyed our vacation at Riverdance Lodge!!!

Date of stay: July 2014
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Stephen H
Tampa, Florida
1 review
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“Hiking and Gemming”
Reviewed August 20, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Our short stay in Franklin was great. The property was adjacent to a creek and the view from the upper half of the duplex as pleasant.

Date of stay: August 2014
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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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tampa fl
Reviewed August 8, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Date of stay: July 2013
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North Carolina
Reviewed July 13, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Management Response
Jul 13, 2013
We place pump hand soap in each bath. Sometimes a guest leaves bar soap. These are left as a convenience for guests, who are free to use their own supplies.
There have been many upgrades done this year. This property is used exclusively as a vacation rental.
RiverDance Lodge is the best value in the Smokies!
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