For the next few decades, the Lodge was used primarily for company functions. The Cody Family of Robbinsville, North Carolina re-opened the Lodge to the public in June of 1995. Ronnie and Terry Hedrick purchased the property from the Codys in 2010 and made significant upgrades while maintaining the historical integrity of the lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In the winter of 2014, the Hedricks sold the property to a group of investors led by Robin Turner from Gatlinburg TN, and Adrian Bailey from Knoxville TN. In May 2017, the Turner’s sold their shares to Kevin and Connie Bailey and now the lodge is owned by the Bailey family. The Lodge continues to undergo restoration and modernization. The Lodge and extensive grounds are open to the public to explore and enjoy.
Nestled in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Nantahala National Forest, the Historic Tapoco Lodge encompasses 120+/- acres running along the Cheoah River. This property has everything you’ll need on site for a relaxing vacation retreat.
Equipped with 9 elegantly furnished rooms/suites in the main lodge and 18 cabin rooms, the Historic Tapoco Lodge features two on-site restaurants. The Tapoco Tavern is the perfect place to gather a group of friends for game day parties or even a more formal reception. The Grill includes a bar and wood stone fired pizza oven.
The Historic Tapoco Lodge has an incredible storied past, much of which has been maintained through its recent renovations.The property was home to the town of Tapoco, founded in 1913, to provide housing for the hundreds of workers constructing the hydroelectric dams. The Tapoco Tin Movie House has been restored to its glory days when it was also used as a community center, dance hall, and for going away parties for the many local soldiers during World War II.
When you do feel the need to venture out, the nation’s most popular playground is at their fingertips in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Historic Tapoco Lodge is minutes from The Tail of the Dragon, an 11-mile mountain road famous for its staggering 318 curves. This of course makes both The Tail of the Dragon and Historic Tapoco an obvious choice for motorcyclists, sports car drivers and two-lane tourists from all over the world.
With hiking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, and so much more just out your doorstep, the Historic Tapoco Lodge is truly a piece of history amidst natures playground.