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“Buckberry brings the Great Camp philosophy a little farther south.”
-- Knoxville Magazine
October/November 2006

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For three generations, the McLean family of East Tennessee has owned 90 pristine mountainside acres located next to the Smoky Mountains National Park with an uninterrupted view of Mount LeConte. Members of the family have enjoyed the sights, sounds, and allure of the property for over 60 years, but have always desired to share the natural beauty of their mountain paradise with others.

Over the years, the family studied various ways to develop the property while keeping much of the land in its natural state, including the rushing waters of Buckberry Creek, which runs through the property. After having spent time in upstate New York and enjoying the classic lodges in the Adirondacks, as well as the Smoky Mountains' own Elkmont Community, it was decided to build a small group of buildings reminiscent of the rustic but elegant "Great Camps of America."

Thus began a labor of love, transporting logs, other structural components, and authentic Adirondack antiques from upstate New York. The McLean family has gone to great lengths to improve the property but not take away from its original natural beauty. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek now sits on 26 of the original 90 acres and includes a creekside pavilion and even a traditional lean-to nestled near the creek.

You are cordially invited to come to Buckberry Lodge and enjoy the beauty and serenity the McLean family has enjoyed for the past fifty years.


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