Welcome to the Cabins at Sandy Mush Bald

We offer guests an off grid and authentic Appalachian experience at our hike-in cabins located on 500 private acres atop the Newfound Mountains in Western North Carolina. 

Our Trailhead is located 45 minutes west of Asheville, NC and the trail leading up to our cabins is 2.15 miles with 1,350 feet of elevation gain. The trail utilizes an old forest service road which parallels Bald Branch offering guests verdant landscapes and soothing sounds as they make their way up to our cabins which are nestled in the Saddle between Little and Big Sandy Mush Balds at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level.  

The Cabins at Sandy Mush Bald were the dream of our founder, John “Doc” Adler, who wished to create a hike-in facility that provided a sense of hard-earned awe just like he found on the Appalachian Trail and at other infamous hike-in facilities. After acquiring the acreage he and his crew endeavored to bring that dream to life with their bare hands as they constructed an homage to the Appalachian history, culture, and architecture that Doc loved so dearly.

Doc’s dream has finally come to fruition and now folks from all over the world are able to come on up to the cabins and experience the best that Appalachia has to offer: warm meals and wood stoves, panoramic views and porch-sits, the sound of rain on a rusted roof, a good book, dark skies, infinite stars, and shared-experiences with newfound friends!