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Only 45 minutes from the Knoxville Airport and less than a half day’s drive from most of southeastern United States, Riveridge is much easier to get to than it is to leave. Situated less than an hour away from Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville, Tennessee, Riveridge is an ideal location for easy access to the best in the Great Smoky Mountains with the quiet separation of a beautiful, rural retreat.
The 55-acre property is situated on the third highest point in Jefferson County overlooking the Holston River, one of two main tributaries of the Tennessee River. The many scenic river overlooks provide a great way to enjoy the property via rock promontories and man-made decks. From the high-ridge park-like setting, the lodge and surrounding property offer views of the countless hollows and ridges that gave the Great Smoky Mountains their name. From many vantage points there are magnificent views of the Smoky Mountains to the south, the Clinch Mountains to the north and the Holston River Valley that runs between them. The 55 acres of bluffs and ridgelines are accessed by a central road system intertwined with many walking trails leading to overlooks capturing magnificent landscapes and perspectives. The timber ridge trails running throughout the property offer access to great hunting, hiking and biking opportunities. There is a small pond on the property, as well as a very unique cave above the river. Numerous lookout points are perfectly situated to catch majestic sunsets and enjoy warm campfires with family and friends.
In addition to the 55-acre property where the lodge and other structures are located, this offering includes Byerley Island. This a remarkable 18-acre island surrounded by clear water and easily accessible across a shallow ford. The island is located several miles downstream from Riveridge proper, a short drive or enjoyable half-day float. The permanent scenic beauty of Byerley Island is assured by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) regulations that govern Holston River waterway lands and provide full access for recreational, not development, purposes. The island is an ideal destination for secluded camping, fishing and hunting.
After nearly two years of construction, the custom-built Riveridge Lodge was completed in 2003. Additionally, the original ridge-top home was remodeled and expanded in 2007. All in all, this stunning property includes the 8,000 sqft lodge, a 5,500 sqft ridge-top home and 1,500 sqft utility barn. There is a 1,250 sqft home at the property entrance suitable for a caretaker’s quarters or other uses.
Providing plenty of space for guests, there are seven bedrooms and ten baths, making this lodge ideal for hosting everything from large family functions to corporate events or even bed and breakfast patrons. The main lodge combines many accommodating features beyond the spacious layout.
The unique vantage point of the lodge porches rewards the early riser as deer and wild turkey make their morning forays in the meadow below, and still forgives the late sleeper with an encore evening performance against the backdrop of an East Tennessee sunset. A short distance from the lodge, a remote three-tiered deck overlooks the river from the edge of a limestone bluff, where soaring eagles are a common sight. Awaken in restful peace to the sounds of nature in anticipation of another day of tranquility or adventure at Riveridge Lodge, while tantalizing aromas of freshly baked breads and coffee drift through the halls and gently coax you from bed.
Envision yourself, family, business partners, or friends sitting upon the expansive decks and porches overlooking the beautiful Holston River where some of the South’s finest trout fishing is located. Whether on the river or around the table, at Riveridge there is no tradition quite like the gathering of family and friends. Experience a quiet picnic along the river, a lively dinner at the great long table or a simple morning cup of coffee by the crackling fire. This is the backdrop of Riveridge.
At Riveridge, fly fishing is our passion and we are surrounded by some of the best, most diverse destinations in the country. East Tennessee is not only blessed with gorgeous, rugged mountains that harbor wild rainbow, brown and brook trout, it is also home to numerous large tailwater fisheries that provide ample opportunities for trophy trout and smallmouth bass fishing.
Riveridge on the Holston River is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind property. Whether as a private retreat, commercial enterprise, or combination thereof, the potential is extensive. Enjoy activities from exploring the land to casting a fly rod in solitude along the Holston River. Try the many Riveridge traditions of sunsets and hors d’oeuvres on the bluff deck, along with bonfires and old-time story telling. This retreat provides a Mountain West type of experience within a day’s drive of areas east of the Mississippi.