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    Default Whitehouse B&B closing

    I've been calling the services along the BMT trying to finish up for the 2012 guidebook and thought this bit of information might be something BMT hikers of the past may want to know.

    Mardee & Dan Kauffman who run Whitehouse B&B in Ducktown are packing it in this year. They have been helping hikers for about 19 years on the Benton MacKaye Trail - that area was the northern terminus for years until the BMT got finished about 6 years ago. I know there have been a few hikers over the last 4 years that have stayed there and told me how wonderful the Kauffmans were to them.

    They will be missed.
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    bummer to hear that. Are they selling the B&B?
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    Yes they are if you are interested.
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    Do you know when exactly they'll be shutting their doors SGT?

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    They close today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock View Post
    Yes they are if you are interested.
    I wish I could
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock View Post
    I know there have been a few hikers over the last 4 years that have stayed there and told me how wonderful the Kauffmans were to them.

    They will be missed.
    They are indeed wonderful people. One of the best stops I've had on ANY trail.
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    Greetings. I am new to this forum and am thrilled to have found it! Recently, I was looking for inns/B & B's along the trail and came across info about the Whitehouse B & B which led me to whiteblaze.net. Did anyone ever re-open the Whitehouse B & B and/or is it still around? Thank you.

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    Whitehouse landing reopened a couple yrs ago.

    Facebook seems to show they still are at current tine.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whitehouse-...0918680112845/
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    Whitehouse landing reopened a couple yrs ago.

    Facebook seems to show they still are at current tine.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whitehouse-...0918680112845/
    This is a different B&B on the BMT not the AT in Maine.
    More walking, less talking.

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    Services on the BMT near Ducktown per http://www.bmta.org/resupply.htm. Looks like the list was last updated in 2016. I don't have my 2017-18 guidebook yet so this is the best info I am currently aware of.

    Mile 91.7, US Hwy 64, Thunder Rock Campground/Ocoee Powerhouse #3
    • Olympic Whitewater Center (1.1 mile to right) Olympic Whitewater Center 4400 Hwy. 64, Copperhill TN 37317. Phone: (877) 692-6050, Fax: (423) 496-1515. Notes: Run by the US Forest Service, this stop is recommended even if just passing through. See website for hours of operation. Directions: Turn right on Hwy 64 (southbounders turn left) and walk 1.1 mile to Whitewater Center on right. Services: Pay phone, water, soda and vending machines.
    • Ducktown Copper Inn. 7.6 miles east on US 64. 178 5 Points Dr, Ducktown, TN. Phone: 423-496-5541. Winter $49 + tax, spring-fall $59 + tax per night. Hiker box on site, accepts mail drops sent to PO Box 98 Ducktown, TN 37326 or 178 5 Points Dr, Copper Hill, TN 37317. Laundry available. Can do shuttles to and from the BMT. Internet computer available for guests to use. Pets accepted for $20.
    • Various services in Ducktown, TN (8 miles to right), US Post Office, 1656 Highway 68, Ducktown, TN 37326. Phone: 423-496-5467. Notes: Ducktown is a small town with most services needed by long-distance hikers. Directions: Turn right (southbounders turn left) and proceed east on 4-lane divided Hwy 64 a distance of 8 miles into town. Services: PO, Grocery Store, Gas Stations, Motel, Restaurants.
    AT: 274.5 mi

    Pinhoti Trail: 192.7 mi

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    I would recommend the Ocoee River Inn behind the gas station over the Copper Inn. I had a lady giving me a ride say in the past she's dropped off hikers at the Copper Inn who've left after a couple hours and just eat the cost to stay in the other one instead.

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    I've stayed in the Ocoee River Inn myself with no issue.

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    The front desk Ocoee River Inn Mngr/owner has treated me well as a hiker. They even agreed to a hiker discount which I appreciated.

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    Thunder Rock CG can be hopping in late spring through fall. Many paddlers and rafters stay here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugg View Post
    I would recommend the Ocoee River Inn behind the gas station over the Copper Inn. I had a lady giving me a ride say in the past she's dropped off hikers at the Copper Inn who've left after a couple hours and just eat the cost to stay in the other one instead.
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    I've stayed in the Ocoee River Inn myself with no issue.
    Thanks for the info, planning to be through there myself later in the year!
    AT: 274.5 mi

    Pinhoti Trail: 192.7 mi

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    No problem. The trail runs right into the Thunder Rock CG, like Dogwood mentioned, and the campground manager (her RV is close to the front and the bathrooms) was happy to give me a ride to Ducktown and pick me back up in the morning as well. This was last summer, and based on our conversations she should be there this summer as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugg View Post
    I would recommend the Ocoee River Inn behind the gas station over the Copper Inn. I had a lady giving me a ride say in the past she's dropped off hikers at the Copper Inn who've left after a couple hours and just eat the cost to stay in the other one instead.
    I stayed at the Copper Inn. No laundry available even though the guidebook says so and even more importantly, it is a hotel. So they have to have laundry machines for sheets, towels, etc. right? I offered a generous, perhaps even a ridiculous, amount of $$ to access these machines. The owners did not budge. I would not stay at this place. Not hiker friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugg View Post
    ...the campground manager (her RV is close to the front and the bathrooms) was happy to give me a ride to Ducktown and pick me back up in the morning as well. This was last summer, and based on our conversations she should be there this summer as well.
    That can be useful insider info. Thx Slugg.

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