HGTV features Cataloochee Ranch

Cataloochee Ranch, the well-known Haywood County vacation destination on top of Fie Mountain, will make its national debut on HGTV in January.

Tune in for “Log Cabin Living” at 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, and you'll see horseback riding, hiking, and the big “decision” scene, all taking place at Cataloochee Ranch. An HGTV team traveled to the ranch in June to shoot scenes for the show.

Each episode of “Log Cabin Living” follows a family as they go on a journey to find the quintessential escape. This episode focuses on a couple who wants a slower pace of life after spending three years on assignment in Shanghai. They’re hoping to find a rustic log cabin in the Smoky Mountains with easy winter access, but can their Realtor uncover an ideal option that meets all of their needs?

“The producers wanted to convey the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains and fun activities available in the area. We were thrilled to host them at the ranch,” said Special Projects Director Penny Redfern. “The couple’s two young boys enjoyed their very first horseback ride, and head wrangler, Judy Sutton, put them all at ease.”

The HGTV crew captured incredible footage with long-range mountain views of the family hiking on a remote section of the ranch property. They also caught a scene of an adult male bear blissfully digging away in the dirt on a ranch resident’s land.

“When we asked if they thought the bear scene would make the cut, the videographer didn’t hesitate before saying ‘Yes!’” Redfern recalled. “We expect this episode will provide good national exposure for Haywood County.”

Cataloochee Ranch has hosted generations of families as a holiday destination for more than 80 years. Folks come for skiing and snowboarding during winter months and mountain hiking, horseback riding, fishing, wagon rides, and live mountain music in the warmer months.

Learn more at HGTV is channel #229 on the Direct TV system.

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