About Huffman Creek Retreat 

Huffman History

If you're reading this, you're very likely preparing for your trip to one of the most magical places on Earth but you may not quite understand just what we mean by that yet. I promise, you'll get it soon. To get a real idea of what this incredible place means to us, it’s probably best to start with a story.

In the 1960’s William (Rover) Turner and Betty Jean (BJ) Turner began bringing their two boys Billy and Robin Turner up to Graham County to escape the sweltering summer heat in Central Florida. To the two young boys, the mountains were the things dreams were made of. They would camp in Horse Shoe Cove, in Joyce Kilmer, right along the river. Between making forts in the forest, fishing for trout in the Cheoah River, and roasting s'mores around the campfire, it instilled a life-long love for the area.


Fast-forward a few decades, several scraped knees, and a few first loves ahead and now, little brother Robin Turner was courting his soon-to-be wife. As if he pulled it from the pages of a storybook, he brought his fiancé up to Graham County to share his favorite escape in the world.

The new Mrs. Turner (DeAnn) and Robin began visiting the area more frequently along with daughter, Paige and even graduated from camping to renting a rustic cabin tucked along a beautiful creek - Huffman Creek. The owner, Miss Ellen had requested they send along a photo of their home via snail mail to insure that the folks come from reputable upbringing and of course kept a nice home. Oh, to return to the days before cellphones and email.


Upon passing inspection, they began visiting as often as possible. The years passed, Robin and DeAnn made their first purchase of Huffman land in 1981, and along came sons Hunter and Zack. They grew up hunting for salamanders in the stream, playing with their pup Lucy along the trails, and made forts in the forest for “the boys.”

While the dream from the time they bought land in 1981 was to build their very own mountain retreat, they learned quickly about, “mountain time.” Essentially, nothing was going to move very quickly and they just had to be patient with the process. Fast forward through dozens of visits and the development of lifelong friendships and in the early 2000’s the phone rang – it was Miss Ellen and she was ready to part with one of her homes at Huffman.


The family hopped in the car and headed for the mountains. The Barn at Huffman Creek Retreat was finally theirs. Over the final years of Miss Ellen’s life, the Turner Family slowly purchased the Chestnut, Hemlock, and then the Homestead. Most recently, the retreat has continued to grow to include the Creekside Lodge and we have built the Treehouse in 2021 and the Trout House in 2022.


Over the years, Huffman has played host to corporate retreats for the Turner’s WonderWorks business, been an escape for now generations of family, and in the fall of 2016, son Hunter brought it full circle when he married the latest, “Mrs. Turner,” Chelsea who each of your speak with when you book a Huffman getaway.


Today, we host hundred of friends and families annually and are honored to be a part of helping to make life-long memories. We've come a long way since camping on the creek to now being able to host over 55 travelers each night right here on our own land.


We welcome you to make Huffman Creek Retreat your own, indulge in the splendor of this natural escape, embrace the mountain magic, and dream of the next big Huffman adventure.


We wish you safe travels, lots of laughs, good memories, and many nights around the campfire.


The Turner Family

Welcome to Your Vacation

Now That You Have Arrived 

Welcome to Huffman Creek Retreat. We invite you to relax, unwind, and indulge in the splendor of our little piece of heaven here in the heart of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. While we know it may be tough, we encourage you to set your phones aside, engage in deep conversation, and embrace the sites and sounds of nature. After all, you made the drive here for that, “something different.” 


We welcome you to walk the trails, relax in our hammocks, gather around the fire, and prepare to make a host of life-long memories. Below are a few tips and tricks for enjoying your stay. 


Mornings at Huffman Creek Retreat: 

Take your morning cup of coffee to the porch and enjoy Mother Nature’s symphony. Between the bubbling creek and chirping birds, it’s a favorite time for many who visit. 


Afternoons at Huffman Creek Retreat: 

Explore some of the amenities at Huffman. The Homestead and Chestnut Lodge both have pool tables and Homestead has a hot tub. Hiking trailheads can be found at the cathedral/dance hall – there are maps in your welcome book. There are hammocks and Ferris wheel bucket seats hidden throughout the property. See how many you can find before one calls you for a nap. And on rainy days, enjoy our wide array of board games in each cabin.


Evenings at Huffman Creek Retreat: 

It’s time to build a fire. Whether you’re cozied up in your cabin or gathered outside, it’s truly a must. Be sure that as you build your fire you allow room for oxygen to flow between the logs. Remember to start small and build slowly for a safe and enjoyable experience. Of course, don’t forget that what goes in the fire stays in the fire and never leave your fire unattended. 


If you should need anything during your stay, please know that we can be reached by phone at 865.771.0957 or 865.696.8242. Please do know that cellular service can be spotty. If we don’t answer, feel free to shoot us a text – it’s the quickest/surest way to communicate in the mountains. 


We thank you for joining us in the mountains and wish you a vacation of relaxation and adventure! 


Hunter and Chelsea Turner 

Important Information

Just in Case of an Emergency 

Remember . . .


- Never Leave Your Fire Unattended (Inside or Outside) 


- Remember that you are in a remote location and act accordingly. Emergency services can take over an hour to arrive. You are responsible for your own safety.


- Let the wildlife be wild. Do NOT approach, feed, or harass the animals 


- Take only pictures, leave only footprints 


- Please treat out home with respect and kindness 



Need help while visiting? Call:

Chelsea Turner – 865.771.0957        

Hunter Turner – 865.696.8242


Graham County Police Department - 828.479.3352 


Lagniappe Animal Hospital  - 828.479.4849


Blount Memorial Hospital (For serious injury)  - 865.983.7211


Cherokee Indian Hospital (For minor injury) - 828.497.9163 


UT Veterinary Medial Center  - 865.974.8387


Asheville After Hours Animal Emergency Center - 828.665.4399


American Association of Poison Control Centers - 800.222.1222