Inhale the oak, tulip poplar and hemlock infused air, plunge into the glassy surface of pristine Lake Santeetlah and gaze at the dramatic Snowbird Mountains. Inside, linger in front of a roaring fire, perhaps a spirited board game with family and friends. At the Blue Boar Sportsman’s Camp, residents communed with nature in grand style, just like the Gilded Age millionaires did. In the late 19th century, families with surnames such as Rockefeller and Vanderbilt escaped city life by retreating to mountain lakes. And since money was no object, they built extravagant estates. Designed to blend in with the natural surroundings, the mansions were embellished with timber, stone and other native materials. Not wanting to draw undo attention, the residents modestly called their hideaways “camps.”
Fred Bruckmann, a Cincinatti brewery owner, whose family immigrated from Bavaria in 1847, became enchanted with the landscape of Graham County. In 1950, Fred built the Camp to accommodate groups of avid hunters, fishermen and nature lovers like himself. A legendary hunter, Bruckmann named his Camp after the European wild boar that had been introduced to the area in 1908. He designed a simple but comfortable and elegant accommodation for his guests’ pleasure after good day enjoying all that his property had to offer.
Located at the end of a lakeside mountain road near the shores of Lake Santeetlah lies the original Camp featuring large gathering rooms and eight spacious bedrooms. The serene setting features a 6,306 sq. ft. building, a beautiful spring fed pond and grounds with lush foliage and gardens. Each of the bedrooms features a private bath and gracious patio. In 2000, the property had a massive renovation providing updated services and modern conveniences while maintaining some traditional touches. There is a commercially designed kitchen with NSF certified equipment which makes cooking for large groups of family and friends a breeze.
Just steps from the Main Camp is Blackberry Cottage, a delightful cabin that was built in 2005. A year round 930 sq. ft. home with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a custom gourmet kitchen, hot tub and a beautiful, secluded porch. It is the perfect spot for overflow guests or possibly a caretaker’s residence.
The Camp is ideal for exploring nature in all seasons. There is an abundance of summer fun with something for everyone. Hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, sailing, paddle-boarding, yoga and wildlife viewing excursions on the lake. Currently, there is a large dock in place with plenty of space to moor multiple watercraft. The Camp has been approved for a ten (10) slip multi-use facility.
Return to a simpler time, where life is defined by the elemental beauty of mountains, lake, sky and family. A place where children turn cartwheels on the lawn after an afternoon spent fishing on the dock. It is a timeless slice of Americana. From leisurely hours on the porch embraced by hardwood trees to water sports and boat tours around the lake, this Great Camp of the Smokies provides its owners with precisely what they want – a true change of pace.
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- Hardwood Flooring
- Level Lot
- Mature Landscaping
- Open Concept
- Vaulted Ceiling
- Central and Air
- Cottage On Site
- Hardwood Flooring
- Level Site
- Master on Main
- Mountain Views
- Partially Wooded
- Pond Views
- Private Dock