Broken Arrow Lodge on Citico Creek

Nestled in the foothills of the Cherokee National Forest, this is the perfect vacation get-away for rest and relaxation or to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Our 'lodge' is located on one of the most popular rainbow trout fishing streams in East Tennessee.  If you're looking for a quiet, out of the way place to rest and relax or if you're more into enjoying the outdoors, you'll want to come stay with us.  Activities include fishing on Citico Creek or one of the nearby lakes, hiking, bike riding, kayaking (seasonal), and in-season hunting. We're located within 30-45 minutes of the Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Mountains, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, and the Fort Loudon State Historic area just to name a few.  Come prepared to cook - we're 20 minutes away from stores or restaurants!

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Latitude: 35.516418 Longitude: -84.096776


Lodging Style and Amenities

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath (Sleeps 10-12)

Fully furnished cabin with a cozy queen bedroom, second bedroom with four full-size bunk beds, loft, fully furnished kitchen, bathroom with shower, covered front porch with swing, screened-in back porch.

Other Amenities: Phone, heat and air conditioned, TV with local channels, DVD/VCR, linens and towels provided, charcoal grill, fire pit for those S'mores. 

NO SMOKING inside please.  No parties serving alcoholic beverages.   NO PETS - possibly outside on leash (negotiable).  Easy access - no dirt roads.

Season Open

All seasons

Rate Range

$70.00 November thru February; $80 - $100 March thru October

Driving Directions

Directions to Broken Arrow Lodge: Take I-75 to Loudon,TN exit #72.  Turn left onto TN-72 head east for 15.6 miles to US 411.  Turn left onto US 411 toward Vonore and travel 2.4 miles to TN-360.  Turn right onto TN-360 (Citico Road). After 7 miles the highway turns right and crosses an embayment (bridge).  Don't turn right; go straight ahead on Citico Road.  Follow Citico Road for 9 miles to the Broken Arrow Lodge on the right.  Travel time from Knoxville is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Cherokee National Forest and the Waterway trails in the region all practice "Leave no Trace" principles. 

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

In 1953, original owners, Lee & Edith Rigsby tore down an old barn and built the first cabin in the 'Broken Arrow Resort'.  The cabin was called 'the lodge' because it could sleep numerous hunters or a large family. 

Over the years the cabins were used by vacationers and as a camp for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  'The lodge' now belongs to the Sowder family and has been a vacation get-a-way for family and friends.  It has been newly renovated making it a very charming and affordable vacation get away.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets allowed.


I agree with the description of the amazing sights underwater in Citico Creek--it's a "branch office" of ours at Conservation Fisheries, Inc., where we work with the federally listed fish. Enjoy! But please, please, please DO NOT lift or turn over rocks from May through mid-August!!! Endangered smoky madtoms, Citico darters, and Threatened yellowfin madtoms nest under them and you will kill all the eggs or fry if you disturb them! The rest of the year is OK (but please don't build dams with the rocks--the fish live under them year round). If you're really adventurous and have a dive light, snorkel AT NIGHT! The yellowfin madtoms come out from cover and cruise around out in the open. Just watch out for the beavers!!!

Patrick Rakes, 9/9/2011

Broken Arrow Cabin is my little piece of Heaven. Comfortable,ever so quiet. Play or fish in the pristine waters of Citico Creek, explore the backroads, take a drink from a moutain spring, hike, visit area sights, or just sit on the porch with a good book and glance up at the creek and let the rest of the world go by. The summer of 2012 will mark my 51st year as a vacationer on the creek, my 24th in Broken Arrow Lodge. I’ve traveled extensively in the US and Europe, but to cleanse my mind of worries and stress no place beats Broken Arrow Lodge and Citico Creek. Give it a try. You will be a different person!

Mary Tallent, 2/21/2012

We have been staying here for years and we love it the Sowdwers are really nice people.. It’s really nice when a storm comes up. You can watch it thru the skylight. It's just peaceful being there.Nice ride to get there.

christie and walt byrom, 1/25/2013

This was the greatest stay we ever had. The owners are wonderful, local activities fishing, hiking, winery not far away, pick you own grapes there, a lot of history in the area. Great cabin, made you feel at home.

Donald & Theresa from MD, 12/11/2015

I have to get back there. My Mountain is calling me. I recommend this lodging if you’re not into "roughing it"(tent camping). The owners are spectacular. Date of stay was May of 2015

Amy Fair, 8/14/2017

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