Historic Timberfell Lodge

1978 Was a great year

In 1978, David Yoder left Los Angeles for the hills of Northeast Tennessee. He purchased a sawmill property and built a three-room log cabin on the present site of Timberfell Lodge. His success in opening his house to gay guests during the World’s Fair in Knoxville prompted him to remodel his home and convert it to a full-time, men-only Bed and Breakfast. Thus, Timberfell Lodge was born.

David Yoder

1978 – 2000

Stephen Johnson &
Bill Gillenwater
2000 – 2022

Michael Blan

2022 – Present

The response was astonishing, and the Lodge grew in popularity. By 1990, Timberfell Lodge expanded even further. A 20′ by 40′ heated swimming pool and adjoining pool house was constructed. The facility houses a beer bar, bath house, redwood sauna and steamroom. In 1992, the Barn was converted to a dormitory for summer staff, and the Annex opened with more guest rooms. A clothing optional policy was instituted, and was a great success. In January 2000, Timberfell Lodge was sold. The new owners, Stephen Johnson & Bill Gillenwater, realized the great potential in Timberfell Lodge. David Yoder was a pioneer in this industry, and the innkeepers wished to revive this pioneering spirit and energy, and to bring Timberfell Lodge into the new millennium as the premier men’s retreat in the Southeast United States. Timberfell under Bill and Steve kept growing adding new RV levels and new amenities. Bill & Steve contributed significantly to the infrastructure and ground roots of Timberfell today, keeping the business afloat during some of the worst economic times in the resorts history. In May 2022 Timberfell Lodge was sold to a campground corporation with Michael Blan, it's President & CEO overseeing. With a strong infrastructure and foundation, the new ownership's goal was to take the property into the future. In late 2022, the resort started a massive 2.5 million dollar expansion.

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Timberfell History Wall
Showcasing memorabilia from the resorts soon to be 50 year history is located in the Black Bear Pub & Grill