Nantahala Mountain Resort
Outdoor Adventures of the Nantahala

Whitewater Rafting

Rafting Companies
Wild Water Ltd Endless River Adventures


Explore the Nantahala river's mystique with family and friends. Discover adventure with one of the many rafting enthusiastic rafting guides on thrilling whitewater amidst beautiful mountain scenery! For greater challenge, captain you own craft on a self-guided or inflatable kayak trip.

Rolling Thunder Nantahala Outdoor Center
Appalachian Rivers Brookside Rafting
USA Raft Paddle Inn

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding
The only way to truly experience the richness and fullness of the Great Smoky Mountains is by horseback. Let us guide you, your family and friends over the beautiful mountain tops and scenic overviews. Our trails extend back through some of the most scenic areas of the Nantahala National Forest, past waterfalls and breath-taking views. Horseback rides are hourly, half-day, and all day. You can ride our well-mannered, gentle spirited horses. Please call or write to make a reservation for horseback riding.

The Nantahala Village Stables

Contact – David Loftus at (828) 488-9649
Location - The Nantahala Village property

Lonesome Dove Riding Stables

Contact - Richard Greene at (828) 479-6105
Location - Hwy 129 toward Robbinsville


Bicycling and Mountain Biking

Mountain biking here is as good as it gets and you can enjoy it year 'round. Our summers are warm (not hot!) and our winters are cool. Escape the winter "blahs" with exhilarating rides in our secret season! Spring promises brisk, invigorating rides amid the season's vibrant new growth while fall offers thrilling adventures on trails blanketed by autumn's colorful leaves. Nantahala National Forest lands completely surround this area of Western North Carolina. Over a half-million acres contain miles of single track trails and gated forest ideal for mountain biking. Nearby you'll find the Cheoah Ranger's District's world famous Tsali Trails. These trails are known for their beautiful, rolling single-track along Lake Fontana's shores and great views of the spectacular Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Also nearby you'll find an incredible network of rides that will have you splashing through creeks and zipping through thickets of flowering rhododendron. There are various routes ideal for beginners snaking through the valleys as well as the more challenging heart-pounding, lung-busting rides that climb to the tops of our 5,000 foot peaks!
Mountain Biking
Tsali Biking Web Site

Jet Boating

Jet Boats
The only way to truly experience the richness and fullness of the Great Smoky Mountains is by horseback. Let us guide you, your family and friends over the beautiful mountain tops and scenic overviews. Our trails extend back through some of the most scenic areas of the Nantahala National Forest, past waterfalls and breath-taking views. Horseback rides are hourly, half-day, and all day. You can ride our well-mannered, gentle spirited horses. Please call or write to make a reservation for horseback riding.
Jet Boat Website
Jet Boat Video

Hiking, Mountain climbing, Rock climbing and Caving

Great Smoky Mountain - Nantahala mountain view with hiker
Colorful wildflowers include Trillium, Jack in the Pulpit, May Apples and Soloman's Seal. Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron are everywhere. There are rare treats like Lady Slippers, Flaming Azaleas and something. Hike among the majestic hardwood trees such as Oaks, Poplar, Birch, Beechwood, Maple, Black Walnut, Basswood, Locust and many others. Marvel at our beautiful Hemlock pines. The trails on the retreat, the adjoining National Forestry and nearby areas climb from 2900 feet to over 5000 feet past beautiful mountain streams and through open mountain pastures. Birds that can be seen and heard along the way include wild turkey, grouse(mountain pheasant), pileated and red-headed woodpecker, assorted warblers, and hawks. Signs of bear, deer, raccoon and other game are not unusual to see. Our staff will be happy to provide you with trail maps and directions to other nearby hiking areas such as Fontana and the Fires Creek Hiking Trail System.
Click to see the NC Hiking Guide Web Site

Fishing

Nantahala with its beautiful streams, rivers and lakes is famous for the rainbow trout and brook trout. Temporary and annual licenses may be purchased to fish in the streams nearby as well as the streams in the National Forestry and Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There are several trout ponds which may be fished without a license and they will even clean your fish for you. Return to your cabin and have the best Bar-B-Q you will ever eat.
Trout fishing
To the left is the Nantahala River where the 24.65 pound record setting brown trout was caught, not more than a mile from the Resort. This brown trout caught in the Nantahala River has the state record beaten hands-down. The 24.65 pound brown trout is almost 10 pounds heavier than the previous record holder, which weighed 15.13 pounds. It took Robert Dyer about 30 minutes to land the whopper, which measured 36 inches from nose to tail and 24 inched in girth.
Long before Columbus discovered America the forefathers if today's Cherokee Indians were enjoying fishing on the same rivers and streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, the Cherokee invite you to share in the pleasure and excitement of trout fishing in these same beautiful rivers and streams. Come...join the native Americans in the art and sport of trout fishing.
Click to see Endless River Adventures Fishing Tours

Nantahala Mountain Resort

For Reservations or Information call

828-488-2826 or 888-667-2224