From hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing to shopping, touring and more, here are a few of our favorite ways to get out and about in the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains – all within an hour's drive of Lakeview at Fontana!
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Endless River Adventures
14157 Highway 19 West
Experience some of the best trout and small-mouth bass fly fishing grounds in the Southeast with the experts at Endless River Adventures. This is a perfect option for couples wishing to combine a fly fishing day trip with an afternoon at the Lakeview at Fontana spa (and a home-cooked fish dinner in your own kitchenette!).
105 Depot St.
Paddlefish offers several kayak tours for paddlers of all levels on beautiful Fontana Lake; their most popular (and romantic) is the sunset tour. 828-488-8797.
Home to the world-famous Appalachian Trail, the Tsali Trails and many other roads-less-traveled-by, the Smokies are a hiker's dream. Find your path by visiting the National Park Service* website.
The Tsali Trails offer miles of challenging terrain for the beginner or experienced rider, and are rated some of the best in the country.
The gentle, scenic Nantahala River is a favorite destination for whitewater rafting in the Smokies. Several great outfitters, including NOC, Wildwater Rafting and Endless River Adventures, are available to help you navigate the invigorating Class II and III rapids of the Nantahala before warming up and winding down with a hot towel massage at Lakeview.
Guided Jeep Trips
Explore the backcountry and let Wildwater's experienced tour guides do the driving!
70 Falling Waters Dr.
Zip through more than 20 acres (11 zipline sections!) of lush mountain forest during three full hours of Adventure America's guided treetop tour. Website.
There's nothing quite like hoofin' it in the Smokies! Saddle up for a scenic horseback ride through the mountains. Guided rides are available through stables in Bryson City and Cherokee.
Almond Boat & RV Park
1165 Almond Boat Park Rd.
Rent a pontoon boat and spend the day swimming, sunning and sightseeing on gorgeous Fontana Lake. Almond Boat Park is just 10 minutes down the road from Lakeview.
Jet Boat Rides
Smoky Mountain Jet Boats
22 Needmore Rd.
Smoky Mountain Jet Boats offers thrilling 30-45 minute rides on Lake Fontana.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
You can spend days exploring all the park has to offer – from whitewater tubing, waterfall hikes and easy walks in Deep Creek (Bryson City) to the view from Clingman's Dome, and the Mountain Farm Museum (Cherokee). An easy day trip takes you to Gatlinburg and Cades Cove.
Smoky Mountain Country Club
1112 Conley's Creek Rd
The 18-hole Smoky Mountain Country Club is a true mountain golf course, located in nearby Whittier (15 minutes away).
Smoky Mountain Music
In and around Bryson City, mountain music is a genre unto itself. Enjoy some pickin' and a-singin' at the locally famous Bryson City Train Depot (many shows are free), or venture 20 minutes west to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.
Downtown Bryson City (10 minutes' drive) boasts a variety of locally stocked craft and gift boutiques, antique stores and souvenir shops. In Cherokee (30 minutes' drive), you'll find several Native American arts and crafts shops, as well as souvenir and local and name-brand clothing stores. Dillsboro (30 minutes' drive) is home to its own village of shops, while Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center (20 minutes' drive) features a unique craft gallery and hosts cooking classes, festivals and a summer music series.
Thirty-minutes from Lakeview, the city of Cherokee is home to several popular Native American cultural attractions, including The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, The Oconaluftee Indian Village, and "Unto These Hills," the famous outdoor drama about the Trail of Tears.Harrah's Cherokee Casino also offers gaming, entertainment and dining options.
Take a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Cherohala Skyway, and discover incredible mountain views, secluded picnic spots and hiking trails.
This beautiful, free-spirited, art and culture hub offers shopping, antiquing, a diverse restaurant scene and the famous Biltmore Estate – American's largest home – all a one-hour drive away.