Acivities at the River Lodge

There’s a wealth of things to do, including hiking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, smoky mountain golf, skiing, horseback riding & Cherokee NC attractions.

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You'll receive a discount on your first stay at the River Lodge. We're just five minutes from the campus.

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Trout fishing on the Tuckasegee

The River Lodge is located in the middle of a vast natural playground with the abundance of waterfalls, streams, lakes and rivers. The Tuckasegee River flows in front of the inn and is stocked with a variety of freshwater trout, such as rainbow, brown and speckled. For fly fishing, North Carolina offers some of the best mountain streams in the country.

AB's Fly Fishing Guide Service - If you have ever wanted to learn to fly fish, or have tried your hand at it and would like to fine tune your techniques and gain more knowledge, let me share my passion for fly fishing with you. For further details contact: Alex Bell, owner/guide/coach. 828-226-3833.

Fontana Guides - Kyle Fronrath is well known for putting clients on trophy fish on Fontaha Lake and the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee rivers. 828-736-2318.

The waterways in our area afford you the opportunity to go whitewater rafting, tubing, canoeing or kayaking. To take advantage of our lakes and river call TJ's Water Adventures (828-293-5110) Reservations are recommended.

Want to take in the sights on horseback? Then you will want to ride with Arrowmont Stables (828-743-3753). Ride majestic mountaintops, picturesque valleys and babbling brooks. Just minues from our inn.

For golf, there's Smoky Mountain Country Club in nearby Whittier. And the Biltmore Estate, the state's most popular attraction, is only an hour away, in Asheville

The area is rich with waterfalls and trails for hiking and mountain biking. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone there are more than 800 miles of hiking trails. American Hikes offers guided nature walks and history hikes in the Park, March thru November.

A Family Tradition in the Making!
When shopping for the 'perfect' Christmas tree you will want to visit Tom Sawyers Christmas Tree Farm. Choose and cut your own 3' to 12' Frazer Fir trees – fragrant, fresh and farm grown.





For outdoor adventure, there's whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River and winter skiing and snow tubing in nearby Maggie Valley.

For railroad enthusiasts, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers scenic excursions and a gourmet dinner train departing Bryson City. After riding the train, you can visit Smoky Mountain Trains, in Bryson City, with one of the largest Lionel model train layouts in the South.

When you are in Sylva, be sure to visit the Heinzelmannchen Brewery for a taste of Dieter Kuhn's refreshing German beer, root beer and birch beer (also available at several restaurants in the area).

In nearby Cherokee you can visit the Indian Reservation, experience the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, and visit Harrah's Cherokee Casino. Cherokee is also the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Maggie Valley and Cherokee offer several music and dinner theatres.And our area of Western North Carolina is great for antique and collectible shopping, arts and crafts exhibits, flea markets and gem mining. Just ask the innkeepers for suggestions on drives and day trips.


The River Lodge Bed & Breakfast         619 Roy Tritt Road          Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723
828-293-5431          Email us