Autumn in the mountains is simply unmatched. Between colorful leaves, crisp mountain air, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and cozy getaways to Chetola, we can't get enough of this season.

To make the most of the fall season, Chetola Resort has put together a Fall Bucket List to make sure guests can experience the best of fall in the High Country this season.

Savor Fall Fare at Timberlake’s Restaurant

Treat your taste buds to fall flavors at Timberlake’s Restaurant with our special fall menu! With fare like fried chicken livers, a winter garden salad, fried green tomato blt, ratatouille pasta, crispy duck breast, and more, you’ll be savoring fall at Timberlake’s all season long.

Chetola Resort Junior Ranger Program

Whether you have kiddos or you’re a kid at heart, the Chetola Junior Ranger Program will excite you to explore the best of Chetola Resort and the High Country in Fall (and every season)! Pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet in the Chetola Lodge lobby and complete all the activities to get your own Junior Ranger Badge!

Orvis Endorsed Fall Fly Fishing with Chetola

Fly Fishing is a magical experience no matter the season. But when you hit the rivers in the fall, with the colors in the leaves and on the fish, there’s no better time to be on the water.

Chetola Sporting Reserve 5-Stand

Enjoy Autumn at Chetola Sporting Reserve

With clay shooting, archery, a pistol & rifle range, and an adventurous drive with breathtaking fall views, your fall visit to Chetola Resort wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at Chetola Sporting Reserve. 

Visit a local Pumpkin Patch

Is the fall season truly complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch? Big, small, orange, colorful pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors galore, the local pumpkin patches around the High Country have a pumpkin for everyone. Learn more about our favorite local pumpkin patches by visiting our blog here.

Pick your own apples at a local apple orchard

There’s something extra magical about wandering through an apple orchard on a crisp, fall day and plucking the apples from the tree. In the High Country, we’re lucky to have many apple picking spots to choose from within an hour of Chetola Resort. Learn more about our favorite local apple farms by visiting our blog here.

 

P.S. If you’re staying at one of Chetola Resort’s Premiere Condominiums, you can use your kitchen to bake fall goodies with your fresh picked apples. 

Photo Courtesy of Grandfather Mountain


Experience Autumn at Grandfather Mountain

Enjoy activities like native wildlife exhibits, the newly renovated Wilson Nature Center, spectacular fall views, hiking trails, and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge.

Enjoy Fall Views along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a spectacular drive in any season, but fall is when this scenic drive really shows its colors. Some of our favorite fall views include: Raven Rock Overlook, Thunderhill Overlook, and the Linn Cove Viaduct!

Please practice Leave No Trace Principles when exploring outdoor spaces!

Navigate a Corn Maze

Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, AND corn mazes - the High Country has it all. Most corn mazes in the area are connected with pumpkin patches so you can enjoy two of your favorite fall activities in one visit. Our go-to corn mazes include: Harvest Farm Corn Maze, New River Corn Maze, Ashe County Corn Maze, and the Alpha & Omega Corn Maze.

Photo Courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad


Ride the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train

One of the most popular events of the season, the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train transforms Tweetsie from the Wild West into a haunted park with Halloween thrills. Advance tickets are highly recommended.

In addition to the Ghost Train, around the park are trick-or-treat stations, themed photo opportunities, a Palace Spooktacular Show, a Haunted House, the murky Freaky Forest, and brave guests can enjoy the Creepy Carnival.

Photo Courtesy of Woolly Worm Festival


Play at a High Country Fall Festival

There’s a lot to love about fall in the High Country, but one of the best things is the unique fall festivals in the area. Between Autumn Art in the Park, OktoberFest at Sugar Mountain, the Woolly Worm Festival, and the Valle Country Fair, you’ll be immersed in fall all October long in the High Country.

Support Local Shops, Artisans, & Farmers Markets

Autumn coziness and fall goods abound in the local shops and farmers markets around Chetola Resort. With Downtown Blowing Rock, Tanger Outlets, and Downtown Boone only a short drive away there are endless options for fall goods to commemorate your visit.

Don’t want to leave the Chetola Grounds to shop? Visit The Wading Room at Chetola Resort for local fall treats and all your fly fishing gear needs.

Photo Courtesy of The Blowing Rock


Fall in the love with panoramic views at The Blowing Rock

Enjoy stunning, panoramic autumn views at North Carolina’s Oldest Travel Attraction, The Blowing Rock. Besides savoring various beautiful views, enjoy nature trails, a picnic, the gardens, Blowing Rock photo gallery, and more.

 

No matter what fun fall activities you’re hoping to cross off your High Country Fall Bucket List this year, Chetola Resort is your perfect autumn adventure basecamp!

P.S. The best spot to enjoy a cozy fall meal is Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort. 

 

They say not to go chasing waterfalls, but when you’re visiting an area like Blowing Rock or Chetola with 20+ waterfalls around you, it’s impossible not to enjoy them. So we say grab your gear, pack accordingly, and go chase those High Country waterfalls. 

Though there are many waterfalls and trails to choose from in the area, our favorites to chase include:

Glen Burney Falls (3.2 miles)

Located just 3 minutes from Chetola Resort, these beautiful falls are right in the heart of Downtown Blowing Rock. On this 3.2 mile out and back trail, enjoy views of Glen Marie Falls and Glen Burney Falls at the end of the trail. In addition to viewing the falls, at the beginning of the trail you can find remains of an old structure.

This trail is a favorite of Chetola guests and visitors because its location makes it a great adventure to experience before or after exploring downtown Blowing Rock. You can even walk from downtown to the trailhead for the falls! It’s the perfect hidden gem, right in town!

Important Note: Though many spots list this trail as easy, it is more moderately challenging the further you go down the trail and is often slick and muddy. Please prepare accordingly.

Otter Falls (0.9 miles)

Located just a short drive away in Seven Devils, NC, this short hike that is rated as moderately strenuous follows a beautifully forested trail as it descends 230 feet to Otter Falls. With 4 different colored trails, each exploring a different part of the forest, there is a nature walk in Seven Devils for everyone to enjoy! There are also observation decks for hikers to take in the views from the top of the falls as well as trails that lead to the bottom.

Visitors love this spot because the trek is less strenuous than some other waterfall hikes in the area, but Otter Falls is just as stunning as some of the bigger falls.

The trek to Otter Falls is rated as moderate and does descend about 230 feet towards the falls. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended

Cascades Trail (0.8 miles)

The Cascades Trail is an easy, 1-mile loop trail located at Milepost 271.9 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Deep Gap, NC. This beautiful hike takes adventurers past views, gorgeous High Country plants and spring blooms, before reaching two overlooks that show off the falls. There is an upper and lower view of the falls, and both provide spectacular scenes. If you’re looking for a shorter hike with great views and a waterfall in the middle, then this is the perfect trail to explore.

Important Note: Please do not climb on the falls or atop the stone walls. Both are very slippery and injuries have occurred. 

Linville Falls (distance varies)

Linville Falls is considered one of the area's most beautiful waterfalls. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway and marking the beginning of the Linville Gorge, Linville Falls is an iconic waterfall and a must-see for all hiking enthusiasts. With 4 different trails and viewpoints of Linville Falls, there is a trail (and a view) for everyone’s tastes. 3 of the trails are considered easy treks, while the 4th is considered as strenuous and only recommended for experienced hikers. 

Important Note: This hike can get extremely busy during the warmer months especially on weekends. Please plan to hike early in the morning or during the weekdays. Swimming in this area is extremely dangerous and not allowed. Please stay behind all signs and follow all rules. They are there to keep you safe from the falls. And remember to leave this area better than you found it.

Crab Orchard Falls (1.4 miles)

The 1.4 mile trek to Crab Orchard Falls is a moderate, uphill trek that leads to small water pools and beautiful cascading waterfalls. Winding up through forested areas, with tall trees, and wonderful nature sounds, this hike is worth the uphill climb to enjoy the views beyond. And since what goes up, must come down, enjoy a gradual downhill all the way back to your vehicle as you enjoy the hike back.

Important Note: The wooden bridge to Crab Orchard Falls can be slick. Use caution when walking this part of the trail.

Elk River Falls (0.8 miles)

Located just past Banner Elk in the town of Elk Park, the Elk River Falls trail provides a spectacular view of a 50 ft waterfall after a short hike. Follow the trail sign for “Big Falls” for an easy ¼ of a mile walk and you will find yourself at the top of the falls. Take in the views of the water tumbling down and then continue down the trail for another ¼ mile (this last part is a little steeper) and you’ll find yourself at the base of the falls. At the base, there is a big, flat rock where many sit to enjoy the views or take a picnic (we highly recommend a to-go meal from Timberlake’s). Many people also take the opportunity to swim in this spot, but please read the notes below about safety precautions at Elk River Falls.

Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

*Important Note: Although swimming is allowed at the pools below the falls, you should NOT swim near the base of the falls or at the top of the falls. The currents are too strong for wading in these spots and can be deadly. You should also not jump from the top of the falls.

Bonus: Chetola Dam (0.4 miles from Chetola Lodge)

Though not necessarily a true waterfall, the Chetola Dam is a hidden gem that not many people know about. Historically, the original entrance to Chetola Resort, the dam now serves as a beautiful spot to enjoy the view, picnic, fish, and take a little trip back in history. This spot can be accessed by guests of the resort.

 

We can’t wait for you to chase waterfalls on your next getaway to Chetola Resort!

For the best experience while waterfall hiking, here are a few extra tips for hiking to see these spectacular spots:

 

  • Follow Outdoor NC’s 7 principles for recreating in the North Carolina
  • Check the weather! Know what conditions will look like during the day.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. Many trails can be slick and muddy during all seasons.
  • Bring water and stay hydrated.
  • Be safe and have fun out there!

 

*Please be sure that when exploring you leave the waterfalls and the surrounding areas better than you found them. Please pick up all trash, leave only footprints, take nothing but photos and follow OutdoorNC’s seven principles for recreating in North Carolina. Find the seven principles by visiting https://www.visitnc.com/outdoornc

 

 

Summer is the season for hiking in the High Country during your stay at Chetola Resort. With beautiful views of greens & blues all around, long days full of sunshine, and breathtaking hikes at every turn, summer is the perfect season for exploring a new trail.

While you can’t go wrong with any trail you choose to wander down in the summer season, a few of our all time favorites are: 

Price Lake

This 2.3 mile loop around Price Lake is the perfect trail for any level of adventurer. Between the breathtaking views of Grandfather Mountain reflecting on Price Lake, the beautiful blooms, rhododendron tunnels, and various terrain types, this trail will delight those who want a relaxing lake experience, as well as those who want epic mountain views (without the climb). And, if you’re still looking for some additional adventure after you trek around the lake, visit Price Lake Boat Rentals where you can enjoy Price Lake from a canoe, kayak, or paddle board!

Important Note: This trail can get extremely muddy after rains. Please proceed with caution after inclement weather.

Linville Falls

Linville Falls is considered one of the area's most beautiful waterfalls. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway and marking the beginning of the Linville Gorge, Linville Falls is an iconic waterfall and a must-see for all hiking enthusiasts. With 4 different trails and viewpoints of Linville Falls, there is a trail (and a view) for everyone’s tastes. 3 of the trails are considered easy treks, while the 4th is considered as strenuous and only recommended for experienced hikers. 

Important Note: This hike can get extremely busy during the warmer months especially on weekends. Please plan to hike early in the morning or during the weekdays. And remember to leave this area better than you found it.

Black Rock Trail

The Black Rock Trail is a 1.8 mile moderate hike on Grandfather Mountain where hikers can enjoy a forested trail, giant boulders, short ladder/cable climbs, and panoramic views of Beacon Heights, Grandmother Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the peaks of Macrae and Attic Window. 

Important Note: Black Rock Trail is located on the private portion of Grandfather Mountain and requires park admission ($$) to access. Park admission includes access to multiple trails, animal habitats, Mile-High Swinging Bridge, and Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. This trail also includes ladders and cables at the end to access some of the view points.

Crab Orchard Falls

The 1.4 mile trek to Crab Orchard Falls is a moderate, uphill trek that leads to small water pools and beautiful cascading waterfalls. Winding up through forested areas, with tall trees, and wonderful nature sounds, this hike is worth the uphill climb to enjoy the views beyond. And since what goes up, must come down, enjoy a gradual downhill all the way back to your vehicle as you enjoy the hike back.

Important Note: The wooden bridge to Crab Orchard Falls can be slick. Use caution when walking this part of the trail.

 

No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you’re hoping to embark on during your next visit to Chetola, any or all of these hikes are the perfect escape into the outdoors. We hope you’ll join us soon at Chetola for beautiful sunny days and epic trails!

 

*Always hike at your own risk.

**Leave what you find. Do not pick, rip, or trample flowers or other flora. Take only photos.

***Please remember when exploring these beautiful trails to leave the area better than you found it so that others can enjoy its natural beauty.

For more information on how to responsibly recreate on the trails and across North Carolina visit https://www.visitnc.com/outdoornc

 

 

 

There are so many different ways to experience the beauty and wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blowing Rock is a haven of adventure and one of our favorite family adventures to embark on when vacationing to Chetola Resort is flying through the trees down an alpine zipline course! 

If you’re ready for an adventure through the trees, here’s where to plan your zip trip:

Photo Courtesy of Hawksnest Zipline & Snow Tubing

Hawksnest Zipline

Located in beautiful Seven Devils, NC and with 3 different zip tours to choose from, Hawksnest Zipline is a great option for first time zipliners or for those looking to experience a new course. Their Zipline Hawk Tour is an 11 cable tour, 1.5 miles of cable riding, with heights over 150 ft. The Eagle Tour is great for those who want to enjoy almost 3 miles of cable riding, with cables flying over 1200 feet. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, try the Do It All Zip Tour that includes all 20 cables, 4 mega zips, and 3 swinging bridges.

No matter what level of adventure through the trees you’re hoping to enjoy, Hawknest has an option for every explorer!

Photo Courtesy of High Gravity Adventures

High Gravity Adventures Zip Line & Aerial Park

High Gravity Adventures isn’t just zip line tours: it’s zip tours, adventure parks, giant swings, or an option to do all the activities they offer! On their zip line tours, zip through the tree tops, venture over the sky bridge, and take the plunge on their freefall experience. If adventure parks are more your thing, High Gravity’s Blue Ridge Course or Foothills Adventure offers experiences with aerial obstacle courses and zip lines. Or if you really want to ride a giant swing, High Gravity offers giant swing rides which swings you to a 45 ft plunge. But if ultimate adventure is on your bucket list you can zip, climb, and swing all in one day.

Sky Valley Zip Tours

Sky Valley Zip Tours stands out from the crowd with its canopy tours, night flight zip, and kid zip. And with 10 different zip lines, cliff jumping, and a swinging bridge Sky Valley Zip Tours will bring out the adventurer in everyone. Their canopy tours fly 300 ft above the valley and include a 1600 foot cable, Big Mama. On a night flight zip tour (the only night zip in the High Country), night owls can enjoy the thrill of zip lining in the dark. And on their kid zip, kiddos can enjoy 7 fun ziplines and an epic 20 ft slide through the forest. Whether you want to day zip, night zip, or introduce your kiddos to some tree flying fun, Sky Valley Zip Tours is the perfect choice for your family vacation to Chetola Resort.

 

There's nothing quite like feeling the mountain wind on your face as you fly through the trees on a zipline. No matter what type of tree flying adventure you and your family are looking to enjoy, these 3 awesome spots near Chetola are sure to fill your day with flying fun! We can’t wait to see you on your next adventure to Blowing Rock!

 

Outdoor adventure is abundant in North Carolina and especially around Chetola Resort. One of our favorite and less well-known spots to explore in the area is the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). The Mountains to Sea Trail is North Carolina’s state hiking trail. Stretching 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, the Mountains to Sea Trail traverses some of the most beautiful spots in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read below to explore some of our favorite sections of the MST near Chetola Resort!

Stack Rock Overlook (Milepost 304.8)

From the Stack Rock parking area along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hop on the Tanawha Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail heading North to reach Stack Rock. Upon reaching Stack Rock you will come upon a natural rock formation of a rock pillar and enjoy views of the mountains beyond. From this point you can continue along the MST/Tanawha Trail for as long as you’d like, or you can turn around and head back to the Overlook.

The trail to Stack Rock is not long, but it can be somewhat strenuous with big rocks and steep climbs to get to the rock formation. Please use caution and come prepared with the correct footwear and gear.

   

Rich Mountain (Start at Trout Lake or Shulls Mill Road)

To find this section of the MST, follow Shull’s Mill Road from Blowing Rock, just past Trout Lake until you see a gate and a small parking area. Follow the gravel carriage trail up and then signs for Rich Mountain.

Attached to the Moses Cone Memorial Park Trail System, the Rich Mountain Carriage Trail follows the MST for about 1 mile before you  can choose to continue following the Mountains to Sea Trail as far as you want to go or continue up the trail to the peak of Rich Mountain (about another 1.5 miles).

The path up to Rich Mountain is a very gentle climb along a gravel carriage trail with multiple views along the way in mountain side meadows. At the summit, savor views of the surrounding mountains like Grandfather Mountain and Flat Top Mountain along with the historic stonework from when the Cones enjoyed the property.

If you want more time on this section of the MST, extend your hike by starting at Trout Lake and then hiking up to the peak of Rich Mountain.

**If parking area is full, please park at Trout Lake or find another spot to hike for the day. Do not park on the road or block road from Trout Lake.

Raven’s Rock Overlook (Milepost 289.5)

After enjoying the view from Raven’s Rock, you can follow the  MST from this overlook by finding the trail to the left or right side of the parking lot. The right-side section of the trail is along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the left side is through the trees from the parking lot.

If you take the MST to the right, enjoy traversing through cow fields and forests with views of mountain ranges in the distance. If you take the trail to the left, you’ll enjoy a forested hike and eventually come out to views of panoramic mountain ranges.

*Park at the Raven Rock Overlook area to enjoy this section of the MST.

 

Some of the best adventures are the ones that are off the beaten trail. We hope that you’ll be able to discover some new adventures and make wonderful memories  down the Mountains to Sea Trail on your next visit to Chetola Resort.

Reminders for hiking:

*Follow Outdoor NC’s and Leave No Trace’s 7 principles for recreating in the outdoors https://www.visitnc.com/outdoornc

**Leave what you find. Do not pick, rip, or trample flowers or plants. Take only photos.

***Please remember when exploring these beautiful trails to leave the area better than you found it so that others can enjoy its natural beauty.

 

One of our favorite reasons for coming up to the mountains in the summer: you can enjoy live music almost every night of the week. Explore spots all around the High Country while discovering your new favorite bands. Here are just a few of our favorite spots around Blowing Rock and beyond to enjoy a night full of tunes:

Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort

We’re a little biased… but the most delicious spot to enjoy live music in Blowing Rock is Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort. With live music throughout the entire year and the only spot to enjoy music on a Wednesday night in the High Country, you don’t want to miss the fun at Timberlake’s.

In the summer, you can enjoy live music at Timberlake’s Wednesday – Saturday nights from 6 – 9pm. In the winter, join us Thursday – Saturday for live music 6 – 9pm.

Visit https://chetola.com/dining-2/ to view our full live music lineup.

Pro-Tip: If you’re visiting in the summer or on the weekends, we always recommend making a reservation to ensure you can enjoy the music.

Photo Courtesy of the Town of Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Concerts in the Park

Sundays after strolling through Art in the Park, throughout June - September join the town of Blowing Rock at 4 pm for live music in Memorial Park! Bring your chair, some delicious snacks from a local restaurant, and enjoy the tunes!

Blowing Rock Town Concert Series at Broyhill Park

Start your week off right with a Monday night concert at Broyhill Park. Monday nights July - August enjoy concerts at the gazebo at 7 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and a to-go meal from Timberlake’s for a guaranteed good time.

Photo Courtesy Green Park Inn

Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn

End your week with good music and a good time at the Green Park Inn. On Sunday afternoons, mid-June through October enjoy live music from 5 – 8 pm.

Music on the Lawn at Inn at Ragged Gardens

Your Friday night just got better. Join Inn at Ragged Gardens for live music every Friday 5:30  - 8:30, May – October. A cash bar and lawn menu are available during these events. They ask that your furry friends stay home.

Pro-Tip: Arrive early (like really early) and bring your own chair. This live music event tends to be very popular and the lawn fills up quickly.

Photo Courtesy of Town of Boone, Jones House

Jones House Community Center in Boone

Spending the day in Boone? Enjoy live music every Friday July – August from 5 – 7 pm on the front porch of the Jones House in Downtown Boone. Pick up a snack from a local restaurant, bring a chair or blanket, and appreciate some great tunes.

Photo Courtesy of The Speckled Trout

Tunes at the Trout at Speckled Trout

Revel in the sounds of the mountains when you enjoy a delicious meal and boot-stomping tunes on Thursday nights at The Speckled Trout from 6-8 pm. Right on Main Street in Blowing Rock, you will not only enjoy the music but the sights and sounds of the town.

Photo Courtesy of Town of Banner Elk

Banner Elk Music in the Park

Enjoy eclectic music at 6:30, July - September on the outdoor stage at Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk. With food, beer, and wine vendors on-site you can grab a snack and enjoy the live music all night long.

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Music Trails

Backstreet Park Summer Concerts in West Jefferson

Be entertained with traditional bluegrass, country, and gospel music every 3rd Friday from June – August at the Backstreet of Downtown West Jefferson. Pick up a meal from a local restaurant, grab your favorite chair or picnic blanket, and enjoy great music in the town of West Jefferson.

We hope to see you at Timberlake’s Restaurant or at one of these other amazing outdoor music spaces this season!

For a more extensive list of even more music around the High Country visit, https://highcountryhost.com/NC-High-Country-FREE-Music

 

Though there’s no bad season to go hiking in the High Country, spring is at the top of our list to get outside and explore. The warmer weather, colorful blooms, and an abundance of trails makes this season the perfect one to adventure in. If you’re ready to head on a spring adventure, here are a few of our favorite spots around the area to explore.

Chetola Resort Bass Lake TRACK Trail

The Chetola Resort Bass Lake TRACK Trail is a 1.8 mile loop that takes hikers down a forested gravel trail and then around Bass Lake. Except for the hill from the parking area to the main trail, this hike is relatively flat and accessible for all abilities of hikers. Along the trail enjoy views of nature critters, high country plants & flowers, horses, Bass Lake, and the Moses Cone Manor up on the hill. The perfect hike for all explorers, the Bass Lake TRACK Trail is a must do on your next visit to Chetola Resort.  And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, the Moses Cone Trail system has 25+ miles of trails to wander and explore.

Cascades Trail

The Cascades Trail is an easy, 1-mile loop trail located Milepost 271.9 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Deep Gap, NC. This beautiful hike takes adventurers past views, gorgeous High Country plants and spring blooms, before reaching two overlooks that show off the falls. There is an upper and lower view of the falls, and both provide spectacular scenes. If you’re looking for a shorter hike with great views and a waterfall in the middle, then this is the perfect trail to explore.

Important Note: Please do not climb on the falls or atop the stone walls. Both are very slippery and injuries have occurred.

Green Knob Trail

The Green Knob Trail is a moderate, 2.3 mile loop located at Milepost 295.9 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC. This adventure takes hikers through a forested area, past mountain streams and Sim’s Pond, under the Parkway, through cow fields filled with flowers (and sometimes butterflies) and then back through the forest to where you began.  Whether you enjoy mountain views, blooms, a beautiful trail, or the potential to see cows, this a great trail to explore on your next visit to Chetola.

Important Note: If you encounter cows, please keep your distance and stay on the trails.

Boone Fork Trail

The Boone Fork Trail is a moderate (but can be strenuous in spots), 5.2 mile loop located at the Price Lake Picnic Area at Milepost 296.4 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC. This trail is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It follows Boone Fork Creek for the first few miles through the forest before it leads to Hebron Falls. The trail then continues through the forest over rocks, through fields, showing off views of Grandfather Mountain before it leads you back through the forest to where you started.

No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you’re hoping to embark on during your next visit to Chetola, any or all of these hikes are part of the perfect escape into the outdoors. We hope you’ll join us soon at Chetola for beautiful blooms and epic trails!

 

*Always hike at your own risk.

**Leave what you find. Do not pick, rip, or trample flowers. Take only photos.

***Please remember when exploring these beautiful trails to leave the area better than you found it so that others can enjoy it’s natural beauty.

 

 

With selections of everything from fresh produce to original art, apothecary products, and more, our local farmers’ markets are one of the best ways you can treat yourself on your next visit to Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, and the High Country.

Whether you’re staying for the week or just a few days, there’s always a few goodies you’ll enjoy from a High Country Farmers’ Market. If you’re looking to stock up on local goods on your visit, here are a few markets close to Chetola (that we love):

Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market

The Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to stop for a mid-week selection of local goods and produce from farmers around the High Country. With goods like fresh flowers, goat dairy, baked goods, homemade pasta and more, there’s something that everyone will want to take home at the BR Farmers’ Market! Located right in Downtown Blowing Rock, the Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market is just a 2-minute drive or a 10-minute walk from Chetola Resort so there’s no reason not to check out this market the next Thursday you’re in town!

The Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market is May – September, on Thursdays from 3 pm – 6 pm.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market

One of the most well-known farmers’ markets in the area, the Watauga County Farmers’ Market, provides shoppers with locally made and -produced food, art, music, and crafts in the heart of Boone, NC. Every Saturday of the season, you’ll find fresh produce, locally farmed meats, fresh eggs, artisan chocolate, delicious pastries and breads, fresh cut flowers, beautiful plants, handcrafted jewelry, original art, herbal tinctures, and more from local vendors. Located at Horn in the West, the Watauga County Farmers’ Market should be your first stop on a Saturday morning in the High Country (they have coffee, too!).

The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is April – November, on Saturdays from 8 am – 1 pm.

King Street Farmers’ Market

Like the Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market, the King Street Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to stop early in the week to stock up on all your favorite locally made goodies. Powered by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the King Street Market offers a plethora of local goods like produce, meats, flowers, bread, eggs, crafts, and more! With fun, special event days, a variety of amazing vendors, and a location just off King St. in Boone, you can’t miss this market on your next visit.

The King Street Farmers’ Market is May – October, on Tuesdays from 4 pm – 7pm.

Photo courtesty of Ashe County Farmers Market


Ashe County Farmers’ Market

Though a little bit more of a drive than some of the other markets, the Ashe County Farmers’ Market is well worth the adventure of experiencing the awesome vendors and the sweet, charming town of West Jefferson. With fresh and specialty produce, seasonal fruits, baked goods, homemade breads, fresh cut flowers, local plants, featured artisans and more, the Ashe County Farmers’ Market is always fresh, always local, and always a good idea to experience on your trip to the High Country.

The Ashe County Farmers’ Market is April – October, on Saturdays from 8 am – 1 pm and July – September on Wednesdays from 8 am – 1 pm.

Photo courtesy of Avery County Farmers Market


Avery County Farmers’ Market

Fresh and locally grown food is a staple at the Avery County Farmers’ Market. With fresh fruit and vegetables, local meats, baked goods and breads, flowers and plants, jams, and jellies, and more, the Avery County Farmers’ Market is the perfect spot to grab some fresh goods for your weekend stay in the mountains.

The Avery County Farmers’ Market is May – October, on Thursdays from 4 pm – 7 pm.

No matter what kind of delicious local treat you’re hoping to enjoy, the local farmers’ markets have something for everyone. When you shop local and fresh, you know you’re getting the good stuff. We hope you’ll get to explore one of these amazing Farmers’ Markets on your next visit to Chetola Resort! We’ll see you and your local goodies soon!

 

We are welcoming the spring season with the introduction of our newest addition, The Wading Room, Fly Shop & Coffee Lounge. The Wading Room is a curated and charming retail space inside the Lodge. It is the perfect space for our guests and visitors to enjoy coffee, cozy up on plush leather sofas, shop OrvisⓇ gear, experience an intimate meeting space, and so much more.

Tucked into the walkway between our lodge rooms and the main lobby, the entrance is surrounded by a hardscape of tall trees. Bark branches gracefully bend overhead, beckoning the ultimate outdoor experiences. This isn’t your typical fly-fishing shop, but we aren’t your typical resort getaway.

As the first Orvis®-endorsed fly-fishing lodge in North Carolina, we are also the home of Orvis®-certified fishing guide, Dustin Coffey. Known for his ability to help guests of all ages and skill levels catch a big one, Coffey and Fly-Fishing Manager, Morgan Tarbutton are known across the Southeast for exceptional fly fishing. Trips with our fly fishing team range from a variety of float trips and wade trips taking place in both public and private waters in the High Country area.

Since the grand opening, groups have used this new space as a place to gather before taking guided fishing trips as well as a space to enjoy and relax. As an Orvis® Platinum Dealer, our new shop is stocked with gear and clothing for adventurers of all kinds. While our primary focus is fishing and outdoor adventure, we offer lattes, macchiatos, espresso shots, and coffee to fuel up. To make the space even more enticing, guests can order food from the pub menu and enjoy it on leather sofas that cozy up to our cozy vapor fireplace. With a pull-down projection screen and video monitors, The Wading Room is also available for private meetings and events.

Co-owner Greg Tarbutton says the new retail area evolved as a natural expansion of the outdoor ethos of the resort. “We’ve built a world-class trout fishing program here at Chetola. What we lacked was a world-class flying fishing shop featuring Orvis® products. Thanks to the hard work of Dustin Coffey, Morgan Tarbutton, and the design skills of Dawn Pearson, we have achieved that vision. The space is comfortable and captures Chetola‘s historic, mountain vibe." Tarbutton says Coffey and Morgan Tarbutton outfitted the fly shop with everything an angler needs for a great day on the water. "Women will be as delighted by our offerings as the gents,” Tarbutton adds.

Ask anyone who stops by, it’s an angler’s happy place, and so much more. We hope to catch you in The Wading Room soon!

 

With over 78 acres of sprawling property, Chetola Resort is the perfect place to enjoy our 20+ onsite amenities or to create an adventure of your own! As we gently ease back into group gatherings one of the top priorities for many family reunions, corporate groups, and even wedding parties is enjoying activities together as a group. These activities can range from groups of 10 to 100 depending on what you are looking to do, the important part is that you remember to plan ahead!

Did you know that when you stay as a guest at the resort, the resort fee covers amenities like a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, hiking trails, fitness center + classes, tennis and pickleball courts, fully stocked ponds, disc golf, paddle boats, kayaks, and more! But if you and your group are looking for something more, at Chetola Resort we offer a variety of activities just for groups!

Kids Camp Hike

One of the most popular group activities are our guided hikes.  Guided hikes offer the opportunity to experience the beauty and foliage of the area alongside a trained guide. Chetola offers guided hikes to Moses Cone Memorial Park, Bass Lake, and if you want to go offsite for spectacular views, we can even accommodate transportation to the beautiful Rough Ridge hiking area along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  And if you want to add even more to your hike, we work closely with local area experts who can take your group on a bird watching hike, a foliage hike, or a geology hike.

Our fitness classes are complimentary for our guests but if you are looking to book something unique we offer sunrise yoga, sunset yoga, or group meditation classes. We would love to help you book a private class either on our sprawling lawn, or in one of our cozy meeting spaces.

The same can be said for another popular onsite activity held inside our heated pool that includes building your own boat from the materials we provide and racing across the pool against your coworkers, friends, or family.  This activity can be booked for teambuilding or just for good laughs and fun.  And don’t forget all of the fun tournaments we can help you coordinate including pickleball tournaments, disc golf tournaments, and fishing tournaments.

If you wish to take a trip offsite and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, our Chetola Sporting Reserve is only a 25 minute drive from the property. The Sporting Reserve features a beautiful clubhouse, clay shooting, archery, and a pistol range. Play a round on the 5 stand, or participate in our 13 station clay course, which is like golf but better. Reservations are always highly recommended in advance, especially if you are coming with a larger group for this popular activity.

Chetola Fly Fishing

Another fun offsite activity is our fly fishing trips. Chetola offers half day or full day wade or float trips with our Orvis endorsed guides. If you have never been fly fishing before, do not worry, Chetola offers onsite casting clinics right on our lake and our trips are great for beginner or experience anglers. Fly fishing trips and casting clinics are always encouraged to be booked in advance for smaller more intimate groups under 20.

If the outdoors aren’t really your thing, and you just want to kick back and relax, do not forget our onsite full service spa. Corporate groups love treating their guests, employees, and clients to our relaxing massages, facials, and manicures or pedicures. During the summer and fall months our spa can be booked up to a month in advance, so be sure to plan accordingly!

And if your group enjoys specialty drinks, local beer, or good food, don’t forget about all of the local restaurants (including the onsite Timberlake’s Restaurant), breweries, and wineries in the area.  Chetola is happy to help coordinate brewery and winery tours.  For smaller groups Chetola is happy to accommodate transportation.  Our onsite restaurant, Timberlake’s also features a number of delicious appetizers including a savory charcuterie board that you can take with you on the road when you are exploring nearby wineries or breweries.

No matter what your group is interested in, Chetola Resort has a group activity to enhance your visit to Chetola Resort. We can’t wait to welcome you and your group to Chetola Resort!

To make reservations and schedule group activities for your visit please contact our Director of Group Sales, Alex Morales by emailing alex@chetola.com.