5 Hikes within 5 Miles of Chetola

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- 5 Hikes within 5 Miles of Chetola -

We’re all about getting back to nature here at Chetola Resort. Whether you are in search of a new perspective or just need to stretch your legs after a long car ride: our staff are happy to direct you to the perfect trail for your needs. Adjacent to Pisgah National Forrest and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Chetola is central to some of the best hiking in the Blue Ridge. We’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite trails just moments from the resort. We challenge you to make the most of your stay by exploring the panoramic views, pristine waterfalls, and fresh mountain air that lie just around the corner.

Bass Lake Loop
Length: .9 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Easy
Distance from Chetola: Adjacent to Chetola Resort (.1 mi)

The Bass Lake Loop trail is the easiest and closest hike to Chetola Resort. Guests of Chetola can easily walk from their room to the short connector trail leading to the Bass Lake loop. This short .9mi loop offers a wide well-maintained pathway that circles Bass Lake just below the Moses H. Cone Manor House. The flat, partially shaded trail is an excellent place to take a jog or stretch your legs after a long car ride. Wooden benches are spaced throughout the loop and offer an excellent place to rest or enjoy a picnic. Keep an eye out for wildlife including native birds, beavers, and deer. This trail is dog-friendly but requires a leash.

Flat-Top Mountain Trail
Length: 4.8 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: Easy
Distance from Chetola: 3.9 mi

The Flat-top Mountain Trail is great for families or groups because the trail follows a mild incline while staying nice and wide to accommodate all hikers. As you make your way up Flat-Top Mountain, you will follow switchbacks under a canopy of large native trees that lead to a beautiful open meadow about halfway up the mountain. As you gain elevation, you will find a couple of overlooks along the way (one of which you can likely spot Chetola Resort). Once you reach the trail’s summit you may be brave enough to climb to the top of the 4 stories tall fire tower. The vantage point from the top of the tower is truly a bird’s eye view.  Make sure to visit the Southern Highland Craft Guild back at Moses Cone Manor before you head out!

Glen Burney Trail
Length: 2.3 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Chetola: 1.3 mi

When asking directions to a nearby waterfall, the location of the falls is almost never downtown. The Glen Burney Trail is located just off Main Street in Blowing Rock. While convenient, this trail is one of the more difficult hikes on our list. You will follow a narrow winding trail as you drop in elevation while following a series of streams and pools. We recommend wearing waterproof shoes or boots as some places on the trail may be wet or muddy. The bottom of the trail offers an amazing viewpoint of Glen Burney Falls, an impressive 40 ft waterfall. This out and back trail requires a good bit of steep climbing as you make your way back to the trailhead.  For this reason, we recommend a visit by more experienced hikers who don’t mind getting in a workout. This hike is a great way to start any day and is only a short distance from Timberlake’s Restaurant where you can return to enjoy a well-deserved meal.

Rich Mountain Carriage Trail
Length: 6.3 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Chetola: 3.5 mi

The Rich Mountain Carriage Trail offers a nice gradual incline that winds its way to a very large pasture and mountain views. Even though this trail is the longest on our list, it typically only takes 2.5 hours to complete. The trail follows the side of the mountain as you hike your way towards a beautiful meadow covered by many native wildflowers and butterflies in the spring & summer months. The trail continues to keep circling around the mountain until you reach the summit, where you'll find a nice oak tree to rest under for a few minutes. This hiking trail is great for families, dogs, and kids of younger ages. The trail is mostly gravel and follows a very gradual incline is enough for horses that frequent the trail.

Boone Fork Trail
Length: 5.2 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Chetola: 5 mi

The Boone Fork Trail is the furthest trail from Chetola on our list but is easily worth the 5mi drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trail offers an ever-changing landscape as you hike through tall trees, wild rhododendron tunnels, an open pasture, Hebron Rock Colony, and a continuing series of mountain waterfalls. Much of the trail is moderately sloped but does require some steep climbs including a ladder near a large granite outcropping. We encourage you to make the most of the Hebron Rock Colony by taking a moment to relax on one of the massive boulders settled in the stream. While most of the trail is covered by trees, the rock colony offers a great place to soak in the sun. This loop is more frequently trafficked but offers room to spread out and ample parking at Julian Price Park. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the public picnic tables situated in the park.

How to Make Traveling with Kids Easier

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-How to Make Traveling with Kids Easier-

 Just about every Wednesday or so, I begin to think about the weekend. What amazing adventures can we embark upon to create memories for our kids? So, maybe my expectations are a little high, but regardless, the weekend brings a plethora of possibilities. And, having kids means that we assuredly get to do something fun. Living in North Carolina also means that there are some incredible places to enjoy as a family that are also easy to get to for a weekend escape. As parents of kiddos under 5, the thought of a 6-hour road trip has lost its romanticism that once beckoned my wife and me not too many years ago. We love coming up with new places to take the kids, so if we can find an affordable weekend escape within a couple of hours, we are all in.

 Only a couple of hours from Charlotte is NC’s High Country, which is known for cool summers, stunning views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tweetsie Railroad, and Grandfather Mountain to name a few. While we typically try to pack in as much as possible, sometimes it’s nice to find a good basecamp, and just let the kids play. Couldn’t we just do that at home? Of course, but there is something about being out of the ordinary routine, away from preschool, work, errands, and family obligations that allow us to truly escape or disconnect. Finding a place that offers nice accommodations, good food for both kids and adults, outdoor recreation on-site or nearby, along with hiking trails, and is close to a little shopping, all with a beautiful backdrop would be perfect. 

Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is one of those rare finds that offers lodge rooms & condos, along with family-friendly dining options, lake activities, a pool, exercise classes & fitness room, live music, bonfire nights, a kids base camp (Fort Boone), frisbee golf course, guided fly fishing, and a sporting reserve with an archery range for kids. The resort is all within walking distance to Moses Cones (3600 acres with 27 miles of trails), downtown Blowing Rock and Tanger Outlets. Having everything in one spot means no planning, no in and out of car seats all weekend, and we can start enjoying ourselves in less than 2 hours. You can even bring your dog. Yes, please!

What’s Open?

Chetola Security Guardhouse:

Open Daily | 24 hours

Chetola Lodging:

Chetola Lodge: Open
The Bob Timberlake Inn: Open
Chetola Condominiums: Open

Chetola Front Desk:

Open Daily | 24 hours

Chetola Gift Shop:


Timberlake's Restaurant:

Open Daily | 7:30am-10:30am & 12 - 9pm

*In-dining at 50% occupancy, as well as curbside, carryout, room service, & delivery options

The Spa at Chetola:

Open Daily | 9am - 5pm
Locker Rooms will remain closed until further notice

Highlands Recreation Center:

Pool is open daily 9am-8pm (7/27-pool heater is down; we apologize for the inconvenience)
Tennis, Fishing, Disc Golf are available
Tennis clinics are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am
*Per NC's Governor's mandate, the hot tub, dry sauna and fitness center are closed

Fort Boone Playroom:

Closed until further notice

The Chetola Sporting Reserve:

Open 7 days a week
Monday-Tuesday: by appointment only
Wednesday-Sunday: 10am - 6pm*
*last appointment starts at 5pm

Chetola Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing:

Open Daily | By Appointment

Chetola Real Estate Office:

Monday - Friday | 9am - 5pm

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Chetola Statement of Faith

Chetola - the old Cherokee name means “Haven of Rest,” and after years of seeing miracles and wonders, we have come to recognize God in this place. We acknowledge that the peace, beauty, and rejuvenation so many have found here are all gifts from Him, and so we seek to honor Jesus by fulfilling His command to love God and love each other.

We appreciate that you have every right to believe there is a God or there is not. We too share that right and express it in how we live and with what we are entrusted. Our actions are not meant to force our beliefs on others, but hopefully encourage the recognition of the many glorious gifts which surround us here, and for some to acknowledge the great Creator.

Our goal is to serve our guests with love and excellence regardless of their beliefs: and for all who seek it, we offer a weekly prayer request and Sunday services from Antioch Community Church.

You are welcome to join us.
Kent & Shelley, Greg & Anne Tarbutton, Rachael Renar


Prayer Requests

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Chetola Chaplains

Scott & Becky Lycan first moved to the High Country in 2007, as their restoration location from the mission field. It is a great thrill for them to be senior leadership in the planting of Antioch Community Church of Boone; launching a new expression of the Body of Christ is a privilege and a wonderful challenge. This is their third church plant in North Carolina in the last 25 years, from ‘legacy’ church structures to house church networks.

The local faith community they help lead, Antioch Community Church of Boone, meets at Chetola Resort on Sunday mornings. As a gathered church, they pray regularly for the needs of the staff and guests at Chetola, especially those prayer requests placed in the “Prayer Bowl” located just off the resort registration desk (and now online too!). They hold a ‘Zoom’ prayer time every weekday from noon until 1 p.m. and welcome any prayer requests or folks joining with them during that time. Just email Scott@antiochboone.com and let him know. He will send a meeting invitation and link.

Thanks for joining our High Country Chetola community!

Daily Prayer

Our Chaplains, Scott & Becky Lycan, host a daily weekday prayer from 12pm-1pm via Zoom. To join them, please email Scott directly at scott@antiochboone.com. He will send out a meeting invite and link.

Antioch Church Sunday Service

As soon as it is deemed safe to congregate for church service, Antioch Community Church will return to Chetola on Sunday mornings. Until then, please join them for their weekly message at https://antiochchurchboone.org/

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Timberlake’s Carryout

chetola resort exterior showing Timberlake's Restaurant, Bob Timberlake Inn and Chetola Lodge pictured.

We look forward to serving you with great food from Chef Matt Rivers’ kitchen where the Timberlake’s team will fulfill your culinary desires with freshly prepared mountain favorites to-go, or oven ready family portion specialties and grill packs, along with craft beers and fine wines, all delivered right to your condominium, lodge or BTI room, or your vehicle. We also deliver lakeside at our picnic tables on Chetola Lake! To request a specific time for pickup, please call us directly.

Please call 828-295-5505 for more information or to place an order. You can also order online at the link below.

Timberlake’s Carry-out Hours:

7:30am-10:30am | 12pm – 9pm

Available Daily

Chef Matt River’s Easter Brisket Recipe

beef brisket

Chef Matt Rivers

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-Chef Matt Rivers' Easter Brisket-

"When I was growing up, money was tight and for Easter dinner we always had brisket instead of lamb. Brisket is a more affordable cut of meat that takes a little more time to prepare. This recipe is my updated version of my grandmother's recipe that my mom prepared for us every Easter. I'm delighted to share this recipe with our friends and family of Chetola. This recipe typically feeds 8 to 10 people. Happy Easter!"

- Head Chef, Matt Rivers | Timberlake's Restaurant


4 Lbs. Beef Brisket
2 big carrots rough chopped
3 onions rough chopped
3 ribs of celery rough chopped
2 leeks cleaned and white parts chopped
10 cloves of garlic lightly smashed
4 large tomatoes rough chopped( or 2 cans of diced tomatoes)
¼ cup tomato paste
Handful of fresh thyme sprigs
2 rosemary sprigs
½ cup of black coffee
2 cups red wine
3 quarts of beef stock
Salt and Black Pepper


Preheat the oven to 325f. Pat brisket dry with paper towels then season well with salt and black pepper. Place a large pan or pot over high heat and let the pan get real hot. Add some oil to the pan and sear the brisket on both sides. You want a good hard sear where it looks almost burnt, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove brisket from the pan and add onions, carrot, leeks, and celery and cook on high heat for a few minutes until the veggies start getting a little color to them. Add tomato paste cook for 3 mins while trying to get the tomato paste to caramelize. Add garlic and red wine and reduce for 5 minutes. Add diced tomato, fresh herbs, coffee and remove from heat. In a large roasting pan, place the vegetable mix on the bottom of the pan and lay brisket right on top of the veggies. Add beef stock but do not submerge the brisket. You want the top of the brisket to be just above the stock. Wrap pan in plastic wrap then tightly in foil and place in the oven. Turn the temperature down to 250 and cook for 5 to 6 hours. Remove pan from oven and uncover to let cool for 20 minutes.

Remove the brisket from the pan and set aside. Remove the herbs with tongs and discard. Now you have 2 choices. You can strain the veggies out and reduce or thicken the sauce, or you can puree the veggies right into the sauce. I prefer the latter method as you get a lot more flavor by blending the veggies. I strain the sauce after to get a nice smooth consistency. Slice the brisket and top with gravy and serve. Enjoy!

All of this can be done up to three days before and kept in the refrigerator. To reheat the brisket, simply place the pan in a 325f degree oven for about 30 mins.

Cooking not your thing? Taste this dish by Head Chef, Matt Rivers, himself at Timberlake's Restaurant.