On 67 acres of rural rolling terrain, among towering pines, red maples, and mighty oaks, and surrounded by the incredible Blue Ridge vistas in the heart of the gated Blue Ridge Mountain Club, lies Chetola Sporting Reserve. The private club, open exclusively to those with annual memberships or lodging guests at Chetola Resort, features an array of outdoor sportsman activities including gun, rifle and pistol ranges, sporting clay course, 5-stand clay station, archery range, and Orvis® fly fishing excursions. As the first of only two Orvis® endorsed fly fishing lodges in North Carolina, you will find the best in wade, trophy, and float fishing, along with casting clinics, and even team-building with CSR experts at the helm. All activities are led by NRA-certified instructors specialized in a particular discipline, with customized Churchill-style instruction based on each guest’s proficiencies and needs. Members of the Sporting Reserve will enjoy annual members-only events and competitions, as well as the opportunity to purchase Chetola Club memberships for Spa and Recreation Center access.
This unique sporting club is unlike anything else in the High Country, with its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge Mountain Club ATV trails, abundant wildlife, catch-and-release fishing, miles of untouched forest, and endless adventure. Both the course and clubhouse are handicapped accessible. Set your sights on us and be part of the Chetola Sporting Reserve.
Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday: 10am-6pm
Chetola Resort Owned & Operated
Private - Exclusive Club Membership
67 Acres of Pristine Wooded Land
National Sporting Clay Association-Accredited Instruction
Beretta and Caeser Guerini Shotguns
5 Stand Clay Station
13 Station Sporting Clay Course
Pistol & Rifle Range
Orvis Endorsed Lodge & Guides
Fly Fishing Float and Wade Trips
Public and Private Waters
Private Events & Competitions
Corporate and Executive Retreats
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A 1,784-square-foot clubhouse is the property’s classic centerpiece, outfitted with Bob Timberlake’s elegantly rustic furniture, artwork and accessories. Relax by the stone fireplace with a game of backgammon, partake in a fine selection of food and beverages at the clubhouse bar, or unwind on the observation deck of the adjacent five-stand. The clubhouse, which can seat up to 40 people, and the adjacent tented area, ideal for up to 150 people, are available to rent and perfect for team building activities, corporate retreats, celebrations and bridal party outings (contact Chetola Resort Marketing at 828-295-5514), with all catering provided by Timberlake’s Restaurant.
Sporting Clay Course
NRA-certified instructors lead guests through this 20-acre course of 13 stations on a 67-acre outdoor adventure facility. Participants move steadily through each station, all of which are outfitted with the high performance Promatic clay throwers simulating various game birds and wildlife. Choose from finely crafted Caesar Guerini and Beretta shotguns, or bring your own guns if preferred (must be approved by Sporting Reserve staff). All ammo and clays must be purchased from the Sporting Reserve. Full and half-course options offered. Must be 12 years old to participate.
6 stations: $60pp
13 stations: $120pp
5 Stand Clay Station
An action-packed activity ideal for groups and special events. The 5 stand, named for its side-by-side stations accommodating up to five shooters at the same time, is a cross between trap, skeet and sporting clays with the advantage of accelerated pace and diverse crossing, flying and dropping patterns. Choose from finely crafted Caesar Guerini and Beretta shotguns, or bring your own guns (which must be approved by Sporting Reserve staff). All ammo and clays must be purchased from the Sporting Reserve. Must be 12 years old to participate.
100 clays and shells: $120pp
50 clays and shells: $60pp
Group (1-5 ppl)
150 shots: $295, includes an NSCA Level 1 instructor
Additional 150 clays and shells: $150
For ages 6 and older. Our staff offers beginner instruction, focusing on form, function and safety. The course -- optimized for children, families and corporate groups – is outfitted with five, 10 and 20-yard targets. Brand name equipment from Diamond, Bear, and October Mountain Products includes traditional longbows as well as compound and wooden arrows , properly outfitted based on age, weight, arm length and pull strength. Individuals are also welcome to bring their own equipment and pay for range use only.
60-Minute Instruction: $50 (1-5ppl)
Pistol & Rifle Range
Enjoy shooting at an array of paper and AR500 Steel Targets on beautiful state of the art outdoor shooting facilities. Rentals available, or bring your own equipment. Ammunition must be provided by the clubhouse.
Range Access per Hour: $40
$20 for second and third guest in same lane.
Rentals: $30+ Pistol | $40+ Rifle
Fly Fishing Wade Trips
A wade adventure is the most popular of type of fly fishing, with the angler moving through the banks, rivers and streams to acquire the best position for reeling in the perfect catch. We offer multiple locations throughout the High Country allowing you to choose your ideal fly fishing adventure. Multiple combination packages are available to help maximize your mountain experience. Chetola offers both half and full-day wade trip adventures that provide the opportunity to land trophy trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Wild Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass on either private or public waters.
Fly Fishing Float Trips
Our professional Orvis endorsed guides will customize an unforgetable day on some of the most pristine rivers and streams in the High Country based on experience, current conditions of the waters and personal requests. Journey into the heart of the river with our guided float trips in a private boat. One boat will comfortably accommodate up to two guests plus your Orvis endorsed guide. There are multiple rivers from which to choose based upon personal requests, the current conditions of the waters and the recommendations of your guide. Chetola offers both half and full-day float trip adventures that provide the opportunity to land trophy trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Wild Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass on either private or public waters.
Fly Fishing Trophy Waters
Full or half-day float trips offer an intimate experience in true wilderness, providing access to miles of private water where Brook, Rainbow, and Wild Brown trout as well as Smallmouth Bass dance on wild rivers. Embrace the solitude, epic scenery, big water, and wild trout eager to take a dry fly for a fly fishing experience that will last a lifetime. Our Orvis endorsed guides will be happy to recommend locations based on experience and expectations.