At Chetola Resort we love supporting local non-profit organizations in our area. Nonprofits encourage civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, improve local communities, and strengthen the fabric of our communities.

#GivingTuesday is the global day of giving and is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity by encouraging individuals to give to their favorite organizations during the giving season.

We love and appreciate every organization in the High Country but here are a few whose mission speaks to our hearts.


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Chetola Resort's Festival of Trees Entry for 2022. Bid on our tree by visiting the Festival of Trees website.

Western Youth Network
(Festival of Trees)

Western Youth Network’s mission is to “transform our High Country community by nurturing and empowering our children so that they live HEALTHY, ENGAGED, and FULFILLED LIVES”. With initiatives like mentoring, after school programs, summer camps, high school success, and community health, Western Youth Network is helping to transform our community and make bright futures possible for the youth in our area.

During the holiday season, Western Youth Network puts on their biggest fundraising event for the year, the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is an annual event where you can tour (and bid on) 100+ trees and wreaths in the High Country community, give to an awesome organization, and participate in 4 amazing events through December 1st! This year WYN is asking for donations on December 1st, 2022 (instead of #GivingTuesday) for their $20k-in-One-Day event!

Our tree at Chetola shares and shows off our love for the local community with ornaments and decor from our favorite local spots. Our tree is available for viewing in the front lobby near the elevators.

Learn more about the Festival of Trees or donate by visiting:


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Blue Ridge Conservancy

Blue Ridge Conservancy is saving the places we love in Western North Carolina. They work closely with state, federal, and private partners to expand the public’s access to land with significant recreational, cultural, and ecological value. Blue Ridge Conservancy has protected over 22,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties. 

Middle Fork Greenway, a project of Blue Ridge Conservancy is a multi-use recreational trail that will connect Blowing Rock to Boone and connect residents and visitors to the natural world by giving them a spot to safely get outside and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. This project is in the works but could always use more support.

You can be a part of the story. By supporting Blue Ridge Conservancy and Middle Fork Greenway you are helping support land protection projects that ensure our farmlands stay intact, our drinking water stays clean, and our views remain beautiful – forever. Learn more and donate to Blue Ridge Conservancy this #GivingTuesday by visiting:

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High Country Caregivers

High Country Caregivers strive to keep families together. They are a stand-alone not-for-profit organization dedicated to relatives, respite, and resources for kinship caregivers, and relatives caring for loved ones with life-limiting illnesses and debility. High Country Caregivers offers programs like The Children’s Wishlist, Coach’s Kids, Eyes in the Wild, The Learning Shack, RAPP, Kinship Navigation, and Play Me a Memory.

For the holiday season, High Country Caregivers is seeking sponsors for Christmas Angels. They are seeking sponsorships for children this Christmas season and for $250, you can help give a child a magical Christmas this year.

To learn more and donate to High Country Caregivers visit

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Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation works to ensure that Grandfather Mountain will continue to be able to preserve the astonishing variety of plants and animals found there, while welcoming thousands of visitors every year. 

Grandfather Mountain is not only one of our favorite spots to visit in the High Country but it is one of the most biodiverse and scenic places in the world. Visitors come from all around to enjoy the marvel of the animals, the plants, the trails, and the mile-high swinging bridge, and deepen their appreciation of nature and stewardship for the mountains. If there is something you’re particularly passionate about at Grandfather Mountain you can donate to different parts of the organization like animal habitats, educational programming, general needs, and field trip scholarships, or enter your own option.

To learn more and donate to the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation visit

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Casting Bread

Casting Bread Ministries strives to show the love of Jesus Christ in a tangible way by serving the community by feeding people physically as well as spiritually. 

All year round Casting Bread Ministries takes donations of food, hygiene, household goods, and monetary donations to help the local community with their needs. Their wonderful volunteers help with stocking items, client intake, loading vehicles, financial counseling, cooking, cleaning, picking up donations, and more.

To learn more, get involved, and donate to Casting Bread visit


We hope you’ll consider donating, volunteering, or getting involved with one of these great organizations this GivingTuesday.



It’s the most magical time of year in the High Country! It’s Christmas Tree season!

The High Country is known for its beautiful trees (even presidents like our trees!), lovely winter views, and expansive farms with trees as far as the eye can see. A High Country Christmas tree is the perfect addition to your home for the holiday season and what better time to grab your tree than on your holiday visit to Chetola Resort!

If you’re hoping to leave the mountains with a beautiful tree on the roof of your car, here are a few of our favorite tree farms to enjoy during the holiday season:

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Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm (14 miles from Chetola)

The name of this tree farm says it all. The Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm does in fact have stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you wander through the rows of trees to pick your perfect one. And with complimentary hayrides, a petting zoo, and fresh hot chocolate & apple cider this family-owned tree farm is an adventure the entire family will enjoy. There’s no better way to start your Christmas season than with a tree and winter adventure to Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm.

Note: This family run farm also runs Clawson’s Christmas Tree Farm which has an even wider variety of trees. If you want lots of trees to choose from, visit them at Clawsons, but if you want the breathtaking views, head up the road to Panoramic.

Frosty's Tree Farm

Frosty’s Choose & Cut (26 miles from Chetola)

Frosty’s Choose & Cut Tree Farm is more than just a tree farm, it’s a Christmas experience for the whole family. Like most farms, Frosty’s has trees, wreaths, and garlands, but a visit to Frosty’s also includes a visit with Santa, tree stump souvenirs, hayrides, food trucks, trolley rides, build-a-wreath, hot chocolate, face painting, Christmas souvenirs, and Old Barn Winery where you can enjoy Christmas wines! You can’t help but feel the holiday spirit and joy after an adventure to Frosty’s Choose and Cut.

Circle C Tree Farms

Circle C Tree Farms (8 miles from Chetola)

A magical Christmas Tree Farm right in the heart of Boone, Circle C Tree Farm is the ideal spot for your annual family search for the perfect Christmas tree. With 7 - 13 foot trees available (with a few smaller ones), these beautiful, giant trees are the best way to bring the Christmas spirit home. With the option to use one of their handsaws, bring your own, or have their staff cut your tree, a visit to Circle C Farm is a special, holiday memory for everyone. 


C & J Christmas Trees (10 miles from Chetola)

If you’re looking for that Hallmark Christmas tree farm moment with breathtaking mountain views and beautiful trees, then C & J Christmas Trees is your go to for this year's tree. In addition to an array of Christmas trees and panoramic views, at C & J’s you can also enjoy food, hot cocoa, apple cider, wreaths, and more! With everything they have to offer, C&J’s farm is the perfect place for your family to grab their tree this season.

Important Note: GPS directions are not always accurate when getting you to C&J. Follow signs along Bamboo Rd. to get there.


The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a winter getaway to Chetola Resort and a Christmas tree adventure! No matter what tree farm you pick during your stay, you’re guaranteed to come home with a tree atop your car and magical times that will be cherished forever. We can’t wait to be a part of your family’s Christmas traditions and help you make new memories this winter at Chetola Resort!

*We recommend visiting the High Country early in the season, as some Christmas Tree Farms do run low on trees as it gets closer to Christmas.


Fall is the most beautiful season for hiking in the High Country. Breathtaking views of oranges, reds, and yellows, crisp autumn air, and crunchy leaves makes fall the perfect time to hit the trail.


Though any trail in the High Country is spectacular during the fall season, these are a few that you can't miss:

Moses Cone Manor (6.2 mile loop from Bass Lake)

Whether the Moses Cone Manor is a spot you frequent or you’ve never seen this spectacular home, the Cone Manor is a must see in the fall season. With the manor house surrounded by trees, blanketed in recently fallen leaves, views of Bass Lake below, and Blue Ridge Mountain views beyond, the Moses Cone Manor boasts one of the best views during the fall season.

If you’re looking for a long hike, you can enjoy the Moses Cone Carriage Trails directly from the Chetola grounds and hike to Bass Lake, the Apple Barn, or up to the Moses Cone Manor. If you’re looking for a beautiful drive, you can take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 294 and enjoy the Cone Manor without a trek.

Tanawha Trail (13.5 miles total | you can do small sections along the Blue Ridge Parkway)

Running parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway along Grandfather Mountain, the Tanawha Trail passes underneath the Linn Cove Viaduct, up boulders, through forests of beech and birch trees, over rivers, showing off panoramic views, and more. As the trail runs along 13 miles of the mountains, adventurers can experience unique environments and a trail unlike any other along the parkway, the Tanawha Trail is something you can enjoy sections of for years to come.

There are many ways to access the Tanawha Trail from the parkway. This lets hikers choose as long or as short of a section as they like.Visit to see a map of the trail and choose your section to explore.

Trout Lake Loop Trail (2.7 mile loop)

The Trout Lake Loop Trail is a relaxed, gradual walk around Trout Lake. Similar to Bass Lake but a little more secluded, visitors to Trout Lake can enjoy fishing, hiking, or running while enjoying the beautiful views. Besides these fun activities, explorers of Trout Lake can enjoy walking through forests filled with ancient conifers, thickets of rhododendron, a diversity of flora and fauna, and lakeside leaf views in the fall.

The Trout Lake Loop Trail is only a 7 min drive from Chetola Resort or if you’re feeling extra adventurous you can hike from Chetola to Bass Lake to the Manor House to Trout Lake which is about 7 miles round trip.

Cold Prong Pond Loop (0.5 mile loop)

What this hike lacks in panoramic views, it makes up for in low crowds, a relaxing walk, and unique flora and fauna. In the fall, the trees are covered in beautiful leaves and there are still a few flowers along the trail. The perfect spot for beginner hikers, those who need to stretch their legs, or those who love a good nature walk, Cold Prong Pond Loop is the perfect trail to step foot on.

If you continue along the trail, Cold Prong Pond Loop eventually meets up with the Tanawha Trail. So if you’re looking for a longer adventure, you can always enjoy that trail for a few miles as well.  


No matter what kind of fall hiking adventure you’re hoping to embark on during your next visit to Chetola, any or all of these hikes are the perfect escape to enjoy fall colors! We hope you’ll join us soon at Chetola for colorful fall days and beautiful 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



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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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



The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and beautiful days abound in spring and summer at Chetola Resort. To us, this picture-perfect weather means it’s time to grab our favorite meal (and maybe a dessert) to-go from Timberlake’s Restaurant, pack up our picnic basket, and head into the mountains. So, pack up your blankets and favorite foods and be sure to explore these beautiful spots for your next picnic during your spring vacation to Chetola Resort.;

Chetola Lake
Though we're a little biased, our favorite spot to enjoy a picnic is right on property at Chetola Lake. With picnic tables placed along the lakeside, no matter where your choose to sit, Chetola Lake is the deal spot for enjoying a picnic-style to-go meal from Timberlake's Restaurant. Plus, if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of our swans or ducks (but please don't share your picnic with them). 🙂

Broyhill Park (3 minutes from Chetola Resort)
Broyhill Park is located in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful outdoor picnic while savoring views of Mayview Lake. This picturesque picnic spot features a gazebo, walking trail, and a deck for fishing.

Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks (Distance from Chetola Resort varies)
Although you can’t go wrong with any of the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a few of our favorites for picnics include: Julian Price Memorial Park, Thunder Hill Overlook, Raven Rocks Overlook, Jeffress Park, and Linville River. These spots provide beautiful views of mountains, rivers, and a place to enjoy the moment (and a meal) with your favorite people.

Photo courtesy of Watauga Democrat


Strawberry Hill (16 minutes from Chetola Resort)
Located in the heart of Boone, Strawberry Hill provides a large grassy area with great views of the town of Boone. And after enjoying your delicious picnic, enjoy a walk along their gentle trails or through the nearby Daniel Boone Gardens.

Sterling Creek Park along Middle Fork Greenway (7 minutes from Chetola Resort)
A peaceful spot by the Middle Fork of the New River, Sterling Creek Park is perfect spot to bring a picnic, read a book, listen to the birds amongst the towering trees, or fish in the mossy-bouldered (not sure this is a word- maybe use quotations or replace) stream. Located along the Middle Fork Greenway across from Mystery Hill, Sterling Creek Park is a hidden slice of nature that the whole family will cherish.

Julian Price Memorial Park (8 minutes from Chetola Resort)
Located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 297, visitors can enjoy this idyllic, as well as the largest picnic area along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 100-site picnic area along the parkway offers gorgeous spots by Boone Fork Creek, comfort stations, grills, and is only steps away from the Boone Fork Trail – the perfect spot for an after-picnic walk.

Ready to load up your picnic basket and savor quality time outdoors? Check out our most recent menus to plan your picnic for your next getaway to Chetola Resort.