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Apr
30
Sat
Snowbird Lodge Nature Walks with John and Nancy Rennie
Apr 30 – May 5 all-day

April 30 – May 6 Nancy and John Rennie return this spring and fall for another season of leading hikes and presenting evening programs. Longtime Snowbird guests, they bring a professional interest in nature and much experience in hiking. Nancy studied botany and horticulture at the University of Tennessee before starting her own business, Natural Designs, a native-plant based landscape design company. She has been a leader with the Gatlinburg Wildflower Pilgrimage for over 35 years and has extensive knowledge of the local flora. John is retired from the University of Tennessee where he taught forestry for more than 30 years. They particularly enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of nature on hikes to many locations near Snowbird. Their evening slide presentations include programs on their travels in the US and abroad, and on various aspects of nature in the southern Appalachians. Please join us for this delightful week of hiking and exploring nature at Snowbird.

For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

May
5
Thu
Tapoco Lodge Guided Hikes
May 5 – May 6 all-day

Join us at the Lodge for guided hikes lead by Kim Hainge.  Kim is a writer, public speaker and naturalist specializing in the native plants of the southern Appalachians.  She is the owner of “God’s Gardens”, a company that features nature walks that reflect the spiritual aspects of nature with a focus on both the historical uses of plants as well as their future potential.  She offers private hikes and plant identification walks for a fee on both public and privately owned land. She also helps people use native plants in their landscaping.  The use of plants as medicine has been a passion of Kim’s throughout her life and she has studied them in Arizona, Ohio, Florida (including the Florida Keys), and in the southern Appalachians.  In 1992 Kim went backpacking in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and the surrounding mountains of Western North Carolina.  She fell in love with the area and subsequently moved to Robbinsville, NC in 2006. She and her husband established a United Plant Saver’s Sanctuary on their 36 acre property which they use as a base to teach about the identification, culture and uses of native plants and mushrooms.  Kim has co-written the Benton MacKaye Trail Guide – Smokies Section.  Kim also writes a weekly newspaper column, Mountain Views, about the plants, animals, birds and wildlife around her.  She has presented classes and lectures at the Great Smoky Mountain Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, The Stecoah Valley Center, the Winter Heritage Festival in Townsend, Tennessee, and the Friends of the Smokies Annual Conference.  She is a member of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association, the Partners of the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness and the Appalachian Trail Association. Kim attended Arizona State University, graduating with a B.Sc. in Entomology and continued post graduate studies at Ohio State University in medical entomology. She has thirty years of experience as a pest control operator and a regulator of pesticide use for the State of Florida.

Hikes:

2-3 hour hikes-$50 for one hiker, $25 for each additional person

Half day hike-$65 for one hiker, $10 for each additional person

A 50% non refundable deposit is required at booking.  Call to reserve your space!

For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

May
6
Fri
Fontana Village Mother’s Day Weekend
May 6 – May 8 all-day

 

Treat Mom and the family to a wonderful weekend of fun in the mountains! Call the Resort today at 828-498-2211 to book your lodging. Then join us for Fontana Village Mother’s Day Weekend & Dinner at the Mountview Restaurant on Sunday. The Mountview Restaurant offers a savory menu featuring many locally inspired dishes that will surely leave Mom full and relaxed! Call the Mountview today at 828-498-2115 to make your reservation!

Fontana Village Mother's Day Weekend

May
7
Sat
Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Wright Creek Falls & Wright Creek Nature Trail
May 7 all-day

Wright Creek Falls & Wright Creek Nature Trail. Visit seldom seen Wright Creek Falls. Extremely difficult 0.75 mile round-trip hike followed by 0.5 mile easy/moderate walk on trail at overlook. Meet at 10 am at Cheoah Ranger Station. Bring lunch. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Snowbird Lodge Nature Walks with Leon Bates
May 7 – May 12 all-day

May 7-13 A resident of the Southern Appalachians, Leon Bates is a retired forester/botanist with forty years experience in natural resources management and urban forestry/horticulture. He has been leading native plant walks for local and state wildflower groups since the 1970’s, including sixteen years with the Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage.

A descendant of pioneer mountaineer ancestors, he walks and talks about his roots and the wonderful world of the Smoky Mountains. During his walks, guests are encouraged to actively participate in exploration of nature’s diverse plants and animals and develop a sense of their functional role in enhancing biodiversity.v For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

May
8
Sun
Tapoco Lodge Mother’s Day Lunch
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come out and celebrate Mothers Day with the Tapoco Family.  Join us for a buffet style lunch being served from 11am-4pm.  Menu coming soon.  Call for reservations.
For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

May
11
Wed
MINIs On The Dragon
May 11 @ 12:04 pm – May 15 @ 1:04 pm

Annual MINIs on the Dragon Event.

The MOTD started out as an get together to drive 11-mile stretch of road with 318 curves aka the Dragon. That in itself is more than enough reason to travel to the breath taking mountains of North Carolina. But in the first weekend of May each year, it has evolved into much more than that. Just like our beloved MINI’s have evolved into more than just a car to us. So you take the 11-mile stretch of road, then you toss in the mountains, country roads and waterfalls. Now add 600 to 1000 fellow MINIacs and it takes on a whole new meaning. Wake up each morning and see hundreds of Mini’s each day, attend dinners and events, go on group drives, or just gather and drool over each other’s mods. Get a chance to put a face to a screen name, see some old friends and make some new ones.

May
14
Sat
Cheoah River Release
May 14 – May 15 all-day
Cheoah River Release @ Cheoah River Put-in | North Carolina | United States

Western NC offers some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking east of the Mississippi. The recently unleashed Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart.  The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river it’s size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast!

Cheoah River Release facilities are located 8 miles North of Robbinsville. River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s or Outland Expeditions 800-827-1442. 

For more information click here!

Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Hike to Sassafras Fall
May 14 all-day

Hike to Sassafras Falls in Big Snowbird Area. 8.5 mile round trip moderately difficult. Bring lunch and fishing gear. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 9 am. Friday. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Snowbird Lodge Birding with Simon Thompson
May 14 – May 19 all-day

May 14-20 Nationally recognized ornithologist Simon Thompson joins us during the spring migration to help us locate and identify the birds that surround the Lodge. Simon has led trips throughout the world for birders and naturalists, and is very active in conservation and birding organizations in Western North Carolina.

Simon Thompson owns and operates his own bird watching and natural history tour company, Ventures, Inc., based in Asheville, NC. The company leads small groups of naturalists and birders both within North America and to many locations throughout the world.

In western North Carolina, he is also the ornithologist at Chimney Rock Park and is active with both the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and the Henderson County Bird Club. Since moving permanently to the US in 1987, Simon has been the ornithologist and nature director at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, NC. He has been active in various conservations activities, is a member of the American Birding Association and the Carolina Bird Club, and plans many bird watching talks and programs throughout western NC.

Simon and his partner, Chris, own the Asheville, NC Wild Birds Unlimited Store. As well as selling a great line of top quality bird seed and feeders, they also stock an excellent selection of bird houses, books, binoculars and a unique line of North Carolina nature gifts.

Websites:

BirdVentures.com
Asheville.wbu.com For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

Tapoco Lodge River Bash
May 14 all-day

Cheoah River Bash for Tapoco River Grill Tradition
One of the unique things about the Tapoco Lodge is that the Cheoah River runs directly past the back door. Rooms overlook the beautiful river, and visitors can sit out in front of the Slickrock Grilland watch the river flow by. The Cheoah River is located in the extreme southwestern corner of NC, near Robbinsville. The American Whitewater organization began investigating the whitewater potential of the Cheoah River in 1999, according to their website. They advocated for a controlled whitewater flow study in 2000. Flows on this river were severely impacted by the Tapoco Hydroelectric Project. On September 17th, 2005, the first recreational release occurred on the river. There will be a minimum of 18 releases annually for at least the next 40 years, based on a number of factors including rainfall.

During the water releases one can watch the rafters and kayakers come plummeting past, paddles flailing, throughout the day. Once they reach Lake Calderwood they rest up, snack, and return to the beginning of the run to “do it again”. By the end of the afternoon groups and individuals wander up to the lodge and order supper as they watch the few final rafts and kayaks.

Tapoco Lodge offers a place where everyone can sit, relax and watch the water. They are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved so visitors with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to see the races and enjoy the beauty of the riverfront. I often watch the kayakers for hours and marvel at their ability to navigate the Class V rapids that makes the Cheoah River one of the most popular sections for paddling and white water rafting in the Country. The river is not an easy ride. Class V is as difficult as it gets and there is an element of danger to each run.

Observers can be seen gasping and covering their eyes throughout the day, but that just adds to the excitement. For the best seats, visitors should arrive at the Lodge around 11:00 am. Plan to spend the afternoon and prepare yourself for a delightful time. Watching the race from the lodge is fun, there is tasty food and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and gardens make it very hard to beat. You can bet that I’ll be there watching too!
For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

May
21
Sat
Cheoah River Release
May 21 – May 22 all-day
Cheoah River Release @ Cheoah River Put-in | North Carolina | United States

Western NC offers some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking east of the Mississippi. The recently unleashed Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart.  The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river it’s size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast!

Cheoah River Release facilities are located 8 miles North of Robbinsville. River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s or Outland Expeditions 800-827-1442. 

For more information click here!

Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Full Moon Watch at Stecoah Gap
May 21 all-day

Meet at Stecoah Gap for Hike and Full Moon Shoot: Hike from trailhead at 4pm along USFS road to Locust Cove Gap to connector trail to AT and back down AT to gap. 6 miles easy to difficult. Gather at gap at 6:30 pm for moonrise. Bring dinner/drinks & chair. Fire provided. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Stecoah Valley Center Bluegrass Festival
May 21 all-day

11 am – 5 pm. Arts, crafts and vendors on the grounds. Music and dance performances on the outside stage.

Tapoco Lodge River Bash
May 21 all-day

Cheoah River Bash for Tapoco River Grill Tradition
One of the unique things about the Tapoco Lodge is that the Cheoah River runs directly past the back door. Rooms overlook the beautiful river, and visitors can sit out in front of the Slickrock Grilland watch the river flow by. The Cheoah River is located in the extreme southwestern corner of NC, near Robbinsville. The American Whitewater organization began investigating the whitewater potential of the Cheoah River in 1999, according to their website. They advocated for a controlled whitewater flow study in 2000. Flows on this river were severely impacted by the Tapoco Hydroelectric Project. On September 17th, 2005, the first recreational release occurred on the river. There will be a minimum of 18 releases annually for at least the next 40 years, based on a number of factors including rainfall.

During the water releases one can watch the rafters and kayakers come plummeting past, paddles flailing, throughout the day. Once they reach Lake Calderwood they rest up, snack, and return to the beginning of the run to “do it again”. By the end of the afternoon groups and individuals wander up to the lodge and order supper as they watch the few final rafts and kayaks.

Tapoco Lodge offers a place where everyone can sit, relax and watch the water. They are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved so visitors with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to see the races and enjoy the beauty of the riverfront. I often watch the kayakers for hours and marvel at their ability to navigate the Class V rapids that makes the Cheoah River one of the most popular sections for paddling and white water rafting in the Country. The river is not an easy ride. Class V is as difficult as it gets and there is an element of danger to each run.

Observers can be seen gasping and covering their eyes throughout the day, but that just adds to the excitement. For the best seats, visitors should arrive at the Lodge around 11:00 am. Plan to spend the afternoon and prepare yourself for a delightful time. Watching the race from the lodge is fun, there is tasty food and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and gardens make it very hard to beat. You can bet that I’ll be there watching too!
For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

May
22
Sun
Fontana Village Spring Accent on Rounds
May 22 – May 26 all-day

Join hosts John and Peg Kincaid from College Park, MD for the Fontana Village Spring Accent on Rounds where you can dance the nights away on Fontana’s famous floating hardwood dance floor. Dance instruction, workshops and fun! Spring Guest Staff; Mark and Pam Prow of Seabook, TX and Curt and Tammy Worlock of Plant City, FL.

Fontana Village Spring Accent on Rounds

Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area’s breathtaking mountain vistas and panoramic views from Fontana & Cheoah lakes provide memories to last a lifetime.

For our outdoor adventurers, there are also plenty of spaces for tent camping and RV hookups along the shores of the Little Tennessee River.

Your next Smoky Mountain vacation can be one for the record books when you stay at the Fontana Village Resort. We offer plenty of meeting and convention space, restaurants, a well-stocked general store, a massage & fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, and much more. If you’re interested in getting back to nature, try a Fontana Lake rental of kayaks or pontoon boats. And don’t forget about the miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking through the Smoky Mountains and Nantahala National Forest.

Round out everything with shopping, dancing, and great events, and you have a truly unique Smoky Mountain vacation property nestled in Mother Nature.

It’s easy to see why Fontana Village Resort is the Great Smoky Mountain Destination when our offering also includes:

  • Conference Spaces
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Restaurants
  • General Store and Gift Shops
  • Outdoor Pools and Lazy River
  • Disc Golf
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Marina
  • Fitness Center
  • Miles of On-Site Trails Suitable for Biking and Hiking
May
27
Fri
Fontana Village Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 – May 30 all-day

Fontana Village Memorial Day Weekend has something for everyone – Join us for our annual Summer Kick Off. Get ready for live music, a full weekend of fun and entertainment at the resort. Enjoy historical exhibits and activities based on Appalachian culture and heritage for the holiday.

Fontana Village Memorial Day Weekend

Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area’s breathtaking mountain vistas and panoramic views from Fontana & Cheoah lakes provide memories to last a lifetime.

For our outdoor adventurers, there are also plenty of spaces for tent camping and RV hookups along the shores of the Little Tennessee River.

Your next Smoky Mountain vacation can be one for the record books when you stay at the Fontana Village Resort. We offer plenty of meeting and convention space, restaurants, a well-stocked general store, a massage & fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, and much more. If you’re interested in getting back to nature, try a Fontana Lake rental of kayaks or pontoon boats. And don’t forget about the miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking through the Smoky Mountains and Nantahala National Forest.

Round out everything with shopping, dancing, and great events, and you have a truly unique Smoky Mountain vacation property nestled in Mother Nature. It’s easy to see why Fontana Village Resort is the Great Smoky Mountain Destination when our offering also includes:

  • Conference Spaces
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Restaurants
  • General Store and Gift Shops
  • Outdoor Pools and Lazy River
  • Disc Golf
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Marina
  • Fitness Center
  • Miles of On-Site Trails Suitable for Biking and Hiking
Memorial Day Weekend Food Specials
May 27 – May 29 all-day

Details Coming Soon…

Snowbird Lodge Memorial Day Weedend and BBQ
May 27 – May 28 all-day

May 27-29 Once again we’ll celebrate the holiday weekends of summer family style with old-fashioned BBQ’s on the lawn. Please join us for a Summertime feast of house-smoked pork, grilled burgers, ribs, and all the fixin’s you can imagine. The Bluegrass Partners will be on hand to entertain us with some foot stompin’ bluegrass music and humorous anecdotes on the front porch during and after supper. These events will be held on the Saturday evening of the holiday weekends, but our dining room will be open for the usual sumptuous meals that guests have grown to love for the rest of the weekend. We look forward to spending these holiday weekends with you!

(Please note that vegetarian diets and special dietary needs may only be accommodated with prior notice during these weekends.)

For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

May
30
Mon
Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Hike to Bob Stratton Bald
May 30 all-day

Memorial Day Hike & Picnic (Monday): Hike (6 miles) to Bob Stratton Bald and back from Beech Gap on Cherohala. Easy to moderately difficult. Bring lunch. Meet at Noon at Ranger Station to carpool. Hot Dog dinner @ Spirit Ridge Picnic Area on return drive provided by Partners of JK at 5 pm. Meet at Spirit Ridge at 4 pm for optional 0.5 mile accessible trail hike to scenic overlook. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Snowbird Lodge Night Walking and Synchronous Fireflies with Wanda DeWaard
May 30 – Jun 4 all-day

May 30 – June 5. Come to the mountains and join outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard. She will show you around our amazing forest trails at night! Learn to be more comfortable in the forest after dark by using your senses to move safely and with awareness. These walks will begin in the evening just before dark and will discuss bioluminescence and the natural history of synchronous fireflies as the hikes lead to an area suitable for viewing these amazing creatures!

Wanda DeWaard is an outdoor educator who has shared Earth Kinship and environmental awareness with people of all ages and a wide variety of backgrounds in community groups, schools, colleges, camps, environmental centers and teacher conferences since 1974. She holds a Masters degree in Recreation and Environmental Education and has directed youth and family programs all over the United States as well as in Canada and Germany. Currently, Wanda works as an outdoor program consultant and freelance outdoor educator in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Anything and everything in the natural world brings out her enthusiasm and contagious sense of fun. For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

Jun
6
Mon
Snowbird Lodge Paddle Sport Week with Chris Tilghman
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day

June 6-10 Inspired by a lifetime of water sports enjoyment, Chris Tilghman has brought the first stand up paddle company to the North Georgia Mountains. Chris has over twenty-five years experience surfing some of the world’s best waves, including Kauai’s North Shore where he lived for five years. He brings his expertise to Snowbird for four days on the water with guests who would like to spend warm summer days learning this fun new sport. Paddleboards are now available for use to guests on Lake Santeetlah, along with canoes and kayaks.

For more information, visit Snowbirdlodge.com

Snowbird Lodge Yoga with Anne Kennedy
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day

June 6-10 Ann Smiley Kennedy, B.A., LMBT, CYT, is currently in her third career life as a licensed massage therapist, reike practitioner, yoga instructor and entrepreneur. In previous ‘career lives’, she was a sports marketer and social worker. While Ann has been practicing massage for over fifteen years, she opened her own studio in Blue Ridge GA (Higher Ground Massage) almost five years ago. She began yoga as a young woman and revived her practice recently while experiencing a life transition. Her yoga teaching certification was earned from Asheville Yoga Center in 2013.

Her yoga practice offers a fun, comfortable place for those willing to try something new, step out of their comfort zone and be themselves! Curvy girl (and guy) yoga is her specialty, an opportunity for all of us to get comfy in our own skin!

For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

Jun
10
Fri
Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Hike to Whigg Meadows
Jun 10 all-day

Whigg Meadows via Benton-MacKaye Trail from Mud Gap. 3.5 miles out and back moderately difficult hike. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station 10 am. Bring sack lunch and trimming tools. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Jun
11
Sat
SCCA Chase the Dragon Hill Climb
Jun 11 – Jun 12 all-day

SCCA Chase The Dragon Hill Climb. Sports car race on Maple Springs Road. Registration/car viewing begins Friday afternoon in Robbinsville. Racing up Maple Springs Road Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Awards ceremony at 4 pm Sunday. Public invited free of charge.

Jun
17
Fri
Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Synchronized Fireflys at Joyce Kilmer
Jun 17 all-day

Synchronized Firefly Viewing at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail. Exact date to be announced in mid June dependent upon firefly emergence. Meet at JK Memorial Picnic area/trailhead at 8:30 pm. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Jun
18
Sat
Fontana Village Summer Concert Series
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fontana Village Summer Concert Series present Somebody’s Child from 7pm – 10pm

Jun
19
Sun
Tapoco Lodge Father’s Day Specials at the Grill
Jun 19 all-day

Details Coming Soon…
For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

Jun
24
Fri
Stecoah Valley Center Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour
Jun 24 all-day

10 am – 5 pm both days. A free self-guided driving tour of the galleries and working studios of Graham and Swain County. On the tour you will meet some of the artists that make Western North Carolina famous for our handcrafted arts and crafts. Brochures that include the map and information for the driving tour are available at all studios on the tour. The Schoolhouse Café will be open for lunch and light snacks both days of the tour. For more information visit https://www.stecoahvalleycenter.com

Jun
25
Sat
Cheoah River Release
Jun 25 – Jun 26 all-day
Cheoah River Release @ Cheoah River Put-in | North Carolina | United States

Western NC offers some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking east of the Mississippi. The recently unleashed Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart.  The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river it’s size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast!

Cheoah River Release facilities are located 8 miles North of Robbinsville. River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s or Outland Expeditions 800-827-1442. 

For more information click here!