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Fontana Fall Hike Week
Oct 23 – Oct 27 all-day
Fontana Fall Hike Week @ Fontana Village Resort | Fontana Dam | North Carolina | United States

Guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many other scheduled events.


7:00 pm Gunter Cabin Fire Pit
Join us for a relaxing fire as we make S’mores and put our feet up to the cool Smoky Mountain air. We will discuss the happenings in the Gunter cabin and general history of the Village Center from the days of the construction camp up until recent history. We will also outline the week’s activities for Fall Hike Week.

9:00 am General Store
Drive by motorcade to Twenty‐Mile Ranger Station where we will hike approximately 4 miles to the first shelter and back. There is an option to go further and hike the entire 8 mile loop. Those wanting a more difficult, but rewarding hike can hike up to the Shuckstack Fire Tower and come back down to Fontana Dam, extending it to 9 miles.

7:00 pm Events Hall
Join us in the Events hall as Steve Claxton, “Mustard Seed” shares his experiences of thru‐hiking the Appalachian Trail this past season. Steve is a local fishing guide from Graham County who spent 6 months this past year hiking the AT to raise money for the Big Brother Big Sisters of Graham & Swain Counties.

9:00 am General Store
Meet at the General Store where we will carpool to the Lewellyn Cove trailhead. Lewellyn Cove is 3.5 miles in length and has a few views of the backside of Fontana Dam. Those wanting to hike further can go continue on Gold Branch making it a 6.5 mile loop to see views of Fontana Dam as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Easy to moderate hiking with some downhill spots. The other option of hiking near the village will be to use the mountain bike trails to access the Lookout Rock Trail for spectacular views of Fontana Dam.

7:00 pm Rec. Hall
Join us in the Rec. Hall for an evening with Michael Skinner, from the Balsam Mountain Preserve. He will be here with some birds of prey and a few special guests within his Web of Life program. There will be opportunities for interaction and participation.

9:00 am General Store
Meet at the General Store to travel towards Robbinsville and walk a section of a birding & foliage trail at Stecoah Gap. Very easy walking on a forest service gravel road. Plenty of areas for fall foliage viewing.

7:00 pm Lodge Lobby
Join us for an entertaining evening from Zak Shaffer. He is an acoustic musician and Songwriter from Nashville, TN. He will be performing covers as well as some of his own songs in the upper lodge lobby.

9:00 am General Store
Meet at the General Store before heading out towards Joyce Kilmer for a beautiful forest hike on an old Forest Service road. The entire road is 9 miles long, but you are welcome to do as much or as little as you like. You will be surrounded by a very remote hardwood forest on a fairly easy roadbed. There is also an opportunity to drive to the Swan Cabin afterwards.

6:00 pm Paynetown Cemetery Hike
Meet at the lodge lobby as we venture out to a cemetery on the other side of Fontana Dam. 5 miles to drive and about 500 yds of hiking gets us to a north shore cemetery that has graves from the 1800’s until just recently. Graves here are from the abandoned settlement of Paynetown that is nearby. *Hikes are always subject to change of order/length or destination given trail or weather conditions.

Snowbird Lodge Hiking with Joel and Kathy Zachry
Oct 29 – Nov 2 all-day

Oct 29-Nov 3 The Zachrys continue to entertain and enlighten Snowbird’s guests on informative and enjoyable hikes in our area. Having completed the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005, Joel and Kathy return eager to share their experiences by leading investigative walks and narrative hikes through local mountain scenery. Joel is a retired college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical company executive who brings to Snowbird more than 50 years of collective outdoor experience.

Joel and Kathy are program managers and the longest-serving naturalist couple for the award-winning Smoky Mountain Field School. They also lead backcountry trips to Alaska through their Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel company. The Zachrys are also the authors of Bears We’ve Met, short stories of close encounters, available at the Lodge gift shop.

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

Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Hike to Cheoah Bald
Oct 30 all-day

Return Hike to Cheoah Bald. Hike a little over 2 miles to the bald and back from end of road. Difficult. Meet on US 129 at spring site across from Bear Creek Junction. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Cheoah River Release
Nov 5 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!

Tapoco Lodge River Bash
Nov 5 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

Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Hike Falls Branch Falls
Nov 11 all-day

Veterans Day Hike to Falls Branch Falls. 2.5 mile strenuous hike to falls and back from overlook on Cherohala Skyway (TN). Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 10 am. Bring lunch. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Snowbird Lodge Wine Dinners with John McCune
Nov 11 all-day

Nov 11-12 There is no event at Snowbird that is more fun than when our friend and Sommelier John McCune is here celebrating with awesome wines and stories from around the globe! His extensive travels through California, New Zealand, France, South Africa and Argentina have given him access to some of the finest wines in the world. Make plans now to hear, see, taste, learn and laugh with John.

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

Veterans Day 5k & Half Marathon
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Veterans Day Run/Walk to raise money and Awareness for the Veterans of Graham County. All proceeds will go to benefit the Graham County Veterans.

On site registration and starting line located at Robbinsville High School.

To register online, Visit: imathlete.com

Course Description: 5K will be one lap around the Fitness Trail then down 129 By-Pass to the Hub Restaurant and back. The 1/2 Marathon will be from the School Parking lot, around town, up Hwy. 129, around the back roads crossing hills and curves, onto Hwy. 143 then back to the school.

Snowbird Lodge Fly Fishing
Nov 15 – Nov 16 all-day

Nov 15-17 It’s three days all about trout!!  Snowbird is bringing back the USA Fly Fishing Team members to teach/casting/fly tie, stream techniques, and guide our guest on the three-mile delayed harvest section of Big Snowbird Creek, which is super-stocked catch-and-release.  Last seasons event saw all fishermen catch the triple crown, Brooks, Browns and Rainbows! It’s a rare opportunity and these three days will fill up fast!  Pre – registration for this event is required.  It is a 3 day event and has an additional fee of $100.00 per day for guides and equipment. With five guides we limit the number of guests that can participate to a total of 10, this insures that each guide is able to spend the maximum amount of time with each guest ensuring that each individual gets the instruction that they need. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced fly fisherman you are sure to come away with new skills and knowledge. For more information, visit http://www.snowbirdlodge.com

Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Bartram Bike Trail
Nov 19 all-day

Bartram Accessible Bike Trail Trek. 2.0 miles, paved trail walk along the Nantahala River. Bring leaf blowers/rakes. Meet at Winding Stair trail head just off US129 in Nantahala Gorge at 2 pm. Early dinner at NOC following walk. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Thanksgiving Week at Fontana
Nov 23 – Nov 26 all-day

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Thanksgiving feast at the Mountview Restaurant. We will have guided hikes, square dancing and much more!



Snowbird Lodge Thanksgiving
Nov 24 all-day

Thanksgiving at Snowbird Mountain Lodge November 27th. The warmth and kinship that the Thanksgiving holiday brings to families is such a welcome joy at the beginning of the holiday season. What better way to kick off your holidays than with a few peaceful days at Snowbird Mountain Lodge. Begin your day with hot coffee, sausage, bacon, biscuits, scones, fresh fruit and cereals.

Traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet begins at 1pm. Later that evening, a turkey sandwich spread and desserts will be available to anyone with an appetite. Space is limited for this special holiday event. Holiday rates apply.

Sample Thanksgiving Day Menu:
Entrees and Sides

Sweet Tea Brined Turkey with Herb Infused Gravy
Pecan Crusted Salmon
With Pineapple-Coconut Cream Sauce
Herb Roasted Prime Rib
With Horseradish Cream and Au Jus
Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Prosciutto Salad
Roast Sweet Potato and Carrot
Whipped Idaho Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole with Turmeric Onions
Turkish Swiss Chard with Cashews and Raisins
Mushroom & Chestnut Bread Pudding
Apple-Sausage Cornbread Stuffing
Cranberry Orange Sauce
Warm Apple Crisp
Pumpkin Tart
White Chocolate-Cranberry Trifle
Orange Bourbon Pecan Pie
Menu subject to change without notice based on availability of ingredients.

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

Tapoco Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 24 all-day

Come join us on this day of thanks for a scrumptious buffet with all the fixings.  Buffet will be open from 12-7pm.  Menu coming soon…
For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

Stecoah Valley Center Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour
Nov 25 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. Learn more

Snowbird Lodge is closed for the season
Nov 27 all-day
Stecoah Valley Center Breakfast with Santa
Dec 3 all-day

9 – 11 am. Join us for breakfast with Santa and enjoy delicious pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. After breakfast Santa will be available for photos and wish lists. Bring your camera to capture this special event. $5 per person. Reservations preferred.

Stecoah Valley Center Christmas in the Mountains
Dec 3 all-day

10 am – 5 pm. Indoor art and craft show and sale with visiting artisans just in time for holiday giving. The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day.

Partners of Joyce Kilmer: Cheoah Trail Hike
Dec 7 all-day

Cheoah Trail Hike. Moderately difficult 2.25 mile Cheoah Trail hike following Partner’s of JK December meeting at 10 am and lunch in town. For Details visit https://www.facebook.com/Joycekilmer1936

Hometown Holidays & Parade
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

3:00pm Festival Begins
6:00pm Parade begins: “Old Fashion Christmas”

Parade entries will be described & winners announced by the DJ & Mayor in front of Village Shopping Center on US129.

Parade Route: Robbinsville Elementary Gym parking lot to Knight Street; right on Rodney Orr Bypass; right on Main Street; left on East Main Street (at courthouse); left on Rodney Orr Bypass; then back to RES Gym.

7:00-8:30pm Hometown Holiday: Pictures with Santa**, Gift bags, Christmas train, cookies, hot chocolate, raffles, vendors, and more.

Tapoco Lodge Christmas Dinner
Dec 25 all-day

Details coming soon….
For more information, visit http://www.TapocoLodge.com

New Years Eve at Fontana
Dec 31 all-day

Join us for our New Year’s Eve Celebration which includes a dinner buffet at the Mountview Restaurant, live music ,and a Midnight Champagne toast. Reservations are required, so call (828) 498-2115 now to book this incredible evening!


Icycle Mountain Bike Event
Jan 28 – Jan 29 all-day
Icycle Mountain Bike Event @ Fontana Village Resort | Fontana Dam | North Carolina | United States

Pisgah Productions presents: The Icycle Mountain Bike Race, a mountain biking event to remember! This action packed day and evening will be enjoyed by all who brave the elements! The Icycle Cross Country Lemans begins at 11:00 AM in 5 minute waves for Sport, Big Bike and Beginner categories. At 1:00 PM Expert and Single-Speed categories start. Racers meet at 5:30 for a night race. The 7 mile course consists of varied terrain with rocks, roots, creeks, and wide open passing lanes offering some of the finest western North Carolina single-track. Event after party and bonfire. Then on Sunday, keep the fun going with a Disc Golf Tournament. Special room rates are available at the Lodge for $69 plus tax. For cabins take 25% off with a two night minimum.