Once Upon a Time Wilderness Adventures
Hiking Slick Rock Creek - click to enlarge Once Upon ~a ~ Time
Hiking and Backpacking – Let us know what you're interested in—an easy to moderate hike along a rushing mountain creek, a strenuous climb to a spectacular overlook along the Appalachian Trail, a wildflower walk, or an overnight backpack. There are 900 miles of trails in the Smokies, and 180 miles of trails in Cherokee National Forest.
Spelunking – The Lost Sea, just 25 minutes from here, is home to the world's second largest underground lake in a cave. You can enjoy the 1 hour public tour into the cave which includes a ride in a glass-bottom boat on the underground lake. We highly recommend you take the Wild Daytime Tour, where you crawl, scoot, slide, and climb through parts of the cave not included in the public tour. Allow 3 hours for the wild daytime tour. Caving at the Lost Sea - click to enlarge
Rafting the Ocoee - click to enlarge

Whitewater Rafting – Our area is blessed with spectacular whitewater rivers. We offer trips on the Nantahala, Hiwassee, and Ocoee Rivers. The Ocoee was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. The Nantahala and Hiwassee are a bit gentler but still have plenty of thrills.

Joni Lovegrove, Cherokee Storyteller - click to enlarge

Evenings at the bonfire - click to enlarge
History/Culture – A local Cherokee woman will captivate you with stories and songs from her Indian heritage. A visit to nearby Sequoyah Museum will teach you about the amazing Cherokee man who created the Cherokee syllabary. Fort Loudon Historic State Park is just 10 minutes away.
Bonfires – A wilderness adventure would not be complete without a bonfire, roasting hot dogs, making S'mores, and swapping tall tales.
Sporting Clays – If you're a gun aficionado, or even if you've never tried it before, there's a sporting clay range in the area with 25 stations nestled in the woods.
Going Down! - click to enlarge Look, Ma! No Hands! - click to enlarge
Rappelling – A certified instructor will "show you the ropes" at Look Rock on Chilhowee Mountain.
Biking on the Cherahola Skyway - click to enlarge Doin' the Calderwood Plunge! - click to enlarge
Biking – Bring your own bike and ride the Cherohala Skyway along the crest of the Unicoi Mountains, with panoramic views of the Smokies and Cherokee National Forest. Or bike the 11-mile scenic and historic Cades Cove Loop in the Smokies on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, when the road is closed to vehicular traffic.
Fly Fishing for Wily Trout - click to enlarge Kevin's Catch of the Day! - click to enlarge
Fishing – Some of the best trout fishing in the world is in our backyard. You have three mountain lakes to choose from (Calderwood, Chilhowee, and Tellico) along with several world-class trout streams (Bald River, Tellico River, Citico Creek).

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