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Hiking - Our home is in the midst of dozens of excellent hiking trails. Following is a sample of the types of trails that are available.

Bartram Trail: This well maintained trail extends over 100 miles and is accessible just 1 mile from the house at Wayah Road near Lake's End Restaurant (and boat rental). Follow the yellow trail markers. You can find out more about this trail at

Appalachian Trail (AT): There are multiple public parking access points within twenty-five minutes of our house. You can drive to the top of Wayah Bald (5,342 ft.) and hike back down to Nantahala Lake via the Bartram Trail (8.0 miles) or hike to the Nantahala Outdoor Center via the AT and the white trail markers. Wesser Bald is a section of the AT which is accessed from Wayah Road and Otter Creek Road. It is a wonderful 45 minute hike from the trailhead on Otter Creek Road (about 1.5 miles after the road becomes gravel). There is a great observation tower at the top, two miles from Telico Gap. has the best Tickets in Colorado Springs CO for Alan Jackson , Colorado Springs Philharmonic: The Music of Queen, Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Choral Legends, Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Debussy - La Mer at in Pikes Peak Center,and Black Sheep.

Biking - Tsali is the Southeast's mecca for mountain bikers and is thirty miles north of the house. Tsali has a cloverleaf system of three 11 to 13 mile loop trials along the shore of Lake Fontana. Closer, but with steeper terrain is the NOC's trail system adjacent to the whitewater facilities at the rafting takeout where the AT crosses the Nantahala Gorge.

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Fishing - Ranked one of the top fifty fly fishing areas in the country, many people come to this area JUST for the fly fishing! The Nantahala River along Wayah Road, within minutes of our home, provides a beautiful setting as well as abundant trout. There are several local guide services including Orvis School.

Additional opportunities for trout fishing include:

Cold Springs Trout Farm 828-321-4154

Broken Line Bait & Tackle 828-321-3162

Whitewater - Commercial rafting trips on the Nantahala River typically consist of half-day adventures through the Nantahala Gorge. The Nantahala is a Class II-III river and is a fine trip for both the first-timer and the experienced rafter. Families frequently enjoy this river as rafters need only weigh 60 pounds. Available watercrafts for rent include rafts, kayaks, canoes, and inflatable kayaks ("duckys").

Nantahala Outdoor Center 800-232-7238

Horseback Riding Enjoy 1 hour, 2 hour, half-day, full-day or even overnight rides through the Nantahala Gorge.

Lonesome Dove Stables 828-479-6105

Golf - Several nice golf courses are within a 30 minute drive of The House of Stone and Light. They include:

Mill Creek Country Club Franklin, NC 828-524-4653

Cherokee Hills Golf Course Murphy,NC 828-837-5853

Chatuge Shores Golf Course Hayesville, NC 828-389-8940

Mountain Harbour Golf Course Hayesville, NC 828-389-4111

Gem Mining - Franklin, NC (about 18 miles from Lake Nantahala) is KNOWN for its gem mining. It is a great family activity. For more information:
Shopping - Some of the closest nice shopping is in the area surrounding the train depot in Dillsboro, NC. It is about 15 minutes past Franklin, NC. There are some charming little shops including several arts & crafts galleries and a wonderful pottery studio and shop.

Highlands, NC definitely provides the finest shopping in the area. It is about an hour drive, so it is a very nice day excursion. Enjoy a nice lunch or early dinner while you're there.

Other Points of Interest

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad 800-872-4681

Biltmore House, Asheville, NC 800-624-1575

Cherokee, NC

Visitor Center 800-438-1601

Oconaluftee Indian Village 828-497-2315

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama 866-554-4557 or

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