Immerse in the unique culture, recreation, and relaxation that abound in this region. Experiences begin within the community at the Grand River Lodge (projected opening 2019) where residents and guests will enjoy fine and casual dining, fitness and spa activities, social events, and relaxation on the outdoor porches overlooking the River Park. Take a relaxing swim in the hillside pool; play tennis; hike or bike the community trails and greenway; or relax by the riverside firepit at the open-air River Park Pavilion. The region’s quaint mountain towns host numerous seasonal festivals and offer unique dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences.
The nearby National Forests and Parks, lakes, rivers, and streams offer boundless outdoor adventures and educational opportunities. Our River Lodge concierge will schedule professionally guided outdoor adventures for residents and guests including hiking, mountain biking, horse trail riding, fly-fishing lessons and excursions, whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip lining, and camping.
The Western Carolina Fly-Fishing Trail features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains with 15 nearby prime fishing spots for catching brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Professional fly-fishing instructors are available for lessons and guiding for residents and guests.
Nantahala Outdoor Center, 25 miles to the west, was named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventures. Every year it provides whitewater and outdoor mountain adventures to over 1 million guests.
Cataloochee Ski Area, less than an hour away in Maggie Valley, has 14 slopes for skiing and snowboarding during the winter season.
Nearby golf courses are Sequoia National Golf Club in Cherokee, High Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, and Sapphire National Golf Club in Sapphire Valley.
Cherokee is a people, a culture, and a sovereign Native American nation, located on the Qualla Boundary land trust in Cherokee, NC, a 30-minute drive from Cullowhee River Club. Visiting the Cherokee Indian ancestral homeland is a tour of history: the Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. The outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills”, performed in the summer season, is the story of the Cherokee from pre-history, through the “Trail of Tears”, to the present day. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, houses 150,000 square feet of gaming space including more than 130 traditional table games and 3,700 slot games. Additionally, it includes a 3900-seat event center and a variety of dining and shopping venues.