All waterfalls leads to whitewater - which makes this time of year very special, plus the snakes are still sleeping! Right now, local waterfalls are at full volume which is perfect for hiking, rock climbing and creek hopping.Read More
Outdoor weddings celebrate the beauty of love in nature. Planning a riverside wedding at Nolichucky Campground gives you the benefit of activities, lodging and party facilities in one place.Read More
With so many waterfalls safe to trek to, plus the beachy river-front trail into the Cherokee Forest... these forests have miles to explore during any season.Read More
Grab your mountain bike and get ready for some muddy springtime mountain biking and camping with hot showers afterwards. The closest adventure is on Buffalo Mountain at 2,300 elevation. If you're biking in the Asheville area, SABA, the Pisgah SORBA group and Blue Ridge Bicycle Club both have meet-up rides planned throughout the year.
IMBA promotes the following widely accepted "Rules of the Trail" for helping in its goal of preserving mountain bike trail access:
- Ride on open trails only. If a trail is posted with a "no bikes" sign, don't ride it.
- Control your bicycle. This is particularly important when you meet hikers, horseback riders, or other cyclists on the trail. Good balance and proper braking are essential mountain biking skills.
- Always yield the trail. The steps are simple: slow down, establish communication with the people you meet, and pass safely. Yielding doesn't always mean stopping and dismounting, though sometimes that's the best idea, particularly when passing horses.
- Never scare animals. It doesn't matter if it's a horse, fox, cow, deer, elk, or mountain lion - give all animals plenty of room and try not to startle them.
- Leave no trace. All trail users affect the trailbed and the natural environment. Your goal should be to minimize your impact. Staying on the trail and not skidding are two easy steps. Staying off severely rutted or muddy trails is another.
- Plan ahead. Carry everything you need for a good ride: a spare tube and a pump, a rain jacket, basic tools. Know where you're riding. Wear a helmet.
- HAVE FUN!! (okay, we added that one)
One of our long-standing converted tent platforms, affectionately known as "Wayne's World", has undergone some major transformations and demolitions lately. The manager's cabin and office have also gotten some love thanks to our new resident managers, Don & Rebecca - they moved in last August with their family and have worked night and day to make improvements to the entire campground.
Thanks to our friends, The Sleeper Family, a new two-story cabin residence will be where Wayne's World used to be located. This winter, we've helped the local construction crews work hard to tear down and rebuild the shelter. (This private residence will be occupied by The Sleepers and is not available for rent.)
By popular demand, we're now offering collectible gear and merchandise through CafePress. (We tried to give you a mix of everything from organic shirts to holiday ornaments, matching his & hers pajamas, baby onesies, dog t-shirts and even glass beer pints. If you think of anything new you'd like to get, just let us know!)
There's no doubt about it, camping is hard work. Organizing gear, getting a reservation, preparing food for several days ahead, packing the car, and making sure there is enough to do to entertain the whole family—it can overwhelm. But it's worth it! You're guaranteed to make lasting family memories, enjoy lots of laughs with the family, and get plenty of outdoor time for the kids.
To help you get out under the stars, we've put together some tips for camping with the family and a checklist of what to take.
First, get a camping date on your calendar. Campgrounds can fill up quickly so plan ahead to get a spot. And try to leave early in the day on Friday (or head out during the work week) to avoid commuter traffic and have a better chance of setting up camp before it gets dark.
Invite friends. Camping with kids alone is great. But camping with another family or bringing your kids' friends along helps keep everyone happy and occupied.
Prepare the gear. Use the camping checklist from REI to make sure you take what you need, but not much more. Check the tent, stove, matches/lighters, and lanterns beforehand for damage and working condition. If you forget anything, our local friends at Mahoney's Outfitters, just 30 minutes away in Johnson City, will be happy to hook you up.
Bring campfire goodies. Sweet s'more ingredients plus an acoustic guitar by the bonfire - can it get any better? We have local pre-chopped firewood available and you can pick-your-own kindling in the national forest (anything already down and on the ground is fair game), but we discourage bringing in firewood from outside the area.
Prepare the food. The checklist doesn't include food—you'll have to create that yourself. Here's a tip: Write down what you plan to eat for each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner.) Then prepare what you can at home—marinate the meats, cut the vegetables, wrap the potatoes in foil. You'll be thankful once you get to camp. Grocery stores are nearby, but limited on specialty items.
When you pack the cooler, set out the foods meal by meal, thinking about how you'll serve each meal so you don't forget condiments and necessary utensils, can opener, etc.
We want to give a BIG THANKS to Terry Haynes and his crew for widening and clearing the road leading into the campground. They have spent weeks blasting rocks and moving earth (we even saw Terry removing rocks by hand in the dark one night!) so our visitors can easily access the rafting company and our campground. We appreciate your hard work and support our local municipalities and elected officials. (You 've made it much easier for these guys to haul rafts and campers to bring their RV's!)