Tapoco Lodge property is situated on 120 acres, boarded by the Cheoah River and the lush mountains of the Nantahala National Forest. The area is well known for its hiking, rafting, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking ans scenic back roads.
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For those with adventurous spirits, outdoor recreation abounds at the Historic Tapoco Lodge.
Fishing is top choice for many visitors to the area, and your choices of fishing opportunities are numerous. Fly fishing on the Cheoah River on lodge property offers an exciting challenge to any angler. Nearby Nantahala River, Slickrock Creek, and Snowbird Creek are also fly fishing hot spots. Lake fishing, as well as boating, are popular on nearby Calderwood, Santeetlah, Cheoah and Fontana Lakes.
Approximately 10 miles of hiking trails originate on the grounds, including a scenic 1.5 mile nature trail which passes Bear Creek Falls. Other trails include Ike Branch Trail (the shortest walk to Slickrock Creek Wilderness) and the Old Appalachian Spur Trail. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, with its giant hemlocks and tulip poplars over 500 years old, is only a short distance away. Many of the trees you’ll see on the forest’s hiking trail are over 20 feet in circumference and 150 feet tall.
Whitewater activities are available on the Cheoah River and the nearby Nantahala River which include rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. A short drive takes you to whitewater adventures on the Ocoee River, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Whitewater Event.
One of the more popular venues in the area are zip lines that provide canopy tours showcasing the beauty of the Smoky Mountain forests. There are several excellent zip lines within a days drive.
Other points of interest nearby include the Cheoah Dam which was the site of Harrison Ford’s famous jump in the 1993 movie The Fugitive. The location is also the site of the car crash in the 1998 film In Dreams, staring Annette Benning. The Dam is located just 1/4 mile from the Lodge.
A scenic 15 miles from the Lodge is the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest with 3,000 acres of virgin forest known for giant hemlocks and Tulip Poplar trees.
Western North Carolina is a great place to hunt waterfalls. Grab a map and spend the day touring the easy access falls. Or take a day hike to find the more hidden gems.
Twenty miles from the Lodge will bring you to the Cherohala Skyway, the scenic road between Robbinsville North Carolina and Tellico Plains Tennessee. This highway which climbs to more than 5,000 feet in elevation is one of the most scenic in the United States.
The 1927 silent film Stark Love was filmed in Graham County as was the 1994 movie Nell starring Jody Foster and Liam Neeson. The natural settings provide perfect backdrops for the camera.
Beginning only a few miles from the Lodge and running 11 miles to the north is a stretch of road known as Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap. This road has 318 curves in 11 miles and is a favorite among motorcyclists and sport car enthusiasts. The 1971 cult classic Two Lane Blacktop with James Taylor had a number of scenes filmed on the Dragon and other nearby roads.
Mountain bikers highly rate the trails at Tsali Recreation Area and Fontana Village, both on NC 28 AKA Moonshiner 28. The new Santeetlah Lake Trail on NC 143 between Robbinsville and the Cherohala Skyway offers an easier ride. Road bikers find many of the area roads a real challenge. The annual Cherohala Challenge century bicycle event, a 115 mile loop that includes both the Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway, passes right in front of the Lodge.