The Hikers Treehouse is nestled in the wilderness is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy sunsets on the deck, a fire pit, and a hot tub under the stars. The open floor plan with artistic touches connects indoors with nature, while a spiral staircase leads to the bedroom and upper bath. Secluded and serene, it’s near Panthertown, Gorges State Park, and a short drive from Cashiers, Brevard, and Asheville. Embrace the call of the wild in this charming cabin.
Kayaking & Rafting
Western North Carolina is home to many river adventures for kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts. For example, the French Broad River invites simple paddling excursions, while the acclaimed Green River caters to more seasoned paddlers. Nearby, find stretches along the Whitewater, Horsepasture, Tuckasagee, Nantahala, Thompson, Mills River, Cullasaja, Davidson, and Pigeon Rivers, all easily reachable from our home. As warmer months arrive refresh yourself by rafting and tubing on the French Broad, Davidson, and Mills rivers. Rent tubes from local outfitters and make a memorable family outing. The burgeoning popularity of stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, provides opportunities on the French Broad River and the serene lakes dotting Transylvania County.
Rock Climbing & Bouldering
Western North Carolina boasts an array of rock climbing and bouldering options that cater to climbers of all skill levels. Near Cashiers, you’ll discover Laurel Knob, a remote climbing haven managed by the Carolina Climbers Coalition, renowned for its challenging terrain. In Pisgah National Forest, Cedar Rock boasts a variety of climbing routes suited for diverse skill levels, while the vicinity of Cashiers features Whiteside Mountain, home to some of the Eastern US’s most formidable rock walls. In the Davidson River area of Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Rock stands as a prominent climbing crag, showcasing a vast granite dome with routes and pitches suitable for climbers of every stripe. Just a short 15-minute drive from Downtown Brevard, this crag serves as a hub for renowned multi-pitch routes, including classics like Odyssey and The Nose.
Hunting enthusiasts will find opportunities in the Nantahala National Forest, especially in areas beyond developed recreation zones. While the U.S. Forest Service oversees the habitat, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission governs hunting and fishing regulations. The lush forests house a wealth of game animals, from white-tailed deer and black bears to wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, and gray squirrels. For specific locations and seasonal details, consider reaching out to the respective Ranger districts for comprehensive information. (Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District, Tusquitee Ranger District).
Western North Carolina teems with a multitude of hiking trails, each offering its unique allure. The Panther Ridge Trail, spanning around 4 miles, lays out a moderately challenging path through picturesque forests. For a shorter, serene adventure, explore the 2.5-mile Raven Rock Loop Trail winding through tranquil woodlands. Families can relish an easy 3-mile trek circling the charming Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. Alternatively, the Frozen Falls Trail extends a quick and breezy 1-mile hike culminating in a captivating waterfall. Venture onto the 2-mile Glen Falls Trail, leading to cascading waterfalls and captivating viewpoints. Don’t overlook the moderate 1.9-mile Whitewater Falls Trail, guiding you to one of the tallest waterfalls in the eastern U.S. For panoramic vistas, tackle the 1.5-mile Bearwallow Mountain Trail, ascending to a summit boasting an expansive meadow. These diverse hiking choices cater to outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels.
Ski Sapphire Valley
For skiers, Sapphire Valley promises a perfect day trip, featuring two slopes tailored to various skill levels and equipped with state-of-the-art snowmaking technology. Should you require ski equipment, rentals are readily available on-site, and instructional options cater to both novices and those seeking to refine their skills. While skiing, take in breathtaking mountain views and find respite within a cozy lodge, ideal for warming up and relishing delectable dining options. Sapphire Valley often enhances the winter experience with an exciting tubing hill, cementing its status as a family-friendly destination prioritizing safety.
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