Attractions

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
Known as the “A.T.”, more than 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath in a single year. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons, such as reconnecting with nature, escaping the stress of city life, meeting new people or deepening old friendships, or experiencing a simpler life.
Completed in 1937, the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

RidgeRunner Ziplines

They are dedicated to providing you primarily a SAFE and FUN outdoor recreation-- with a birds-eye view ziplining through the beautiful flora abundant in the southern Appalachian mountains. They are located 15 miles east of Murphy & just south of the Nantahala Gorge. They welcome you to the beautiful Andrews Valley and look forward to taking your visit to new heights on our Zipline Canopy Tours. 

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different river and land-based itineraries, learn to kayak at NOC’s world-renowned Paddling School, travel abroad with NOC’s Adventure Travel program, test the latest outdoor gear and shop at its LEED-certified flagship retail stores or enjoy NOC’s resort amenities such as its three restaurants and multi-tiered lodging.

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters

Snowbird is a Gospel-driven, high-adventure discipleship camp and conference location in North Carolina. Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the exposition of Scripture and personal relationships in order to equip the Church to impact this generation.
 

Hawkesdene - North Carolina Mountain Weddings

It is a one-of-a-kind 54-acre private estate tucked luxuriously in the elegant mountain country of Western North Carolina. People experience this amazing, sprawling property for an extended stay, with nobody else on-site but their personable and professional Hawkesdene service team. This heavenly estate is where gourmet meals, perfectly appointed guest rooms and cottages, and manicured grounds meet the soothing rush of Phillip’s Creek alongside sweeping mountain views and perfect solitude.

Fly Fishing

Andrews is surrounded by legendary fishing waters. The Nantahala River has hosted national trout fishing tournaments; and four mountain lakes – Nantahalah, Chatuge, Fontana, and Hiawassee – provide excellent Stillwater fishing. Or you can fish in our own small lake.

Mountain Biking

You can rent a bike at NOC, in shops in Bryson City and Murphy.  Here are some good trails near to Fernwood:
 
Piney Knob Trails - Murphy, NC
www.pineyknobtrails.com
Newly opened trail system in Murphy NC, 8 miles of newly opened trails built to IMBA standards with another 16 in development. Only 13 miles from Fernwood Cottage.
 
Tsali Recreation Area- Almond, NC
www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/tsali-recreation-area.html
One of the best Mtn Bike Trail systems in the S.E. USA.  Top 10 Destinations for Mountain Biking. These trails are fast and flowy... great day of riding here. Only 29 miles from Fernwood Cottage.
 
Jackrabbit Mountain- Hayesville, NC
www.mtbikewnc.com/trailheads/jackrabbit-mountain/
A great ride for anyone from beginners to advance along Lake Chatuge. A stacked loop configuration means many trails to play on. Only 33 miles from Fernwood Cottage.
 
Tanasi Trail System- Ocoee, TN
https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/tanasi-trail-system.html
Something for everyone. Flowy to Advanced downhill. Over 30 miles of singletrack. Great rides near the Ocoee River. Only 42 miles from Fernwood Cottage.”
 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains.

Fields of the Wood

Fields of the Wood is a religious park of more than 200 acres in Cherokee County, North Carolina, owned by the Church of God of Prophecy. It is best known for its 300-foot-wide, mountainside representation of the Ten Commandments.

Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile National Scenic Byway and National Forest Scenic Byway that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina in the southeastern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of Cherokee and Nantahala, the two national forests through which it passes.

John C. Campbell Folk School

Welcome to the Folk School's website! www.folkschool.org It's not the same as actually being here, but we hope that you get a taste of how much fun it can be. For some it's an energizing, creative boost. For others, it's a peaceful learning vacation. For most, it's a worthwhile experience that is treasured for years to come. 

For more than 90 years, the Folk School has encouraged all students and guests to become a part of the community through all-school activities such as concerts, dances, presentations and meals. People with varying interests are given a chance to come together through song, art, nature, gardening, cooking, storytelling and writing. 

Rafting,Canoeing and Kayaking on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers

There is exciting rafting, canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers and Deep Creek. All nearby and with a number of shops that will rent you equipment and provide transportation to put-in’s

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville is a living memorial to writer/poet Joyce Kilmer, best known for the poem, “Trees.” Located by Lake Santeetlah in the Nantahala National Forest, it is about 25 miles from Andrews. The Forest is a rare example of an old growth cove hardwood forest, an extremely diverse forest type unique to the Appalachian Mountains. Take a two-mile easy hike to see poplar, hemlock, red and white oak, basswood, beech, and sycamore.