A vast outdoor playground surrounds Fernwood Cottage…For rafting, canoeing or kayaking on the Nantahala River, we recommend Endless Rivers and Appalachian Rivers outfitters. For rafting on the Ocoee River, we suggest the Ocoee Adventure Center. For fishing, there are plenty of mountain trout streams nearby. Nearby lakes — Nantahala, Chatuge, Fontana and Hiwassee — where you can rent a boat and try your hand at mountain lake fishing are also close.
There are numerous nature hikes and walks in the area, including the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. But if you prefer to ride, there are several stables that offer horseback riding trips into the Smoky Mountains.
Several mountain golf courses are nearby.
Bike rentals are available at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and the nationally known Tsali mountain bike area is nearby.
The John Campbell Folk School is just minutes away where you can watch artisans at work and visit the craft shop.
The Cherohala Skyway offers a 40+ mile scenic drive that rivals the Blue Ridge Parkway.