Chattooga River Lodging
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Three bedroom, two bath. Comes fully equipped - just bring your food.
Sleeps 6-8 comfortably and will accommodate as many as 10. All linens and towels included.
Beds: 1 queen, 1 double, 2 twin, queen size fold out couch, two roll away beds.
Two porches, central heat and air.
Fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, phone, charcoal grill.
Outdoor shower (for nature lovers), there's one inside too!
Cathedral living room with gas log fireplace.
Fire ring for campfires - bring the smores!
Large, grass backyard for games of catch.
Creek runs through the property.
An Ideal place for families to get reacquainted.
See if the dates of your interest are available, then drop us an email or give us a call and we'll be happy to book your stay with us. If you really want to stay with us but your rafting reservations don't mesh with our openings, the rafting outfitters can often book you on another day if there's space available.
For Rafting Reservations, we recommend these outfitters:
www.wildwaterrafting.com/chattooga.php - located 3 miles from cottage
www.southeasternexpeditions.com - located 5 miles from cottage
Our close proximity to the rafting outfitters allows you to sleep in before those early morning Chattooga trips!
We're located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, where the rolling hills of the Piedmont meet the high mountains of the Blue Ridge. In close proximity to the Cottage, this varied terrain offers bountiful waterfalls, sheer rock cliffs, and steep mountain gorges. After your river trip, stay awhile and explore this amazing place. You'll leave refreshed and rested.
Rafting: close to the Chattooga River and rafting outfitters; 1 mile from NOC Chattooga Outpost
Nantahala Outdoor Center/www.noc.com /800 232 7238
Kayaking/Canoeing on the Chattooga or Tallulah: located on the Chattooga, section 3 shuttle road (the Fall Creek access is minutes away).
30 minutes from Tallulah Gorge, the cottage is an ideal home base for paddlers visiting the area.
Available year round - beautiful hiking on clear, crisp winter days.
Clemson Fall football weekends - only 40 minutes from the stadium.
Horseback trail riding: Enjoy the comfort of the Cottage and ride the trail network (Earls Ford horse camp) through the National Forest.
Located in Sumter National Forest - it's out the back door - bring a mountain bike and explore! Just a couple of miles to the river.
Private: surrounded by fields and forest; no visible neighbors; set back off the road in the bottom of a secluded mountain valley.
Fishing: the Chattooga is minutes away. Cast for trout or red bass.
A GOOD PLACE TO RELAX and UNWIND.
The warm waters of the Chattooga are ideal for summer swims with the kids.
Weekly for 6 nights:
$720 (up to 9 people)
2 guests - $130
3 guests - $140
4 guests - $150
5 guests - $160
6 guests- $170
7 guests - $180
8 guests - $190
9 guests - $200
10 guests - $210
All fees included.
There is a two night minimum for weekends and a three night minimum on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and 4th of July.
The maximum rate we charge for stays less than one week is $720.
We charge the applicable daily rate for stays longer than 6 nights.
1 night stays when availble are $200.
'Carolina Blue' is often the color of the sky during the spring and fall. A view from a nearby mountain top.
Yes, we have a camp fire ring! Smores and a weenie roast can be part of your say with us.
The Chattooga River is ideal for picnics. Picture yourself on this beach in the summer, a good book, a cooler of drinks, and the kids swimming to their hearts content. Perfect...
The Chattooga: makes unforgettable memories for young and old alike.
The majestic Raven's Rock, sec 4 of the Chattooga.
'Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rock from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.' Norman Maclean - A River Runs Through It.
Waterfalls abound in the area. Bag some on your visit with us!
We're available year round. Gather the family for some quality time over Thanksgiving or Christmas/New Years at the Cottage.
We're also an easy drive to Cataloochee ski area which features downhill skiing from November to March.
What To Do after Your River Trip?
A few of our many area activites:
Swim/picnic at the Hwy 76 access on the Chattooga river (comfortable water temp in summer): 10 minutes away. Moving water is different than a pool or lake. Here's some tips for Safe swimming: no diving, put a life jacket on the little ones, and don't try to stand up in moving water. Avoid swimming above Bull Sluice which is just upstream. There's a great pool to swim below the rapid and you can enjoy watching the rafters tackle the big drop.
Fall Creek Falls:
Located about 1/2 mile from our door is this series of beautiful waterfalls. A short walk or drive on the local Forest Service road with access by a rugged foot trial.
West Fork Fall Creek waterfall
Local Mountain Biking:
Bring your bike and explore Sumter National Forest out our front door. The Forest Service gravel road winds for miles through the forest. You can bike to a trail head and hike down to the river for a swim.
Visit Tallulah Gorge interpretive center(hiking and views atop sheer walls of the gorge; excellent indoor interpetive displays make this a great rainy day activity): 35 minutes
Hike to top of Rabun Bald for incredible views: 45 minutes
Visit shops and restuarants in Clayton Ga.: 20 minutes
Sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mtns. from atop the 750 ft. cliff face of Whiteside Mountain (home to Peregrine falcons)near Highlands, NC(great shopping and dining): 55 minutes
Rent pontoon boat on one of our nearby mountain lakes: Lake Jocassee : 30 - 50 minutes depending on which lake you choose.
Visit Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel/Isaqueena Falls: 15 minutes
View trout/hike trails at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery( see giant hemlocks trees): 40 minutes
Hike to Yellow Branch Waterfall: 15 minutes
Chattooga River Trail - starts at Hwy 76 Bridge and connects with the Foothills and Bartram Trails: 10 minutes
Great Smokey Mtn.Railway, shops, restuarants in Dillsboro, Slyva NC: 75 minute.
Early November is often the time for peak fall color: View from a nearby hilltop. The crisp, clear fall days make for great hiking.
Fishing: you're a couple of miles from the Chattooga and within 30 minutes of some of the best trout fishing South Carolina has to offer on the upper sections of the river. Kids can fish the small stream on the edge of the property. SC DNR even stocks trout here.
Horesback Riding: visit one of our local horsepackers or bring your own.
Visit one of the numerous waterfalls in the area.
Turtle Back Falls - Horsepasture River: 45 minutes
Paddlers Welcome: if you paddle the Chattooga in your own boat you won't find a more convenient location. We're centrally located just off the section three shuttle road(Fall Creek Put-in). Easy access for section three or four.
Some of our favorite places to eat:
Close by: Humble Pie - great local pizza pies and brews; a favorite of paddlers after a day on the river. The Gathering Place: Open Fri/Sat evening for excellent barbecue and ribs. Dine in or take out, a great stop while in the area.
A short drive(20 min): In Clayton, Ga, the aforementioned Clayton Cafe, or Los Hermanos for good Mexican flavor. In Walhalla, is The Steak House Cafeteria, where for over 30 yrs southern style, comfort food draws folks from all over for their delicious fried chicken.
A medium drive(45 min): In Franklin, NC is Cafe Rel, which, in the unlikeliest of settings - adjacent to a full service quick stop/gas station has generated a repuatation for some of the finest cuisine in our area. A full and varied menu will satisfy most.
A longer driver(60min): will get you to Sylva, NC where you'll find Lulu's Cafe, The Spring Street Cafe, and Nick & Nate's. All worth a stop.
Google all they above for current reviews and directions.
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