Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it, so make plans now to join the Nashville Hiking Meetup for one of our newest adventures! We're heading to Santeetlah Lake in North Carolina for a long weekend of amazing whitewater rafting, hiking, kayaking and canoeing in the beautiful Nantahala National Forest from August 30th through September 2nd! Here are the details:
Whitewater Rafting–The Cheoah River is "must do" river if you enjoy the thrill of whitewater! With a very limited release schedule, there are only a few times each year when you can experience this exhilarating river. In order to participate, you MUST HAVE class III whitewater experience. No experience... no problem! Raft the Ocoee River on Friday on the way up, and you'll be set to take on the Cheoah on Saturday!
Hiking – The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness is a hidden gem for hikers. The forest is one of the only stands of virgin forest in the US with old growth poplars over 100 feet tall and 20+ feet in diameter. Multiple trail options are available from the easy, Memorial Forest trial to the difficult but beautiful Slickrock Creek trail.
Canoeing / Kayaking – Our lodging is a short 5 minute walk from the docks of Santeelah Lake. This beautiful, calm lake with it's crystal clear water is an ideal location to canoe, flat water kayak and take a refreshing swim. If river kayaking is your choice, the Little Tennessee and Oconaluftee rivers are a short drive away and offer easy put-ins andtake-outs for a great half-day float. If you‘re feeling a little more adventurous, take a duckie float down the Nantahala River.
Lodging – During our trip, we'll be staying at the Blue Boar Inn which is a converted bed & breakfast. The resort features 8 guest rooms and two luxury cabins. All rooms are double occupancy, but there is a 4 person option for a reduced rate (email for availability). The resort features a dining room that seats 30, commercial grade kitchen where we can prepare our own meals as individuals, or as a group. You won't be out of touch either as the whole facility has Wi-Fi and satellite TV in each room!
Trip Costs - The trip price is structured in 4 tiers depending upon your desired options: Lodging only, Lodging plus Cheoah Whitewater, Lodging plus Ocoee River & Cheoah River Whitewater and Lodging plus Cheoah x2 (that's right... raft the river, have lunch and raft the river again!) Rates are as follows:
Lodging Only - $225
Lodging + Saturday Cheoah Whitewater - $350
Lodging + Friday Ocoee & Saturday Cheoah Whitewater - $435
Lodging + Saturday Cheoah Whitewater x2! $450
50% refunds will be allowed through June 30th, after which time no refunds will be available. Payments are made through Paypal which the RSVP link will automatically connect you to.
If you would like more information about the activities or lodging arrangements, please e-mail Kurt Andress at [masked].