Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina Mountains’

Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains – Jackson County Fly Fishing Trail

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

One of the many great adventures when you visit Jackson County  (Cashiers-Lake Glenville) in the North Carolina Mountains is a wide range of Great Smoky Mountain fishing opportunities. From dropping a line ‘right off the dock’ at Lakeside Cottage to the numerous other lakes, rivers and streams in the area, angles find plenty to suit them here.

The Tuckasegee River is the largest body of water in Jackson County, and has been called “Western North Carolina’s best trout stream for fly anglers“. The North Carolina Mountains also offer scores of small streams that make for great mountain fishing locations. Fishing is also available in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and on many North Carolina Mountain lakes in Jackson County including Lake Glenville – a 1,500 acre pure-water lake with 26 miles of shoreline habitat.

Fishermen visiting the Great Smoky Mountains have good success in their search for rainbow, brown and native brook trout, bass, bream, walley and crappie. Keep in mind that fishing regulations may apply and vare depending on where you choose to fish. Go to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for information about trout regulations, licensing information, Jackson County stream stocking information and directions to handicapped-accessible fishing spots.

Visit WNC Fly Fishing Trail for information about 15 prime spots to catch brook, brown and rainbow trout in Jackson County. Detailed trail maps are available free of charge on the site and at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and outfitters throughout Jackson County.


Shoot the Chattooga – A North Carolina Mountains White-water Thrill Ride?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Chattooga, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, has its origins at the base of Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County, NC giving rise to the argument that the Chattooga is really a North Carolina river. The first white water doesn’t appear until the Chatttooga begins to mark the border between Georgia and South Carolina. It is here that the tumultuous river quickly becomes a class III-IV white water paradise flanked by the Chattahoochee National Forest and Sumter National Forest –  one of the most picturesque white-water experiences in the Eastern United States. Free of roads, train tracks and buildings, the pristine setting inspired Hollywood to film scenes from Deliverance on the river. The primitive setting is so treasured that the U.S. Forest Service limits the number of rafting companies allowed to operate trips on the river and spaces rafting trips apart so that you are guaranteed not to see another group while on the water. A rafting trip on the Chattooga isn’t your grandmother’s idea of a leisurely cruise in a rubber raft while enjoying the scenery. This is a participatory adventure, following orders from a guide to helping paddle into the right channels and plunge down waterfall drops of fourteen feet.

Two USFS approved outfitters are Wildwater Ltd. (http://www.wildwaterrafting.com) and Nantahala Outdoor Center (http://www.noc.com). From Lakeside Cottage outfitters are located outside of Clayton, GA. Total distance is approximately 45 miles, a 70 – 90 minute drive.