Smoky Mountain Blog
2nd Annual Wild About Game! - Outdoor Sportsmen’s Day
Mountain folks have survived on wild game in Graham County for over 150 years. This event recognizes and shares that tradition. Outdoor sportsmen are plentiful in Robbinsville and activities will highlight skills that have been handed down through generations.
Enjoy a full day in the Mountains by riding the Tuckasegee River Excursion and include a visit to the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival during the 2-hour layover in Dillsboro on Saturday November 1st. Add a $3 admission ticket to the purchase of your train ticket and have full access to this festival during the layover. Pottery festival admission tickets can be picked up at the historic Bryson City depot in addition to purchased train tickets.
Click here to discover more about the WNC Pottery Festival!
41st Annual Fall Colors Hike Week At Fontana Village Resort
Hikers and Nature Lovers will be gathering at Fontana Village Resort for the 41st annual Fall Colors Hike Week. A full schedule of events has been planned that will be suited for everyone in the family.
Soar the Nantahala River Gorge and GSM
Soar high about the Nantahala River Gorge and the North Carolina mountains. Enjoy the stunning fall colors. And save 15% Tuesdays thru Thursdays.
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Kellie Pickler to Headline Cherokee Indian Fair
Tue., Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wed. - Fri., Oct. 8 - 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Park Cautions Visitors on How to Safely View Elk
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials remind park visitors to exercise caution as they view and photograph elk so that both the animals and themselves are protected. Elk are currently entering the fall breeding season, known as the rut. During this time period, from September 1 through October 31, fields in Cataloochee and Oconaluftee are closed to all use. Even if the elk are not present, people are not allowed to walk into the fields.
During the rut, male elk make bugling calls to challenge other bulls and attract cows. Dominant bulls use the fields to gather and breed with harems of up to 20 cows. Bull elk actively defend their territory by charging and sparring with competitors using their antlers to intimidate and spar with other males. Encroaching too close may lead a bull to perceive you or your vehicle as a threat causing them to charge.
Labor Day LakeAlooza & Fireworks Celebration
August 29th – 31st
Guests and local residents are booking accommodations and putting the boat on the trailer as they prepare to head to Fontana Village Resort for this Summer’s send-off festivities featuring Fontana Village Resort’s fifth annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration.
On Saturday, August 30th from 3:00pm - 7:00 pm the LakeALooza Lake Celebration will be in full swing. Come join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina located on beautiful Fontana Lake! Enjoy live music straight out of WNC that will bring the lake to life. The Josh Fields Band will be performing a blend of southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. They pride themselves on very tight three part harmonies and high energy live shows. So if you like real music, strong harmonies, tight arrangements and talented musicians you'll love the Josh Fields Band. Come ready to have fun and cool off in the water!
Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music, and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard & kayak races, and even a frozen T-shirt contest! Come have fun on the lake with the entire family this Labor Day Holiday weekend!
For your evening entertainment, be sure to stop by and enjoy music from local band Fastgear, who will be performing from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will also be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30pm in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green. Guests coming for the fireworks and evening entertainment are advised to arrive early for parking and seating at the Wildwood Grill. The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside.
For additional information and the full event schedule visit our events page at www.fontanavillage.com or call 800.849.2258.
Evening Elk Eco-Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours