Getaways: Nantahala River Lodge

More often than not, fishing resorts consist of a collection of rooms in a hotel, or even a mass of cottages huddled together on a piece of land. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, as many anglers won’t be in their rooms very long, but there are those who yearn for a more secluded, leisurely stay, where they can feel at home with no distractions and enjoy the outdoors at their discretion. This month’s Getaway does exactly that. For anglers looking to bring the family, or a few friends, for a private and relaxing vacation, I highly suggest checking out the Nantahala River Lodge, just southwest of Asheville, NC.

Nestled on the banks of the Nantahala River, deep in the heart of the Upper Nantahala Gorge, the lodge was created to provide small groups with their own home for the duration of their stay. It contains two bedrooms—one king and one queen bed—as well as another room with two bunk beds. The lodge also possesses three bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and handcrafted furniture built with reclaimed wood and native stone.

Other amenities include a HD flatscreen television with DVR and satellite, a DVD player, surround sound speakers, and free long distance phone service. Add to that covered vehicle parking, lit paths, fenced-in yard, and the ability to bring pets, and it’s like you never left home. Also, your hosts also initially stock the lodge with coffee, filters, toilet paper, dish and hand soap, laundry detergent, and many other necessities, as well as wood for fires, trash removal, and best of all, catering if you so desire.

What about the fishing? Well, the Nantahala Lodge rests upon 1400 feet of river frontage and the river is one of the best trout locations in the country, and was even listed as one of the nation’s top 100 trout rivers by Trout Unlimited. You can walk out of the lodge and fish right on the river, utilize the guides associated with the lodge, or even contact one of them for a private fly fishing lesson.

Nearby, you’ll discover plenty of white water rafting services, many hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, horseback riding, restaurants, and shopping for you to enjoy when you’re not on the water. Rates for the cabin vary, depending on the time of year, but generally fall within the $300 per night, $2,000 per week, range, which is a great deal, especially if you go with a few friends and split the cost.

As I stated earlier, there are those who, when planning their next fishing Getaway, yearn for something a little more laid back and private. The Nantahala River Lodge does just that, and so much more, and makes for a great vacation for friends and family alike. However, call and reserve your stay as soon as possible, as the lodge only houses one set of guests at a time and it gets booked quickly!

For more information on the Nantahala River Lodge, including rates and availability, visit, or contact the owners directly at 800-470-4718.