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Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature! There’s so many outdoor activities that it’s hard to choose which one to do! As you look at your list, there’s one activity that almost everyone can do and it requires little investment or equipment, other than a good pair of shoes. That activity is hiking. Has it been awhile since you hit the trails? Then it may just be high time to “Take a Hike”!   If you’re ready to hit the trails, there’s no better place to go for a beautiful summer hiking adventure but to the Smoky Mountains! With the warm days and cool nights, summer is primetime to explore those picturesque mountain trails and see nature at its’ best!

White water rafting can be an exciting outdoor adventure that you will never forget! It is both fun, challenging, and you can do it even if you’ve never had any previous experience. The beautiful scenery of the surrounding nature can give you an inner peace and satisfaction, while battling against the rapids will provide moments of complete exhilaration! White water rafting is a favorite summer activity in the roaring mountain streams of the Smoky Mountains and something you definitely won’t want to miss!

Taking a canoe trip is truly an amazing way to make your group or your family vacation adventuresome and memorable! Canoeing is a fun activity that can be full of thrills without being too difficult and risky. In a canoe, you can safely explore certain wilderness spots that would otherwise be difficult to get to on foot!

Maggie Valley, NC is known to have some of the best golf courses in America! Some of these courses have won awards and continue attracting hundreds of visitors each year. They come both to play tee offs and enjoy the serene environment of Great Smoky Mountains! Below are some of the most popular golf courses in the region that you will want to check out:

Do you like natural swimming pools? Do you want to enjoy the waterfalls? If you love to swim and you love the great outdoors, nothing can enhance your swimming experience more than a swim in one of nature’s swimming holes!  Just imagine a natural swimming pool nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains backdrop! What a refreshing and exhilarating outdoors experience! If this sounds appealing to you, stay tuned as I reveal to you some of the best natural swimming holes of the Maggie Valley Area!

Soco Falls is situated in Cherokee, North Carolina close to Blue Ridge Parkway. One can easily access this double waterfall from highway 19. With just a five-minute walk down a well-maintained trail, one can arrive at a scenic viewing platform. Located on the left of the viewing platform, you will find a very steep trail that leads down the creek just below the falls. Please be advised that this trail is very slippery and people are advised to proceed with caution at their own risk.  In addition, visitors are warned that they should never enter the creek right above the falls. 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s longest linear park, covering a distance of 469 miles, and is one of America’s most scenic mountain drives. Although not a National Park, this parkway is primarily maintained by the National Park Services. It was built mainly to connect the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the Shenandoah National Park. Passing through 29 counties staring from Rockfish gap in Virginia up thru North Carolina (NC), the southern terminus of this parkway is between the Smoky Mountain National Park and Cherokee Indian Reservation, N.C., which is around 21 miles from Maggie Valley. The entire stretch is noted for offering the best scenic drive experience and has a number of notable landmarks and pure natural beauty, without the chaotic intervention of commercialization.  Overflowing with flora, fauna and wildlife, this stretch makes an amazing vacation destination or is just as beautiful to drive through!

Maggie Valley is a charming town located in the beautiful North Carolina Smoky Mountains! At first glance, most tourists might get the impression that Maggie Valley is a sleepy little place and the perfect setting for those who want nothing more than to relax and get away from all the stress of the city. Although Maggie Valley truly is an oasis of relaxation and tranquility, it has so much more to offer! Maggie Valley is also the home of many different outdoor adventures, such as hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, sight seeing, horseback riding, and many other activities. So whether you’re in search of a great outdoor adventure in the wilderness, or a quiet, romantic getaway, Maggie Valley is the perfect place for you! Creekside Lodge is a favorite cozy mountain establishment here that can provide both tranquil relaxation or be a comfortable home base between your adventure and activities!

Hikers can enjoy the sensational, scenic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains throughout the entire year.   Every different season offers its own type of reward. During the winter, hiking can allow you to experience the new vistas and trails that reveal certain stone chimneys, walls and foundations, which remind you of the past residents. The deciduous forests shed their leaves and the outdoors takes on a new appearance. During the spring season, hikers will be treated to a plethora of fauna and flora amidst the wild growing spruce trees, wildflowers and beautiful luscious grass. During the summer season, walkers can seek out the cooler retreats that are present amongst the splashy streams, the fir-spruce forests and the cascades and roaring waterfalls. Hiking during the crisp autumn air sharpens the senses and provides the opportunity to feast your eyes on a vast array of breathtaking autumn colors. According to the folks at Creekside Lodge, you will want to experience all 4 seasons!

Horseback riding is among the most popular of activities to do in the Great Smoky Mountains. The iconic scenery and luscious mountain trails make an ideal setting for a wonderful outdoor experience! There are several local horse stables close to Creekside Lodge that provide traditional facilities, riding instructions, and both short and long trail rides, offering a wonderful opportunity to explore the hills and the beautiful Smoky Mountains. A leisurely horseback ride can be the perfect way to start or end a relaxing vacation day.

For the serious horse lover, a great place to visit is the Western North Carolina Agricultural Centre located the town of Ashville. This Centre is famous for hosting horsemanship championships, horse shows and similar events.  A drive into the beautiful city of Ashville can make a wonderful day trip!

Once you have decided to add a horseback riding experience, just where can you find the best horseback riding trails? Here are a few recommended stables:

Cataloochee Ranch: This is one of the best-known horse ranches in all of North Carolina. Ideal for horse lovers, you can easily take a morning ride amidst a mile high type meadow where you will find that the mountains stretch, ridge beyond ridge to almost the very edges of eternity. Once you go there, you can savor the quite ambience, the lush display of rhododendron and the green forest trails that intricately wind through the entire ranch and amidst the Great Smoky Mountains. In any case, whether you are an expert or a novice rider or something in the middle, the experience of horseback riding on the Cataloochee Ranch is sure to be one of your best mountain memories! The ranch offers half-day as well as full-day rides and the ideal time to visit is April thru November. All horseback riding activity is strictly directed by professionals and riders are grouped according to the level of their riding skill. Your professional guides are responsible to decide the pace and the terrain based on skill level, terrain, and present weather conditions.

Little Creek Outfitters: Located in Hot Springs in Western North Carolina this ranch is an ideal place to experience the beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains! The facility offers horseback riding for 1 to 5 persons on a full-day or half-day basis and overnight rides can be arranged here. The horse will walk, canter or trot with you on its back during the overnight and sunset rides. Highly professional wranglers will be your guides and are always equipped with first aid kits and radio communication with the head Ranch office. This is a great place to saddle up and enjoy a leisurely, long ride amidst the wildflowers and beautiful and lush trails!

Smokemont Riding Stables: This ranch in Cherokee offers the best hourly rates amongst all other horse ranches in the area. Located approximately 15 miles from Maggie Valley, you can experience a horseback ride during a climb up the mountain and enjoy the trail amidst the beautiful scenery and flowing waterfall. The ranch has various levels of rides based on the skills of the riders. The trail follows the beautiful path along the Ocanaluftee River in and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides: For those riders interested in half day horseback riding, one can easily choose from amongst the several packages that offer the most relaxing and intuitive horse riding lessons in the Maggie Valley and the Blue Ridge Parkway area. The Sandy Bottom trail is a one to four hour secluded trail through the wooded lands and high country parts that ensures horseback riders enjoyment of the best scenic, panoramic mountain views!

Whether you are a horse enthusiast or just someone who wants to try out a new outdoor adventure, horseback riding can enhance your visit to Creekside Lodge and make your stay even more enjoyable! Don’t wait! Call Creekside Lodge at (800) 621-1260 today to book your reservation to enjoy your own mountain adventure!



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