Colorful October Festivals in Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina fall foliage

An incredible canvas of autumnal colors create a landscape that is cherished by all who live in the region, as well as those who come to take in the inspiring foliage.  The magic combination of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is the high peaks, the lush valleys, and the breadth of climates due to these variations in elevation. 

If you haven’t yet experienced the palette of rich colors that define the region for almost a month and a half, now is the time to take a scenic road trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  While you’re looking for amazing things to do in Lenoir NC, be sure to bring your camera, and take in some of the incredible fall festivals and events that add even more celebration to the next month or two before the holiday season is upon us.

Here are some of the most talked about festivals this month in the foothills of Western North Carolina:

The 11th North Carolina Oyster Roast at Fort Defiance

1792 Fort Defiance Drive, Lenoir, NC

Attendees enjoyed a fried flounder dinner with all the fixings and a bucket of about 2 1/2 doz steamed oysters along with two beer or wine tickets. Extra Buckets of Oysters and extra drink tickets will be available at the event as well as an amazing silent auction. The Starlighters provided the entertainment for a night of swing dancing on the beautiful grounds of Historic Fort Defiance, North Carolina. All profits from the event went directly to the mission of preserving and sharing the 1792 home of General William Lenoir.

Fort Defiance formed a non-profit organization in 1964 whose mission is to “preserve and share the life and times of William Lenoir and his 1792 home.”  Those living at The Coves cherish the restored house at Fort Defiance which has maintained its history and significance with over 300 artifacts and original furnishings.  Since Fort Defiance Inc receives no state or federal funding, the tightly-knit community of the mountain towns in North Carolina keep it going with their visits, memberships, as well as their support of events and programs.  The house was named after a frontier fort and was designed by William Lenoir and completed after four years of building in 1792.  William Lenoir was a teacher and surveyor.  His family lived in the home until 1961.

Tours are available November through March, Saturday and Sunday 12-4; weekends only or by appointment; $7 adults; $5 children 5-15; children under 5 are free.

Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition and Festival

North Carolina State Championship Event

October 20 & 21, 2017

Historic Downtown Lenoir, NC

Free admission

What better way to celebrate fall in the mountain towns of North Carolina than with a little down-home cooking shared with your community, family and friends?  This is real barbecue brought to life by a good-hearted competition to feed your senses.  Sanctioned by The Kansas Barbecue Society, you can light up your own smoker or sit back and sample the perfection of the pitmasters.  Live Music on Plaza State; Poker Run; 50/50 Drawing; BBQ Competition (chicken, pork rib, brisket); and of course the Cornhole Tournament!

Smoking In The Foothills is a nonprofit organization whose commitment is raising money for charitable organizations as those who call their homes in the gated communities near Asheville NC know is so essential. Proceeds from all their festivals benefit local charities such as The Helping Hands Clinic and The Wig Bank of Caldwell County chosen in 2017.  Volunteers are needed so sign up and lend a hand to a worthy event on Friday, October 20 and Saturday October 21.

Last weekend was the 30th Annual Hickory October Fest in downtown Hickory.

This is known as “the premier annual festival for Hickory North Carolina.”  The second week of October Hickory’s downtown comes to life for three days with the charming outdoor festival so many have come to love and others seek to attend.  Three stages are lit with non-stop entertainment from traditional lively polka to the tried and true rock & roll.  There’s plenty else to keep people of all ages amused with two beer gardens, rides, games, the incredible juried arts and crafts show as well as shopping and eating from the hundreds of food and commercial vendors.  No wonder this festival has been going and growing strong since 1985.

The lucky people who have chosen to settle in the gated communities near Asheville NC, like The Coves, can take advantage of all the region has to offer. Locals know there’s no better way to take in the fall foliage than driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbing to elevations of 5,000 plus feet, sipping sweet cider and taking in the gorgeous colors that sprawl before you. 

Savor the sights of the fall foliage forecast before while exploring cozy mountain homes, and discover even more intimate street festivals and small mountain towns along the way.  You never exhaust the possibility of things to do in Lenoir NC along the 193 mile Parkway, or in the parks and forests you’ll discover as you explore.  Take a guided tour or venture off on your own to hike through the expanse of changing leaves. 

If you haven’t visited our gated mountain community, stop by to say hello. Did you know we have over 22 miles of groomed hiking trails within our gates? Our community spreads across 3,600 acres. Here hikers enjoy private trails that lead to four cascading waterfalls, along the Johns River and to our mountaintop clubhouse. At our mountain summit, gaze across to the mountain tops of Blowing Rock or down below into the Pisgah Forest valley. These are majestic views our residents enjoy each and every day. We’re confident you won’t find views anywhere else like we have them at The Coves.

Come explore the variety of homesites we have available whether you prefer a private wooded estate, a homesite near our amenities or near the river. Our homesites start around $39,000.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour (and hike!)

Tags: Festivals | Hickory | Lenoir

Fun Social Clubs in the Foothills of North Carolina

social clubs in the foothills NC

There’s something magical about moving to a new place. It’s a brand new chapter, and a chance to start over – but it isn’t always easy. Once you’ve moved to your dream location in one of the beautiful mountain towns in North Carolina, at first, it could be difficult to adjust. How do you get settled into the next phase of your life?

Connecting to the local community is the fastest way to adjust and feel plugged in. Local meet-ups provide the best opportunities for residents to make new friends who share common interests. Finding a group of hiking buddies or gal pals who love yoga will help you get settled, feel comfortable, and ultimately help you thrive in your new community. Of course we have all sorts of ways to meet your neighborhoods here at The Coves but we thought you might like to know about a few health oriented local meet-ups in our area:


·       Yoga With Allison. Upcoming Meet Ups: Every two weeks on Tuesday. Where: North Minister Presbyterian Church – North Center St. (Hwy 127) Time: 6:15pm Members: 33

·       Taylorsville Yoga Meetup. Upcoming Meet Ups: Lunchbreak Yoga. Every week on Tuesday and Friday. Where: Therapeutic Effects. 130 Main Avenue Dr. Time: 12:15pm.

·       New Age Fitness. Upcoming Meetups: Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm. Where: 920 Malcom Blvd. Members: 309.


·       MST In a Day. The last meet-up was on September 9th, 2017. Where: Black Mountain Campground on FS472 (South Toe River Road) to BRP (MP 344) and NC 80 (Buck Creek Gap). Time: 7:00am. Members: 127

·       Hikers of Iredell Club. Upcoming Meet Ups: Every fourth Thursday of the month. Where: Trinity Episcopal Church. 801 Henkel Road. Time: 7:00pm. Members: 136.

·       Foothills Outdoor & Recreational Group. Upcoming Meet Ups: EASY PADDLE John’s River at the Corpening Bridge to Hwy 18 /64 Saturday October 14, 2017 at 11:00am Members: 187.

·       First Step Hiking For Women. The next big hike scheduled is on Friday, April 6, 2018 10:00 AM AT Section Hike (Difficult/Strenuous) Members: 297.

Meetup dot com’s website is a fantastic resource to meet people with like minded interests but don’t forget, you never have to leave our mountain community for exciting day adventures.

Enjoy a day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole. Kick back and sip wine while strolling through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest your own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden, The Coves two community gardens.

Equestrians have the luxury of boarding their horses right at home at our Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails. The crown of The Coves is no doubt the mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge will stunning long range mountain views, an infinity-view swimming pool, fitness center and entertainment area. Community events take place here every week. Ask us to send you the upcoming calendar.

If you’re exploring Western North Carolina real estate, look no further than The Coves Mountain River Club. We offer a wide variety of types of topography and price points. Our preferred builders and design team will gladly assist you in choosing a homesite that compliments your house blueprint. If you’re not sure what style home you’d like, be sure to explore more than a dozen builder floor plans in our collection to pair up with the NC mountain land for sale at The Coves.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Empty Bowls Fundraiser Feeds Local Lenoir Community

volunteerismVolunteerism is a great way to give back! Studies have shown, boomers at retirement tend to get more involved with nonprofits and charities for a multitude of reasons. It allows them to make new friends, share similar interests and values, and ultimately have an active role in bettering their communities near their North Carolina mountain homes.

In the mountains of Western North Carolina, a unique event is on the horizon. The “Empty Bowls: Feeding Our Neighbors” event will take place on October 22, from 11:00am until 2:00pm at William Lenoir Middle School in Lenoir, NC. Admission for the event is $25 per person.

Empty Bowls, founded in 1990-91 by a Michigan community to raise charitable funds, encourages artists and groups of all kinds to create and donate bowls. Local chefs will then prepare delicious soups and broads in these bowls, and serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and are encouraged to keep this bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

In exchange for the meal and the handcrafted bowl, guests pay a suggested donation for each. The purpose of this event is to raise as much money as possible to feed the community’s hungry people, as well as increase awareness of hunger and related issues. One hundred percent of the meal proceeds go to Caldwell County Yokefellow.

Caldwell County Yokefellow was founded in 1968 on Christian values and a recognized wisdom in creating a unified plan for assisting the poor. The organization provides assistance to families and individuals in Caldwell County through the use of a food pantry, a thrift store, and local events. Please contact Sharon Osborne, executive director of Caldwell County Yokefellow, at 828-754-7088 for more information about the event.

If you’re wondering about all the things to do in Lenoir NC, or ways to become more involved, here you’ll find several nonprofits organizations that work to create a caring and compassionate community. Some of these nonprofits cater specifically to the needs of children and families: Robin’s Nest, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Caldwell County, provides aid to children who have been sexually and physically. Caldwell Friends provides youth with adult mentors to better assist them in becoming productive citizens. Habitat for Humanity works to build homes for individuals and families who have lost their homes due to tragedy.

Lenoir is also home to one of the best gated communities in the Western North Carolina region, The Coves Mountain River Club.  If you’re considering building a mountain home, why not explore our beautiful North Carolina mountain homes while you’re here for the Empty Bowls event? You’ll find we offer many home site options, many with a generous amount of land for sale. Buyers can choose from a private cul-de-sac estate to river frontage on the Johns River or home sites with breathtaking mountain views. There are many builder floor plans available that include everything from master suites, generous guest bedrooms, detachable garages, vaulted rooms with exposed timbers, and screened outdoor living porches.

Come meet all the friendly neighbors, tour our beautiful mountain homes, check out the lifestyle amenities, and learn about more volunteerism opportunities in our area. 

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

Tags: Lenoir | Restaurants & Breweries

7 Zealous NC Wineries Near The Coves

Lenoir NC Wineries

It’s no secret that Baby Boomers have a great adoration for gathering with friends and family while sipping their favorite wine.  Wine regions all over the country are drawing visitors, and these regions are no longer limited to California’s well-known Napa and Sonoma valleys.

North Carolina has much to offer for those who enjoy the ritual of uncorking a bottle to toast a friend’s recent success, celebrate a joyful occasion, or just cap off another incredible day in the serene mountains.

Perhaps you’re searching North Carolina mountain homes for the perfect spot to retire, or maybe you’re already settled in and have the time to explore things to do in Lenoir NC.  Instead of boarding a plane for the west coast, discover  Lenoir NC wineries  right in your back yard.  One more reason to appreciate calling Lenoir home!  Tour these fine wineries and create a vacation without hassle or stress.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery

2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC, 28761; Phone 828-652-5729; open Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, 1pm-5pm; be sure to check their website for colder weather months, December-March.  The winery is closed January 2-Valentine’s weekend as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  They host weddings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate gatherings.

James and Mary Rowley became the owners  of South Creek Vineyard in the summer of 2010.  They offer “World class wines with passion for excellence,” and believe there are five qualities wine tasters should take into consideration—varietal character, integration, expressiveness, complexity and connectedness. “Great wine is about nuance, surprise, subtlety, expression, qualities that keep you coming back for another taste.”  Their dry wines are Bordeaux style; the reds are aged 18 to 24 months in oak barrels, and bottled for 6 months or more before the vintage is released.  They stand by their wines, which “keep their flavor, body and aromas for years to come and are sure to make a superb addition to your wine cellar.”

Those who live in their perfect  North Carolina mountain homes will find this winery is reminiscent of beloved Sonoma, and the Rowley’s craft an old-world wine “in the style of Bordeaux France but served up with a friendly, southern attitude.”  The charm of their winery is the original 1906 farmhouse, with a bucolic setting to make all who visit feel they’ve entered a nostalgic landscape and era of a simpler time as they tour and sip. When you are making plans for visiting Lenoir NC wineries, remember these vineyards are perfect for a stroll, the outside living space is canopied by old maples, or head indoors to the tasting room and lounge; tours available upon request. Looking for  things to do in Lenoir NC?  Tastings include the glass–$6, $7 or $10 depending on the wine.  Music events are rain or shine with no admission fee.   Picnics, lawn chairs and well-behaved leashed pets are welcome.  No beverages other than South Creek Wine or bottled water.

Red selection—2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2010 Merlot; 2012 Maestro; and 2012 Cabernet Franc.

White selection—2013 Reserve Chardonnay; 2016 Chardonnay.

Join James and Mary’s wine club, get on the mailing list, and discover recipes and other wine enthusiasts’ news for things to do in Lenoir NC.

Upcoming South Creek Vineyard Events:

September 30-October 1; Vineyard Deck Music Series; Lee Lindsey, international artist, folk, pop & country and joined by Samantha Breske

October 7—Harvest to Barrel Party—Angela Easterling; annual celebration of the harvest; top-notch songwriter in roots music

October 14—Vineyard Deck Music Series; Fried Melon Blues Band; traditional and contemporary blues

October 21—Annual Song-Writers ‘Behind the Music’ Tasting Room; 11am, music at 1pm; a celebration of local songwriters

October 21—David’s Roadside Grill

October 28—Halloween Eve Wine, Fish & Fry; costume party with live music by Ginny McAfee—21 & older; 6pm; $20 ticket includes fishing (bring your own gear); catered fish & chips dinner; glass of South Creek wine; purchase tickets by calling 828-652-5729.

Lake James Cellars

P.O. Box 359 – 204 East Main St; Highway 70; Glen Alpine, North Carolina 28628; 828-584-4551; Hours—Tuesday-Saturday; 10am-6pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm; closed Mondays.

Lake James Cellars is also a family-owned winery named after the picturesque Lake James and located in the foothills of North Carolina. “Step through the leaded-glass front doors of our restored 1915 textile mill building, located in Glen Alpine and taste the magnificent flavors of our fine wines.” They offer a variety of handcrafted wines from locally grown fruits.  You can while away the hours in their tasting room and gift shop, or sit out on the covered porch and gaze at the tranquil hills.  Tastings are $7, from any of the six wines, and a Lake James Cellars’ glass.  Visitors also appreciate exploring the Old Mill Antiques which is located in the same building.  With over 20 various dealers, there is plenty to browse.  No reservations are necessary for tastings, but with groups of 6 or more reservations are required.  Tours are by appointment only.  Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to be up-to-date on wines and events.

Red Selection

Mimosa Red; Turkey Tail Red; Cabernet Franc; Chambourcin; Barbera.

White Wines

Traminette; Turkey Tail White; Silver Creek Blanc; Brown Mountain White.

Sweet Wines

Southern Magnolia; Wild Blueberry Blush; Raspberry Blush; Bridgewater Bramble; Fonta Flora Blush. Table Rock Red; Caribbean Mist; Linville Mist; Summer Slice; Icewine Style White; Icewine Style Red.

Shadow Line Vineyards

2550 Shadow Line Lane, Granite Falls, NC; 828-234-5773; open Friday 4pm-8pm; Saturday and Sunday noon-6pm.

This family-owned vineyard and winery has been run by Marvin and Geba Davenport since 2012.  They completed the construction of their winery and tasting room in the fall of 2015 and opened their doors in February of 2016.  They are conveniently located between Hickory and Lenoir and Hwys 321 or 127.  “Our tasting room and patio are nestled in the woods with lots of shade trees and a farm pond view. Plan to spend quality time enjoying wine in our tasting room or relaxing on the porch or patio. SLV is an ideal setting for picnics, small weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, reunions, birthday parties, girls day out, group and club meetings or business functions. Please contact us to make arrangements for your special events.”

Wine List

Moscato; Sangria; Riesling; Chardonnay; Pinot Grigio; Sauvignon Blanc; Pinot Noir; Chambourcin; Merlot; Malbec; Cabernet Franc; Cabernet Sauvignon.

Light snacks are available and visitors are welcome to bring their own food.

Linville Falls Winery

9557 Linville Falls Highway, Linville Falls, NC 28647; 828-765-1400; tasting room hours are 7 days a week, 12-6pm.

Jack Wiseman, now in his eighth decade, and his family are living his life-long dream, pioneering their own winery in the area where he was raised and learned the art of wine making from his grandparents. Many know Jack through his established Fraser Fir farm in the High Country, but now his talents for growing are evident at his fine forty-acre winery. They produce varieties such as Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Noiret, Marquette, Petit Verdot and Foch.  Linville Falls Winery is also known for its luscious blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees.   “At our elevation of 3200 feet, we have an incredibly unique environment for grapes to thrive and make award-winning wine.  Our heartbeat is to have a space where you can relax, take in the beauty of the area, and taste what our mountains have to offer. You can find us just off milepost 317 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a couple minutes drive from famous outdoor spots like Linville Falls and the Linville Gorge.”

Events at Linville Falls Winery:


Food by “Ramblin Roost” every Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm


Blackberry; Elevation—Estate Winemaker’s Blend; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Riesling; Chardonnay; Rose; Mountain White; Trillium; Blueberry; Cherry Bounce

Join the Linville Winery Club for free tastings, deliveries to your door, events and discounts.

Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery

4040 James Drive, Hudson, NC 28638828-728-5099; hours: Mon-Thu 1– 5pm; Fri-Sat 1-5pm; Sunday 2-5pm.

Another glorious family-owned and operated business well worth visiting for tastings, art, special events and your own private parties.

“Six Waterpots Winery offers hand-crafted wines from our homegrown muscadine varietals: Supreme, Noble, Carlos, Magnolia, and Tara.  We also produce perennial favorites as available: sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, chamblais, and other specialty wines.  But if you are looking for something new, come sample our unique collection of wines made from fresh local fruits: strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, green apple, and peach.  Whether you like ‘sweet’ or ‘dry;’ a full or classic muted bouquets; or golden white, sparkling blush, or deep red color, you will find something on our shelves for every palette to enjoy.”

Twisted Wine Vineyards

487 Legion Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; 828-726-3185; seasonal hours May-October; closed Sunday-Wednesday; open Thursday-Friday 4-7pm; open Saturday 12-7pm; open Sunday 1-5pm; wine tastings are available during business hours–$7 includes 6 wines and a complimentary glass. No reservations required.  They offer a selection of Ashe County cheeses to compliment their incredible wine.  Visitors can bring along their own snacks.

This winery has 150 vibrant vines established after just six years of growing.  2012 brought about their barn, 2014 brought about the opening of Twisted Wine’s tasting room, as well as the expansion of the outdoor porch and patio.  Their friendly and informed staff is available to help you select the wines you’d like for home or for the perfect gift.  Be sure to try their peach wine, Bodacious, for real southern taste. “We have several new wines just for the Holiday season to give as gifts, entertain guest with, or to help keep yourself jolly!  Visit us and see what we mean by ‘Doing wine Southern Style.’”

Special Events:

Smoking in the Foothills BBQ Festival

October 20 & 21, 2017

Twisted Vine Hallowine Party!

October 28, 2017 12-9pm

Corn hole boards, costume contest, food truck and more; CJ Ballard play 4-7pm

Hudson, NC HUB Christmas Show

December 2, 2017

Wine List

Red Table Wines
Malbec; Guido’s Blend; Pinot Noir; Merlot; Shiraz; Cabernet Sauvignon; Special Edition Red; Twisted Red.

White Table Wines
Chardonnay; Riesling; Carsten Creek White; Special Edition White; Muscat Love.

Rose Wines
Smooth Ride; Twisted Pink.

Sweet Table Wines
Muscadine; Cindy’s Select; Front Porch Zen; Rooster Red; Jaybird; Twisted White; Slow n Easy; Patriots Blend; Bodacious; Strawberry Chocolate; Blackberry; Singing the Blues; Green Apple; Who’s Ya Daddy.

Specialty – Table Wines
Red Tux Raz; Southern Heat; Sweet Riesling.

Seasonal Wines
Summer Sangria; Twisted Summer.

Those who live in North Carolina mountain homes at The Coves can harvest their own muscadine grapes, which have been cultivated in the US since the 16th century.  Lenoir is the perfect environment for these grapes which need less chilling hours and thrive as they drink up our plentiful sunshine.  These grapes are beneficial to our good health as well as the livelihood of the wildlife in our region, providing habitats and nutrients for a host of animals.  And with some extra time to explore things to do in Lenoir NC,  one can create artisan wines, condiments, and juices from this rich and sweet grape which is thankfully resistant to pests and disease.  Evelyn’s Vineyard at The Coves is where it all begins.  Our lush community garden provides the perfect setting to work side by side with your neighbors who share a passion for growing and harvesting the grapes native to our area.

There are over 100 vineyards in North Carolina, and we are fortunate to have our own established vineyard in our scenic back yard right beside the mountain fed Johns River and across from Waterfall Park.

You couldn’t create a more peaceful environment with an extended growing season from March to December, where craftsman trellises support our well-tended grapes with style.  The community at The Coves comes together as they work the soil, learning from one another as well as the helpful garden committee.

If you are looking for the idyllic spot to retire, there are many home styles to suit any number of needs and personal aesthetics.  Visit The Coves and discover all the options that await you—the Cumberland Trace, Bitterroot, Black Bear, Camas Creek and Mallard with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths,  Pin Oak, Long Tail and Elk View all boast 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths;  for those of you with larger families, the Northshore lll and Chinkapin have 4 gracious bedrooms.  The mountain home you’ve been dreaming of, whether one story or two, awaits you at The Coves on the ideal parcel of land.   No wonder the convenient and centrally-located Coves is one of the highly desired real estate in Lenoir at affordable prices.  Plan your wine-tasting tour and visit The Coves while the grapes are still on the vine.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

Tags: Lenoir | Restaurants & Breweries

Pisgah National Forest – Adventurous Hikes Near Asheville NC

hikes near Asheville NC

Western North Carolina offers a tremendous variety of recreation opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

One of the most popular places for hikes near Asheville NC is the Pisgah National Forest. This paradise of mile-high peaks and heavily-wooded slopes offers hundreds of miles of trails to explore. You’ll see a fascinating array of wildlife, plants and hardwood trees along the way.

People who own North Carolina mountain real estate have learned to appreciate and coexist with the pristine beauty of their surroundings while keeping in mind that outdoor activities in natural settings can sometimes carry inherent risks. Always be aware of your limits and focus on remaining safe.

The Pisgah National Forest encompasses more than 500 thousand acres. Conveniently close to several gated communities near Asheville NC, it’s a photographer’s dream, punctuated by picturesque whitewater rivers and cascading waterfalls that are simply postcard-perfect.

Even many locals may not know that they’re living near the very first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911, which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. The Pisgah National Forest is also home to the first school of forestry in the United States and two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east.

You’ll find many camping, picnic and day-use areas for your enjoyment:

Dispersed Camping Areas:

  • Appalachian Ranger District
  • Big Ivy Area, Coleman Boundary
  • Black Mountain / South Toe River Area
  • Harmon Den Area
  • Hot Springs Area

Grandfather Ranger District

  • Linville Gorge Wilderness area
  • Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area
  • Pisgah Ranger District
  • Shining Rock Wilderness

Group Camping Areas:

  • Appalachian Ranger District
  • Briar Bottom Group Campground

Pisgah Ranger District Areas:

  • Cove Creek Group Campground
  • Kuykendall Group Campground
  • Wash Creek Horse Camp
  • White Pines Group Campground

Campground Camping

  • Appalachian Ranger District
  • Black Mountain / South Toe River Area
  • Black Mountain Campground
  • Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area
  • Harmon Den Area
  • Harmon Den Horsecamp
  • Hot Springs Area
  • Rocky Bluff Campground
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Boone Fork Campground
  • Curtis Creek Campground
  • Mortimer Campground
  • Pisgah Ranger District
  • Bent Creek Experimental Forest
  • Lake Powhatan Campground
  • Davidson River Recreation Area
  • North Mills River Campground
  • Sunburst Campground
  • Wolf Ford Horse Camp
  • Briar Bottom Bicycle TR 1006
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Old Fort Picnic Area
  • Point Lookout Trail

Road cycling is available at these locations:

  • Briar Bottom Bicycle TR 1006
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Old Fort Picnic Area

Point Lookout Trail

  • Rock climbers can challenge themselves here:
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness area
  • Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area
  • Little Lost Cove Cliffs

Of course, anyone who enjoys backpacking and hikes near Asheville NC will find that there are far too many exciting options to list here.

One of the especially nice spots for swimming and non-motorized boating is the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area. Owners of North Carolina mountain real estate at The Coves Mountain River Club are fortunate to live along five miles of beautiful Johns River frontage near Wilson Creek, so they’re able to enjoy all the benefits of being right on the edge of Pisgah National Forest – like the sparkling clean water, fresh mountain air, mild four-season weather and unspoiled environment. Wilson Creek is also know for some of the best trout fishing in North Carolina and challenging kayak rapids.

Living near a forest is a pleasant change from living in the city, with all of its stress and congestion. As one of the finest gated communities near Asheville NC, The Coves Mountain River Club has become a very popular place to retire and live the good life. That’s because we offer not only an amazing number of options for outdoor adventure in the Pisgah National Forest but easy access to everything else you may need or want to do, like shopping, dining, medical facilities, local culture, continuing education, golf, and so much more. We also have more than 39 miles of hiking trails within our community.

When you’re in the Lenoir area, be sure to stop by The Coves Mountain River Club and let us take you for a hike and show you around our mountain paradise. 

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

Tags: Greenways & Trails | Lenoir | Uncategorized

Superb Trout Fishing Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina trout fishing needs no introduction to those in the know.  The excellent sites for fishing near Asheville NC draw avid fly-casters from all around the country and beyond.

Traveling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll encounter over a hundred miles of streams that will challenge your skills and knowledge.  Using only artificial lures with a single non-barbed hook, you can fish for rainbow, brown and native brook trout with no special stamp required.  Catch-and-release is encouraged.

There are thirteen lakes along the Parkway, ranging from ponds to more sizeable bodies of water, and they have an abundance of smallmouth bass and bream.  Look for specific regulations wherever you go.  No fishing from bridges, dams or walls is permitted.  And swimming isn’t allowed.

You can easily obtain a license online and it’s not required for anyone 16 or younger.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re fortunate to have five miles of frontage on the beautiful Johns River NC, where water flowing down from Grandfather Mountain into popular Wilson Creek North Carolina, creates some great fishing conditions.

The Boone area is well-known for its remarkable fly-fishing and angling.

Close to Blowing Rock, you’ll find Julian Price Park and the largest lake on the Parkway (at milepost 295).  It’s stocked for trout and also has bream and bass.  Canoes and kayaks are available to rent at the lakeshore concession facility.   

Nearby Moses Cone Park features the popular Trout Lake and Bass Lake.  Trout Lake is off of Winkler’s Creek Road.  Bank fishing is difficult due to steepness and trees, but you’ll find largemouth bass, bream and trout.   Bass Lake is on 221 just outside of Blowing Rock and has great bank fishing access.  You can also fish at Doughton Park. 

For river fishing, the Watauga River has trout, bream and rock bass and provides several good access points on Highway 105:  near the Ham Shoppe in Valle Crucis, Valley Crucis Park, behind Appalachian Angler, and behind the church on Shulls Mill road.  New River, especially north of Todd, provides smallmouth bass, and at Elk River, behind Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, there’s a great catch-and-release trout stretch.

Of course, Wilson Creek, in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest, is one of the jewels in the North Carolina trout fishing crown.  It offers something for every angler’s preference – pools, riffles, runs and pocket water – and is home to some of the most renowned fishing near Asheville NC.  Experts recommend keeping your flies along the bottom in deep runs or clear holes.

The wild trout waters of Wilson Creek, Upper Creek, Harper Creeks, etc., are considered by many to be most beautiful places to fish on the east coast.  And we’re fortunate at The Coves Mountain River Club, with our property being located right on the Johns River NC, to have such easy access to them.

Wilson Creek North Carolina – just one of the many attractions of living the good life here in the foothills.  We’re also blessed with mild weather, gorgeous mountain scenery and, of course, the spectacular annual transformation of the foliage as fall arrives.

If you’re looking for a wonderful place to live, visit us when you’re in the Lenoir area.  We’re sure you’ll be amazed by all there is to do here:  fishing, kayaking, golf, hiking, social activities, local culture…the list goes on and on.  And we’ll show you some of our beautiful mountain homes and how they blend so perfectly with their surroundings.  It’s an entirely different and much more relaxed lifestyle – free of the pressures of the city and yet so convenient to everything you need or want to do.

Can you imagine night after night gazing at clear skies and a blanket of stars?  Can you picture yourself sitting on the deck at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge, watching the sun set over the mountains?  Can you envision having limitless opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise and exploration? This is what every day life is like at The Coves.

Come by, relax with a glass of wine or tea, and let us answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to welcoming you.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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