The Setting

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Explore the Forge Lake's Lodge's Unique Setting:

Lake Nantahala Picture

Lake Nantahala

Located in the towering mountains of western North Carolina, near the small town of Topton. It sits like a pristine jewel at the edge of the Nantahala National Forest, surrounded by the rustic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Activities on or near Lake Nantahala include swimming, boating, fishing, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and golf.

Nantahala Gorge

Nantahala Gorge

In the heart of western North Carolina, the Nantahala River Gorge joins other wilderness and natural areas to create a vast recreational paradise. This heavily forested area is perfect for outdoor activities; including whitewater rafting, canoe and kayaking, waterfalls, hiking, mtn. biking, horseback riding, fishing, camping / backpacking. As well as, serious shopping for antiques, and genuine Native American goods in Cherokee, NC.

Nantahala River

Nantahala River

Nestled in a steep gorge, the Nantahala shimmers through its mild, but exciting rapids. The Nantahala offers eight miles of practice on easy Class II rapids before splashing through the exciting Class III whitewater of Nantahala Falls. This river is one of America's most popular whitewater runs, so expect to see other rafters, kayakers and canoeists playing in the waves.

Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala National Forest

Mountains surpassing 5000 feet, cascading waterfalls, towering hardwood forests and whitewater foaming over the backs of boulders--these are the sights awaiting you in the Nantahala National Forest. Enjoy the panoramic views from Whiteside Mountain or Wayah Bald. A 2-mile loop trail to the top of the Whiteside cliffs, provides a spectacular view. Wayah Bald is especially beautiful in June when the azaleas and laurel bloom.

Also be sure to explore the following local activities: The Cole House and Horseshoe Creek Riding Stables
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