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Get ready to explore diverse outdoor adventures including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and two national forests. From mild to wild, these secluded natural settings offer something for everyone.

Imagine paddle boarding or kayaking on nearby Lake Santeetlah. Take an afternoon hike on one of the many nearby forest trails and see the giant poplars in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Escape to one of our secluded mountain streams and try the art of fly fishing. A number of waterfalls are just a short drive away.

The area is home to some of the most scenic paved and unpaved roadways in the country. Challenge yourself to the thrills driving the Tail of The Dragon with 318 curves in 11 miles. Tour the Cherohala Skyway, which begins just 300 feet from the entrance to the Lodge and climbs to over 5000 feet.

Climb aboard a raft and shoot the rapids of the roaring Cheoah River. Explore four pristine mountain lakes formed by four dams, including Fontana Dam, the highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains.

See our Event Calendar where you’ll find an abundance of nature experiences that originate right here at Snowbird Mountain Lodge.

Your stay at Snowbird Lodge includes complimentary use of our on-site tennis courts and equipment and state of the art “Outdoor Fleet”, which includes:

• Canoes
• Lake Kayaks
• Stand-up Paddleboards
• Mountain Bikes
• Fly Rods and gear

Outdoor Events

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Birding with Aaron Steed

Birding with Aaron Steed

May 23, 7:00am - May 23, 2:00pm+1May 24, 7:00am - May 24, 2:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

Birding with Aaron Steed

Aaron Steed has been interested in birds and natural history his entire life. Originally from Wilmington, NC, Aaron received his B.S. in General Biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2010. He has been birding and hiking all over the southeastern US as well as New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. He has worked with Audubon NC, searching for Piping Plover nesting sites, and with Texas A&M mapping the territories of Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos on Fort Hood in central Texas. He has also spent several seasons with Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR), learning the art of banding songbirds and migratory hawk-counting at Big Bald Banding Station in Mars Hill, NC. Though he loves traveling and birding new places, he'll always be drawn back to the Asheville area by the splendid beauty and biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians.

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Nature Walks with Alexandra Holland

Nature Walks with Alexandra Holland

May 28, 7:00am - May 28, 2:00pm+4May 29, 7:00am - May 29, 2:00pmMay 30, 7:00am - May 30, 2:00pmMay 31, 7:00am - May 31, 2:00pmJun 1, 7:00am - Jun 1, 2:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

Nature Walks with Alexandra Holland

Alexandra Holland graduated from Duke University and earned her Master's degree in botany from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also certified as a Blue Ridge Naturalist. Alexandra teaches botany classes at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC and leads nature hikes for a variety of community organizations. She has volunteered with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX, helping with school groups and creating displays, and she has assisted with the preschool and school groups at the NC Arboretum. Alexandra has a passion for getting people of all ages excited about the natural world through classes, hikes, and photography.


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Night Walking with Synchronous Fireflies and Wanda Dewaard

Night Walking with Synchronous Fireflies and Wanda Dewaard

Jun 3, 6:00pm - Jun 3, 10:00pm+5Jun 4, 6:00pm - Jun 4, 10:00pmJun 5, 6:00pm - Jun 5, 10:00pmJun 6, 6:00pm - Jun 6, 10:00pmJun 7, 6:00pm - Jun 7, 10:00pmJun 8, 6:00pm - Jun 8, 10:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

Night Walking with Synchronous Fireflies and Wanda Dewaard

Come to the mountains and join outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard. She will show you around our amazing forest trails at night! Learn to be more comfortable in the forest after dark by using your senses to move safely and with awareness. These walks will begin in the evening just before dark and will discuss bioluminescence and the natural history of synchronous fireflies as the hikes lead to an area suitable for viewing these amazing creatures!

Wanda DeWaard is an outdoor educator who has shared Earth Kinship and environmental awareness with people of all ages and a wide variety of backgrounds in community groups, schools, colleges, camps, environmental centers and teacher conferences since 1974. She holds a Masters degree in Recreation and Environmental Education and has directed youth and family programs all over the United States as well as in Canada and Germany. Currently, Wanda works as an outdoor program consultant and freelance outdoor educator in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Anything and everything in the natural world brings out her enthusiasm and contagious sense of fun.


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Nature Walks with Leon Bates

Nature Walks with Leon Bates

Jun 17, 7:00am - Jun 23, 2:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

Nature Walks with Leon Bates
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Photography with Mark Dauber

Photography with Mark Dauber

Aug 5, 12:00pm - Aug 8, 3:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

I have a great camera, have taken thousands of pictures and still can’t seem to capture the images I see. If this sounds familiar, then perhaps you should join us for this fabulous workshop. Mark Dauber has had numerous exhibits throughout the US and has led workshops across the globe. He is renowned for his easy ability to communicate and coach a wide variety of students, from beginners to professionals. Mark can show you how to capture the images you see and give you the tools necessary to shoot the images you’ve always wanted. Mark Dauber is a fine art photographer born in Birmingham, Alabama. He has had numerous exhibits throughout the United States, and his work is included in various private and institutional collections. Mark has led his own workshops in various international locations, including Guatemala. In 1991, he produced the architectural photography for the highly praised exhibit and catalogue, “Palladio In Alabama”. Mark’s work is primarily influenced by his friend and teacher, Paul Caponigro, universally regarded as one of the great maters of fine art photography. Mark has served as a teaching assistant to Mr. Caponigro both in Ireland and in Maine in the acclaimed Maine Photographic Workshops, and now is teaching workshops at The Dauber Gallery. #SMLOutdoors #SMLArt... See MoreSee Less

Birding with Simon Thompson

Birding with Simon Thompson

Sep 21, 11:00am - Sep 27, 2:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

Nationally recognized ornithologist Simon Thompson joins us during the spring migration to help us locate and identify the birds that surround the Lodge. Simon has led trips throughout the world for birders and naturalists, and is very active in conservation and birding organizations in Western North Carolina.

Simon Thompson owns and operates his own bird watching and natural history tour company, Ventures, Inc., based in Asheville, NC. The company leads small groups of naturalists and birders both within North America and to many locations throughout the world.

In western North Carolina, he is also the ornithologist at Chimney Rock Park and is active with both the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and the Henderson County Bird Club. Since moving permanently to the US in 1987, Simon has been the ornithologist and nature director at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, NC. He has been active in various conservations activities, is a member of the American Birding Association and the Carolina Bird Club, and plans many bird watching talks and programs throughout western NC.

Simon and his partner, Chris, own the Asheville, NC Wild Birds Unlimited Store. As well as selling a great line of top quality bird seed and feeders, they also stock an excellent selection of bird houses, books, binoculars and a unique line of North Carolina nature gifts. #SMLOutdoors
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Hiking with Joel and Kathy Zachry

Hiking with Joel and Kathy Zachry

Nov 2, 7:00am - Nov 2, 2:00pm+5Nov 3, 7:00am - Nov 3, 2:00pmNov 4, 7:00am - Nov 4, 2:00pmNov 5, 7:00am - Nov 5, 2:00pmNov 6, 7:00am - Nov 6, 2:00pmNov 7, 7:00am - Nov 7, 2:00pm

Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Rd
Robbinsville, NC  28771 Map

The Zachrys continue to entertain and enlighten Snowbird’s guests on informative and enjoyable hikes in our area. Having completed the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005, Joel and Kathy return eager to share their experiences by leading investigative walks and narrative hikes through local mountain scenery. Joel is a retired college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical company executive who brings to Snowbird more than 50 years of collective outdoor experience.

Joel and Kathy are program managers and the longest-serving naturalist couple for the award-winning Smoky Mountain Field School. They also lead backcountry trips to Alaska through their Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel company. The Zachrys are also the authors of Bears We’ve Met, short stories of close encounters, available at the Lodge gift shop.
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