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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 Simon Thompson

Birding with Simon Thompson

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

Snowbird Mountain Lodge4633 Santeetlah RdRobbinsville, NC28771 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 Lodge4633 Santeetlah RdRobbinsville, NC28771 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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