The crisp cold of February in Nantahala makes it easy to stay cooped up indoors, but North Carolina has a selection of outdoor adventures for any season. It’s too early to start dreaming of afternoons swimming in Lake Nantahala and relaxing at Lake’s End diner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life on the water. Learn about 3 North Carolina water activities you can enjoy in any weather.
Each winter, fishing enthusiasts across the South make their way to North Carolina for the December Kokanee salmon run. But even in February, Lake Nantahala and the Nantahala River provide excellent fishing. As you wait for the warm sunshine of spring, the rivers and lakes are brimming with trout. Invest in a pair of fingerless fishing gloves, find a fishing buddy, and hit the river.
If you’ve always wanted to try whitewater rafting, there’s no better time than winter. Take a guided tour at the Nantahala Outdoor Center or teach yourself basic survival and rafting techniques and hit the river. You may need to bundle up, but learning to raft or kayak now will give you an edge for summertime rafting adventures.
Just outside Asheville, a fount of natural peace and beauty swirls lazily through the forest. Resting in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Hot Springs, North Carolina gives visitors the chance to rest and rejuvenate. Historically a place of healing, these scenic hot mineral springs make the perfect destination for a late winter excursion. The cool winter air provides a pleasant contrast to the heat of the spring water as you enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest.
Call our office to learn more about our scenic Reflection Village and the adventures waiting at Lake Nantahala.