Book your Excursions
Whether you choose one of the many excursions or are looking for assistance in planning your trip, we hope our guide below is helpful and provides for a convenient way to see and experience all there is to do on Lake Nantahala and The Great Smoky Mountains.
Guided Boat Tour of Lake Nantahala
This is your opportunity to be in the passenger seat and enjoy the beauty of the lake.
Water Ski behind a Yamaha Jet Boat
Enjoy water skiing with the power and wake of this Yamaha double engine boat.
Wake board behind a Natique Air G-23
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the power and craftsmanship of this wake board vessel.
Dinner Cruise on Lake Nantahala
Enjoy breathtaking views and dinner on our largest Pontoon Boat. You and your family will enjoy a cruise around the lake with Lakes End Café & Grill’s catered lunch or dinner.
Planning your trip & things to do
Most of the activities below are just minutes from Lakes End. Our staff is committed in helping you make the most of your time in the mountains. All the links on this page will open in a new window, floating above this window. We encourage you to view information about Nantahala and other activities, visit the Nantahala website.
Go mountain biking at Tsali
Take a scenic excursion or dinner train
on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Hike in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Visit the Cherokee Indian Reservation
Take the family to Santa's Land in Cherokee
A Fisherman's Paradise
Named one of the top trout streams in the country, and rated as one of the Top 100 Trout Rivers in North America by Trout Unlimited, the Nantahala River is a perfect trout fishing destination. The North Carolina State record brown trout was caught on the lower Nantahala River and weighed 24lbs 10oz!
Did you know? — You can fish for fresh-water Kokanee Salmon on Nantahala Lake? In fact, the state record — a 3 pounder — was caught in Nantahala. The lake also offers Rainbows, Browns, Walleyes, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass.
Fish with a Fly Fishing Guide
All about fishing in the Smokies
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Take the family tubing on Deep Creek
Visit a Gem Mine in Franklin
"The Gem Capitol of the World"