Explore Excursion Opportunities

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.  Call (828) 321.3001 for more information.


Water Ski behind a Yamaha Jet Boat

Enjoy water skiing with the power and wake of this Yamaha double engine boat. Call (828) 321.3001 for more information.

Wake board behind a Natique Air G-23

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the power and craftsmanship of this wake board vessel.  Call (828) 321.3001 for more information.

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.  Call (828) 321.3001 for more information.

To learn more about all our excursions and activities call(828) 321.3001


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.

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

Raft or kayak the Nantahala with
Wildwater Rafting
Appalachian Rivers
Brookside Rafting
Carolina Outfitters
Endless River Adventures

Go horseback riding with
Smokemont Stables
Horseshoe Creek Riding Stables
Carolina Outfitters

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"

Visit Bryant Bait and Tackle to purchase your fishing license
featuring the areas best bait and lures.