Blackberry Farm, TN

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Walland, Tennessee.

Blackberry Farm, TN

Overview

Blackberry Farm - often described as "Easy to get to. Hard to leave." is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Named by Travel + Leisure for its outstanding service as the number one resort in the U.S. and Canada in the 2012 World's Best Service Awards and the #1 Resort in North America by Travel + Leisure's 2011 World's Best Awards, this 62-room Relais & Chateaux property offers some of the world's finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, sport clay, cycling, and mountain biking opportunities. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers a Spa and a series of annual culinary, enrichment and adventure events.

Date Range

Blackberry Farm operates year round.

What is Provided to Customer

Blackberry Farm can provide all the equipment needed for a day on the water. We use all Orvis equipment including rods, reels, waders, and boots of all sizes. We are happy to outfit our guests with everything they may need for their experience. Blackberry Farm also welcomes our guests to bring their own equipment if desired.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

With close to a mile of managed water on property and close to 800 miles of off-property water in our back yard, we have something to offer anglers of all skill levels. From the beginner looking to learn to cast, to the complete angler looking for the challenge of wary and wild trout, our program can be customized to fill any need. We offer wading trips on and off property to anglers of all skill levels as well as off-property drift boat trips down scenic dam controlled tailwaters.

Hesse Creek, on property, is a stocked and managed fishery. It offers anglers a chance to catch trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout. It is an excellent place to enjoy and learn the sport of fly fishing, but also has something to offer anglers of all skill levels. The Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 700 miles of fishable trout water containing wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout. All these streams are small freestone streams that offer wading opportunities for anglers. Many of the streams are accessible from the road while others require some hiking to get to.

The float trips down the Clinch and Holston rivers are full day adventures guided from a McKenzie-style drift boat. Both rivers contain rainbow and brown trout. The Holston River is best fished in the spring while the Clinch is a year round fishery. Both rivers are dam controlled which can cause some difficulty in booking, however with two choices our team can generally make one work.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: March typically brings with it our first warmer days as winter fades. Our fishing really tends to pick up by mid March as our day time highs start to reach near the 70 degree mark, although evenings can still be quite chilly through April. Spring is also a fairly wet season in East Tennessee.

Summer: As we sneak through June and ease into summer we typically start to dry out and heat up. Late summer can bring daytime highs into the 90s and mid afternoon to early evening rain showers are quite common.

Fall: Much like our spring, fall brings with it cooler temperatures and the much awaited color change of the hill sides. Highs are in the 70s and lows are down to the mid 40s. Our peak foliage color tends to be in the first or second week of November.

Winter: As winter sets in, our temperatures begin to fall. Although we experience fairly mild winters, we can see lows down into the 20s and highs in the mid to upper 40s. We do get a small amount of snow fall during the average winter but normally don't experience any accumulation.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Blackberry Farm has so much to offer that there really is no typical itinerary. From fly fishing to culinary experiences, we have many activities to do while on the farm.

The typical fishing experience originates at our streamside fly shop. We can then proceed to the casting pond for either a full casting lesson or just a few minutes to knock the dust off. After a casting lesson or refresher, we head straight to the stream that is literally off the front porch of our log cabin fly shop. Off property fishing trips such as our float trips or Smoky Mountain experiences depart from the front desk. Your guide will meet you at the front desk with all of the gear and necessities for the day.

Activities

On-site Activities

Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Pamper your mind and body at our Farmhouse Spa. Enjoy our Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing while surrounded by the pristine tranquility of Hesse Creek. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Freewheel down mountain byways and down country roads on a custom co-motion bike. Explore our other activities including yoga, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, geocaching, paintball, horseback riding, fox hunting, carriage rides, swimming, tennis, shotgun sports, cooking demonstrations and whiskey tastings. Be as active as your heart desires!

Off-site Activities

Enjoy the beautiful view of the Smoky Mountains from one of our Lexus vehicles! If you choose to venture off property, might we suggest a scenic ride through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or an afternoon of antique shopping in nearby Townsend. If it is adventure you seek, join our fly-fishing guides for a float trip at one of our nearby rivers or enjoy fly fishing in a stream in the national park!

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Blackberry Farm offers 62 guest accommodations, including Estate Rooms, Cottage Suites, Hill Cottages, Farmstead Cottage, and multi-bedroom houses, all beautifully appointed and furnished with fine antiques. Personal service and attention to detail are the defining elements of Blackberry Farm's award-winning reputation. Our individual rates are based on double occupancy and include nightly accommodations, pantry snacks, and three meals per day of our celebrated Foothills Cuisine.

Enjoy the original Blackberry Farm experience in our warm and elegant Estate Rooms. Choose a room with either a fabulous king- or queen-sized feather topped bed. These charming rooms are uniquely appointed with fine art and antiques and have access to common living areas with fireplaces and fully stocked pantries complete with snacks, sodas and bottled water.

Indulge yourself in one of our luxurious Cottage Suites for the ultimate experience in privacy and comfort. Enjoy your morning coffee on your own covered porch with rocking chairs and relax in your spacious suite by the wood-burning fireplace or on your fluffy, king-size featherbed. Blackberry's most exclusive accommodations offer large bathrooms with double vanities and whirlpool tub, walk-in closet and a stocked pantry with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Warm and welcoming, the Hill Cottages are a fashionable approach to ultimate luxury and comfort. Shaped by regional influence and modern American design, the cottages provide an authentic contemporary experience with the lasting elegance of old world antiques and classic purpose. The cottages are designed to offer guests indulging choices and unexpected nuances. Curl up by the fireplace, enjoyed from both the living room as well as the outdoor screened porch, escape in the oversized soaking tub, and enjoy a bite of Foothills Cuisine in the dining nook or a glass of world-class wine while slowly swaying in the rockers on the front porch. The cottages come with state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed internet, flat screen televisions and integrated sound systems throughout, including the bath suite, with theatre surround-sound in the living room. Patterned for the quintessential luxury experience, the Cottages present an unmatchable getaway. Also included are your own golf cart and personal concierge.

Perfect for couples, families or a group of ladies traveling together, the houses provide three and four bedroom options with common areas, kitchens and plush living spaces. These accommodations also offer the best private chef and dining experiences with their fully-functioning kitchens and dining rooms.

Blackberry Farm's renowned cuisine is definitely rooted in what comes from our farm as well as the region. Often described as Foothills Cuisine®, it wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the country food indigenous to Blackberry's Smoky Mountain heritage.

We create our menus based on the bounty of the season, our heirloom garden, and the foods of our Southern heritage, and we prepare food that is never meant to intimidate but rather to satisfy and nourish. We present it in ways that are fancy and familiar, with a glimpse – maybe even a beautiful view – of the link between kitchen and garden, between heritage and innovation.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

Fly fishing is a year round opportunity at Blackberry farm. With more than 800 miles of water at our back door we can find fish somewhere.

Spring brings the first and largest fly hatches of the year. March through early June offers some of the best dry fly fishing on both the float trips as well as on property and mountain wading experiences. We are usually fishing through most of the spring for rainbow and brown trout with both dry and wet flies.

Summer brings with it warmer temperatures and lower water. We typically start heading for higher elevation streams for rainbow and brown trout. We also find the warmer temperatures to be a great excuse to venture higher in elevation in search of the native brook trout. Most of our aquatic insect activity occurs in the spring, so we are normally fishing various dry flies and terrestrials most of the summer.

Fall brings a welcome cool down. We are generally still dry-fly fishing in the mountain and on property streams for rainbow, brown, and brook trout. There are a few more active aquatic insects in the fall than the summer. We are normally using dry flies on warmer days and will start to nymph as the fall progresses.

Winter fishing can still be fantastic on Hesse creek, our on-property stream. Fishing in many of the off site locations can slow a bit, but is still a possibility throughout most of the winter.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

Pack your walking shoes, boots, slacks and jackets for your adventure at Blackberry Farm! During the fall and winter, layers are suggested as temperatures can vary throughout the day. While dining at The Barn, gentlemen are required to wear jackets; however, ties are optional. Ladies are requested to dress accordingly.

For those interested in fly fishing at Blackberry Farm, we offer everything an angler needs to be equipped for a day of fly fishing. However, we would recommend packing attire appropriate for the season. A light jacket for the spring and fall and maybe a rain jacket for both seasons as well. A second layer may also be needed for winter fishing. Don’t forget to bring your camera not only for pictures of the fish, but the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery as well.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What destinations are available off property?
A. We offer guided trips to the Smoky Mountains National Park and float trips down the Holston and Clinch tailwaters. The Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 700 miles of fishable trout water containing wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout. All these streams are small freestone streams that offer wading opportunities for anglers. Many of the streams are accessible from the road while others require some hiking to get to.

The float trips down the Clinch and Holston Rivers are full-day adventures guided from a McKenzie-style drift boat. Both rivers contain rainbow and brown trout. The Holston River is best fished in the spring while the Clinch is a year round fishery. Both rivers are dam controlled which can cause some difficulty in booking however with two choices we can generally make one work.

Q. What types of fly fishing trips do you offer?
A. We offer a variety of trips on and off property. On property, we offer instruction and guided fly fishing on Hesse creek. We can offer trips and lessons from two hours up to full days on property. Off property, we offer either half- or full-day wading trip into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or full-day floats down either the Clinch or Holston Rivers.

Q. Should I fish on or off property?
A. Hesse Creek, on property, is a stocked and managed fishery. It offers anglers a chance to catch trophy sized rainbow and brown trout. It is an excellent place to enjoy and learn the sport of fly fishing, but also has something to offer anglers of all skill levels.

Off-property fishing can be a little more technical and is probably better suited for anglers who have already been introduced to the sport. However, if you are looking for a great way to see the beauty of East Tennessee you might want to do it while exploring a stream. We can teach anglers of any skill level to fish the park streams or our tail waters.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 54 reviews

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53 of 54 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Excellent Experience - 9/24/2014
    By: from Alpharetta, GA, USA

    I treated my sons in law to a four hour fly fishing trip on Hesse Creek at Blackberry Farm. Our guides, Alex Quick and his associate, couldn't have been more gracious and helpful as our party had a wide range of experience. They provided all the gear, a short tutorial and "casing tune up" session which was most appreciated as some of our team had never used a fly rod. Personally, I had one of my better mornings and brought in around 10 rainbows and failed to hook almost as many. A great way to fish while staying at Blackberry Farm. Great guys!!

  • 5/5

    Father-daughter fishing with Dan - 9/8/2014
    By: from Walland, TN

    An over the top experience for me and my daughter. This was the first time fly fishing for my 13 year old daughter. Dan could not have been more patient and helpful. Not only did we catch some beautiful 17-18 inch trout, Dan helped to create a lifelong fan of the pursuit.

  • 5/5

    Great Anniversary Experience - 8/10/2014
    By:

    My wife and I had the best experience this weekend. The service was superb! The best thing for us is that we live only 20 minutes away. It is wonderful to be able to have this 5 star experience so close. My wife had the best experience with her horse ride, the Wilderness Horse Ride. I had a great time fly fishing with an excellent guide all day. If you want to have the most romantic as well as outside experiences, then this is your place. We will return many times!

  • 5/5

    Fishing With Jeremy - 6/28/2014
    By: from Sarasota FL

    It was our first trip at blackberry and we fished for five days the first was just a "refreshment" with mike and Jeremy. The second day we fished with mike and Jeremy as well. The next 3 were with Jeremy and we landed a lot of fish with Jeremy and mikes help!!! Thanks guys

  • 5/5

    Outsatanding experience - 6/27/2014
    By: from Sarasota FL

    Fishing with mike and Jeremy for the first of five days was a great refreshment. They were both Phenomenal guides and landed us 20 or so rainbows!!! Thanks guys

  • 5/5

    Nice morning on the water - 6/25/2014
    By: from Walland, TN 37886, USA

    Very nice two hours spent on Hesse Creek with guide Dan Munger. Good instruction and super patience with a novice fly fisherman. We lost a few and netted three very nice brown trout.

  • 5/5

    Small Fish and Big Memories - 6/24/2014
    By:

    As a boy, I grew up fly fishing, not for the joy of fishing itself, but instead to merely spend time with my father. Time that I often found myself drifting away into a deep slumber during the early morning drives or the methodical rhythms of water lapping against the boat. Last summer, however changed something. I discovered the finesse, the art, and the beauty of a targeting specific fish on a dry fly. It was like nothing I had ever experienced and I was immediately engulfed into the overwhelming sickness that I so readily accepted of fly fishing. I fell in love with out-thinking a fish. I tried different techniques and different flies and different rivers. I eagerly sat, watching over my father’s shoulder as he tied fly after fly eventually guiding me directly to the vice. However, when it comes down to it, there is something special not only about where you are but who you are with, the stories you share, and the journey to and fro. Sadly, in todays society, we are all guilty of posting the photo of a monster slab in a once and a lifetime river. However, it is often the anticipation as you approach a new ecosystem or break the ice with that one story of when the fish that got away. I by no means am a great angler, but I would say that I am a student. I am learning the finer techniques and I can’t keep my ears open wide enough to absorb all of the lessons that those around me have to share. And that is where Blackberry Farm comes in. After roughly a year of actively pursing large cutthroat on a dry fly in Jackson Hole to the rainy steelhead rivers of Washington State to the unthinkable realization that your cast no longer shoots because the eyes are iced over all while wading the frigid Massachusetts winter rivers. The key word is perusing because, in all reality, I can count the amount of fish I have caught this year on one hand. Even so, I find a sense of inner peace while rescuing my fly from the ever threatening shrubs and untangling my tippet after my faulty technique cinches wind knot after wind knot. The ever-common question “were you fishing or catching?” was too often answered oh just fishing today. But in all reality, it is not the fishing or the catching that matters. It is the joy of disconnecting from the real world and entering the REAL world. It is the beauty of communicating face to face with an actual human being rather than typing some scribbles on a cloud that no one will ever find ever again. It is on these special days that I learn the most about myself. Before I had even thought of packing, mere hours before departure, my mind solely focused on my job, my mother called and warned me, trying to manage my expectations. “I wouldn’t bring two rods, it’s just an itty bitty river and the fish are like pets!” Well to me I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to fish. I didn’t care what anyone else had to say. I was going to make the most out of it. When I arrived I was immediately amazed by the beauty of the grounds. My mothers first stop on the tour was of course the river. “Now Caldwell, remember, it is not the west.” Well to me, a recent transplant to the East, the homeland had never felt so far away. Rod in hand, I cautiously stalked up to the bridge hoping not to spook a fish. To my amazement the fish were stacked on top of each other. And to me, they were BIG.“ I threw on a simple Parachute Adams, something large enough for my eyes to remember how to follow the presentation and vigilantly wait on pins and needles for the most subtle slurps. I quickly realized that these “pet fish” were no stupid cats but instead wise old frogs who were not easily fooled. I quickly went smaller and smaller until I had trouble threading the 7X tippet through the impossibly small eye of the hook, something I had recently discovered on the Swift River as the only way to catch a fish. One hook up after hours of chess and I was thrilled! I was sharing the early morning river with my family. We laughed and joked an

  • 5/5

    Excellent Day - 6/10/2014
    By: from Birmingham, AL, USA

    Fished with Dan Munger today and had a wonderful outing catching numerous fish during the four hour session. Dan was patient with me showing me everything I needed to know and then put me on the fish. Thank you for a great time Dan!

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Fly Fishing - 6/7/2014
    By: from Blackberry Farm

    Fly fishing today with guide Alex Quick was fantastic. The best fly fishing I have ever experienced. We fished the lower Hess River, wading upstream in shorts and water shoes. I caught 12 spectacular Rainbow, a few got away. It was beautiful weather, warm with cool water, and a light breeze. Alex was the perfect guide. A memorable experience.

  • 5/5

    Outstanding guides/great waters - 6/5/2014
    By: from Midwest

    For beginners or pros, this place is a delight. The guides are great teachers willing to share knowledge of what works at the time and place your fishing and why it works. The on property, quest only, Hesse Creek has to be experienced to be believed and there are plenty of nearby opportunities in the Little River watershed or nearby tail waters. You owe it to yourself to fish here.

Blackberry Farm
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Alex Quick
1471 West Millers Cove Road
Walland, TN 37886
865-984-8166
865-380-2275

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