Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, NC

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, NC


Chetola is an 87 acre resort in the heart of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Located at an elevation of 3600 feet, the resort dates back to 1846 when the only structure on the property served as a way station for goods traveling up and down the mountain. Many of the resort's activities are centered around Chetola Lake which visitors drive around as they enter the location. The resort is surrounded by a 3600 acre national park which features over 25 miles of multipurpose trails. In addition to fly-fishing programs, Chetola offers packages throughout the year for snow skiing, Blowing Rock Winterfest, Blue Ridge Wine Festival, spa and wellness activities and wingshooting.

Date Range

Chetola Resort is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

What is Provided to Customer

Chetola provides most everything that is needed for fly-fishing trips including rods, reels, fly-lines, leaders, flies, waders and refreshments. Round trip transportation to fishing waters is also provided.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Boone Fork Creek is a catch and release-only stream with the highest water classification in the state. It is located at the headwaters of the Holston River and is accessible by 4 wheel or All wheel drive. Full day wade trips for trophy trout are offered at Big Horse Creek, a wild pristine Appalachian Mountain stream at 4000 feet elevation. Half day adventures are available at Upper Headwaters, a high mountain valley stream with fishing for spring-raised brook, rainbow and brown trout. Full day float trips for brook trout, rainbow trout, wild brown trout and smallmouth bass are featured on the Watauga, South Holston and Catawba Rivers. Smallmouth bass float trips are on the New River, North Toe River, Nolichucky River and Holston River. All locations are for beginners or seasoned anglers. Round trip transportation is provided by Chetola Resort.

Early summer 2015, additional fishing locations will be available at the Chetola Sporting Club at Blue Ridge Mountain Club. In addition to excellent fishing, the club offers sporting clays, archery, and horseback riding.

Typical Weather by Season

Average temperatures for Blowing Rock range from the low 20's to mid 40's in winter, mid 40's to low 60's in spring and fall and mid 50's to upper 70's in summer. Rarely do temperatures exceed the low 80's due to the high elevation. Average monthly precipitation is about 5.6 inches with the highest precipitation occurring in March and the lowest in December. Average hours of daylight in summer are 14, in winter about 9.4. Water temperatures range from 48 to 69 degrees.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Start the day off with a homemade breakfast in Timberlake's Restaurant. Your guide will pick you up for your full- or half-day fishing excursion at The Refuge located about 15 minutes from the resort. If you choose the half-day option, you can have lunch in one of the quaint mountain cafes in Blowing Rock. After exploring the downtown area, take a short ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway and marvel at the beautiful mountain scenery. Once you've returned to the resort, visit the Spa for a soothing massage or facial. Enjoy a delicious dinner in Timberlake's Restaurant overlooking Chetola Lake and featuring delicious dishes such as roasted Carolina quail, ostrich and wild mushroom roulade, or bison filet. For the more casual diner there's a wide variety of specialty house made pizzas, tempura fried oysters, and other delicious selections. Enjoy an after dinner drink or specialty coffee in Headwater's Pub.


On-site Activities

Chetola features a wide variety of activities including:

The Spa at Chetola Resort - Massage, facials, nail treatments, spa packages.

Health and Wellness Programs - Fitness classes, personal health assessments, cooking classes.

Boating, hiking, fishing on Chetola Lake, workout and weight room, Timberlake's Restaurant, tennis, indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, dry sauna, kid's camp, movie rentals.

Off-site Activities

Nearby - Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, snow skiing and snow tubing, whitewater rafting, zip lining, the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding, rock climbing, caving, Mast General Store, Appalachian State University.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Chetola Lodge Room Descriptions:
Hillside Guest Room: 2 queen beds, refrigerated wet bar, microwave, DVD Player.

Lakeview Guest Room: 1 king bed, refrigerated wet bar, microwave, DVD Player.

Lakeview Guest Room with Balcony: 1 king bed or two queen beds, refrigerator, microwave, DVD Player.

Deluxe Lakeview King Guest Room with Balcony: 1 king bed, 1 sleeper sofa, refrigerated wet bar, microwave, DVD Player.

Bob Timberlake Hillside Suite: Decorated with Bob Timberlake's signature furniture, artwork and memorabilia, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa, sitting area, 2 baths, dining area, refrigerated wet bar, microwave, DVD Player.

Bob Timberlake Lakeview Crown Suite with Balcony: Decorated with Bob Timberlake's signature furniture and artwork, 1 king bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa, sitting area, dining area, refrigerated wet bar, 1 luxury bath with tiled shower, whirlpool tub, bidet, double lavatories, microwave, DVD Player.

Bob Timberlake Inn Room Descriptions:
Inn guests have access to a guest pantry (24-hour access--stocked with snacks such as ice cream, fresh baked cookies, assorted beverages, coffee/tea/hot chocolate and more), the Inn library, an afternoon social and nightly turn-down service.

All guest rooms feature either a king bed or queen bed, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, DVD players, BOSE Wave Radio, in room safes and robes. Most rooms have a view of Chetola Lake.

Condominium Descriptions:
(Daily housekeeping is NOT included but may be provided for an additional fee.)

One Bedroom Condominium - 1 queen or king bed, full bath, washer/dyer, full kitchen, queen size sleeper sofa, fireplace. Maximum occupancy: 4 (approx. 885 sq ft.)

Two Bedroom Condominium - 1 queen or king bed, 2 twin beds, queen size sleeper sofa, 2 full baths, washer/dryer, full kitchen, fireplace.* Some units have whirlpool in master bath. Maximum occupancy: 6 (approx. 1470 sq ft). *Several units have 1 queen or king bed in the master bedroom and 1 queen bed in the second bedroom.

Three Bedroom Condominium - 2 queen bedrooms, 2 twin beds, queen size sleeper sofa, 3 full baths, washer/dryer, full kitchen, fireplace.* Whirlpool tub in master bath. Maximum occupancy: 8 (approx. 1840 sq ft) some units have 2½ baths.


Species You Fish for by Season

We fish year round, catch and release, for rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and western golden trout. Fishing for Smallmouth Bass is offered on full day float trips on the New River, North Toe River, Nolichucky River and Holston River.


What Should Customers Bring?

Customers should bring proper clothing for weather, rain jacket when needed, and sunscreen. No need for a camera - our guide takes pictures and emails them to customers.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is your lodge located?
A. Chetola Resort is located 75 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC, six miles south of Boone, NC (Appalachian State University). We are in the Blue Ridge Mountain range just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Airports closest to the resort are Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC and Tri-Cities, TN. Hickory is 35 miles south of the resort.

Q. What is the town like?
A. Blowing Rock is a quaint mountain town located on the Eastern Continental Divide. Winter sports are available from late November through March when snow is a common occurrence. Leaf changing season is at its peak from early October to late October.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 16 reviews


16 of 16 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Dustin Coffey is THE Orvis guide to snag - 7/17/2014

    I'll start by saying that we had the opportunity to experience two of the Orvis endorsed guides that Chetola offers. That said, Dustin is the guide you want, period. He is knowledgable, informative, attentive, and dedicated to your fishing experience. There are several choices here in terms of types of fly fishing, be sure to talk with Dustin to get a real/true run down of those options. Otherwise, you may be disappointed in where you are taken. We did a wade trip and had a great time, all due to Dustin's up beat attitude and near perfect level of instruction and guidance.

  • 5/5

    Best Fishing Day EVER - 3/23/2014
    By: from Greenville, SC, USA

    Let me start by saying I have never been moved enough by service to write a review, and not because I am a snob but because I think service is a lost art in this day and age, but this day and a young man changed my mind and prompted this letter. My adventure started with my beautiful wife treating me to a full day guided fly fishing excursion, Dustin Coffey picked us up at the Chetola Lodge prompt at 7:30. We all agreed a small quick breakfast was in order so we stopped at a local spot for a bite of REAL home cooked food. After this a short drive and it was off to the stream we enjoyed conversation with Dustin on the ride and found him to be informative and quite knowledgable, this continued throughout the day. I have been fishing for over 20 years and Dustin was uncanny at sighting BIG fish in the most obscure places all while battling 20 mile an hour winds. I couldn't see half the fish he put me on and it didn't stop there, he pointed out trees and bushes and so many other things that could have easily been over looked. This day will truly live in my memory as one of the best fishing days of my life I have never hooked so many Big Wild trout, we lost our fair share but landed just as many. I can promise you that all of my friends will be coming to see Dustin as I have never met a guy more true,excited and passionate about what he does for a living for these kind of people it isn't a job it really is their passion and it shows in his commitment to his guest. We were having so much fun we skipped lunch a got right back on the stream for more beautiful trout, we are already planning a float trip in a month or two and can't wait, I can promise you that if you want a great time and the chance to land a few fish of a lifetime visit the Chetloa and "Hook up" with Dustin.

  • 5/5

    Great Trip - 2/9/2014
    By: from Charlotte, NC, USA

    My neighbor and I fished with Dustin and had an outstanding day. Dustin knows the water, loves the environment and thoroughly enjoys guiding. We spent an ice cold day on the water and even though we expected challenging conditions, Dustin stayed upbeat. Sure enough we caught hogs the likes of which I've not seen out west where we usually fish. Dustin was more excited when we hooked our rainbows than we were! He is gracious, thoughtful, and enthusiastic. I highly recommend hiring Dustin for fishing NC waters.

  • 5/5

    Amazing Fishing - 2/5/2014
    By: from Blowing Rock, NC, USA chetola resort

    For 2 years in a row I have went fishing with Dustin Coffey. He is an amazing guide and works hard to make the expert and the novice feel like a pro. My favorite thing is that his love for The Lord shines through. You don't have to worry about language or anything that is off color. He is truly an man to envy, both as an outdoorsman and as a peer. I felt completely safe and he took every precaution as he taught me to handle the water and to fly fish for the first time. I don't think I ever want to fish with anyone else.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Float Trip - 11/12/2013
    By: from Blowing Rock, NC

    My guide, Ryan Dunne, did an outstanding job maneuvering the boat, getting me in position to catch fish, and instructing me in fly fishing. This trip is a must on everyone's bucket list.

  • 5/5

    Great Guided Trip - 10/28/2013

    Dustin Coffey took us on an amazing fly fishing trip. We caught an unbelievable number of large rainbows and a very large brown in very clear, skinny water. Dustin was a great guide, showing us new techniques, helping us refine our existing skills, and was as patient and enthusiastic as anyone could want in a guide. Would love to fish with him again!

  • 5/5

    Once in a lifetime catch - 10/13/2013
    By: from Ashe County, NC, USA

    I had briefly met Dustin Coffey a few weeks before our guided trip and immediately saw the passion for fishing he has and also the importance of environmental preservation involving this fishing privilege. I knew at that time he would fulfill my needs of a guide particularly for his love of teaching the art and science of fly fishing. The water was pretty skinny that day and fishing was more like hunting. We did however catch a multitude of huge fish including a rainbow pushing 5 lbs and then the fish of a lifetime which was a native brown trout measuring 27" and weighing around 7 lbs. This happened to be my day! Dustin is indeed a true gentleman, and a good Christian man as well, which I most appreciated particularly realizing the tremendous beauty we were experiencing that day. I will be back and know who to call. Thanks Dustin

  • 5/5

    I'll be back - 10/5/2013
    By: from Blue Ridge Mountains

    Ryan, is very knowledgeable fisherman and an excellent coach.We fished 2 new rivers for me, the Watauga and the South Holston. I am an experienced angler, but every river has certain characteristics and you need to know how to fish it. Immediately Ryan began to coach me on the best techniques for various situations on both rivers. It made our days very effective. Ryan is very knowledgeable about the entomology of both rivers. This added to our results.All this technical "stuff" aside Ryan is enthusiastic, optimistic, polite, with a great sense of humor and lots of stories. I have booked Ryan in the past and coming back is the best endorsement I can give. I'll be back.

  • 5/5

    Flyin' with my Girls - 10/1/2013
    By: from Blue Ridge Mountains NC/VA

    Wow, what a great trip. Dustin Coffey was just phenomenal. He was a terrific instructor/guide/chef. My wife and daughter came with me on this trip to learn the sport and just thought it was one of the coolest experiences. I would recommend this trip to any novice to expert to experience true North Carolina. Couldn't ask for a better location.

  • 5/5

    A wonderful experience - 9/30/2013
    By: from Watauga River, Tennessee, USA

    Ryan Dunne, our Orvis endorsed guide, was a complete professional. He is very polite, prepared, and very knowlegable of the water we fished, and the surrounding area. His expert guidance helped us to catch many fish, but we also improved our technique which made us better fly fishers. A beautiful weather day. Our lunch stop was excellent, good food he prepared, and a bank site that was spectacular. Throughout the day, he had rod options for us so we could switch from top water to nymphing, depending on what the river offered us. I would definately do this again.

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Zak Linkins
500 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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