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

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Chetola Resort At Blowing Rock

Phone icon1-800-243-8652 Email iconmorgan@chetola.com Email icondustin@chetola.com Link iconchetola.com
500 Main Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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The Story

North Carolina's Chetola Resort is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge, and you can expect the same credibility from our guides as well. Chetola's Orvis-endorsed guides will exceed all expectations with our experience, knowledge, and professional guide training. This training, combined with access to 3,000 miles of public waters as well as pristine public waters, places us as one of the top fly-fishing destinations on the East Coast.

Our specialty lies in catch-and-release rainbow, brown, brook, and trophy trout, as well as smallmouth bass and carp. Our professional guides make a point to personalize each trip based on the guest's experience and expectations, the current conditions, and the season, to ensure a great day on the water. Our individually curated approach focuses on both technique and hospitality, allowing our guests to make memories that last a lifetime. Chetola Resort offers the perfect combination of natural resources, hospitality, knowledge, and decades of local experience that allow the best fishing experience in the area. As a full-service resort, we also offer unique adventure packages that are ideal for families, groups, and corporate team-building seminars.

The name Chetola originated from the Cherokee meaning "place of rest" and we invite you to do just that. For some, a place of rest may be found on the shore of a remote riverbank. For others, it is found in our spa's relaxation room. No matter your idea of rest, our mission is to bring you the best experience possible with individual attention to the details that matter most.

Timberlake's Restaurant is located in the original Manor House Estate dating back to 1842. The restaurant features three dining rooms, an intimate wine room, and waterfront dining on the patio. The charming and warmly outfitted Headwaters Pub is just inside Timberlake's main entrance.

Timberlake's menu is inspired by world-renowned North Carolina artist and designer Bob Timberlake's culinary favorites. From savory shrimp and salads of mountain-grown spinach, to pan-seared duck and roasted Carolina quail, each dish will be one worth savoring. Mouth-watering elk loin, seafood, poultry, vegetarian options and house made desserts will also tempt palates of all tastes. Expansive wine and cocktail options complement our food menus to create a purposefully-crafted dining experience.

Timberlake's Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Live music, bonfires, lakeside bar and s'mores accompany most weekend evenings.

Enjoy the option of our three different accommodation types. All three Chetola accommodation types include amenities such as full access to the fitness center, heated indoor pool, tennis courts, paddle boats, disc golf course, Spa at Chetola, Chetola Sporting Reserve, Timberlake's Restaurant, and much more.

The Lodge at Chetola
Chetola Lodge has 42 well-appointed rooms with views of Chetola Lake or overlooking the grounds. Rooms are large and feature two queen beds or one king-sized bed. The Lodge also features five Bob Timberlake Suites.

The Bob Timberlake Inn
The Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort is an elegant, unique Bed and Breakfast located in Chetola's Manor House Estate Home. You will be cared for by our personal innkeeper who services the inn's select eight rooms. With a personal pantry, nightly wine and cheese social, private parlor and library, and exclusive entry, no detail has been left untouched.

Chetola Condominiums
Choose from spacious, well-appointed one, two, three or four-bedroom condominiums with a range of amenities. Great for families, groups, and retreats.


Chetola Resort offers a year-round operation.

Recommended season by trip:
Float Trip: June, July, and August
Private Water Trip: June, July, and August
Public Water Wade: November and December

World-Renowned Caddis Hatch: March, April, and May
Sulphur Hatch: May, June, and early July


Private Trophy Waters: Brown, rainbow, golden and brook trout measuring 16 inches and up.

Private Walk and Wade Waters: Native wild brook trout measuring six inches or smaller.

Public Wade Waters: Stocked and wild brown, rainbow, and spotted trout measuring 6-14 inches.

Float Trips: Wild and stocked rainbow, brown, spotted trout and smallmouth bass measuring eight inches and up.


The region offers multiple well-stocked lakes and streams surrounded by white pine forests, hemlock hedges, and jutting boulders. Chetola Resort is situated within a 15-minute drive to private fishing locations, a 30-minute drive to many public water options, and a 55-minute drive to most float trip destinations near Eastern Tennessee.

Typical Weather:

The warm season lasts from May to September, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is in July, with an average high of 78°F and low of 60°F.

The cold season lasts for from November to March, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is in January, with an average low of 23°F and high of 41°F.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in the area varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts from May to August, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% in mid-July.

The drier season lasts from August to May. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% in late October.


Lodging rates start at $125/night and up. Room rates may vary based upon seasonal demand and availability.
You can find all pricing information at: chetola.com/accommodations

What is Provided:

Chetola guides provide all fly-fishing equipment, from rods and flies to waders and nets. All full-day adventures include lunch and refreshments. You don’t even need to bring a camera if you don’t want to; we will be happy to take photos for you and email them to you. Your guide will contact you prior to your trip to answer any questions you may have.

Gear Recommendations:

Dress for comfort and flexibility (jeans, t-shirts, flannel shirts, etc.) and, most importantly, in layers. We have a saying in the mountains: "If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes." Please bring rain gear, sunscreen, sunglasses, any medications, and wear closed-toe shoes that have good traction, breathe easily and dry quickly after getting wet. Your guide will inform you of any particulars that may be needed pertaining to the season.

What to Bring:

Fishing licenses are required and may be purchased the day of your trip. Licenses can be purchased at Village Hardware in Blowing Rock, Walmart in Boone or at ncwildlife.org or at tn.gov/twra.


Can guests bring a dog?
Several of our lodge rooms are dog-friendly, though a pet deposit will apply.

How far are you from Charlotte, NC?
We are located 88 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Can I fish year-round?
Yes, don’t let cold air or precipitation deter you! In fact, fishing during late fall, winter and early spring is considered some of the best fishing of the season. With fewer insects alive and active during colder temperatures, the fish are happy to bite at all the flies you throw.

Are any of the fishing locations handicapped accessible?
We are proud to be working with organizations such as Healing Waters that encourage those with special needs to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors, working with others and experiencing the rejuvenating activity of fly fishing. We do our best to meet guests' requirements based on specific needs or limitations. We are currently working on a new section of water that is being specifically engineered for guests confined to wheelchairs.

Additional Activities:

The Chetola Sporting Reserve:
Five Stand Clay Station
13 Station Sporting Clay Course
Pistol and Rifle Range
Archery Range

The Spa at Chetola:
Massage Options
Lymphatic drainage
Raindrop therapy
Facial treatments
Full-service nail salon
Full-service hair salon

Outdoor Recreation:
Maintained hiking trails and guided hikes
Tennis and pickle ball
Fishing clinics
Fully-stocked lake
Fishing rods
Paddle boats/kayaks/paddle boards
Nine hole disc golf and three hole practice course
Lawn games: Cornhole, volleyball, spikeball, kan jam, and ramp shot
Horseshoe pit
Sunbathing deck

Indoor Recreation:
Fitness center
Fitness classes
Dry sauna
Indoor heated pool
Locker rooms
Kid's indoor playroom
Lending library
Board games
DVD rentals
Ping pong

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Casting clinic Wow did we luck out today having Dustin coffey for our first casting clinic. It was on our bucket list and we were so excited but nervous. He is so knowledgeable and so accommodating. Had a great time and highly recommend him . Can't wait to learn more from him and fish with him again!
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Time! Just returned from Chetola and all I can say is fantastic! Beautiful location, great service, and nice people. We had two great days floating the South Holston and the Watauga and an incredible day on the private water where my wife landed a 27 inch rainbow. Our guide for all three days was Dustin Coffey and he is truly world class. He is very knowledgeable about fishing the local waters and also has a wealth of information about the local lore. Dustin is very patient and a great teacher. If you have not visited Chetola to fish with Dustin then definitely add it to your bucket list. You won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big fish, great guide Dustin at Chetola took my 10 year old son and I on the "trophy trout" trip. It is an aptly named trip! We both caught several huge trout under the excellent guidance of Dustin. We had the time of our lives. My son recognizes he may never catch bigger trout again in his life (pretty insightful at 10!). I can't recommend Chetola and Dustin enough.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dustin Coffey Our experience was the best ever thanks to our guide Dustin Coffey. His knowledge and teaching skills made our trip the experience of a life time. We especially appreciated his steward ship and respect for nature and the fish.
Date published: 2018-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible float trip with Dustin Coffey!! This was the 4th fly fishing trip I enjoyed with Dustin Coffey. This time we fished in Johnson City, TN. He's an exceptionally patient man, eager to share his love of nature, fishing and safety with each of his clients. He always locates the right fishing spots. I catch many trout and am delighted each time I fish with Dustin. Individual attention and purposeful instruction are added benefits when fly fishing with Dustin, no matter the location. He's exceptional!
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded all expectations!! We took two 1/2 day wading trips with Dustin and our fly fishing skills increased exponentially during those two sessions. We were able to transfer our learnings immediately back home in our local rivers. I would recommend the fishing excursions to anyone. Our next visit will include full day float trips and we can't wait!
Date published: 2018-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great resort, fantastic guide We were looking for a place in the western NC mountains for a quick mid-week getaway and noticed Chetola Lodge on the Orvis site. Our 3br condo was very clean and quiet. The resort has a casual, family-friendly vibe. Breakfast buffet was reasonably priced with more than enough choices. Kids took a casting lesson, followed the next day by a father/son float trip down the Watauga, but under the guidance of Head Guide Dustin Coffey. He is a life-long local, chock full of the sort of inside tidbits that make fishing and sightseeing more enjoyable. Go there and experience it for yourself. It is a wonderful place with wonderful people.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly gifted fly fishing guide Dustin Coffey, Director of Fly Fishing at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. This was an extraordinary day. Dustin loves fishing, he shares his vast knowledge with excitement and well defined instructions. His teaching skills are highly personalized, he responds quickly to any question and also has developed and shares a refined and knowledgeable respect for ecology of the fish and waterways in the western NC mountains. I highly recommend a fishing trip with Dustin. Renée Black - Kiawah Island, SC
Date published: 2018-08-29
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