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.
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.
Choose from spacious, well-appointed one, two, three or four-bedroom condominiums with a range of amenities. Great for families, groups, and retreats.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Chetola Sporting Reserve:
Five Stand Clay Station
13 Station Sporting Clay Course
Pistol and Rifle Range
The Spa at Chetola:
Full-service nail salon
Full-service hair salon
Maintained hiking trails and guided hikes
Tennis and pickle ball
Paddle boats/kayaks/paddle boards
Nine hole disc golf and three hole practice course
Lawn games: Cornhole, volleyball, spikeball, kan jam, and ramp shot