Nestled amid the breathtaking beauty of Pisgah National Forest sits Bear River Lodge, a picturesque Madison County community that offers amazing access to both exhilarating outdoor adventure and quaint mountain towns. Everything from trout fishing to river rafting to hot springs and spas surrounds Bear River Lodge, only 40 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina.
A range of mountain homesites at Bear River Lodge
Many homesites at Bear River Lodge boast magical mountain and forest views in multiple directions. Anchored by the Lodge clubhouse, which hosts weddings and other events throughout the year, Bear River properties come in a variety of sizes and orientations. Homes can be off-frame modular, log, timber frame or site built, all on a permanent foundation and with a minimum size of 1,200 square feet. The community offers underground power and fiber optic Internet.
Nature lovers will feel at home at Bear River Lodge. For the fishing enthusiast, Bear River Lodge offers the ultimate amenity to residents: over one mile of private access to world-class trout fishing in Big Laurel Creek, a class C trout stream stocked above and below the community by the National Forest Service. And for adventurists, nearby activities such as ziplining, horseback riding and hiking abound. The Laurel River Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip that follows Big Laurel Creek in Pisgah. Hikers can break for a dip in the creek; mountain biking is also allowed. A quick drive from Bear River Lodge sits the famed hiking destination of Max Patch – a bald with 360-degree, long-range views.
Nearby Western N.C. towns to explore
The town of Hot Springs, five miles from Bear River Lodge in Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination, thanks to the natural hot mineral springs for which it’s named. The famed Hot Springs Resort and Spa features outdoor, stream-side tubs in which to soak in the relaxing spring waters, as well as a spa offering a range of massage services. After a soak, you can enjoy dining and shopping in the picturesque town. Specialty stores carry a variety of goods, from local arts and crafts to outdoor provisions and fishing gear.
Marshall, a 15-minute drive from Bear River Lodge, features a downtown lined with historic buildings, including a century-old courthouse. Main Street features artists’ studios, eclectic shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Visitors can stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the French Broad River, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing.
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