From canoeing and clay shooting to miles of breathtaking scenery, The Eseeola and surrounding area offer countless ways to appreciate the great outdoors. And with our new Outdoors Program, we’re more dedicated than ever to helping you create the outdoor experience of your dreams—just let us know, and we can make it happen.

Walking and Hiking

Our spectacular grounds boast paths to suit leisurely walks or vigorous hikes—or you can head toward nearby Grandfather Mountain for trails that reveal waterfalls, bridges and more. Bring your binoculars for spotting birds and butterflies. Guided hikes are available for a fee. Contact Outdoor Programs for more details.

Sporting Clays

Shoot the 5-stand—a European classic in shotgun sports—at our sporting clay venue just a short drive from The Lodge. You can also enhance your skills with private or group lessons from NSCA Level I shooting instructors. Ammunition is available for purchase or you may bring your own, and rental shotguns are available for $20 a session.
25 targets / $35
Private lesson / $60 per hour
Group lesson / $30 per person


With Mad River Legend canoes and flat bottom johnboats, our fleet is equipped for a trip of any size. So grab a paddle and get acquainted with Kawana Lake, a real High Country gem. Canoeing classes cover basic strokes, advanced techniques, safety, and water rescue.
Canoe rental / $25 per day (includes paddles, PFDs)
Two-hour private lesson / $60
Two-hour group lesson / $30 per person


Relax with a quick dip or go for a real workout in our outdoor heated swimming pool. You won’t find a more refreshing way to take in the mountain air and stunning vistas.