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Fishing in the North Carolina Mountains: Choose your spot from a mile of the New River that runs through our farm.

The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked with another 1,800 rainbow and brown trout!

Small mouth bass fish are also numerous. The popular Helton Creek, a delayed-harvest trout stream, flows into the New River about 1/2 upstream. The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked this spring with another 1800 rainbow and brown trout!

It’s catch and release. Here are some fishing tips:

  • Use barbless hooks.  If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

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One of the fun things to do while visiting us at River House Inn is checking out Mount Jefferson State Natural Area!

Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark color is conspicuous among neighboring peaks on the Ashe plateau.

Though the mountain is magnificent from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe County spreads out below; fields, farms, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge Mountains form a striking backdrop.

Yet what looms in the distance is no more spectacular than what is right before your eyes, for the forests of Mount Jefferson are a botanical paradise. The interesting and unusual plant life of the park rendered it worthy of designation as a national natural landmark.

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The Chicken House up the hill on the right is a favorite nesting place. It is a long narrow building all by itself, with private deck and views of both the river and the mountains.

It really was a chicken house.  The mantel over the fireplace is a bank of nests and the coffee table is a chicken coop. With two bathrooms, a small refrigerator, a bar sink and a coffee-maker, it frequently serves as a honeymoon roost.

Of course there are eggs in the morning!

$195 Sunday-Thursday nights, $225 weekends/holidays

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Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait.

Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain’s base. They have 16 miles of trails to hike.

The Stone Mountain Loop Trail first leads hikers .75 miles to the summit of Stone Mountain then continues 1.25 miles to the top of impressive Stone Mountain Falls.

From the falls, the trail leads two miles to the meadow at the base of Stone Mountain and back to the trailhead.

River House
1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631

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One of the fun things to do while visiting us at River House Inn is checking out Bluff Mountain Preserve!

A walk around Bluff Mountain Preserve offers scenic beauty, unusual landforms, and amazing botanical variety. Although relatively small in size, Bluff is one of the most ecologically significant natural areas in the Southeast.

Hiking on Bluff, in just a few dozen steps you can walk from a Carolina hemlock forest to a dwarf red oak/white oak forest to a rare flat rock plant community. A broad, high plateau containing an unusual wetland, a southern Appalachian fen, adds to Bluff’s unique character. Guide hikes by appointment only (336-385-6507).

A walk around Bluff Mountain offers scenic beauty, unusual landforms, and amazing botanical variety. Although relatively small in size, Bluff is one of the most ecologically significant natural areas in the Southeast. Hiking on Bluff, in just a few dozen steps you can walk from a Carolina hemlock forest to a dwarf red oak/white oak forest to a rare flat rock plant community. A broad, high plateau containing an unusual wetland, a southern Appalachian fen, adds to Bluff’s unique character.

Bluff Mountain lies in the Blue Ridge division of the Appalachian Mountain Range in Ashe County. It is part of a local mountain chain, including Three Top (discussed in this guide) and Phoenix mountains, that is characterized by a substrate of mineral rich rock called hornblende gneiss. The gneiss is unusually rich in minerals such as calcium and potassium that provide important nutrients for plants.

For more info, visit: http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/northcarolina/preserves/art5590.html

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The “Granary” at Gayle’s Great-Grandpa’s farm is about 6 miles from River House just over the border in Virginia.

The farm is 40 acres of rolling hills and woods to explore, plus a pond with catfish and bass and carp for watching.

Behind the main house with the double porch, the Granary has a king-size bed, black leather sofa and chairs, a gas-log fireplace, a spacious bathroom with large Jacuzzi, small refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave and toaster oven.

$195 every day; breakfast at River House is included. Pets welcome.

All of our cabins are located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina.

River House
1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631

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Now that November is upon us, we are planning a series of Sunday screenings preceded by an early dinner.

Sunday, November 6th:  the bar opens at 4:00 PM, a 3-course Moroccan dinner at 5:00 and the classic “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman at 6:00.  The price is $25 per person – and includes the popcorn!

Moroccan Carrot Soup to start; Rainbow Trout stuffed with Cous-Cous and Almonds;

Sweet B’Stilla – Filo Pastry filled with Apricots and served with Coconut Sorbet.

Should be fun.   Pass the word around.  For reservations, please call 982-2109.  Sunday, the 13th:  Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

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