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The Whistle Stop Lodge is surrounded on all sides by various species of pine trees, Rhododendron, and other indigenous plant life and is located a few hundred feet from the banks of Fontana Lake.  
This natural wonderland is home to thousands of species of fauna including bear, deer, fox, and turkey.  The location of the lodge is superb for watching the change of the seasons from the leaf color  changes in the fall to the eruption of new growth in the spring.

The lovely Lake Fontana lies below the Whistle Stop Lodge.  
This vast system of rivers and lakes flows over 500 miles and would take a lifetime to explore properly.  The Lake is regulated by Fontana Dam, the largest on the eastern seaboard.  The Fontana Dam is a feat of engineering all its own.  The water level fluctuates wildly and will lose up to 80 feet, depending on the time of year.  If you would like some adventure on the waters then click on the picture of the river to go to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, just minutes from the Lodge.

Click for a direct link to the Nantahala Outdoor Center

At the Whistle Stop Lodge you are surrounded by The Chattahoochee National Forest.  This pristine wilderness is perfect for hiking, fishing, or hunting.  There are many natural wonders you can find and explore along the way.  This hollow is a good example  since it is only minutes from the lodge and right along the scenic railroad line.  It has a small waterfall running through the middle of a beautiful vale of trees. 

Just below the lodge, the Smoky Mountain Railroad line runs twice a day.  
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is truly spectacular with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges.  
For a unique dining experience enjoy a romantic evening aboard the Gourmet Dinner Train departing every Saturday evening or participate in an entertaining and suspenseful performance aboard the Mystery Theatre Dinner Train departing on select Friday evenings May through September with additional departures in October and November.  
To find out about tours and to get your tickets in advance simply click on the picture of the steam engine.   This will take you directly to their web site for scheduling and excursion information.

Click for a direct link to the Smoky Mountion Scenic Railroad

 

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