Great Smoky Mountain Excursions

Hazel Creek, Gateway to the Smokies

A beautiful trail, miles from anywhere! Fontana Village Resort & Marina is excited to offer you a voyage on our famous vessel Miss Hazel to the back-country that was once a bustling mill town. Even though early pioneers settled this town, it was originally established by the Cherokee Indians. Dating back to its prime in the late 1800s, it was a booming mining and log milling town.

Remnants of the old town and life on Hazel Creek are scattered throughout. Old chimneys, stoves, foundations and even full structures such as the famous Calhoun House will be seen, as our guide takes you back to a simpler, more rustic era on the historic trail. Bring your thermos and enjoy fresh mountain spring water as the first settlers did. No hiking experience needed! This trail consists of an old road bed and bridges that cross Hazel Creek, making this an easy outing into the backcountry.

Bring your camera! While hiking on the creek you may observe black bear, bald eagles, grouse, deer and fox that live in the area. This 4-hour expedition consists of a one-hour round-trip boat ride with 3 hours in the backcountry. Come enjoy one of Fontana Lakes’ most visited sites! All that is needed is a reservation and a sense of adventure.

Great Smoky Mountain Excursion runs most Saturdays

Adventurers depart at 10:00am and return at 2:00pm from the Fontana Marina

1 Hour Boat Tour
3 Hours exploring the backcountry and mild hiking trails
Cost: $50 per person
All hikes are guided by FA/CPR/AED certified outdoor professionals.


Reservations are required. To secure your spot, call The Fotana Recreation Department at 828-498-2118