January through March 15th we offer winter rates for activities and reservations. Please call to find out more.
Explore the beauty of our surrounding foothills by taking an amazing journey along a pristine lake in one of our canoes. Let your guide share stories about local flora, fish and wildlife you will see as you paddle into the wilderness. Four-hour guided canoe trip.
Enjoy a great adventure in the pristine waters of our surrounding lakes by paddling in a kayak alongside of one of our guides. Kayaking is a more individual experience that also allows you to cover more water if you prefer to tour the lake. Four-hour guided kayak trip.
A traditional form of surfing, originating from the Hawaiian Islands, paddle-boarding is a sport that has grown far beyond the pacific shores. Join our instructors on a short drive to the nearby mountain lakes of Chilhowee or Tellico. Once there you will learn how to “SUP” and enjoy a refreshing day on the water. Instead of surfing, we will paddle board on calm waters around islands and creeks, and maybe even take a dip if it gets too hot. Four-hour guided paddle-board trip.
Blackberry Farm features more than three miles of paved paths on the estate, as well as miles of trails throughout the property’s 9,200 acres of wooded mountains. Local wilderness guides are available for hire if you prefer the skill and guidance of their experience. You will enjoy hearing local history, tree and plant information as well as the companionship, and a watchful eye, ensuring your day on the trails is just as you envision. A dedicated 1,000 acres contain more than nine miles of complex trails ranging from moderate to very challenging in skill level. We recommend that you let our team at the Oak Cottage know your hiking plans. We have water, and first aid kits available for your hike. Conditions on the trails can change without warning, and we want you to be prepared. Neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a complex system of trails located within a two-mile hike from our trail head. If you decide to venture off property into the Smokies, let one of our guides take you to spectacular waterfalls, beautiful vistas or even sections of the Appalachian Trail.
A great year-round activity, even attractive in the winter months when less foliage can allow better views of birds in their habitats. Bird watching is a good way to get outside and enjoy nature. Blackberry Farm is naturally an incredible birding environment with its multiple habitats of forests, fields, fence row, ponds and creeks.
Choose an adventurous way to discover the property with Geocaching, a contemporary treasure hunt which uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) to find specific locations of hidden objects. Our Letterboxing version has a romantic history dating from the 1850s in Dartmoor, England, and will direct you through a course by cart paths and familiar landmarks. Or if you prefer something a little more challenging and rugged, try our Geocaching: Trails version on Blackberry’s beautiful hiking trails.
For powerful adventure plus breathtaking mountain scenery, come with us to the high cliffs of Chilhowee Mountain and climb like an eagle. This rock climbing opportunity will teach rope safety, standard protocols of top-roping, climbing techniques and skills, and offer challenges for a variety of abilities and readiness in participants. Unparalled views of mountains, valleys, flora and fauna complete this Smoky Mountain adventure.
The surrounding area boasts some of the best cycling in the country—from smooth, level roads along the river to climbs up the sides of mountains. Freewheeling through the scenic byways and rolling back road routes of East Tennessee is the ultimate in cycling. Bikes are outfitted with a basic flat touring pedal. Though we do have other pedal options available if desired, we encourage you to bring your own pedals with shoes for maximum compatibility. For the experienced cyclist looking for a higher performance bicycle, we have available for reservation 5 Series Trek Madones outfitted with an Ultegra 11 speed group. Or if you seek a more leisurely pace and comfortable sightseeing, try our Trek hybrid bikes.We will help you find your favorite distance—5, 20 or 60 miles—and your favorite route. Winding through foothills, passing farms and breaking for lunch if you like, giving you an authentic and unique experience of luxury and adventure. Helmets, water bottles and maps are provided.
Cycling 101 is designed for the beginning to intermediate rider and helps to take the mystery out of bicycling. Includes approximately 45 minutes of instruction followed by a short bike ride along the Little River.
The East Tennessee mountains have a lot to offer adventurous cyclists who prefer dirt to pavement and trails to roads! Allow the Blackberry Adventure team to customize a trip for you on one of several local trail networks, with options of single track and forest roads, beginner to advanced levels. All trips are off property within an hour’s drive.
Tactics. Teamwork. Thrills. Our guides will customize your session for groups of 2 to 20. Games include a protective mask, gun, CO2 and paintballs. Recommended attire: loose-fitting clothing (long pants, long sleeves, layers and gloves), tennis shoes, trail runners or hiking boots. Please no sandals. We offer uniforms that can be worn over your clothes to protect clothing.
All rates subject to an additional 19% service charge and taxes and rates are subject to change without notice. Please contact our concierge team for more details. As a courtesy to other guests, we kindly ask that cancellations and appointment changes be made by 7:00pm the day prior to your scheduled service to avoid penalties. Any appointments made or cancelled after 7:00pm the day prior will incur a 50% cancellation fee. In cases of severe weather penalties for canceling or changing outdoor activities will not be imposed.