From relaxing spa treatments to hiking on private mountain trails, countless activities await you at our luxury North Carolina resort

What would you like to do today? Work out and swim a few laps? Bike through the mountains? Or maybe luxuriate in a spa treatment? It’s all available as our guest at The Greystone Inn. Hearken back to bygone days with a challenging game of croquet; swim, kayak and fish at the lake; and hit your best serve ever on our Har-Tru clay tennis courts. Slow and easy or thrilling and adventurous—the choice is yours to do as much—or as little—as you like.

To make reservations for any of these activities, call the Concierge Team at 1(877) 805-7794. Or email us at concierge@naturalretreats.com.

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Signature Activity: “Tour of the Southern Highlands Reserve”

On Wednesdays as a guests of The Greystone Inn you can enjoy the Outfitters ‘Signature Activity’ at The Southern Highlands Reserve. Your visit to this 120 acre waterfall and garden community includes a hiking/walking tour of the Core Park and concludes with a meditative picnic lunch. The views from the Reserve at 4500 feet are not to be missed! At a rate of $60 per person, your trip includes entrance to The Southern Highlands Reserve, interpretive guide, trail lunch and bottled water. We carpool from the Greystone Inn departing at 9:30 am and return approximately 2:00 pm. Participation limited to 10 participants with a minimum of 4.

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Hiking

Strike out on one of our numerous scenic North Carolina mountain hiking trails located on the Lake Toxaway Estate property to view some of the beautiful North Carolina waterfalls that Transylvania County is known for. Hiking the trails to the Toxaway River and the trail to Schoolhouse Falls bring you in touch with an explanation of why this area of North Carolina is known as The Land of Waterfalls, and nearby Gorges State Park has many more breathtaking falls to explore.

The Outfitters Program at Lake Toxaway offers guided hiking trips on Mondays from 9:30 am to approximately 2pm. Hikes are 4-person minimum. Tony Austin will be serving as our Head Hiking Guide & will be leading these excursions. Or if you’re looking for something more economical, our Outfitters Store freely advises guests toward self-guided hiking trips, road tours, waterfall tours in the area. But remember to order a boxed lunch HERE before you hit the trails! Boxed lunch prices are $15 per person.

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Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours

Natural Retreats has partnered with the Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours to provide two unique “VIP” guided tours for our guests. This is a 1 hour drive from the Greystone Inn. Guests will explore DuPont State Recreational Forest with a guide and discover the locations used in The Hunger Games Movie. Master fundamental skills like archery, special effects camouflage and sling shot. Guests will be treated to a lunch featuring foods that the favorite characters would have eaten in The Hunger Games™ books and The Hunger Games™ movie.

The 2 Hour Tour:

This tour will take guests on a VIP tour of the filming sites at Triple Falls and provide them Hunger Games-style lunch. The lunch “survival snack packs” feature foods that characters ate in the books and movie. A trained Hunger Games Fan Tours Guide will take them on their adventure and share all the stories behind the scenes.  There will be photo opportunities to wear Katniss’ outfit, etc..as our guide re-enacts the scenes with guests.  They always do an activity on the tours that ties into the movie. The activity for this 1.5 hour tour will be that that guests get to camouflage their hand like Peeta during training to blend in like a tree using special effects makeup techniques – which our guide will teach them. Pricing is $65 per person.

The 4 Hour Tour

This tour will take guests on a VIP tour of the filming sites throughout DuPont – including all the sites at Triple Falls and Bridal Veil Falls….and in between. This our full tour – and guests will eat lunch at Bridal Veil Falls. A trained Hunger Games Fan Tour Guide will take them on their adventure. There will be photo opportunities on this tour as well. We provide three activities with this tour:  Archery lessons (just like Katniss), special effects camouflage, and sling shot lessons (just like the character Rue). Pricing is $95 per person.

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Climbing

Natural Retreats have teamed up with Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School to give you unforgettableFox Logo rock climbing experiences while on your vacation in North Carolina. From half day beginner courses to bespoke week long adventures.

Natural Retreats Concierge Service are able to advise and book the best course for you. Here are two itineraries the guides at Fox have created especially for Natural Retreats. We have something to match everyone’s skill set; tailored to individuals, M28A3939families and groups, beginners to experienced climbers. Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School offer skills courses and climbing classes at all experience levels for people seeking to expand their skills and knowledge.

Pricing (per person rates):
Group of 1―$355 (1 day trip) or $1,060 (3 day trip)
Group of 2―$235 (1 day trip) or $700 (3 day trip)
Group of 3 or more―$190 (1 day trip) or $575 (3 day trip)

Rock Adventure: This one-day course gives participants a taste of every adventure the rock has to offer.  After a short hike through a scenic forest to the climbing location, we’ll gear up and get climbing right away! Beginners will learn fundamentals of technical rock climbing like how to tie in and belay, as well as the basics of climbing movement and will then use their new skills on the rock. More experienced climbers can choose challenging routes that push the limits of their ability.  What goes up must come down, so after climbing we’ll treat participants to an exciting rappel. We’ll then introduce them to a via ferrata, a style of climbing popular in Europe and then conclude the day with a tyrolean traverse. Prices start from $355 for one person, $235pp for a group of two and $190pp for a group of 3.

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Skills to Summit: You’ve seen them in magazines and on TV—climbers atop a beautiful rock face—and now you can experience that thrill for yourself. We’ll literally take things from the ground up, transforming the novice climber into a multi-pitch climber over the duration of this three-day, fun-filled course. The first two days will focus on teaching you the fundamentals of outdoor rock climbing and giving you plenty of time to practice your skills on the rock.  The course will culminate with a spectacular multi-pitch climb on day three where you will find yourself several hundred feet off the ground surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Prices start from $1060 for one person and $700pp for a group of two and $575pp for a group of 3.

We also offer Fox Mountain Guides standard products at their advertised rates depending on your group size. Explore more HERE. Once decided, let our Concierge team book your trip for you!

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River Adventures & Guided Fishing Trips

download (1)Headwaters Outfitters: Natural Retreats have teamed up with Headwaters Outfitters to offer kayaking and canoe trips on the French Broad River. These are primarily self-guided trips that include transportation to the river, shuttling, and rentals. These trips start at $40 per person. For those interested in guided adventures, Headwaters offers a limited amount of set-departure guided spring trips that you and your family can join! We’ve also joined forces with Headwaters to provide our guests with guided hikes in some of the tens of thousands of acres of National Forest surrounding Lake Toxaway. Guided canoe/kayak river trips rates can be found HERE. Combination canoe/zip line adventure rates can be found HERE.

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Davidson River Outfitters: To complement our wide variety of fishing trips in the region, Natural Retreats has partnered with Davidson River Outfitters (DRO) to provide guided fishing trips on Lake Toxaway in addition to the guided fly fishing activities they already provide. There are 8 species of fish in the 640 acre Lake Toxaway. Rainbow and brown trout, large & small mouth bass, walleye, catfish, shell crackers & blue gill, all game fish.

The best fishing of the year occurs between April 1 and Memorial Day as the fish come out of the winter dormancy and feed up prior to spawning. The largest fish of the year are caught during this time, and for the visiting angler this is the most rewarding fishing of the year. During this time of year the fish will feed heavily and aggressively. Fall―from Sept. 15 through to Thanksgiving―offers good fishing for bass. The bass are more aggressive as they feed up for the winter. During this time of year fish can be caught on crankbaits, plastic worms and jigs.

For the guided lake fishing trips, pricing is by the boat. No more than 2 anglers per boat. Half days trips are priced at $375 and full day trips for $450. Please note that these rates do not include a North Carolina Fishing License. Guest can purchase their fishing license in advance at NC Wildlife Resource Commission.

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Guided Trail Rides

For 150 years the Hinkle family has protected this 375 acres of wilderness mountain land that is filled with spectacular views and abundant wildlife. The Historic Cherokee Footpath is just one of the trails in which you will ride one of the exceptional horses from Kayren Hinkle’s stock. As you sit high upon your horse and move through the woods, Kayren’s voice rings out sharing his knowledge, rich with charisma, about the history of the area, and he’s quick to point out protected and endangered plants, their medicinal properties, and folk lore. “It’s more than just a trail ride” one of our customers said “it’s a total experience.”

Repeat riders have often commented that it’s “the highlight of their vacation.”  Located 12 miles from Greystone Inn. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Rates range from 1 hour trail rides at $60pp and 1 ½ hour trail rides at $80pp.

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Guided Waterfall Tours

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Natural Retreats and the Greystone Inn have partnered with Miller’s Land of Waterfall Tours to provide private, guided waterfall tours. These waterfall tours are ideal for senior citizens and families with children, no long or hard hikes, (more challenging waterfall treks are available upon request).  Most of these waterfalls falls are located on private land where Craig has permission to visit. Back road beauty that is off the beaten path! Most folks never see these falls.  Guest will visit 6-7 waterfalls with plenty of time for photographs, ideal for professional and amateur photographers! There is no better guide to take you on a tour of our area’s best waterfalls! Pricing is $75.00 for the first 2 participants, $10.00 for each additional person, and is limited to your vehicle capacity as your Miller’s guide will ride with you to the trail. The hike lasts approximately 4 hours from 9 am – 1 pm.

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Gem Stone Mining for Kids!

gemstones-franklin-ncNatural Retreats has partnered with The Log Cabin & Gem Mine to provide gem mining experiences for children in your family. The basic process of Flume Mining involves a bucket of gem dirt, and lots of running water. We supply you with all the equipment you need to start your own flume mining operation for the day. Kids of all ages have enjoyed the discoveries at the water flume. The Log Cabin Gem Mine is located within 5 miles of the Greystone Inn. You may find anything from amethysts, rose & smoky quartz, calcites, different jaspers, agate, sodalite, garnet, pyrite & others. Pricing is by-the-bucket of gemstones ranging from $50 for a family bucket (up to five people) to $10 for the individual. Book your gem mining experience by calling us at 877 805 7794.

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Mountain Biking at The Bike Farm!

A few mountain miles away, deep in the Pisgah Forest, lies one of our favorite partners, The Bike Farm! The Bike Farm is “the” local premier Mountain Bike Company. Mountain biking fans know that which the terrain is off the charts here in Western North Carolina. The Bike Farm is a 150 acres of blissful riding that is already being recognized as the best on the east coast. Our partners here will provide guided mountain bike tours in Pisgah National Forest or DuPont State Forest. We provide half and, full day trips, plus if you want to see all we have to offer we can also offer multi-day trips.

Our friends at the Farm cater to all ability levels, from beginner to Pro riders with staff including female and male guides, all of which are Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified. When riding in a new area, the only way to ride like a local is to ride with a local!

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Golf

The Kris Spence Signature Golf Course features 6,418 yards of inviting fairways, dramatic elevation changes and Augusta-style approaches that demand pinpoint accuracy. When you approach this 18-hole, par-71 course, you’ll realize you’re about to experience the majesty of golf the way it should be played. With respect. With strategy. With grace.

Our expert concierge team can help with all aspects of your golfing break. Golf carts are no problem! A 2 passenger golf cart over a weekend starts at $170 + taxes and a 4 passenger golf cart starts at $180 + taxes. Rates for an entire week are also available. Golf carts will be dropped off and picked back up from the Greystone Inn or your Handpicked home around Lake Toxaway – now that’s service!

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Tennis

Just a few steps away from your room you will find the Lake Toxaway Country Club tennis facility with five Har-Tru fast-dry courts for complimentary use by Inn guests. The courts are staffed by professionals who provide tennis activities, programs and instruction.

Please note that Handpicked guest rates are $15 per court usage.

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Croquet

The Lake Toxaway Country Club is a top-tier croquet destination and features two professional croquet lawns available to avid players. All white attire and flat shoes are required. This service is always complimentary for guests.

Please note that Handpicked guest rates are $30 for grass fees.

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Fitness Center

The health and fitness center, just a short drive from Greystone, includes Nautilus and free weight equipment, treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms and showers. Basic use is complimentary during your stay. Training sessions, as well as pilates and yoga classes are available through our professional fitness trainers for an additional fee and by appointment.

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Swimming Pool

Who can resist a splash in the pool on a hot Summer day? No one we know! The Lake Toxaway Club Swimming Pool is the perfect spot for family fun and entertainment. Please note that the pool is heated so that it is comfortable all Summer long. The swimming pool is open each year from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Miss Lucy

Each and every day, weather permitting, enjoy a champagne cruise on our 26-passenger mahogany electric boat. Join other guests on a serene cruise around the lake learning the history of the area. The captain will make sure you enjoy a unique amenity that will keep you coming back to The Greystone. We hope your stays are memorable and often.

Rates: $10/pp or $250 for private group.

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Lake Activities

One of the most magical amenities of the inn is access to North Carolina’s largest private lake. Boat and watersports rentals can be secured through the adjacent Lake Toxaway Marina. If you’re interested in fishing, bass, walleye and trout await – a valid NC fishing license is required.

Canoes and Kayaks may be rented from 8am to 5pm in the Outfitters Shop. Our outfitters will take you and your family or friends to the Greystone Inn boat dock, custom fit them for lifejackets and present a brief safety orientation prior to launching. We will also review a lake map with you. These prices include paddles and lifejackets. Pontoon boats, ski boats, & stand-up paddle board rentals are available from the Marina and our friendly Concierge would be happy to reserve these for you.

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Falconry

Pete & Macho 3Falconry is an ancient interaction and working relationship between man and animal. It has been practiced in some form in nearly every corner of the globe for centuries. Peter Kipp and Jeff Curtis of Curtis Wright Falconry are both licensed falconers with over 40 years of combined experience. The two of them have a passion for this ancient art that they love to share with others. There is nothing like handling and flying a bird of prey and seeing these magnificent creatures up close.  This is an up close and personal “hands on” experience with a bird of prey.

Guests will accompany a licensed falconer and learn about the ancient sport of falconry. Those who wish to, will have the opportunity to handle the raptor and experience the exhilaration of having this magnificent bird perch on their gloved fist. It will be a truly unforgettable experience as the red-tailed hawk flies from tree to tree while you work a field culminating with her flying to your fist.

This amazing experience lasts 1.5 hours and costs $125 per person. Group sizes are between 2-4 people.

 

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Morning Paddle

Join The Outfitters by Natural Retreats at The Greystone Inn for a leisurely morning canoe or kayak paddle along the shoreline of Lake Toxaway. This is a peaceful paddling experience in search of some truly spectacular morning sky colours.  We’re also on the lookout for osprey and eagles as the sun rises over our pristine mountain lake… truly a memorable experience.

After a basic introduction of canoe and kayak strokes you’ll paddle your own canoe or kayak as we proceed quietly along on a short but exquisite journey to experience lake life in the early morning.

On previous paddles we have been lucky enough to spot beaver and otter, watched an Osprey dive and retrieve a fish for his breakfast, and have watched fisherman reeling in their catch.  No spotting can ever be guaranteed, but even without the wildlife this is a perfect way to start your morning at the lake!

This one and a half hour paddle excursion is $35.00 per person, $12.00 for kids 10 & under, and is perfect for all experience levels.  Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Maximum 10 paddlers per trip. Canoe, kayak, paddle, lifejacket, basic paddling instruction, and guide are included. Meet at the Outfitters Store at 7am.  Reservations required.

 

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River Tubing

Go on a tubing adventure down on the French Broad River with us! This lazy 2 – 3 hour tubing adventure down on the French Broad River will satisfy the entire family on a hot summer’s day.  Kids of all ages enjoy this time with family and friends on this beautiful river. The average water temperature of the French Broad River in the summer is 65 degrees and averages 6″ to 4′ deep.  Perfect mountain style fun! Prices are $20/per person. Rates include a tube, life jacket, river side orientation, and transportation from Headwaters Outfitters to & from the river. Participants must wear shoes with heel straps. Legal guardian required for those under 18.

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To make reservations for any of these activities, call the Concierge Team at 1(855) 218-6809. Or email us at concierge@naturalretreats.com.