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Paddling & Floating

With refreshingly cold water, the Hiwassee River is ideal for summer fun, and Fireside Outpost is located just a few miles downstream from outfitters ready to set you up for a great day on the water! Or just bring your own equipment and set off on your own adventure from one of the nearby access points. Check out HiwasseeBlueway.com for more info! (Need more excitement, head south to the Ocoee River, one of the most popular rafting and kayaking destinations in the country!)

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Road, Gravel & Mountain Biking

Roll straight from Fireside Outpost onto some of the best paved and unpaved cycling routes in the Southeast! TennesseeGravel.com is loaded with gravel and mixed-surface routes, and MTBproject.com has all the mountain bike trails (including Tanasi, Slick Rock, Clemmer and more). For road routes, check out ScenicBikeways.com.

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Bikepacking

Fireside Outpost gives you direct access to the best bikepacking routes in the region, including Three Rivers Way and the Dirty 130. We're also located on the American Trail Race bikepacking route. Check out TennesseeGravel.com for more info on regional bikepacking routes!

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Hiking

With trails like Benton Mackaye, Chestnut Mountain Bluff, and Benton Falls just around the corner, Fireside Outpost is ideally situated for hiking the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains! Check out AllTrails.com for details! The Benton MacKaye Trail Association is another great resource for hiking and backpacking info. (Please consider supporting their conservation and trail improvement efforts with a donation!)

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Fishing

Flowing just a few hundred yards from Fireside Outpost, the Hiwassee River offers some of the best fly fishing in the eastern U.S. The Hiwassee is a designated State Scenic River due to its pristine scenery and is nothing short of the perfect setting for casting! Click here for more info!

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Off-Road Fun

Fireside Outpost is located on the TransAmerica Trail with miles of beautiful backroads just out the front door!

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Horseback Riding

Experience the national forest on horseback with our friends at Ocoee Horseride! (If you're into horseback riding and value the preservation of the trails in our neck of the woods, please consider joining or donating to the Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen.)

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Train Ride

A wonderfully unique way to see the beauty of the mountains is on the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure, which takes you along the Hiwassee River and deep into the heart of the Cherokee National Forest. In addition to a scenic excursion, you also have the option of taking the train all the way to Copperhill! Click here for all the details!

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Gliding

Take in the beauty of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains soaring in a glider! Just a few miles from Fireside Outpost, the Chilhowee Gliderport offers rides, instructions and more. Check out Chilhowee.com for more info!

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Park Events

Located literally next door to Fireside Outpost is the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, a beautiful park that hosts a variety of fun events. Check out their event calendar for all the details and get in on the action! (If you would like to help support the Park, please consider becoming a member or donating to the Friends of the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park.)

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Wine Tasting

For a relaxing change of pace, head over to Savannah Oaks Winery, Less than a mile and a half from Fireside Outpost, the winery offers free wine tasting and a gift shop loaded with Amish-made butter, cheese and meats. Click here for more info!

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Farmers Market

Just a couple of miles from Fireside Outpost is one of the best farmers markets in Tennessee - the Delano Community Farm Market - offering locally grown produce, baked goods and more. In keeping with Mennonite customs, everything is produced right there at the farm with no preservatives, dyes and additives - a difference you can taste! The scenery at the farm is pretty spectacular too! The farmers market is located at 163-285 Needle Eye Ln, Delano, TN 37325.

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