AREA activities

Brookside Mountain Cottages is the perfect lodging choice for your mountain getaway! We offer a convenient location for a variety of area activities in Northwest North Carolina, Southwest Virginia, and Northeast Tennessee. 

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking



Kayaking at Watauga Lake

Kayaking at Watauga Lake



Live Music & Plays

Live Music & Plays

Mountain Biking

One of the most popular outdoor activities our guests come to Brookside Mountain Cottages to enjoy is to ride The Virginia Creeper Trail.  The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile rail-trail that is one of the most popular bike trails in the country. From Abingdon to Alvarado Station, the trail crosses rolling farmland and then changes to a beautiful mountain trail between Damascus, Virginia, and Whitetop Station.


The most popular section of the trail is a relaxing and scenic 17-mile bike ride from Whitetop Station to Damascus. With a 5% downhill grade most of the way, the ride is easy for beginners and families.  This is a multi-use trail so it isn't uncommon to see hikers and horseback riders, too.  There are several outfitters in nearby Damascus, Virginia, where you can rent bikes and catch shuttles to Whitetop Station. Below is a list of biking outfitters with links to their websites:


Adventure Damascus Bicycles

The Bike Station

Blue Blaze Bike & Shuttle Service

Creeper Trail Bike Rental & Shuttle Service

Bicycle Junction

Shuttle Shack

SunDog Outfitter


Boating & Swimming

Just a short and scenic drive from our cottages is beautiful Watauga Lake. Here you can rent pontoon and ski boats from a marina, go kayaking, canoeing, or just enjoy a relaxing swim at one of the designated swimming areas. Below are links to marina websites that offer boat rentals:

Fish Springs Marina

Lakeshore Marina


Doe Mountain Recreation Area

Doe Mountain encompasses over 8,600 acres and features adventure trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and OHV.  Permits are required and can be purchased at the Doe Mountain Visitors Center, 1203 Harbin Hill Rd. (off Hwy 167 W.) or in the Mayor's office at the Johnson County Courthouse, 222 West Main St., both are located in Mountain City, Tennessee.

For more info, call (423) 727-9696.


Doe Mountain Recreation Area


East Tennessee ATV & Powersports

East Tennessee ATV & Powersports is the area's premier dealer all of your PolarisCan-AmSpyderSea-Doo, and Slingshot sales, service, and parts needs! 


For more info, call (423) 542--6109. Or click below:


East Tennessee ATV & Powersports


Appalachians Outdoor Adventures

Appalachians Outdoor Adventures offers guided ATV and Horseback riding year round in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, including tours at Doe Mountain Recreation Area.


For more information, call (828) 297-1289.  Or click below:


Appalachians Outdoor Adventures 


The area surrounding Brookside Mountain Cottages is chocked full of incredible hiking trails. We are blessed to have the Appalachian Trail pass through this area as well as many other fantastic day hikes or overnight hikes should you choose.  For your convenience, click below to view and download our hiking guide.

Hiking Guide


Whitewater Rafting & Tubing

There are a few great choices in the High Country for whitewater rafting, or if family-friendly float trips are more your speed, they, too, are available. One of our favorite trips is whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky River accessed in nearby Erwin, Tennessee.  We have provided links below to a few recommended adventure outfitters where you can book the trip that is right for you.


Cherokee Adventures

High Mountain Expeditions

Nantahala Outdoor Center

USA Raft

Wahoo Adventures


Grandfather Mountain

Towering above northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is the region’s premier and most ecologically diverse nature preserve; a vast wild place, where knowledgeable guides and modern conveniences make a personal mountain adventure accessible to all. Whether you spend your day at Grandfather Mountain hiking, walking nature trails, enjoying the wildlife habitats, the Nature Museum, or having a family picnic, a day at Grandfather Mountain is a day well spent. To learn more about all Grandfather Mountain has to offer, click below:


Grandfather Mountain



We are fortunate to have some terrific venues nearby for concerts, plays, and more.  Our hometown of Mountain City features Heritage Hall Theatre located downtown at Heritage Square. And one cannot forget world famous Barter Theatre located just 35 minutes north of our cottages in Abingdon, Virginia.  In nearby Marion, Virginia, the Lincoln Theatre has been presenting world-class entertainment since 1929.  And finally, in Bristol, Tennessee, Paramount Center for the Arts has been operating since 1931 and to this day presents a wonderful variety of entertainment.


Barter Theatre

Heritage Hall Theatre

Lincoln Theatre

Paramount Center for the Arts


Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth largest sports venue in America and the eighth largest in the world, housing up to 162,000 people. The track is so short that speeds here are far lower than is typical on most NASCAR oval tracks, but they are very fast compared to other short tracks due to the high banking.  The speedway is just an hour away from Brookside - close enough to be convenient, and far enough away to escape the congestion on race days.  For more information about BMS, please click the link below:

Bristol Motor Speedway

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579 Trout Run Road 

Mountain City, TN  37683

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TEL: 866-220-2111   


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