Service Category: On-Site Adventures

Earthshine Lodge offers activities throughout the year. Choose from the activities below for more information and available dates. If you are interested in our popular Blacksmithing & Brews experience or our Llama Hikes, these links will take you to their registration pages. For more activity information, check out our event calendar.

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Blacksmithing & Brews

Join us for an unforgettable blacksmithing workshop where you’ll learn the art of forging hot steel! This hands-on experience is great for beginners! You’ll heat, hammer, and shape rough steel into a unique, handcrafted knife that’s yours to take home.

Climbing Wall

The Earthshine Lodge climbing wall is operated by experienced adventure staff and is a great intro to the basics of climbing. There are different routes to make the experience more or less challenging for climbers. This family-friendly activity is a great way to spend the afternoon.

Blacksmithing Basics Course at Earthshine Lodge Lake Toxaway North Carolina

Blacksmithing Basics

Our Blacksmithing & Brews experience has been so popular, we didn’t want to leave anyone out of the fun! Our seasoned educator has been teaching hands-on living history at Earthshine for over sixteen years. Kids and adults will all have the chance to stoke the coal fire, hammer glowing metal straight from the forge, and learn all kinds of the stories behind the craft.

wilderness orienteering at Earthshine Lodge at Lake Toxaway North Carolina

Wilderness Orienteering Primer

Orienteering is a popular recreational activity in which the orienteer uses a map and compass to navigate quickly from point to point in unfamiliar terrain. Participants navigate through a series of checkpoints along the way. This program is designed as an orientation to using a map and compass to navigate for all ages.

Ultimate Smores and Campfire at Earthshine Lodge Lake Toxaway North Carolina

Ultimate Campfire and S’mores

Learn how to make awesome and safe campfires, then try your new favorite technique as you build your own fire with your family or friends. Of course, the best way to test your campfire is to make s’mores and we’ll have all the marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate you need.

Cherokee Hands on History Experience at Earthshine Lodge in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Cherokee “Hands on History”

Experience life in the 1800s! Earthshine has a 30-year history of providing educational living history experiences and our Cherokee and Pioneer “Hands-on History” experiences provide guests with historical perspective and hands-on activities. Cherokee experiences may include fire building, archery, a primitive clay project, and/or a nature walk

dogwood flower photo taken during the intro to nature photography course at Earthshine Lodge in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Intro to Nature Photography

Learn the basics of photography – using natural light, subject selection, and the art/science of composition. Participants will take a hike through the property with plenty of opportunities to shoot, critique, and improve upon their photos. A digital camera of some sort is required – a smartphone, DSLR, point-and-shoot, etc.

Nature Hike at Earthshine Lodge Lake Toxaway North Carolina

Name That Plant! Nature Hike

Join us on a captivating nature hike through the breathtaking property of Earthshine Lodge, nestled in the enchanting landscapes of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. Our knowledgeable and passionate guides will lead you through winding trails, unveiling the wonders of the natural world that flourish within this verdant oasis.

yoga session at Earthshine Lodge at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Yoga at Earthshine

Nestled in the serene beauty of Lake Toxaway, Earthshine beckons you to a mountaintop retreat that seamlessly blends nature’s tranquility with yoga’s practice. Our carefully curated yoga sessions, suitable for all ages and levels, harmonize body, mind, and spirit.

Pioneer Hands on History at Earthshine Lodge at Lake Toxaway North Carolina

Pioneer “Hands on History”

For over three decades, Earthshine has been a pioneer in delivering educational living history encounters, making learning a family-friendly activity. Our immersive Pioneer “Hands-on History” experiences not only offer historical insights but also engage visitors with interactive activities that vividly depict life in the 1800s. It’s the perfect way for families to bond while delving into the past together.