In the mountains of western North Carolina at 3,500 feet, Maggie Valley provides plenty of trout fishing in Jonathan Creek, part of the state's Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program, and in resort-owned, trout-stocked ponds. Vacationers can fish for free if staying at one of the fishing-adjacent cabins in the Maggie Valley area.
Fishing Options in Maggie Valley
Trout fishing is common in Jonathan Creek, which winds through town and is part of the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program. To fish Jonathan Creek, anglers over 16 must purchase a three-day Mountain Heritage Trout Waters fishing license, which costs $5 as of time of publication. For all trout-stocked ponds, over-16 trout anglers need a state license and trout stamp. Both license and stamp are available from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. If you forgot your rod and reel, the commission will provide one for free during your stay as part of the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Tackle Loaner Program.
Creekwood Village Resort
Creekwood Village Resort (creekwoodvillageresort.com) offers two- and three-bedroom cabins, a honeymoon cabin with hot tub, and a two-person efficiency cabin, all with access to two trout-stocked fishing ponds and Jonathan Creek. Two- and three-bedroom cabins are equipped with full kitchens, cable TV and creekside front and back porches.
Mountain Joy Cottages
At Mountain Joy Cottages (mountainjoycottages.com), guests can fish in the resort's trout-stocked pond or try their luck at nearby Jonathan Creek. The resort offers two-, three- and four-bedroom cabins with fireplaces, cable TV, equipped kitchens and porches with wood rocking chairs. Guests have year-round access to an outdoor, glass-enclosed pool house, which offers a heated indoor pool and hot tub.
Boyd Mountain Log Cabins
While staying at Boyd Mountain Log Cabins (boydmountain.com), guests have direct access to Jonathan Creek's swimming holes and fishing spots, as well as three trout-stocked ponds. The seven restored cabins at Boyd Mountain Log Cabins are each 150 to 200 years old. The one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom cabins offer loft beds, fully equipped kitchens, wood burning fireplaces and air conditioning.
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