The Southeast’s Ultimate Sporting Destinations
Just hours from Charlotte these luxury destinations offer world-class amenities, lodging, and a wide variety of sporting activities including horseback riding, wing shooting, fly fishing, golfing, and more. Whether you are an avid shooter, upland game hunter, or just an outdoor enthusiast, this years list of top sporting destinations – both near and far – represent all the things about the sporting lifestyle that we love here at QC Exclusive. If you love and appreciate Mother Nature and all she has to offer as much as we do, then these are the resorts and preserves that you have to visit and explore.
Brays Plantation is one of the best sporting destinations in the world, period. Builder Magazine recognizes it as being home to some of the finest homes in the South, and Sporting Classics magazine named Brays Island Plantation the Souths most outstanding residential sporting communitythe one by which all others are judged. It is the essence of the Southern Sportsmens dream. Its 5,500 acres of land dedicated to the traditional sporting lifestyle, offers an unrivaled list of amenities and activities-3,500 acres of that land alone are an untouched wilderness of marshes, estuaries, fields, and woods where quail, deer, turkey, partridge, and duck abound. Also on site are a gun club; clay shooting facility offering skeet, trap, sporting clays, and classes; 20 miles of tidal estuaries offering both salt and freshwater fishing, fly fishing clinics and boating. Other activities at Brays include an 18 hole golf course, an equestrian center with 60 miles of trails and 100 miles of paddocks and riding arenas, fitness center with pools and HarTru tennis courts. If youre interested in becoming part of this amazing sporting paradise, lots and homes are available starting at $200,000 up to $3,000,000. | braysisland.com
Located just over an hour outside of Charlotte in nearby Norwood, NC, The Fork Farm and Stable is located at the confluence of the Rocky and Peedee Rivers and got its namesake based on its location. The historical significance of this land is rich and well documented as an important resource for both native Americans and later, European and American settlers, where it served as an important asset to travelers and soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Today, its 1,600 acres of woods, marshes, and fields offer a world class hunt preserve and equestrian center offering some of the best in sporting clays and upland game and duck hunting anywhere in the Southeast. The Forks staff of professional guides and instructors are second-to-none and will have you bearing down on a covey of bob whites in a hurry. This place is great for the recreational sportsmen, as well as corporate retreats and organized groups. | forkstables.com
Top quail hunting at The Webb Farm is a never ending, year round endeavor where they combine sound biology, a passion for the sport that spans generations, and decades of quail management to bring you the great wing-shooting you have come to expect in this legendary hunting area of the North Carolina Sandhills.
Lucky Clay’s Farm
Lucky Clay’s is a state of the art farm and sporting clays preserve whose mission is to conserve the natural beauty of the land through sustainable resources and growing practices. They provide a unique venue that caters to sportsmen and women, corporate retreats and events, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Elk River Club
Enjoy the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all their glory. This exquisite luxury community and member equity club offers the very best of the high countrys lifestyle, real estate, and amenities. It boasts a state of the art Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that is ranked in the top 10 in the state, one of the finest equestrian facilities in western North Carolina, a tennis, swim, and fitness club featuring Har-Tru courts, and a panoramic view of the awe inspiring vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, you also have access to the Elk River, a catch and release stream, chock full of native brook trout, wild rainbows and cunning brown trout.
Until recently, this wildlife refuge and fishery was completely private and off limits to anyone outside of the family. For the last 125 years its vast expanse of waterways have gone virtually unharvested which means theyve got some big fish swimming around. Today, it serves as a first class corporate retreat, lodge and event venue offering top quality fishing, hunting, guides and equipment, and optional fine dining, jazz and lodging for an experience and setting your clients or employees will not soon forget.
Big Rock Creek Fishing Club
This members only trophy trout stream located just a few hours from Charlotte is a 4 mile stretch of gin clear mountain water that holds brown, rainbow and brook trout. The fish in this river are well managed and because of that have been known to grow in excess of 28 inches in length. Membership is limited so if you get the opportunity to join, jump at the chance.
Nantahala River Lodge
This cozy but luxurious riverfront cabin offers families, friends, and outdoor enthusiasts a picturesque setting with endless activities to enjoy. With 1,400 feet of frontage on the beautiful Nantahala River, trout fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting and kayaking are right outside your back door.
Pine Hill Plantation
The 6,000 acre Georgia plantation offers luxury lodging and amenities along with some of the best quail hunting in the region. Keeping with tradition, they offer hunting by horseback or mule-drawn wagons.
Located in the mountains of Tennessee, Blackberry Farms offers Orvis-endorsed fly fishing to bike rides. Enjoy water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding or fly-fishing, shotgun sports, and archery. Youll understand why this lodge and farm was endorsed by Orvis as Lodge of the Year.
Andes Drifters is the premier luxury hunting and fishing company abroad. With customization packages to fit specifically to your needs, youll experience the most personalized fishing around. You can experience some of the best trout fishing in the world with guided tours of the Alumine, the Malleo, and the Chimehuin.