Fairfield Glade offers 11 different lakes to fish. Two of these lakes, St. George and Dartmoor have full service marinas that offer fishing equipment, boat rentals, and licenses. Among the other lakes, most are not visited by fishermen very frequently but are still stocked on a regular basis.
Fish species that are available include trout, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and even walleye. Most of the smaller lakes have public boat ramps. If you don't have your own boat boat, the best way to catch one of these fish is to rent one of the boats from the marinas. The cost of these rentals, the last time I checked was:
Pontoon Boat First hour $31.89
Each additional hour $27.34
Pontoons 4 hours $91.12
Pontoons All Day $164.01
Fishing Boats, Canoes, Pedal boats
Boats with a motor $11.85
Additional hour $6.38
All Day $54.67
Canoe/Row Boat - one hour $5.92
Each additional hour $5.01
Two Seater $7.97
Four Seater $10.02
Add hour 2 seat $6.15
Add hour 4 seat $8.20
Another option is to either shore fish or to fish off one of the piers located at the marinas. Trust me, success rates are good no matter what method of fishing you use! I personally caught a bass that weighed over 8 pound from the fishing pier at Dartmoor Lake!
Wildwood Stables of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, has just re-opened under new management and I can personally say, they have done a fabulous job!
The crew at Wildwood does an excellent job of making sure everyone is included in the horseback riding no matter what level of prior experience they have. For those just starting out, they offer a 1/2 hour ride for only $20. For the more experienced, they offer a 1 1/2 hour ride for just ten dollars more. They also have pony rides and even an occasional wagon ride for the faint at heart around these beautiful beasts. I can also tell you, that I've been in many a horse barn before, and I have never seen a barn so clean and well maintained!
The ride itself is simply spectacular. Mountain trails take you up and down through budding trees, under roadside bridges, through running creeks and across flower-filled fields. There is no better way to see the beauty of Tennessee!
No need to spend the big bucks to stay in a place like this! Take a couple of hours to explore the 9 acres of lush green atriums that fill this exclusive luxurious hotel.
Stop at any concierge desk and pick up a map of the hotel. Then immerse yourself in a the glorious flowers, green plants, and spectacular indoor waterfalls that make up this gorgeous place. Priceless antiques, tasty restaurants, and quaint little shops also decorate the Opryland Hotel.
You may even find the desire to take a boat ride along the winding indoor river!
Inside the Farfield Glade Mall, called the Village Green Mall, you will find Nikko's Restaurant. During the day, they have a lunch special at the center of the mall in a little cozy, quiet place. They have this special each Monday through Friday from 10:30 - 1:30. You get your choice of two entress (we chose between baked chicken and Italian Pasta), a steamed vegetable (ours was corn), potato (nothing better than garlic mashed potatoes) and a dinner roll. This meal even comes with the beverage of your choice, with free refills.
This entire meal cost us $4.99 each!
The lunch spot has about 10 tables, and the service is very personal. Its definitely is good deal for real food!
Favorite Dish: There was no doubt. I could have eaten the entire tray of the garlic mashed potatoes! I just wish this was a buffet...all you can eat!
Fairfield Glade is a very spacious community. You definitely need a car to get around and enjoy the events, places, and activities. It is centrally located, just north of highway 40 on Exit 322. The larger city of Crossville is only 5 miles West on the highway, a trip of about 15 minutes total from the resort.
There are not many places to shop at Fairfield Glade. Inside the Village Green Mall you can find a small "sub-Kroger" that has the standard supplies you may need like milk, bread and eggs. Surprisingly they prices are the same as the Kroger in Crossville. The mall also has a small post office, but I should warn you, they close at 2:30 p.m. Also located in the amll you will find a UPS store, a craft store, a few small restaurants, as well as a real estate office.
What to buy: If you need other items however, Crossville is the place to go. They have a Super Walmart, full sized Kroger, Food City, Food Lion, Eckards, Walgreens, Staples, Lowes, etc...nearly any store you need.
Crossville also holds an large outdoor Flea Market, and is the home of the famous Crossville Playhouse. To get there, head west on Interstate 40, and take exit 317.
Burgess Falls State Natural Area has sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forests. This is a breathtaking natural area full of wildlife and waterfalls.
There is a self-guided 3/4 mile trail that allows hikers to observe three different waterfalls. Fishing, hiking, picnicking are all available and there is even a playground!
Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. through 30 minutes before sunset.