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NICE DAY FOR IT — The Spiro family, of Sylva, goes paddling on Lake Logan during a day-trip to the conference center.

CANTON — In the sunny spring days of social distancing, Lake Logan Conference Center shifted focus to serve families and small groups.

Camping is a new amenity now available at the lake, in addition to the ever-popular day-passes for hikers introduced several years ago that appeal to swimmers, sightseers and anglers alike, said executive director of the Episcopal nonprofit, Lauri Sojourner.

With government limiting the size of social gatherings, Sojourner said the 300-acre camp facility that typically hosts large church groups, weddings and business retreats saw a devastating loss in clientele during recent months.

“This shutdown has given us an opportunity to reimagine ourselves to host more small gatherings and family events,” Sojourner said.

Six campsites are now available scattered throughout the property, along with one primitive RV site. Cabin rentals are also available for small groups, now that Haywood County is no longer restricting tourism-related travel, Sojourner said.

“We just announced our campsites Tuesday and already have reservations for this weekend,” Sojourner said. “People seem really excited about the offering.”

For folks only seeking a leisurely stroll or paddle around the lake and a picturesque picnic, day-passes are available, and season passes are not yet sold out, Sojourner said.

The campus is bursting with spring blooms at this time of year, and scenic beauty is inherent along the West Fork of the Pigeon River at the foot of Cold Mountain Game Lands. There, nature meets nature-lovers as butterflies, bumblebees, boaters, birdwatchers, hikers and anglers all coexist.

To eliminate crowding, access to the lake is limited through a reservation system. For more information, go online to www.lakelogan.org. To make a reservation, send an email to info@lakelogan.com, or call 828-646-1095, extension 102.

To browse a photo gallery of scenic sights spotted at Lake Logan, find this story online at www.themountaineer.com.

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