Lakes & Rivers

We’re set along Lake Toxaway, and views don’t get much prettier than those just down the road. If you’re looking to do a little boating, wake boarding, or bass fishing, some of Carolina’s finest lakes are nearby. All you fly fishing fanatics, whitewater rafters, and beer-cooler tubers will enjoy lots of great options, too, from the Class III rapids of the Nantahala to an easy-going float down the French Broad. Need help booking your fun? We’ll hook you up with the best options and outfitters around.

Choose Your Adventure

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    Lake Toxaway

    Just 3 minutes away and absolutely breathtaking! Stream-fed waters from high in the nearby forests make it one of the cleanest lakes you’ll find anywhere. For a special evening, book an evening lake cruise aboard the Miss Lucy with our friends at the historic Greystone Inn.

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    Lake Glenville

    At the highest elevation of any lake east of the Mississippi (3,494 feet), Lake Glenville is home to three waterfalls! Paddleboard, kayak, canoe or rent a pontoon boat from Signal Ridge Marina. Fishing fanatics – go for large and small mouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, and even catfish. It’s just a 32-minute drive from Mountain Falls.

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    Lake Jocassee

    Known for its mostly untouched coastline, Lake Jocassee is a manmade lake that encompasses a whopping 7,565 acres. A variety of boat rentals are available, and the lake is stocked with brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and sunfish. Lake Jocassee is 38 minutes from the resort.

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    Bear Creek Lake

    Less than 1 hour from Mountain Falls, Bear Creek Lake is a favorite among boaters, anglers, and kayakers. Be sure to cruise past spectacular Sols Creek Falls, which empties directly into the lake!

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    Whitewater Rafting

    If you’re looking for a little adrenaline-pumping fun, Western Carolina is home to some of the nation’s top outfitters who will guide you on a rumbling rafting adventure down the Nantahala or French Broad Rivers. From mild trips perfect for young kids to full-on Class IV adventures, you’ll find whitewater fun for all levels. Check out Nantahala Outdoor Center or French Broad Adventures both about 1.5 hours from Mountain Falls.

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    River Tubing

    Settle your bum into an inflatable innertube and set out on a lazy, crazy, and wonderfully scenic journey down the French Broad River. Our friends at Headwaters Outfitters (located about 12 minutes from Mountain Falls) will set you up on an easygoing adventure that’s ideal for ages 4 and up. It’s the perfect way to cool off and have fun in the mountains.

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    Whether casting a fly or spinner bait, fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains is legendary. Follow a guide into quiet river tributaries or book a float trip and cast for monster trout. If lake fishing is your game, take off on a guided charter to hunt down record-setting largemouth bass. The friendly pros at Headwaters Outfitters will hook you up with the perfecting angling adventure.

Plan Your Mountain Vacation or Stay A Lifetime

Do-it-yourselfer? You’ll find plenty of hotspots along Western North Carolina’s famed “fly fishing trail”, including local favorites minutes away on the Chattooga River near Cashiers.