Private NC mountain lake vacation log cabin for rent. Secluded, but easy access, romantic honeymoon and clean and comfortable family vacation lake and montain view log cabin for rent on cool high elevation Lake Nantahala. Near Nantahala River Gorge trout fly fishing, Tsali Mountain Biking trails, Nantahala White Water Rafting, NOC, Nantahala Outdoor Center. Close to Appalachian and Bartram trail. Western North Carolina Smokey Mountain vacation rentals. Private NC Smokies vacation log homes and cabins on and near lake for rent. NC log home vacation cabin rentals. Log home vacation cabins for rent near Fontana Lake, Bryson City, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, railway, Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway motor cycle roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains and the Great Smoky, Smokey Mountains National Park.
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Lake Nantahala - Macon County - NC.
Near Murphy, Andrews, Hayesville, Franklin, Bryson City, Cherokee, North Carolina.
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'A Lake Memory' Vacation Log Cabin
4BR 3BA Max 10 Guests From $120 per night

Has Game Room with Pool Table & is Pet Friendly.
Although this is a large home, it is also a very cozy and romantic log cabin,
just perfect for your honeymoon or anniversary Smokey Mountain escape.
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'A Lake Memory' has NFL Sunday Ticket.
Starts in September
Your cabin has TOTAL CHOICE PREMIER - Over 215 channels including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz movies.

"My family and I had a wonderful time (Their second visit to "A Lake Memory" this year).  My 3 year old granddaughter loved playing on the dock and in the lake.  We all enjoyed the hot tub and the house.  We have decided to make it our regular family-mountain vacation home. Thanks for sharing it with us."

"We LOVED our stay at "Lake Memory".  We loved it so much we didn't want to leave.  We wish we lived there in that cabin, by the beautiful lake.  We would have stayed another week if it weren't already booked up.  I can't think of anything negative about that place.  There was a tiny mouse that lives in the fireplace, but he didn't bother us at all, we are used to that type of thing living here in the country. We will definitely come stay again and maybe book two weeks next time.  We have already decided to come there every year for our anniversary (as we were on our honeymoon this past week).  Seriously didn't want to leave!  Thanks so much for a great cabin and great area to stay in.  We look forward to coming back next year.  Thanks. Shelby and Amy. VA"

"Paul and I both want to say we had an incredible time in the "A Lake Memory" home, so much so that we want to return.  We would also recommend the place to others.  We loved the coziness of the 'cabin' even though it was really large.  We loved the fire place, big screen TV, pool table and hot tub.  It truly made for a magical honeymoon with memories we will treasure the rest of our lives."

"Wow, what an amazing time we had at a Lake Memory! It was everything that we expected and more! The accommodations were top notch from the hot tub to the provided robes and even down to the little reading lamps on the bed posts! The lake was also just gorgeous! I am already hoping to plan a family vacation there one day, and I look forward to returning!
Our Sincerest Thanks, Angela and Patrick :)  Atlanta GA"

"We had the most wonderful time! We've told EVERYONE about the great service, clean house and great experience we had! We're planning another trip this summer...this time We'll bring our family to enjoy the visit too! Thank you so much for a true "Lake Memory!" Drew & Nikki. Georgia"

"Thank you so much for your wonderful, very clean cabin and great communication before and after our stay.  We had a fantastic time, and do plan on returning! Belle. B'ham, Alabama."

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Lake Nantahala is nestled in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains approximately 150 miles from Atlanta, convenient to Franklin, Andrews and Murphy.
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Nantahala Lake access, boat dock and ramp, just a short walk from your cabin. Bring your boat. A pontoon boat can be rented for $150 per day plus gas and oil. To make sure the boat is available, reserve it when you book the cabin.

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1 Acre Wooded Site with Mountain View and Seasonal Lake View. Due to the location and topography of the site, this cabin is very secluded with no close neighbors. A short, 1/4 mile, 5 minute walk from the lake. You can also drive your car to the lake, there is ample parking. Easy, paved access.
This cabin is more private and quieter than most lake front cabins.

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Would you like to get away from it all? …escape to a secluded, yet easily accessible log cabin in the woods a short stroll from a crystal clear mountain lake? A private place where you can lose track of time? … fish… swim… take a leisurely boat ride? Or just relax on the covered porch and your very private hot tub Jacuzzi spa?

'A Lake Memory' is that place. A secluded vacation log cabin hideaway next to a remote mountain lake between Franklin and Andrews, in South Western North Carolina. Definitely off the beaten path, and well worth the scenic mountain drive.

Take your honeymoon, anniversary or family vacation at this clean, comfortable and romantic log cabin just a short stroll from a crystal clear mountain lake, where you can fish, swim, kayak, canoe or rent a pontoon boat. Or just enjoy the seasonal mountain view and peace from the covered porch.

Inside, you will find all the comforts of home - a cozy living room with two leather reclining sofas and gas log rock fireplace. An entertainment center with a 32 inch TV, plus a home theater projector and sound system with an 84 inch big projection screen, VCR, DVD, and DirecTV TOTAL CHOICE PREMIER Satellite television with NFL SUNDAY TICKET and over 215 channels including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz movies. Cabin also has a game room with a pool table.

Your log cabin near the lake comfortably sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with king beds. 2 of the bedrooms are in the loft, they are separate, but have only 3 walls, the front is open. The game room has 3 sleeper sofas, but they are older and not very comfortable. Will soon add a bunk bed with futon sofa below. A baby crib is stored in the master bedroom closet.

The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need to prepare all your meals at the cabin - refrigerator with icemaker, stove, microwave, blender, coffee-maker, toaster, dishwasher, pots and eating and cooking utensils.

Outside, the cabin has a covered porch with a hot tub spa, a swing, a picnic table and a charcoal grill.

Bathrobes, linens, towels, hairdryers, paper goods, shampoo and detergents are furnished. Just bring your CDs, DVDs or video tapes, food and charcoal for the grill.

With everything this cabin offers, you may not want to get back in the car. But in the event you should decide to add a little adventure to your getaway, you’ll be just a short drive from white water rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala and Ocoee rivers. Plus all the other great activities the North Carolina Smokies have to offer.

Only a scenic 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Asheville NC, Atlanta GA, Chattanooga, Knoxville TN and Greenville SC.

If all this sounds like the perfect family, honeymoon or anniversary getaway cabin...
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PLEASE NOTE! A $25 reservation fee is required when you submit your booking. We will email you a confirmation with payment instructions shortly after we receive your reservation.

Guest Comments:

"I've been sincerely meaning to e-mail you! However I've been keeping busy trying to catch up at work after the vacation. So the bottom line is: I can't tell you what a wonderful time we had!!!! The cabin was very accommodating and spacious! With 9 of us there it worked out perfectly. We followed your directions exactly and thank God we did, because we had NO problems finding the place. That goes for the "girl" car at least... we traveled in two cars from Jacksonville, girls got in fine...the boys ended up getting lost and got in late Friday night. Main reason? They left my printed out directions in the trunk in someone's suitcase and stubbornly assumed they could figure out directions on their own... :) I told them so. (Honestly, in the back of my mind I was afraid this whole thing was an internet scam up until we pulled in the driveway--due to it being $ SUCH a great deal!

We went rafting Saturday and hiking around the area on Sunday. We never ate out once--on the way in town we stopped at the grocery store and bought enough food to feed a hungry army and cooked and grilled for every meal! It was great! And the dining room table accommodated all of us! We had some rain throughout the trip so we ended up really enjoying the place! So, THANK YOU for such a wonderful vacation!! We were glad to find so many things already there that we needed as well....linens, plenty of towels, robes, wood, satellite radio!, trash bags, etc.

We had a wonderful time thanks to your cabin!! I would LOVE to come back in the fall maybe? And I have been spreading the word about your rentals :) Again, thank you soooo much Walt! It was the perfect place for a reunion between friends!! Much appreciation, Lacy"

"My family and I had a wonderful family reunion in A Lake Memory and a cabin of yours nearby.  The cabin was very large and we were all comfortable with plenty of space to spare.  The king size beds were very comfortable and we all slept wonderfully.  My son loved the pool table, he had his family members playing with him every opportunity that arose.  We loved the kitchen and dining room.  We cooked 3 meals a day for 7 days in the kitchen.  It was really well equipped with all the pans and utensils we needed.  I loved waking up in the morning sipping coffee and eating my mom's homemade cinnamon rolls on the porch.  The scenery and sounds were beautiful.  We definitely got a good work out walking up and down the hill.  The kid's enjoyed having the loft all to themselves.  It was a great experience. Thank you, Elizabeth"

"The cabin was amazing!  We really enjoyed our stay and we will visit again. The NFL direct ticket was what sold my husband; he is a big football fan.  We have direct ticket at home.   My husband wants to visit again late spring and bring his boat along next time.  We loved how private the cabin was and my son loved the pool table and movies on the big screen.  I enjoyed everything! Thanks! Tammy"

Thank you for your email, but more importantly, thank you so very much for providing such a wonderful cabin for us to enjoy. I had one of the best vacations of my life! Your cabin was everything you described it to be on your website. It was beautiful, very clean and extremely comfortable. Your kindness in permitting me to take my 5 miniature schnauzers provided me the first opportunity to have a vacation that included them. Because my favorite little one was recently diagnosed with cancer, you allowed me to make memories with her that I will cherish forever. Thank you for that! We all had such a wonderful time together! We truly now have "A Lake Memory"! Again Walt, thank you for providing such a wonderful cabin. I do hope to go back sometime. Sincerely, Porsche.

This cabin is perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary with its cozy fireplace and romantic hot tub spa; at the same time the spaciousness of the cabin makes it perfect for a large family gathering or reunion.

Area Activities

There's plenty to do in the area. 'A Lake Memory' is just a short drive from the white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking venues on the Nantahala and Ocoee rivers. That's in addition to all the great activities the North Carolina Smokies have to offer. You may bring your own boat or jet ski, or rent a pontoon boat on Lake Nantahala.

Fishing - A low number of boaters makes Nantahala Lake a great fishing lake. You'll find walleye, crappie, sunfish, trout and bass all available for your private fish fry at
'A Lake Memory'. And below the dam, where the river cascades toward the Nantahala Gorge, you'll find some of the best fly fishing spots in the eastern US.

Horseback Riding - Several nearby stables, including Lonesome Dove Stables, offer guided horseback trail riding.

Railroad Excursion - Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, in nearby Dillsboro and Bryson City, offers several scenic excursions.

Mountain Biking - The nearby Tsali trails offer some of the best mountain biking trails. Bikes can be rented at the Nantahala Outdoor Center .

Other nearby things to do - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Biltmore House, Cherohala Skyway, Tail of the Dragon motorcycle excursions, Blue Ridge Parkway.

Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway NC and TN Motorcycle excursion road.
The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America ’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. The nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. The area also has other roads less traveled, but just as exciting. Come and discover them all.

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Don't miss the fabulous Autumn Leaf Season...
reserve now for next fall.

Nature's annual autumn color festival is certainly one of the greatest shows on earth and the peak begins in North Carolina's mountains higher elevations in late September and lasts to early November in the lower valleys. More info...

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Smokey the Bear, on the other hand, spells his name the other way. And if you're wondering about "Smokeys", "Smokys" or "Smokies," they're all correct.

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Lake Nantahala
Andrews - Franklin - Cherokee, Macon County NC
Lake Nantahala is one of the highest elevation lakes in the Southeast. Lake Nantahala's cool waters are great for fishing mountain trout, pike, bass, catfish and watersports.

Less than 2.5 hours from most of Atlanta is this majestic pristine mountain lake.

Lake Nantahala is a crystal clear, remote high elevation lake nestled in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains approximately 120 miles from Atlanta, convenient to Franklin, Andrews and Murphy. The majority of Lake Nantahala's shoreline is US Forest Service land and will never be developed. As a result, the views are not marred by other homes. Lake Nantahala is over twice the size of Lake Rabun and has only 1/3 the number of home sites. Lake Nantahala is a true mountain lake with deep, crystal-clear water. At 3200 ft., Lake Nantahala is one of the highest elevation lakes in the Southeast. Lake Nantahala's cool waters are great for fishing mountain trout, pike, bass, catfish and watersports.
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Andrews NC Mountain Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, is a wide scenic valley where the sun rises and sets over the tree-topped mountains, and the cool clear streams flow gently down the ridges. Andrews NC is a small town virtually untouched by large city influences and remains a place to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life.

Come by and sit a spell and imagine yourself hiking or trout fishing. Take a ride on The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad or gear up for the annual WNC Wagon Train. Stroll down Main Street and shop for antiques, or take a "Llama Trek" to hidden waterfalls for a gourmet lunch. You may decide to go horseback riding in the Nantahala Forest or whitewater rafting down the Nantahala River. Join us for the Summer Celebration or for the Annual Fall Car Show. We will show you a good time!

This is the place to lay back, kick off your shoes, wade in the creeks, jump in the river, sing, dance, and enjoy the hospitality of the mountain people. Andrews...the little town with the big heart.

Where is Andrews NC ?
Andrews, North Carolina is located in the western corner of the state of North Carolina. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city,         Andrews NC offers a peaceful place to relax while enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery year round. People say that Andrews NC is only two hours from anywhere. Conveniently it's less than 100-150 miles from Atlanta, GA, Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC.

This Vacation Rental Cabin is on Lake Nantahala, near Nantahala River White Water Rafting, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Nantahala River and Lake Nantahala River trout stream fly fishing, USFS Tsali Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trails, Appalachian Trail hiking, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Lake Fontana and Fontana Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Excursions Train, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Cherokee Harrah's Casino. A 1.5 to 2 hour scenic drive from Asheville NC airport, Biltmore House in Asheville, Atlanta GA, Knoxville TN and Chattanooga TN. Less than 1 hour to skiing at Cataloochee NC, near Maggie Valley.

 Western North Carolina holiday, vacation rental home, cabin, chalet close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Blue Ridge Parkway, spectacular waterfalls, antique and Appalachian craft shopping, Smoky Mountains Country Club Golf Course, skiing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, & kayaking on the Nantahala River. Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railway. Visit the nearby Cherokee Indian Reservation and shop for Native American Indian crafts. Only a short scenic drive from the Appalachian Hiking Trail, Biltmore House and Gardens, Blowing Rock, Cherohala Skyway,  Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, Deal's Gap, Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals, Cherokee Indian Museum, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Deep Creek Tubing, Fields of the Wood, pontoon boating on Fontana Lake and Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Railway, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Linville Caverns, Mountain Farm and Museum, Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala River Rafting, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Pisgah National Forest, Santa's Land, Smoky Mountain Country Club, Soco Gardens Zoo, Tribal Bingo, Tsali mountain biking, Unto These Hills, Darnell's Corn Maze.

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Nantahala River
Nantahala River Gorge - Cabin for Rent by Owner near Nantahala River White Water Rafting

The Nantahala River, located in the US Forest Service Nantahala National Forest, is one of America's favorite whitewater playgrounds. Its ideal location at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, close to Atlanta GA, Knoxville TN, Greenville SC, Asheville NC and just a short distance from Murphy, Andrews, Robbinsville, Franklin, Cherokee and Bryson City, NC makes the Nantahala River convenient to mountain vacationers. More..

Mountain Waters Scenic Byway

Beginning in Highlands, this 61 miles nationally-recognized byway winds through southern Appalachian hardwood forests, by numerous waterfalls and lakes and through two river gorges. Traveling from Highlands to Almond the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway follows U.S. 64, old U.S. 64, SR 1310 (Wayah Road), and U.S. 19. The last miles of this drive travels through the Nantahala National Forest ending at the Fontana Lake. If you enjoy a scenic drive where you can picnic along the way then this drive is for you. Along the byway you can also enjoy boating, canoeing and rafting, biking, fishing, hiking and swimming. Bring your boat, canoe, or kayak and enjoy a fun-filled day on one of the area lakes or on the Nantahala River.

Areas of Interest Along the Byway:

CULLASAJA GORGE: makes up the first 7.5 miles of this byway. Traveling through the beautiful Cullasaja Gorge, the winding road parallels the Cullasaja River and offers spectacular scenic views of the river and the waterfalls of Highlands on U.S. 64. A side road actually allows you to drive behind Bridal Veil Falls, where the thin "veil" of water falls for 120 feet.

DRY FALLS: You'll find this 75-foot beauty 2.1 miles west of Highlands on U.S. 64. From the parking area, a short paved trail leads you directly behind the waterfall.

CLIFFSIDE LAKE & VAN HOOK GLADE: Cliffside Lake Recreation Area is 4.4 miles west of Highlands and then 1.5 miles off U.S. 64. This area offers camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and hiking.

WAYAH CREEK: West of Franklin, the byway turns right on old U.S. 64, then left on SR 1310. SR 1310 (Wayah Road) parallels much of the 6-mile stream. The creek is a good fishing stream, but most of the streamside is private land and is posted "no trespassing". Along Wayah Creek is the Arrowood Glade Picnic Area. Wayah Crest Picnic Area is at Wayah Gap.

WAYAH BALD: A side trip to Wayah Bald is well worthwhile. From Wayah Gap, journey 1.3 miles up gravel Forest Road (FR) 69 and see the Wilson Lick Ranger Station. Built about 1913, Wilson Lick was the first ranger station in the Nantahala National Forest. Continue another 3.2 miles up FR 69 to Wayah Bald. Take the short, paved trail to the historic Wayah Bald Fire Tower. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, the tower provides a great view of the southern Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, Tennessee, and both Carolinas. You can picnic nearby at the Wayah Bald Picnic Area. Two long-distance trails, the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail, cross the mountain at the tower.

NANTAHALA LAKE: Located about 6 miles west of Wayah Gap, this lake has 29 miles of shoreline and offers fishing and boating. Boat ramps are available.

NANTAHALA RIVER: This mountain river offers great trout fishing in its upper and lower reaches. The stretch of river above the powerhouse has excellent catch-and-release fishing from spring until early summer.

NANTAHALA RIVER GORGE: The Nantahala River draws many boaters who enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Many businesses along the river offer both guided and unguided raft rentals. Most rafting trips begin from the Nantahala River Launch Site and float down the 8.5-mile whitewater run. About 2.75 miles downriver from this launch site is the Ferebee Memorial Picnic Area, which provides another launch and takeout area. At the lower end of the Nantahala River, a commercial-only takeout and a private boater area are provided. From a wooden walkway, spectators get a thrilling view of the wild ride over the final series of rapids, including Nantahala Falls. Nantahala River outfitters, under Forest Service permit, can help plan trips to fit your skill level and provide any equipment you might need.

FONTANA LAKE: This lake offers great Bass and Pike fishing with 11,685 acres of water surface and also provides recreational water activities such as boating, kneeboarding, swimming, and water skiing. Construction of the 480 foot high Fontana Dam, which was completed in 1944 and is the highest Dam east of the Rockies, backed water for 30 miles to make up what is now the Fontana Lake. Numerous boat ramps are available.

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Fontana Lake
Fontana Lake Appalachian Mountains of Graham County and Swain County in western North Carolina - North Carolina rental cabins near Nantahala River

Fontana Lake is located in the western North Carolina. Appalachian Mountains of Graham County and Swain County. Fontana Lake is a 29-mile-long scenic mountain lake with more than 280 miles of shoreline and nearly 11,000 acres of water. The 480-foot-high Fontana Lake Dam on the Little Tennessee River is the tallest dam in the TVA system. The Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, crosses the top of Fontana Lake Dam.

With most of Fontana Lake's 280 miles of shoreline preserved by the the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and USFS Nantahala National Forest, Fontana Lake's breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled. Quiet secluded coves and inlets on Fontana Lake provide excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, or just relaxing and enjoying the view. From the spring's mountain laurel to the glorious colors of fall, Fontana Lake's engaging scenery can be enjoyed year round. Game fish in Fontana include smallmouth and largemouth bass, white bass, walleye, and crappie.

Lake Chatuge
Lake Chatuge North Carolina North Georgia - North Carolina rental cabins near Nantahala River

Lake Chatuge is a beautiful clear water lake surrounded by mountains of both Georgia and North Carolina. The sprawling fingers with many islands and coves cover 9000 acres and have 200 miles of shoreline. A great majority of the Lake Chatuge borders USFS national forest or is owned by Tennessee Valley Authority and is undeveloped. Lake Chatuge is known to have good bass fishing and is regularly stocked. Large Canadian geese can often be seen in the spectacular rural and mountain scenery of Lake Chatuge. Lake Chatuge is located on the Hiwassee River in western North Carolina. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement.

Lake Hiwassee
Lake Hiwassee is one of the most picturesque vacation retreat lakes in the southeast. With most of Lake Hiwassee's 163 miles of shoreline preserved by the USFS Nantahala National Forest, Lake Hiwassee's breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled.

Lake Hiwassee is one of the most picturesque vacation retreat lakes in the southeast. With most of Lake Hiwassee's 163 miles of shoreline preserved by the USFS Nantahala National Forest, Lake Hiwassee's breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled. Quiet secluded coves and inlets on Lake Hiwasse provide excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, or just relaxing and enjoying the view. From the spring's mountain laurel to the glorious colors of fall, Lake Hiwassee's engaging scenery can be enjoyed year round. Bear Paw on Lake Hiwassee is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Lake Lure NC
Lake Lure NC - North Carolina rental cabins near Nantahala River

View of Lake Lure from Chimney Rock Park

Hidden away among the towering Blue Ridge mountain peaks is a sparkling jewel.. Lake Lure, North Carolina. And, it's waiting for you to discover it.

Lake Lure is approximately 720 acres, with about twenty-one  miles of shoreline. National Geographic has called Lake Lure one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world.

Located in Western North Carolina, Lake Lure lays in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge. East of Asheville, the Rocky Broad River tears its way in a series of rapids down through Hickory Nut Gap. This crystal clear water flows through a valley shaped roughly in the form of a Maltese cross to make Lake Lure.

Lake Lure has great stretches of crystal clear water, three long bays, an island of seven acres and many small bays and inlets with a background of tree clad hills and mountains.
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