Lake Toxaway resides in the southwestern part of North Carolina and just east of Sapphire. The 614- acre mountain lake was the first artificial lake built in the Appalachians in 1902 by E.H. Jennings. The area is most well-known for being a favorited vacationing spot for the Fords, Edisons, and Rockefellers. Today the area is still popular with its unlimited possibilities. Hiking the majestic mountains, horseback riding through the scenic forests, skiing the snow-covered slopes, boating and fishing in the sparkling waters, and friendly games of golf, tennis, and croquet are all available here at North Carolina’s largest private lake.

Lake Toxaway features homes varying from lakefront estates, classic mountain cabins to spacious luxury homes.


What to Love

  • Beautiful large private lake
  • Nearby multiple National Forests and State Parks
  • Average summer temperature between 75F and 55F
  • Average winter temperature 51F and 27F
  • 15 miles to Brevard and Cashiers
  • Less than an hour away from Asheville

People and Lifestyle

Western North Carolina – comprising of Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway, Lake Glenville, and Sapphire - has won many accolades for its beauty, diversity, activities, and quality of life, and is one of the top destinations in the United States for retirees. Residents of Lake Toxaway are both year-round and seasonal. Those who live in this upscale community spend their time enjoying numerous outdoor amenities like National Forests, trails and waterfalls, and boating and fishing in the lake.


Things To Do

Spending time on the 614-acres of the private lake is a favorite among the locals. Rarely crowded, the lake offers boating and fishing enthusiasts a place to spend the beautiful summer days with friends and family. Fourth of July is one of the don’t-miss boating days of the year. Located near so many National and State parks, one can hike, bike, and more among the beautiful scenic forests. Panthertown Valley, regarded the Yosemite of the East, and Gorges State Park are great areas to explore.

If you are a lover of the arts, Lake Toxaway is a gold mine of cultural opportunities. From June through October, enjoy live music in charming Meadow Ridge. Each October the Lake Toxaway Country Club’s main clubhouse features an annual art show. Lake Toxaway Community Center features local musicians, dinner, and entertainment every Friday from 7 pm to 10 pm. In nearby areas you can find the Brevard Music Center,  Scenic 276 Arts Corridor is a 13-mile stretch of road from Brevard to the NC/SC state line is filled with art galleries, studios, shops, and local shops and produce.

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