Best lakes in North Carolina Mountains

Check out the top lakes in North Carolina Mountains, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Lake Lure
1. Lake Lure
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75 local reviews
Lake Lure, Lake Lure
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Lynn
The Beach by the lake is so beautiful. You can stretch out on this sandy beach, go swimming in the refreshing…
William R
This location has been used several times for filming locations including Dirty Dancing, The Last of the…
Lezlie
Lake Lure Tours offers great ways to relax and unwind. Nothing beats cruising around Lake Lure with our…
1. Lake Lure
1. Lake Lure
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75 local reviews
Lake Lure, Lake Lure
Lynn
Lynn
The Beach by the lake is so beautiful. You can stretch out on this sandy beach, go swimming in the refreshing lake water, all the while…
William R
William R
This location has been used several times for filming locations including Dirty Dancing, The Last of the Mohicans, A Breed Apart and several…
Lezlie
Lezlie
Lake Lure Tours offers great ways to relax and unwind. Nothing beats cruising around Lake Lure with our friendly tour guides and enjoying…
2. Larkin's On the Lake Restaurant
2. Larkin's On the Lake Restaurant
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29 local reviews
1020 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure
Closed · Opens 11:30 AM
+1 828-625-4075
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Lynn
Convenient if you have had a long day getting here. There are three dining areas and all overlook the lake and…
Evelyne
Very pleasant venue. Sit outside for a pubish atmosphere. Sit inside for a more refined atmosphere. Relax…
Allie
Casual lower level on the dock or white tablecloth dining on upper level. Services is consistently good and…
2. Larkin's On the Lake Restaurant
2. Larkin's On the Lake Restaurant
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29 local reviews
1020 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure
Closed · Opens 11:30 AM
+1 828-625-4075
Lynn
Lynn
Convenient if you have had a long day getting here. There are three dining areas and all overlook the lake and the surrounding mountains…
Evelyne
Evelyne
Very pleasant venue. Sit outside for a pubish atmosphere. Sit inside for a more refined atmosphere. Relax while viewing the lake, ducks &…
Allie
Allie
Casual lower level on the dock or white tablecloth dining on upper level. Services is consistently good and so is the food. Great view of…
3. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
3. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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90 local reviews
431 Main St, Chimney Rock
Closed · Opens in 9 minutes
+1 828-625-9611
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Jim & Barbara
Hiking trails with gorgeous views over Lake Lure. We pack a lunch and eat it on the terrace. Then, we hike to…
Barbro
Cute little town with nice shops and a river running through. Ideal for a romantic picnic! Climb Chimney Rock…
Douglas
Only minutes from Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile…
3. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
3. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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90 local reviews
431 Main St, Chimney Rock
Closed · Opens in 9 minutes
+1 828-625-9611
Jim & Barbara
Jim & Barbara
Hiking trails with gorgeous views over Lake Lure. We pack a lunch and eat it on the terrace. Then, we hike to the waterfall and take the…
Barbro
Barbro
Cute little town with nice shops and a river running through. Ideal for a romantic picnic! Climb Chimney Rock and get your exercise done for…
Douglas
Douglas
Only minutes from Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all…
4. Watauga Lake
4. Watauga Lake
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20 local reviews
Watauga Lake
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Doug & Bärbel
The headwater of the TN River, Watauga Lake is fed by the Watauga and Elk Rivers and many mountain streams. It…
April
Watauga Lake is located in the northeastern Tennessee mountains with 106 miles of shoreline. It is the highest…
Michael
This lake is the 3rd cleanest lake in Tennessee and is completely filled by mountain streams. It's also the…
4. Watauga Lake
4. Watauga Lake
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20 local reviews
Watauga Lake
Doug & Bärbel
Doug & Bärbel
The headwater of the TN River, Watauga Lake is fed by the Watauga and Elk Rivers and many mountain streams. It is the highest and cleanest…
April
April
Watauga Lake is located in the northeastern Tennessee mountains with 106 miles of shoreline. It is the highest lake in Tennessee. Come see…
Michael
Michael
This lake is the 3rd cleanest lake in Tennessee and is completely filled by mountain streams. It's also the highest lake connecting the…
5. Beaver Lake
5. Beaver Lake
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27 local reviews
Beaver Lake, Asheville
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Shelley
Beaver lake has a dirt running walking trail that goes along the west side of the lake. It's about a 1.5 mile…
Christina
Beaver Lake is home to one of my favorite spots, the little known Asheville Bird Sanctuary, managed by…
Audrey
Great little walk in the neighborhood. It's about a half hour if you go the short way entering the trail and…
5. Beaver Lake
5. Beaver Lake
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27 local reviews
Beaver Lake, Asheville
Shelley
Shelley
Beaver lake has a dirt running walking trail that goes along the west side of the lake. It's about a 1.5 mile loop but you can walk/run…
Christina
Christina
Beaver Lake is home to one of my favorite spots, the little known Asheville Bird Sanctuary, managed by students from UNCA. With a boardwalk…
Audrey
Audrey
Great little walk in the neighborhood. It's about a half hour if you go the short way entering the trail and turning right just north of the…
6. Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
6. Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
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26 local reviews
2724 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 828-625-0077
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Nichole And August
If you want a little water fun and it's warm enough to do so, go down to Lake Lure to the beach and water…
Sonia
About 45 minutes from Asheville is Lake Lure. The beach is open for the summer only but you can also take a…
Susan
One of the top things to do with kids in Lake Lure is to spend the day at the beach. Enjoy the simple…
6. Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
6. Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
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26 local reviews
2724 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 828-625-0077
Nichole And August
Nichole And August
If you want a little water fun and it's warm enough to do so, go down to Lake Lure to the beach and water park. They are open from around…
Sonia
Sonia
About 45 minutes from Asheville is Lake Lure. The beach is open for the summer only but you can also take a boat tour to check out the…
Susan
Susan
One of the top things to do with kids in Lake Lure is to spend the day at the beach. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a day at the beach on…
7. Lake Tomahawk
7. Lake Tomahawk
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21 local reviews
Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain
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Joseph.B
If you would like to run or jog during your stay, this is an option that we recommend. The Lake Tomahawk trail…
Mimi
This amazing lake has a well worn path where you can walk, run or stroll while taking in the view of the seven…
Erik
A small public park with a .55mi walking/running trail around the lake. Has a small playground, public pool, a…
7. Lake Tomahawk
7. Lake Tomahawk
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21 local reviews
Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain
Joseph.B
Joseph.B
If you would like to run or jog during your stay, this is an option that we recommend. The Lake Tomahawk trail is a flat, scenic dirt path…
Mimi
Mimi
This amazing lake has a well worn path where you can walk, run or stroll while taking in the view of the seven sisters mountains. It also…
Erik
Erik
A small public park with a .55mi walking/running trail around the lake. Has a small playground, public pool, a couple tennis courts, picnic…
8. Lake James State Park
8. Lake James State Park
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19 local reviews
7321 NC-126, Nebo
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 828-584-7728
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Barbara
Cool, deep waters and warm surface waters provide a variety of sport fishing. Largemouth bass is the most…
Eric & Veronica
One of the most gorgeous lakes that we have visited in the State. We would suggest finding your way onto a…
Theresa
Huge 6,510 acre lake with over 150 miles of shoreline. Swimming and beach area at Paddys Creek (open…
8. Lake James State Park
8. Lake James State Park
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19 local reviews
7321 NC-126, Nebo
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 828-584-7728
Barbara
Barbara
Cool, deep waters and warm surface waters provide a variety of sport fishing. Largemouth bass is the most sought-after fish in the lake…
Eric & Veronica
Eric & Veronica
One of the most gorgeous lakes that we have visited in the State. We would suggest finding your way onto a trail that runs along the lake…
Theresa
Theresa
Huge 6,510 acre lake with over 150 miles of shoreline. Swimming and beach area at Paddys Creek (open seasonally, fee required). Boating,…
9. Captain's Table
9. Captain's Table
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11 local reviews
2340 US-321, Hampton
Closed · Opens Thursday 4:00 PM
(423) 725-2201
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Mariea
Beautiful view of the lake while dining on delicious food. Family atmosphere, or good for couples or groups…
Doug & Bärbel
Offers lunch and dinner menus, bar service, indoor or outdoor seating, and a panoramic view of Watauga Lake…
Watauga Lake & River Rentals
Steaks, Seafood and adults beverages. Glass restaurant over looks the lake.
9. Captain's Table
9. Captain's Table
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11 local reviews
2340 US-321, Hampton
Closed · Opens Thursday 4:00 PM
(423) 725-2201
Mariea
Mariea
Beautiful view of the lake while dining on delicious food. Family atmosphere, or good for couples or groups Good time to go is early as it…
Doug & Bärbel
Doug & Bärbel
Offers lunch and dinner menus, bar service, indoor or outdoor seating, and a panoramic view of Watauga Lake. Come in your car or boat.
Watauga Lake & River Rentals
Watauga Lake & River Rentals
Steaks, Seafood and adults beverages. Glass restaurant over looks the lake.
10. Moses H Cone Memorial Park
10. Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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35 local reviews
1026 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 828-295-3782
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Matt
Wooded, Easy walk or jog through woods and fields. Milepost 294 on Blue Ridge Parkway. Explore the 25 miles of…
John & Erin
This is Moses Cone's old home, Flat Top Manor ~ now home to Parkway Craft Center. From here you can hike up to…
John And Jennifer
Moses H. Cone memorial park is only a few miles away on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It features miles of hiking…
10. Moses H Cone Memorial Park
10. Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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35 local reviews
1026 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 828-295-3782
Matt
Matt
Wooded, Easy walk or jog through woods and fields. Milepost 294 on Blue Ridge Parkway. Explore the 25 miles of multi use trail and walk to…
John & Erin
John & Erin
This is Moses Cone's old home, Flat Top Manor ~ now home to Parkway Craft Center. From here you can hike up to the old fire tower or down…
John And Jennifer
John And Jennifer
Moses H. Cone memorial park is only a few miles away on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It features miles of hiking and horse riding, a beautiful…
11. Price Lake
11. Price Lake
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17 local reviews
Price Lake
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Matt
Flat, Easy, hike around this picturesque mountain lake. Milepost 296.7 A 2.5 mile hike that offers views of…
Lee Ann
On the Blue Ridge Pkway. 30 Minutes- Easy level hike- goes all the way around Price Lake, through the…
Kimberly
In the summer, canoe rentals are available. Other times of the year, there is a beautiful loop hike around the…
11. Price Lake
11. Price Lake
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17 local reviews
Price Lake
Matt
Matt
Flat, Easy, hike around this picturesque mountain lake. Milepost 296.7 A 2.5 mile hike that offers views of the lake, Grandfather mountain,…
Lee Ann
Lee Ann
On the Blue Ridge Pkway. 30 Minutes- Easy level hike- goes all the way around Price Lake, through the campground- you can rent canoes or…
Kimberly
Kimberly
In the summer, canoe rentals are available. Other times of the year, there is a beautiful loop hike around the lake, part of which is a…
12. Chimney Rock
12. Chimney Rock
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55 local reviews
Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock
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William R
Chimney Rock is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge between Lake Lure and Bat Cave. It has been privately owned for…
Roy
Unique rock formation with a variety of trails and a Hollywood-famous water fall. Gorgeous views of Lake Lure…
Schell
Hike to the top (or take the elevator) of this amazing rock formation and take in the long-range views of Lake…
12. Chimney Rock
12. Chimney Rock
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55 local reviews
Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock
William R
William R
Chimney Rock is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge between Lake Lure and Bat Cave. It has been privately owned for more than 100 years by the…
Roy
Roy
Unique rock formation with a variety of trails and a Hollywood-famous water fall. Gorgeous views of Lake Lure and surrounding areas"
Schell
Schell
Hike to the top (or take the elevator) of this amazing rock formation and take in the long-range views of Lake Lure and beyond.