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Welcome to Lake Toxaway, NC

Lake Toxaway, NC is a highly desirable location for people seeking a vacation getaway, summer home, or a paradise to retire to. This unincorporated community is situated along the banks of Lake Toxaway in Transylvania County just north of the South Carolina border along US Highway 64. Set at an elevation of 2,979 feet, the surrounding mountains, rivers, and waterfalls offer residents gorgeous scenery, ample fresh air, incredible outdoor recreation opportunities, and a welcoming community. The elevation also contributes to a lovely climate, with average summer temperatures in the 70s and a blend of abundant sunshine and plentiful rain which contributes to the lush, verdant forests and vegetation.

The “Switzerland of America” 

Lake Toxaway is a man-made lake, originally created and filled by E.H. Jennings in 1902 by building dams to contain nearby streams and rivers. Seeing the beauty of the area, he wanted to turn the area into a resort location. Southern Railway constructed a line from Asheville and The Toxaway Inn was built on the edge of the lake with the modern conveniences of the time - central heat, private indoor plumbing, and elevators. The wealthiest families of the era were frequent guests of the area, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilts. 

However, in 1916, just 13 years after opening, severe flooding caused the dam to burst, sending over 5 billion gallons of water down Toxaway Falls into South Carolina. The loss of Lake Toxaway and the damage to the area shut down tourism and after standing vacant for over 30 years, it was demolished in 1947. 

Fortunately, in the 1960s, investors formed the Lake Toxaway Company to restore the area beyond its former glory. Today, it’s back to being the largest private lake in North Carolina, and development around the area has turned Lake Toxaway into a thriving community!

Lake Toxaway Real Estate

If you are searching Lake Toxaway homes for sale, whether you want a vacation home for weekend and summer getaways, or you’re ready to spend retirement in paradise, there is real estate available for every need. If you’re seeking a luxurious space with ample amenities and waterfront views, there are gated communities connected to Lake Toxaway Country Club. There are also more secluded, rustic homes and cabins, perfect for a fishing lodge as well as cozy condo communities that offer low maintenance living!

A Convenient Location for Vacation and Full-Time Living

Tucked away in the mountains, Lake Toxaway may seem remote and secluded, but it’s easy to access! US Highway 64 is situated just south of the area, while State Route 281 runs through town. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive as you get to where you need to go, whether it’s to the store for groceries, or to one of these cities:

  • Greenville, SC - 52 miles
  • Asheville, NC - 51miles
  • Charlotte, NC - 144 miles
  • Downtown Atlanta - 153 Miles

Experience Adventure with Lake Toxaway Real Estate

When you buy Lake Toxaway real estate, you can live the life you’ve dreamed of - whether you want an active lifestyle filled with adventure and exploration, or you want the perfect opportunity for rest, relaxation, and slow-paced recreation.  

Outdoor Recreation in and near Lake Toxaway

From golf and tennis to hiking and horseback riding, there’s tons of reasons to get outside and enjoy the scenery and fresh air!


Golf is one of the driving motivations for vacationing and retiring to the area, and Lake Toxaway has multiple courses to choose from.   

  • Sapphire National Golf Club 
  • Headwaters Golf Course
  • Red Bird Golf Links
  • Rainy Day Golf


Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, there are countless trails for both beginners wanting an easier path and experienced hikers who want to push through more challenging terrain!

  • Rainbow Falls
  • Panthertown Valley Trail
  • Turtleback Trailhead
  • Whiteside Mountain

Fishing, Boating, and Rafting

The plentiful rivers and creeks that all flow down the mountain terrain offer exciting rafting opportunities for the more adventurous visitors and residents as well as fly fishing, boating, and canoeing for a quieter experience. While Lake Toxaway itself only allows access to property owners and their guests, there are plenty of other opportunities for those who choose not to buy real estate on the lake.   

  • Chattooga, French Broad, Nantahala, & Tuckaseegee Rivers are ideal for rafting, tubing, and kayaking
  • Cashiers Lake
  • Bear Creek Lake
  • Lake Glenville
  • Whiteside Lake

Lake Toxaway Real Estate Offers Dining, Shopping, and More

The Lake Toxaway area offers great local restaurants, from quaint bistros to gourmet Italian, and of course, there are ample shopping opportunities within just a few minutes from town as well as attractions to take in a show. 

Local Dining

  • Osteria Del Monte
  • The Grill
  • The Blind Mule
  • The Falls Cafe & Grill
  • Villa Amato

Local Shopping & Attractions

  • Maple Rose Gift Shop
  • Toxaway Market Gourmet Grocery
  • Sapphire Mountain Baskets
  • Highlands Playhouse
  • Highlands Performing Arts Center

Contact Us to Find Lake Toxaway, NC Real Estate for Sale

Whether you’re seeking a weekend getaway, summer home, or full-time residence, let the team at North Carolina Mountain Life help you find your dream home! Contact one of our local real estate experts today at 828-553-3391 to get started!

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