Lake Toxaway, NC

Lake Toxaway

The largest private lake in North Carolina has 14 miles of shoreline at 3,010 feet elevation. Stream-fed waters from high in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests makes it one of the cleanest lakes you'll find. Thanks to the reopening of The Greystone Inn in 2018, you don't have to own a house on the pristine Lake Toxaway to enjoy it. It's located between Brevard and Cashiers on US Highway 64.

Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway

Perched on a knoll overlooking the lake, Greystone Inn has 30 well-appointed guestrooms, restaurant, bar and spa. After being closed for a few years, new owners Shannon and Geoff Ellis completed a major renovation and reopened the resort in May 2018.

Ms Lucy Lake Cruise on Toxaway

Explore the lake by kayak, canoe, paddleboard or the evening cruise on Miss Lucy. Since the turn of the century, people have been drawn to Lake Toxaway including the Fords, Edisons, and Rockefellers. In 1915, Lucy and George Armstrong built a Mansion on the lake that became a luxury inn in the 1980s.

Bee Farm Tour, Lake Toxaway

For one of the most unique tours in western North Carolina, sign up to be a "beekeeper for a day" at Killer Bees Honey Farm high in Pisgah National Forest above Lake Toxaway. The 3-hour tour includes a honey tasting / pairing and putting on a bee suit to handle the bees. Read more about Killer Bees Honey.

Since you will be in the middle of the “Land of the Waterfalls,” find many hiking trails and gorgeous cascades including at nearby Panthertown Valley, Gorges State Park and Toxaway Falls. Explore quaint downtown Brevard with galleries, local shops, great restaurants and local brews. You can even tour a bee farm in your own bee suit. See below for a full list!

Lake Toxaway Things to Do

Rainbow Falls NC
Rainbow Falls
(3 miles round-trip, moderate) This majestic 150-ft. waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest can be reached via a hiking trail from Gorges State Park. Enjoy the falls safely on a boulder at its base or at the top. A little upstream is Turtleback Falls, a cool summer swimming hole.
Killer Bees Honey Farm Tours
Bee-to-Honey Farm Tours
This unique hands-on tour of Killer Bees Honey Farm above Pisgah National Forest includes putting on a bee suit, pouring your own honey and a delicious honey tasting and pairing. Located near Lake Toxaway and Brevard. Small groups, advance reservations only.
Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway
Reopened May 2018! This luxury, picturesque resort is perched on the shores of pristine Lake Toxaway surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. Amenities include a spa, gourmet dining, lake cruise, golf, tennis and many water activities. Unwind with gracious hospitality, rocking chairs and feather top beds. 30 rooms & suites, $249-$689,... read more
Skyterra Wellness
Skyterra Wellness Retreat
A beautiful mountain retreat in the Land of the Waterfalls where you set aside life’s obligations to focus on your own health and well-being. This caring community of stress management, fitness, and culinary experts helps you break old cycles, jumpstart new habits, and embrace the healthy, revitalized lifestyle you deserve. Stay for a week, or as long as you'd like. Rates include daily yoga, fitness, meditation, and education classes, private room, and chef-prepared meals.
Upper Whitewater Falls
Upper Whitewater Falls
See the upper section of the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi, plunging 411 ft.! The best part is that you can get a great view with a short walk. The walkway begins at the end of the parking lot and is accessible to wheelchairs. A lower overlook is located at the bottom of 154 wooden steps.
Toxaway Falls
Toxaway Falls
This roadside waterfall can be viewed from the top on a walkway along US Highway 64 at Lake Toxaway, located between Brevard and Cashiers.
Turtleback Falls NC
Turtleback Falls
This natural water slide on the Horsepasture River drops into a deep, refreshing pool. It's near the beautiful Rainbow Falls, accessed from Gorges State Park with a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike.
Panthertown Valley Waterfalls
Panthertown Valley
This Backcountry Area of Nantahala National Forest is home to many waterfalls. In addition to the popular Schoolhouse Falls, find hikes to Greenland Creek Falls (pic), Wilderness Falls and Frolictown Falls.
Brevard
Picturesque Main Street has many local shops, restaurants, galleries, brewery, museums and favorite O.P. Taylor toy store. Big events include the White Squirrel Festival, 4th of July celebration, Brevard Music Festival and Halloweenfest. This is the Land of the Waterfalls with hiking, biking and famous Sliding Rock.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Adventure Guide
Order your free 48-page Adventure Guide for Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of the Waterfalls, with scenic drives, hikes, waterfall map, festivals, art, museums and picturesque Main Street.
Brevard Lodging
Brevard Places to Stay
Find cabins of all sizes, hotels, B&Bs and luxury inns in the Brevard area from their official visitor center. It's the Land of Waterfalls. Includes Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest.

June 22-August 5, 2018
Each summer, the Brevard Music Center presents 80+ performances during a 7-week span. The BMC Summer Music Festival includes an exceptional line-up of symphony, opera,... read more
This fantastic swimming hole and natural water slide deep in Pisgah National Forest is just a quarter mile upstream from the 150-foot... read more
Cashiers is a popular vacation destination in Jackson County and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, located just 10 miles from ... read more