Tucked away in the Nantahala Mountains, the Nantahala Community is centrally located to all of the great vacation activity areas of Western North Carolina. Nantahala Lake sits at 3012 feet in elevation, the second highest lake east of the Rocky Mountains. The pristine waters of Nantahala Lake are surrounded by 29 miles of shoreline, most of which is National Forest land, creating one of the most pristine bodies of water in the region. The 1600-acre lake offers activities visitors swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, and a perfect place to escape for a quiet day for relaxing.
The Nantahala River offers those wanting a more thrilling experience whitewater rafting and kayaking, or the perfect place for you to cast a line, in hopes of catching the perfect trout in one of our many natural streams. Take a hike in the nearby Joyce Kilmer Forest or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or follow the National Scenic Byway, Wayah Road, over to Franklin, NC, and experience one of their ten active gem mines. On the way, take a drive up to Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, and get a mile-high view in every direction. Four states are visible from the old stone tower which was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp to serve as a fire tower for the Nantahala National Forest.
The world renowned Appalachian Trail also passes through Nantahala, which is accessible from Wayah Road southeast of Nantahala Lake, as well as at Wesser Bald in Tellico Gap. The Bartram Trail, a national recreation trail, travels across the Nantahala National Forest from Nantahala Gorge, east and south into Georgia.
Nantahala, “Land of the Noon Day Sun”, offers endless opportunities to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life and reconnect with the beauty that is Nantahala Lake & the Nantahala Community.
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