The North Carolina community of Lake Toxaway has been greeting visitors and travelers since the early 1900’s with it’s abundance of natural beauty. In the early days of the community, Lake Toxaway attracted a very affluent visitor, it was not uncommon to find a Ford, Edison, or Rockefeller visiting the area; drawn by the cool summer breezes and stimulating mountain scenery. The community is defined by its kicked back lifestyle. Mountains, waterfalls, and of course, the lake enhance the draw that has lured vacationers, visitors, and travelers to this enchanting mountain setting.
The community is a part of Transylvania County which boasts over 250 waterfalls. The origins of Lake Toxaway dates back to the early 1900’s when the Toxaway River was damned; and the lake was formed. An interesting fact, Lake Toxaway is North Carolina’s largest privately held lake. The four season weather is very temperate. Like many other nearby Highlands-Cashiers Plateau communities, summer temperatures are a big attraction for those looking to escape the heat of the southern flatlands. With an average daily high in the summer of 75º F – one can understand why Lake Toxaway is so appealing during this time of year.
Lake Toxaway Weather Info
Average daytime high in July: 75℉
Average nighttime low in July: 55℉
Average daytime high in January: 51℉
Average nighttime low in January: 27℉
Average annual rainfall: 65″
Average annual snowfall: 15″
Driest month: October
In addition to the temperate climate, accessibility to nearby Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville are considered to be another benefit to vacationing and residing in the area.
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Lodging options are mainly provided by vacation rentals. Visitors will find a variety of rental options ranging from rustic cabins to luxurious homes. Additionally, the Greystone Inn is an elegant bed and breakfast that provides travel guests with a tranquil setting overlooking the lake. While Lake Toxaway restaurants are a bit more limited; vacationers will find the nearby towns of Brevard, Cashiers, and Highlands provide plenty of dining options sure to please.
Outdoor recreation excels in the mountain community of Lake Toxaway. The community offer a variety of amenities with the emphasis on outdoor activities:
Miles of hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls can be found nearby. At Gorges State Park one will find a variety of trails as well as Rainbow Falls and Turtle Back Falls. Whitewater Falls, the area’s most visited attraction, is also nearby. As Transylvania Counties claims to have more waterfalls in North Carolina than any other county, one is sure to find ample opportunities to explore new waterfalls frequently. WIth over 250 waterfalls in the county, is it any wonder the area is known as the “Land of the Waterfalls?”
Directions to Lake Toxaway NC from Asheville NC: I-26 to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport exit to Brevard. Next follow US Highway 64 to Lake Toxaway. It’s a scenic drive with a few curves between Brevard and Sapphire. Allow 1 hour. Approximately 50 miles.
Directions to Lake Toxaway NC from Knoxville TN: Take I-40 East to route 23/74 W towards Waynesville NC. Take 23/74W to 23/441 towards Dillsboro, Sylva and Franklin. At Sylva stay on the bypass and take U.S. Highway 107 East to Cashiers. At Highway 107 take a left onto Highway 64. Lake Toxaway is approximately 13 miles from Cashiers down Highway 64.