Lake Toxaway in North Carolina

Experience life in one of western NC’s treasured resort communities


If your idea of the perfect mountain lifestyle includes a lot of time spent on the water, Lake Toxaway should top your list. As the largest private lake in North Carolina, Lake Toxaway spans 640 acres with 14 miles of shoreline.The lake flows out onto Toxaway Falls and then continues down the Toxaway River. Fed by natural streams, the lake is large enough to enjoy a variety of boating activities yet free from the over-commercialization of many larger lakes.

Highlights of Living at Lake Toxaway

  • Located just a few minutes off of U.S. Highway 64, with easy access to Cashiers, NC and Rosman, NC
  • Fishing, boating, swimming, and skiing at your doorstep
  • Music, arts, and culture flourish throughout the summer months
  • Lake Toxaway Country Club, open year-round with fine dining, fitness center, outdoor pool, and golf pro shop; tennis & croquet May-October
  • Hiking, cycling, and backpacking
  • Lake Toxaway Estates is home to both seasonal and year-round residents

Nearby Towns & Amenities

  • Cashiers, NC (13 miles) & Rosman, NC (8.6 miles)
  • Restaurants & cafes within 5 miles
  • Medical facilities within 5 miles

History of Lake Toxaway

Lake Toxaway is one of western North Carolina’s oldest resort communities. It was the vision of E. H. Jennings, who first visited what is now Lake Toxaway in the 1890s. After acquiring the property, Jennings had the lake filled in 1902, and then developed the Toxaway Inn in 1903, which served as a popular destination for high-profile guests such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. In 1916, the lake’s earthen dam failed, draining the lake, and the inn closed within a few years.

In the early 1960’s, Lake Toxaway got a second chance at becoming a premier mountain resort community, when the land was purchases and the lake restored to its original capacity. New additions included a country club, along with The Greystone Inn, a AAA 4 Diamond resort housed in the original vacation home of Lucy Moltz, who built the home in 1915. She continued to live in the home even after the lake was gone and remained until her death in 1970. The Greystone Inn is situated on a hill overlooking the lake and still sees visitors from honeymooning couples to the rich and famous.

Lake Toxaway Map & Location