What Are Some Popular North Carolina Lakes?


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Popular North Carolina lakes include Lake Lure, Lake James and Lake Santeetlah. Lake Lure is located within an hour of Asheville, North Carolina, and was the setting for the film "Dirty Dancing." This 720 acre lake is surrounded by three fine inns including the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa.

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What Are Some Popular North Carolina Lakes?
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The historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn offers dining opportunities, outdoor bar service, dinner cruises and guided boat tours. The Lake Lure Inn also has private boat, canoe and kayak rentals. On the shores of Lake Lure is Chimney Rock State Park and Hickory Nut Gorge, which offers rock climbing and zip line activities. Scenes from the 1992 film "Last of the Mohicans" were shot at Hickory Nut Gorge and its 104-foot waterfall, Hickory Nut Falls.

Lake James is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina near the city of Marion. This large reservoir covers 10.2 square miles and provides opportunities for camping, fishing, swimming and jet skiing. The Lake James Pub and Grill provides a relaxed dining atmosphere. The nearby South Creek Vineyards & Winery offers mountain vistas from the patios of a renovated 100 year old farmhouse.

Lake Santeelah is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. This 128-acre lake offers fishing opportunities for trout, muskie, crappie and bass. The surrounding forest land provides camping, picnicking and boating facilities. The shore-side Blue Waters Mountain Lodge has a dock, lakeside bar and rooms on the lake.

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