North Carolina has a lot going for it. The beach, the mountains, the seasons, but we can’t forget one special feature of our state…all of the gorgeous lakes! Wherever you are in the state, there is a lake nearby, awaiting some fun, freshwater adventure. Here is a list of 20 to explore this spring!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Lake Norman
Outside of Charlotte, spanning from Mooresville to Davidson, this green paradise awaits. As the largest body of freshwater in NC, you'll have enough to explore on a boat or jet ski.
2. Jordan Lake
West of Raleigh and south of Durham, Jordan Lake is a beautiful, centrally-located lake perfect for some frame worthy photos.
3. Lake James
Nestled in the high country of Western, NC, Lake James is a freshwater getaway. Lake James receives its name from Duke benefactor and tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke.
4. High Rock Lake
Outside of Salisbury, High Rock Lake serves as a resevoir for hydorelectric power generation. Meaning, it's also great for some canoe adventures.
5. Belews Lake
The best part about Belews 'creek' is that it is always warm! Belews is a main hydro source for Duke Energy. Belews Lake spans from Rockingham to Forsyth County.
6. Badin Lake
Small but beautiful, Badin Lake is a secret getaway in the Uwharrie Lakes Region.
7. Lake Tillery
This quiet resevoir is located between Badin Lake and Blewett Falls Lake. The Uwharrie Mountains make for great views as you sail on the gentle waters.
8. Nantahala Lake
Another lake that swirls and dives beneath pine-covered mountains, Nantahala is a great getaway in Macon County.
9. Lake Mattamuskeet
Just off the coast, Lake Mattamuskeet is the largest natural lake in NC.
10. Hyco Lake
As the largest lake in Person County, Hyco Lake is a popular destination for jet skiing, wake boarding, and fishing.
11. Lake Glenville
You'll want to visit this chilly mountain reservoir during the warmer months. But, located 8-miles from Cashier, it also makes for some beautiful winter pictures.
12. Lake Lure
No Dirty Dancing here, at least not anymore, just serene mountain views in Rutherford County.
13. Lake Phelps
Back to the Eastern side of the state, Lake Phelps is the second largest natural lake in NC. Located in Washington, this salty-lake leaves plenty to explore with a great coastal vibe.
14. Randleman Lake
With its central location in the state, between Guilford and Randolph County, Lake Randleman is an extremely popular fishing spot.
15. Lake Tahoma
Small, and privately owned, Lake Tahoma is still available for pictures (apparently) or you could always make friends with the owners.
16. Lake Junaluska
As a popular destination for Methodist retreats, Lake Junaluska adds a picturesque feel to the already gorgeous town of Waynesville.
17. Lake Drummond
Theres no shortage of fish to catch in this freshwater lake at the center of Great Dismal Swamp (spoooky).
18. Lake Wylie
Located between SC and NC, Lake Wylie is a perfect getaway for the South-Charlottean.
19. Mountain Island Lake
This small, and fairly undiscovered lake is located outside of Charlotte. A day at Latta Plantation is fun for the whole family. Latta Park has gorgeous, quiet, and challenging hiking trails with lakeside views. Water-recreation is popular here, including stand-up paddle board yoga...gnarly!
20. Lake Lynn
Located in Raleigh, Lake Lynn is a popular destination for power-walking with a view!