Destination guide

Long and winding Lake Wylie

The S-bend squiggle of Lake Wylie straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina. Stretched out along the Catawba River valley, it's home to over 320 miles of pretty shoreline. Woods of maple and birch crowd the inlets, boaters bob along the waters, fishermen cluster below the tree-lined banks, and golfers enjoy the charming country clubs, all just a stone's throw from Charlotte. There are Lake Wylie vacation rentals for all sorts of traveler, ranging from stylish glamping cabins to luxurious country lodges with private boats and waterside views.

Things to do

Lake Wylie has lovely nature reserves

Search for Lake Wylie vacation rentals in North Carolina if you want to be close to the rolling hills and sylvan creeks of the McDowell Nature Preserve. This cut out of the Lake Wylie shores has pockets of pretty woodland, campgrounds, and even fascinating science exhibits in its botanical Ozone Garden. That side of the lake is also home to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, where you can wander orchid beds, see pretty water features, and learn all about different sorts of tropical flora.


Get in touch with nature in Lake Wylie

A trip to Lake Wylie is all about enjoying the delightful backcountry of Carolina, North and South. Boating trips are one of the most popular ways to do just that, whether you drift out on organized evening tours from the western banks, or rent a private pontoon from the jetties in the east. Then there are the pretty walking routes that ring the local nature preserves, the fishing spots, and the countless watersports outfitters _ jet skiing anyone?


Lake Wylie changes with the seasons

Lake Wylie wears a very different face depending on the season. In the winter months between December and March, snow and ice often cake the banks, boaters are few and far between, and the Carolinian forests have a raw and wilder edge. Spring, in April and May, is a great time to visit for the botanical blooms in the gardens, but most travelers come in the summer. That runs from June to September, and sees thousands settling in the charming cabins and Lake Wylie vacation rentals close to the beaches and boating jetties.

Natural features

Lake Wylie lays between the Carolinian forests

Lake Wylie enjoys the pretty backcountry of 2 states: North Carolina and South Carolina. Rentals that pepper the eastern shore enjoy the wooded hills of reserves like the McDowell Nature Preserve, with its winding nature trails, boardwalk treks, and family-friendly picnic spots. On the western shore, there are fewer parks and protected areas, as the houses tend to but up right to the banks of the water. Trips to the courses of the Catawba River are a great idea though, offering a glimpse of SC's forests and riparian habitats as it weaves southwards.

Where to stay around Lake Wylie?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 79 vacation rentals near Lake Wylie. From 59 Houses to 8 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Wylie for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Wylie?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Wylie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • North Carolina: 25,230 vacation rentals
  • Charlotte: 691 vacation rentals
  • Lake Norman: 397 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Mountains: 19,902 vacation rentals
  • Mooresville: 370 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Wylie! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Wylie?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Wylie:

  • Charlotte: 691 rentals
  • Mooresville: 370 rentals
  • Lake Wylie: 91 rentals
  • Concord: 616 rentals
  • Rock Hill: 464 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Wylie?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Wylie are:

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): 661 vacation rentals
  • Concord, NC (USA-Concord Regional): 731 vacation rentals
  • Rock Hill York Co Bryant Airport (RKH): 222 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Wylie?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Wylie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Carowinds Theme Park: 599 rentals
  • Rankin Lake Park: 151 rentals
  • Mint Museum Uptown: 656 rentals
  • Birkdale Village: 794 rentals
  • Concord Mills: 716 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Wylie listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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