Fontana Lake, North Carolina, USA

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Fontana Lake, North Carolina, USA

Fontana Lake vacation rentals

Mountain getaways by Fontana Lake

Step into a land of lush forests and rippling waters on western North Carolina's Fontana Lake, where family-friendly summer holidays are spent floating around under the sunshine, and adventuring through national parks. Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains range, lakefront-fun here comes with awe-inspiring views, while on land dozens of trails offer trips by babbling brooks and flower-filled fields. Fontana Lake vacation rentals put you in the middle of the scenic surroundings, whether you prefer a quiet cabin tucked away in the woods, a lodge with water views, or a charming cottage in one of the quaint mountain towns.

Floating around Fontana Lake

With so many ways to enjoy Fontana Lake, you'll want to nab a rental near the 240 miles of shoreline. The large reservoir is formed by a dam on Little Tennessee River, making it a great spot to take the family for a boat ride with incredible forested scenery. Several companies offer boat tours of the lakes and rivers in this area, with memorable experiences like fishing excursions to hunt for trout, thrilling whitewater rafting trips, and cruises to watch the sunset behind Rocky Mountain peaks. Canoe and pontoon boat rentals allow a little more freedom for those who prefer to make their own way.

Charming villages near Fontana Lake

While waterfront activities certainly are the biggest draw to Fontana Lake, you'll want to make time to check out the small towns that surround the large body of water, and Bryson City is a great place to start. The Swain County Heritage Museum here offers glimpses into Southern Appalachian mountain culture and the lives of early residents, while also delving into some of the natural features you'll encounter in the area. The town also serves as the departure point for rides on the Great Smoky Mountains National Railroad, which embarks on scenic excursions along fields of wildflowers, across lakes, and through coniferous forests.

Summer family fun on Fontana Lake

Fun-filled summer vacations on Fontana Lake make for great family memories that last a lifetime. Highs hit the 70s and 80s between May and September: the perfect weather for lounging on the back of a pontoon boat soaking up the rays or going for a refreshing dip in the water. Look for a Fontana Lake vacation rental with a hot tub to take advantage of peaceful cool evenings under the stars. Many rentals even come with a fireplace, perfect for visits in fall when the temperatures get chilly and the leaves start showing off their famous red and orange hues.

Waterfalls and wildlife near Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake is surrounded by preserved lands full of beautiful forests and hills, most notably Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a wilderness area of more than 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina. There's no end to the amazing natural features waiting to be discovered on the official hiking trails here, from towering waterfalls to hemlock forests. Wildlife encounters are quite common as well, as white-tailed deer, endangered flying squirrels, black bears, all call the park home. With so much to see in one of the country's most-visited national parks, you'll be glad to have a Fontana Lake vacation rental close to it all. '