Destination guide

A mountain paradise in North Carolina

Hiwassee Lake in North Carolina's high lakes region is fed by 3 rivers – the Hiwassee, Nottely and Valley. It stretches 22 miles and covers more than 6,000 acres – making it a sought-after angling and boating destination. Together with Appalachia Lake and Lake Chatuge, Lake Hiwassee is 1 of 3 lakes along the Tusquittee River known as the Chain of Lakes. Hiwassee Lake is within driving distance of major cities such as Asheville and Atlanta – not that you'd imagine that from the peaceful shores of the lake or the comfort of your Hiwassee Lake vacation rental.

Things to do

Theme park pleasures near Hiwassee Lake

Close to the shores of Hiwassee Lake, Fields of the Wood is a biblical theme park that transforms a walk through the woods into a literally religious experience. If you're staying at your Hiwassee Lake vacation rental with kids, they'll enjoy the family-friendly amusement park a little further round the lakeshore: Wagon Master Adventure Ranch Fun Park and Gem Mine. With a country feel, it includes boat tours and gold panning amongst its activities. Murphy's attractions include the Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino just outside town and the Cherokee County Historical Museum, which displays Native American artifacts and tells the story of the Trail of Tears.


Enjoy watery adventures on Hiwassee Lake

Hiwassee Lake is known for its fishing – anglers can try their luck with yellow perch, bluegill, striped bass and muskie. Head to Mountain View Marina to rent and launch boats and get a fishing license. The town of Murphy on the southern end of Hiwassee Lake offers local shopping and dining amenities, while local outfitters offer fishing trips and summertime family rafting and tubing excursions on the Hiwassee River. A long stretch of the river has even been designated a Trophy Trout stream. Or, if you prefer some more high-octane adventures, you can always hit the river for some adrenaline-charged rafting.


Hiwassee Lake through the year

On sunny days, summer temperatures can push into the 80s, but the clear mountain air makes for pleasant hiking whatever the season. Even in summer, the lake water is cool because the reservoir dam feeds water deep into the lake. However, while the water is cool, the lake does not freeze over in winter. The water can be quite low during the winter months, as the water authority prepares the lake to accommodate the meltwaters come spring. Spring and fall are the best times of year for fishing.

Natural features

Lakeside charm in North Carolina

The Chain of Lakes is a popular vacation destination year-round, especially for boating, water-skiing, swimming and fishing. The peaceful mountains deliver spectacular scenery and, ensconced in the Nantahala National Forest, there are many local possibilities for hiking, biking, wildlife spotting, birdwatching, hunting and horseback riding. The lakeshore and surrounding forests provide a rich habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, black bears and thousands of native plant species.

How many vacation rentals are available around Hiwassee Lake, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 365 vacation rentals around Hiwassee Lake. From 204 cabin rentals to 104 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property near Hiwassee Lake?

Mysterious and often harsh, mountains are some of the most ruggedly stunning places on the planet. If you've ever yearned to experience high-altitude living, you've come to the right place. Vrbo has no less than 225 alpine getaway rentals available. Alternatively, you might like to go for a different vibe. Vrbo has a whole lot of rental properties to choose from, including:

  • 82 rural vacation rentals.
  • 79 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 64 shore-front vacation rentals.

Can I stay near Hiwassee Lake in a large group?

Vacations with your friends and family can be oodles of fun, especially when you're under the one roof in an amazing new place! If you'll be visiting with a large group, Vrbo can help you out. Cabin vacation homes are the favored choice for big groups of guests, with 70 listed here. If you are hoping to stay in a big group, the properties for rent that will suit your needs include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we have 119 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Book a night from just $56.
  • Looking for a vacation property for 8 guests? We have 53 that will work well. You can book one for as little as $74 a night.
  • Arranging a trip away with 10 guests? We've got 40 vacation homes that fit the bill. Prices begin at just $118 per night.

You and all your mates will be more than satisfied when you plan your Hiwassee Lake adventure with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals near Hiwassee Lake?

Teeny tiny hotel rooms are no place to spend your precious vacation moments! Look through our budget-friendly rentals now and make sure everyone in your crew has room to move. Indian Rock Springs is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 11 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $94 a night, it's not hard to see why. There are another 7 Vrbo rentals waiting for you in or around Upper Peachtree. The average price here is $111 per night.

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