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Vacation rentals in Lake James

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Cabin in Banner Elk
Glass Treehouse ♥︎ Modern Luxe Romantic Getaway
*Most Wish-listed Airbnb in the US • Summer 2022 Looking for a modern luxe romantic getaway for two? A peaceful mountain retreat to reconnect with nature and each other? Slow down and relax at the Glass Treehouse. Enjoy a waterfall-laced woodland escape with giant boulders. Minutes from dining, wine tasting, breweries, shopping, art galleries, hiking, skiing, rafting and more. Centrally located between Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Grandfather Mt, Sugar Mt. Follow us on IG @ncglasstreehouse
$468 per night
Home in Chimney Rock
Private romantic cabin with incredible mountain vi
1B/1BA cozy cabin with large deck space, fenced in yard, and incredible mountain views from all rooms, deck, and hot tub. Watch the sun go down while sitting in the hot tub or while grilling on the upper deck. Then retreat down to the fenced in yard and make some smores while sitting around the fire pit. Brand new appliances, flat screen tv in main living area as well as in the bedroom. Cable and WiFi included. Walking distance to downtown Chimney Rock, restaurants, Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery, an
$217 per night
Cottage in Nebo
The Mothership
Welcome to the Mothership, an octagonal post and beam cottage built for those with a love of the outdoors. Located on our small farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we are a perfect launching point for adventure. Lake James and the Linville Gorge are only 20 minutes away, Asheville 45 minutes, and Charlotte only an hour. Explore countless waterfalls, miles of trails, or kayak our beautiful rivers during the day, and relax in the hot tub and shoot pool in the evening.
$170 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Lake James

Treehouse in Old Fort
Luxurious Secluded Romantic Treehouse with Hot Tub
$261 per night
Cabin in Boone
Chestnut Cabin- Couples Retreat, Hot Tub, Private
$202 per night
Cabin in Asheville
New Scandi A-Frame Cabin! Views, Hot Tub, Fire Pit
$301 per night
Cabin in Asheville
West Asheville Cabin with Hot tub
$236 per night
Cabin in Asheville
Firelight at Shope Creek - Cabin #22 - Creekside
$237 per night
Loft in Morganton
Sleek Loft Apartment on a Beautiful Farm
$74 per night
Home in Blowing Rock
$224 per night
Home in Fairview
NEW Modern Luxury-Romantic MTN Home w/HotTub
$236 per night
Treehouse in Woodfin
The Aerie - Earth & Sky Dwellings
$276 per night
Tiny home in Marion
Cozy Tiny House Retreat on River w/Sauna LGBTQ+
$95 per night
Home in Black Mountain
Luxe Couples Escape & Spa~2 BLKS DT | King Suite
$180 per night
Home in Nebo
The Kingfisher | Pet Friendly, Private Beach
$483 per night

Your guide to Lake James

All About Lake James

Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lake James is a large reservoir and recreation hub known for its glorious boating, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing. Located in the center of Lake James State Park, its clear waters are fed by the Linville and Catawba Rivers, which span just over 6,800 acres and 150 miles of shoreline.

There’s also plenty to do here outdoors without getting your toes wet: Lake James includes an extensive network of trails, with dozens of miles of paths reserved for hiking and mountain biking. Fragrant forested ridges blanketed in hardwoods, pine, and hemlocks encompass the reservoir, while blooming wildflowers, including passionflower, cardinal flower, pink lady slipper, and Jack-in-the-pulpit, sprinkle color into the dense greenery. If you’re looking to spot critters, this rich landscape is home to diverse wildlife, including rabbits, muskrats, deer, and gray foxes.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake James

Late spring and summer are popular times to visit Lake James, especially if you’ve come here to be on the water. The balmy weather makes conditions great for exploring the many miles of hiking and biking trails that meander through Lake James State Park, and you can expect the gentle scent of blooming wild azalea and rhododendron. During the fall, vibrant autumn colors in shades of gold and orange illuminate the surrounding forested ridges. Fishing is especially popular during this time, when temperatures remain comfortable enough to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Exceptional bird-watching opportunities occur in winter, when many bird species make the site their home. Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s gulls, double-crested cormorants, common loons, and a variety of ducks are just a few species you’ll spot around the lake. Many waterfowl also make their way to the area in the winter, including mallards, wigeons, and buffleheads.

Top things to do in Lake James

Linville Gorge Wilderness

The Linville Gorge Wilderness stretches across 12,000 acres and is part of the Pisgah National Forest. Here you’ll find premier hiking with exhilarating overlooks at Linville Falls, Hawksbill Mountain, Chimneys Hike, and Table Rock Mountain. The wilderness of the Linville Gorge is home to a diversity of flora and fauna, including orchids, wild indigo, sand myrtle, owls, hawks, squirrels, and turkeys.

Paddy’s Creek Trail

Paddy’s Creek Trail is a relatively easy hike that runs along the Lake James shoreline to the mouth of Paddy’s Creek. Meandering through an old-growth forest and a few rolling sections, the mostly flat path provides a fun way to take in the stunning scenery. It also connects to other trails should you be eager to continue your exploration.

Yellow Fork Falls

On the Yellow Fork of Paddy’s Creek, you’ll find a spectacular hidden gem — a picturesque 30-foot waterfall and an enchanting swimming hole brimming with crystal clear water. A dip in the water serves as a fun reward after the 1.8-mile hike it takes to lead you there. The striking horizontal rock formations that line the waterfall create a beautiful cascading effect as the water moves down the rocky base and into the swimming hole.

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