LAKE LIFE Tucked away in a hidden destination nestled between mountain saddles and ranges, sits a gorgeous mountain lake fed by pristine waterfalls from five mountain streams. Lake Glenville is full of magic and adventure – paradise found that provides a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of every life! The highest elevation lake East of the Mississippi, Lake Glenville boasts nearly 1,500 acres dotted with tiny islands, 26 miles of shoreline, and three dramatic mountain waterfalls. Here you’ll enjoy tons of water sports and activities like boating, wake boarding & skiing, paddle boarding, just to name a few. Fishing enthusiasts also love the bounty a fish that thrive there.
Lake Glenville was formed by the damming of the west fork of the Tuckasegee River in 1941, then named Thorpe Reservoir after J. E. S. Thorpe, Nantahala Power’s first president. The lake floor plunges deep between the mountains that meet the shore at a depth that may register 80 feet or more just a few steps from the shore. When Nantahala Power & Light dammed the river for the production of hydroelectric energy, the old town of Glenville (called Hamburg) was evacuated and flooded, covering schools, businesses & churches, in addition to homes and farmlands settled by some of the area’s original pioneers.
This well-kept secret on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is a treasure of Southern Appalachia. Lake Glenville, with its countless opportunities for outdoor pursuits and vacation living, you’re never going to want to leave!