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Nearby towns as impressive as the mountains

Lake Toxaway enjoys a premier location in the heart of Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway - a region that is consistently picked among the top two or three areas to retire in the United States. "This location has everything you could want," says Reg Heinitsh. "It has beautiful natural scenery, majestic mountains, our private lake, healthy streams, outstanding healthcare, and convenient access to a number of charming mountain towns." In fact, the friendly towns of Cashiers, Brevard, and Asheville are just a short drive away.

Brevard

Less than 15 miles down the mountain, the City of Brevard is known for its natural and cultural resources. Located near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, Brevard is often referred to as, "Land of the Waterfalls," due to its proximity to some 250 freshwater falls in area. As for culture, Brevard boasts an extensive local music and arts community, and is home to Brevard College, a four-year liberal arts institution with nationally recognized programs in music and environmental studies. The esteemed Brevard Music Center is regarded as one of the nation's preeminent summer music teaching and performance institutions in the country. Learn more.

Cashiers

Just 15 miles west of Lake Toxaway is the quaint town Cashiers (pronounced CASH-ers), a popular mountain vacation spot with a year-round population of less than 200 people. During the summer and fall, that number swells to nearly 20,000. Situated at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 64 and N.C. 107, the village offers shops, antique stores, casual and fine dining, seasonal festivals, and live concerts. Better still, Cashiers is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest and is within earshot of several scenic areas that have been protected by the National Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy. Learn more.

Asheville

There's no other mountain town like Asheville. It's at once intimate and dynamic. Charming and sophisticated. It has become the cultural capital of the Blue Ridge Mountains, recognized for its vibrant arts scene, array of restaurants and cafes, live music and entertainment, terrific shopping, and wide range of outdoor activities and seasonal festivals. Asheville has been named as one of the "10 Most Beautiful Places in America" by Good Morning America and "America's Top 25 Arts Destinations" by AmericanStyle, as well as one of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life" by AARP Magazine. Less than an hour away from Lake Toxaway, Asheville is one destination that warrants repeated trips all year long. Learn more.