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The History That Dreams Are Made Of

Lake Toxaway has a colorful and storied history that began in the late 1800s, with plans for a summer retreat that would draw many of America’s most rich and famous families. That dream was indeed realized, but then slowly faded away after a massive rainstorm caused the dam to fail in 1916. Then in the 1960s, the dam was rebuilt, a country club was established, and homes began to spring up throughout the estates as the property became more and more popular. Today, Lake Toxaway Estates is widely recognized as a premier mountain community in Western North Carolina. It has become a treasured retreat – a great place to live, or vacation, or just visit. Our idyllic mountain-lake setting, VIP amenities, and authentic community spirit truly set it apart.

Learn more about the great heritage at Lake Toxaway:

Origins of Lake Toxaway

Lake Toxaway’s Rebirth

History of the Lake Toxaway Country Club

Community Association

Lake Toxaway Estates is a private community with approximately 1,100 home sites ranging in size from 20-acre camps to half-acre lots. Approximately 125 families are permanent year-round residents; many of our seasonal residents come from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Access to the lake and marina – as well as membership at Lake Toxaway Country Club – is limited to Lake Toxaway Estates property owners.

Community amenities include a playground and soccer field, 40 acres of open space known as The Meadow, and The Pavilion, an open-air arena where monthly music events are held during the summer season. These amenities and more than 27 miles of private roads within the estates are maintained by the Lake Toxaway Community Association.

Toxaway Inn and train station

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