Exploring Lake Toxaway, Rosman and Sapphire - NC Blue Ridge

There’s an area of the Blue Ridge Mountains dubbed the “Land of Waterfalls,” and rightfully so. With an estimated 250 waterfalls located throughout Transylvania County this area is ideal for those who appreciate the natural wonders these mountains hold. In this region you’ll find the communities of Lake Toxaway, Rosman, Sapphire, and nearby Brevard, and they’re all the perfect destination for travelers seeking a serene getaway.

Where are the best hiking trails and waterfalls near Brevard?

This area includes Gorges State Park and Dupont State Forest, which both have a number of great hiking trails that lead to beautiful water falls. Here are a few suggestions for waterfall hunting, all within a short drive of Lake Toxaway, Rosman and Sapphire.

  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Frolictown Falls
  • Greenland Creek Falls
  • High Falls
  • Hooker Falls
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Schoolhouse Falls
  • Toxaway Falls
  • Triple Falls
  • Turtleback Falls
  • Upper Whitewater Falls
  • Wilderness Falls

Always exercise caution when visiting waterfalls. They’re slippery and best observed from below.

Places to Explore Near Lake Toxaway

A really neat point of interest in this area is the Southern Highland Reserve, which boasts one of the largest and most diverse collection of native Southern Appalachian plants. This reserve opens its doors to visitors to showcase their beautiful gardens and highlight their important work to sustain the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains through preservation.

For families traveling to the region be sure to stop in to Bear Tracks Travel Center and Outdoor Adventures. Not only are they an outpost for food, fuel, and outdoor gear, but they can help you plan some activities the kids will love. They have gem mining, lazy river adventures, and can organize a fishing expedition.

When you get hungry we recommend The Blind Mule at Toxaway Station. This place serves up delicious farm-to-fork fare and local Pisgah Coffee Roasters coffee and you can get a nice view of the lake while you’re there.

Where to Stay

Lake Toxaway is a beautiful place to stay and the Greystone Lodge sits right on the lake and provides an opportunity for visitors to do as much, or as little, as they prefer. You can take a boat tour of the lake, enjoy golf at the Lake Toxaway Country Club, play tennis, indulge in one of their spa services, go kayaking, try your hand at water skiing, or just sit by the shoreline and take in the scenery.

There are several other lodging options in the area. If you’d rather have a vacation home all to yourself, then check out the options at Cabins at Seven Foxes. This 7-acre escape in a wooded surrounding allows you to connect with nature and you can enjoy their nature trails on site. You could also find a home for rent right on the lake through Lake Toxaway Rentals. In nearby Sapphire, the Brook Trout Inn gets you close to all of the hiking trails, lake adventures, and majestic waterfalls in the area.

Once you visit, then you’ll probably want to move this area so here’s a tip for anyone considering relocation. Some of the more beautiful homes you’ll see around Lake Toxaway were built by Holbrook and Nichols Construction. Check them out if you’re looking to create a custom dream home for your family. Their work is truly one of a kind.

Also look into the home available for sale and rentals at Lake Toxaway Company. Their rental cottages include access to many of the area’s best offerings including the golfing at the Country Club, boating, fishing, and hiking throughout nearby Gorges State Park and Panthertown Valley.