Vacation rentals in Fontana Lake

Vacation rentals in Fontana Lake

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Highlights Fontana Lake

  • Fishing
  • Zip-line
  • Horseback tours
  • Lake activities
  • Water sports

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Vacation Rental for 3 Guests in Fontana Lake, Swain County
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Fontana Lake, Swain County
Vacation Rental • 377 ft² • 1 Bedroom
9.3
(32 reviews)
Small Apartment located within 1 Mile of the town of Bryson City and its a little over 1 mile from the Deep Creek / GSMNP area. The local Rec Park is a short walk away. The Rec Park has a pool, large playground, walking trails, and ball fields.The small apt. sleeps 3 people. The small bedroom has a full bed and there is a daybed with a trundle bed in the living room. Has full kitchen and 1 Bathroom with a Shower.Apartment has a ROKU TV for streaming and good Wi-Fi. Cell service is great at the place.
from $63 / night
Vacation Rental for 2 Guests in Fontana Lake, Swain County
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Fontana Lake, Swain County
Vacation Rental • 549 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
9.8
(19 reviews)
Pops cottage is located just outside of Bryson city with absolutely breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains as your back drop. This open floor plan cottage is the perfect spot for two or a small family. Inside, this quaint little cabin has tongue and groove throughout, a fully stocked kitchen, a king size bed, and a television with DIRECTV service (With NFL Sunday Ticket). Next, take a step outside to see what makes this place so special. You will immediately be in awe of the view of the Smokies. Enjoy a nice evening soaking up the sounds of nature while taking a relaxing dip in the hot t...
from $198 / night
Vacation Rental for 2 Guests in Almond, Fontana Lake
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Almond, Fontana Lake
Vacation Rental • 2 Guests • 1 Bedroom
8.9
(18 reviews)
Free Activities Included Every Day! To enhance your vacation experience, free admissions are included every day of your stay to some of the most popular attractions the area has to offer such as the Biltmore, Smoky Mountain Railroad, white water rafting, jeep excursions, and more! Daily value of $250.Cabin is pet friendly – Pet Fees Apply.This cabin is a popular honeymoon destination or a quick rafting/biking getaway (just minutes to Tsali or the NOC). The front window and deck are perfectly poised to watch a morning sunrise, but hey, it's a vacation, so why not opt for a romantic moonrise ...
from $207 / night

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    Current Vacation rental prices Fontana Lake

    $333for 25 May - 1 Jun
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    Vacation rentals in Fontana Lake

    A peaceful North Carolina lakeside destination

    Set in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina along the Little Tennessee River, Fontana Lake is a man-made reservoir formed by the Fontana Dam. During the spring, summer, and fall months, the lake is popular among nature lovers, hikers, fishermen, and boating enthusiasts. It’s the perfect spot for a fun family summer vacation, a romantic couple's getaway, or a friends’ trip in nature! With an abundance of activities on offer, Fontana Lake is a spectacular destination for all types of travelers.

    Finding your perfect lakeside vacation rentals

    Unwind close to nature at a vacation rental in Fontana Lake. Stay in a leafy forest, surrounded by trees and spectacular lake views. Rentals around Fontana Lake come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and price points, with something suitable for every type of traveler. Big groups and families can opt for oversized rentals, which come with plenty of bedrooms for everyone and a fully equipped kitchen. Couples can opt for cozy rentals with a jacuzzi to warm up during the cooler months. Rentals around the lake are typically equipped with modern amenities, like high-speed internet, heating and cooling systems, and functional kitchens. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.

    Vacations in Fontana Lake

    The area and getting around

    Arriving in Fontana Lake

    If you’ll be arriving to the lake by plane, the closet airport is McGhee Tyson Airport, which is 27 miles away. Asheville is home to the next nearest airport at 72 miles away. The closest town to the lake is Bryson City, which is home to a fantastic downtown with several restaurants and stores. You can rent a car at either of the airports or in Bryson City.

    Getting around Fontana Lake

    Having a car during your stay at Fontana Lake is absolutely necessary. Many of the points of interest are spread far apart and are not within walking distance to each other. It’s best to bring everything you’ll need throughout your lake stay before you arrive at your rental. You can buy groceries from nearby small-town Bryson City. The closest nearby city is Asheville which is around an hour drive away.

    Travelers and activities

    Fontana Lake for fishing enthusiasts

    Fontana Lake is the perfect destination for fishing enthusiasts with a variety of options in and near the lake area. If you’re a fan of fly-fishing, head over to Hazel Creek which is a popular backcountry fly-fishing destination. The creek is known for its abundance of native southern Appalachian brook trout, wild rainbow trout, and brown trout. Fontana Lake is also popular for its abundance of bass, muskie, steel head, carp, catfish, crappie, and more! You can either do a fishing charter, or fish from the shores of the lake. Bait, tackle, and equipment are available at a variety of shops near the lake.

    Fontana Lake for families

    Families of all ages will find a plethora of fun activity options around the lake. One of the best ways to explore the lake area is on horseback. There are several stables in the area offering guided trail rides and horseback riding trips. Ziplining is another fantastic, family-friendly activity to be enjoyed in the wooded areas near the lake. Numerous outdoor centers and tour companies just a stone’s throw from the lake have zipline canopy tours. Head to Nantahala Outdoor Center to try their zipline. They also offer rafting tours.

    The Fontana Dam was initially made in 1944 to generate power during World War II.

    Top 5 travel tips in Fontana Lake

    1. Swim in the lake

    If you’ll be visiting the lake during the summer months then swimming will probably be at the top of your list of priorities! The lake is perfectly safe for swimming. Head to the “finger lakes” section of the lake where there is a beach area. If you have children, bring along any tubes, flotation devices, or swim gear you might want. Swim around the calm lake waters for hours to cool off from the strong sunny rays!

    2. Hike

    If you love exploring natural landscapes on foot, then you’ll find no shortage of walking and hiking paths around Fontana Lake. There are several nearby access points to the Appalachian Trail where you can enjoy a variety of hikes. Head to Hazel Creek Trail for an intermediate hike through wooded forests along a creek. Try 67 Loop via Goldmine Loop Trail for another all-levels, scenic hike. For nice, flat walking paths, head to Fontana Dam Shelter where you’ll find plenty of even-keel, yet beautiful walking options.

    3. Get out on the water

    The calm, glassy waters of Fontana Lake are perfect for exploring on kayak, canoes, or paddleboards. Numerous water sports rental companies rent equipment around the lake. You can even opt for an inflatable kayak or rent tubes to float around in. Spend the day paddling, floating, or boating around the peaceful lake.

    4. Visit the Fontana Dam and Visitor's Center

    While at Fontana Lake, be sure to visit the dam. It’s the tallest dam east of the Rocky Mountains standing at 480 feet tall! There are vista points at both the top and bottom of the dam which offer stunning views of the surrounding area. Stop here to soak in the gorgeous views and to learn about things to do in the nearby area at the visitor's center.

    5. Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Just a stone’s throw away from Fontana Lake is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a scenic drive around the picturesque park and enjoy the steadily changing vistas and stop-off view points. Or take a hike on one of the park's many hiking trails.

    FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Fontana Lake

    How much do you pay, on average, for vacation rentals in Fontana Lake?

    Last year, rentals in Fontana Lake had an annual average price of around $304 per night.

    What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Fontana Lake?

    If it is your aim to save the maximum during your vacation to Fontana Lake, travel in April ($280 per night on average), May ($283), or June ($284), to find the lowest prices for the whole year.

    When does the price of vacation rentals in Fontana Lake go up the most?

    When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Fontana Lake, the most expensive months are, in order of highest to lowest, December, January and November, with average prices per night of $330, $329, and $321, respectively.

    Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Fontana Lake?

    It is recommended that you book your stay well in advance when visiting Fontana Lake, as only 18% of our properties are usually available throughout the year.

    When are more vacation rentals available?

    Last year, the months with the largest number of properties available of the year in Fontana Lake were September, August and January, with average availabilities of 39%, 39%, and 38%, respectively.

    Are there many rentals in Fontana Lake?

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