Lake Glenville, NC

Lake Glenville is a thriving second home lake playground with numerous lakefront and lake-view developments. Surrounded by mountains and woodlands, this six-mile-long lake boasts several beautiful waterfalls and islands. There are several marinas with boats for rent if you don’t have your own. Public boat launches and a public sand beach with picnic facilities are available for your amusement.  Swimming, fishing and water skiing are just some of the great activities enjoyed on Lake Glenville. Located a short eight-mile drive from downtown Cashiers, Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi River and has a shoreline that extends for 26 miles.

Lake Glenville Area Attractions

Lake Glenville History

The first settlers began arriving in Glenville, then known as Hamburg, in 1827. By the time of incorporation in 1891 it was the largest town in Jackson County, NC., and the town’s name was changed to Glenville.

In the early 1940’s a dam was constructed on the west fork of the Tuckasegee River creating a lake to produce hydroelectric power for a nearby aluminum plant assisting with the WWII war effort. During this process the inhabitants of Hamburg – including homes, schools, businesses, churches and even graveyards – had to be moved up the sides of the mountains, leaving the entire valley filled with water to a depth reaching up to 125 feet. This lake is officially named Thorpe Reservoir but within the last several decades has become known as Lake Glenville.

Today Lake Glenville still serves as a source of hydroelectric power but has become even more well-known as a source of endless water sport entertainment.

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