Just a few minutes from Sugar Mountain, Wildcat Lake offers an old-fashioned swimming hole complete with white sand beach, swimming pier and fishing dock. This 13-acre lake is a popular venue for non-motorized boating and kayak and canoe rentals are available seasonally. The NC Wildlife Resource Commission stocks the lake with three varieties of trout, bluegill and largemouth bass. Fishing is open from dawn to dusk, seven days per week. NC fishing licenses are required. Tufts Memorial Park, located next door, provides a bath house, picnic tables and shelters. The park and lake are owned and maintained by Grandfather Home for Children. There is no charge to use the facilities, although donations are appreciated. To reserve the picnic shelters, call 828-898-5465.