Reopens June 19, 2021!
Yes, we have a beach in the mountains! Just a few minutes from Sugar Mountain, Wildcat Lake offers a popular swimming hole complete with white sandy beach, swimming pier, lifeguards and fishing dock. This 13-acre lake is also great for easy kayaking and canoes. Rentals are usually available. Tufts Memorial Park, located next door, provides a bath house and picnic tables. The beach area is open for swimming during summer months. It’s very family friendly and fun for all ages.
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 license is required. The park and lake are owned and maintained by Grandfather Home for Children. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated for the non-profit.
Find free convenient parking on Hickory Nut Gap Road. Bring your own chairs. Snacks and ice cream are available for purchase. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed. To reserve the picnic shelters for groups, call 828-898-5465.
Directions from Sugar Mountain
GPS: 4601 Hickory Nut Gap Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604
From Sugar Mountain, turn left onto NC 184 at the main entrance. Drive 2.2 miles to Hickory Nut Gap Road. Turn left and drive about a mile.