Pines Recreation Area

The age-old debate of the beach vs. the mountains is solved at Pines Recreation Area where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. Here, guests enjoy swimming, lounging, paddle boarding and more.

No rip tides or sharks to worry about in this glistening mountain lake. Take a swim or paddle board in the clear waters of Lake Glenville. Lounge on the sandy beach, fish from the pier, or enjoy a family picnic amongst a mountain backdrop. Amenities at the Pines Recreation Area include a swim beach, pier, picnic tables, toilets, informational signage and more. The amenities are fully handicap accessible. The site also features a life jacket loaner board which allows visitors to check out a life jacket at no charge and then return it to the board when done.


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  • Travel NC 107 to Glenville (south from Sylva, north from Cashiers).
  • Turn onto Pine Creek Road (SR 1157), which intersects NC 107 about a mile north of the Glenville Post Office. Travelers from Sylva, Cullowhee or Tuckasegee will turn right; travelers from Cashiers or Glenville will turn left.
  • Continue on Pine Creek Road, crossing the Glenville Dam. Pines Recreation area is just past the dam.
  • The High Falls trailhead and swimming area are on the opposite sides of the road.

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