East Fork Lakes

Described as “blue jewels along the swift waters of the Tuckasegee River’s East Fork,” these four gems, the East Fork Lakes, offer some wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities.

This group of lakes strung out along Hwy 281 was constructed by the Nantahala Power Company in the 1950s. The four stair-step, rock-filled, earthen-faced dams on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River have been described as blue jewels encircled by forests. Take a trip up NC 281 to see the sight for yourself.


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Bear Creek Lake, along with Wolf Creek Lake, Cedar Cliff Lake, and Tanasee Creek Lake, make up what is known as East Fork Lakes.

Bear Lake Access Area will be temporarily closed from September 6 until mid-November as the lake is drawn down for required maintenance

Cedar Cliff and Wolf Creek Access Areas will also be temporarily impacted in October and November

The Access Area boat ramp will be inoperable during this time

*Beginning September 3rd paddlers, anglers and other recreational users of the East Fork and Mainstem of the Tuckasegee River may experience higher than normal flows

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Spirit of the Smokies Car Show

Oct 27  //  Starts: 10:00 am Ends: 3:00 pm

The 19th annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Front Street in Dillsboro. The show is

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