Less than two hours away from downtown Asheville lies the 2,100-acre gated community and vacation destination Bear Lake Reserve. The beautiful property encompasses the 500-acre lake that provides a picturesque landscape as well as a place to experience various water activities. Interlaced throughout the Reserve’s breathtaking property are also 20 miles of hiking trails that meander through rich foliage, blooming wildflowers and babbling brooks. The culmination of so many luxury amenities makes the Reserve the ultimate summer vacation.


Explore the property in all of its natural splendor. 

The 20 miles of hiking trails located on The Reserve’s property are one of the perfect ways to enjoy your stay within the luxurious community. The Reserve’s trails range from easy to challenging, ensuring that each guest can explore the property and all of it’s natural wonders. The Reserve is also adjoined to Panthertown Valley–a forest utopia that is often called “The Yosemite of the East.” In Panthertown Valley there are 30 miles of U.S. Forest Service designated trails within the Nantahala National Forest. Surrounding the Reserve are also 675 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the lengthy Appalachian Trail. 

On The Water

Swim, ride a wave runner, sun bathe and revel in the beauty of the lake.

It probably comes as no surprise that the the Reserve is known for it’s endless water activities. Bear Lake is situated at an elevation of 2,500 feet and reaches depths of 190 feet at some places, making it the ultimate destination to for water sports. Didn’t bring your jet skis? No problem. At the Reserve’s Shoreline Outfitters you can rent everything from wave runners, jet boats, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and pontoons for a magnificent day on the lake. If you want to go the more traditional route and spend the day swimming and fishing, the lake contains many quiet nooks that offer the perfect spot for a serene day of fishing. 

For the Kids

From summer camp to s’mores. 

There is no shortage of kids activities at the Reserve. Located within the property and along the banks of Bear Creek is the Bear Creek Park, a communal gathering place and camping spot that is a kids favorite at the Reserve. The park is centrally located and allows guests to relax by the beautiful flowing creek while their kids explore the tee-pees and treehouses. The Reserve also offers a summer kids camp. This year they will be doing six different week-long sessions where kids will be able to do an assortment of activities such as hiking, a kids cooking class, tubing, a waterfall hike and kayaking. If a week is too long, the Reserve even offers the option of doing a one-day drop-in. 

Stay Awhile Longer

If one week isn’t enough, buy your dream home!

With three onsite dining options, beautiful views a mild climate and exception amenities, it’s hard to say goodbye to the Reserve after a week of relaxation and wonderment. Good news is, you don’t have to. From mountain view to lakefront and 2-bedroom to 4-bedroom, the Reserve has homes to suit every budget. The Reserve also offers the option of building a custom home. In 2015, they joined forces with The Berry Group–a luxury home builder established in the Carolinas–to bring you Bear Lake Builders. Whether you want to invest in a summer lake house or build a majestic log cabin , the Reserve can turn your dream vacation into your forever home.