Bear Lake Reserve is the premier vacation destination in western North Carolina. Our pristine property features beautiful vacation rental homes, a wealth of amenities and activities, incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a wonderful team providing top-notch hospitality every step of the way. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway with friends or a summer vacation with family, enjoy an elevated mountain lake resort experience at Bear Lake Reserve.

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A Wealth of Amenities

Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or staying for a lifetime, our community is home to a wide variety of features and fun events for all ages to enjoy including:

• Dining, shopping, swimming, and more at our state-of-the-art Lake Club

• Breathtaking mountaintop golf from our 9-hole Nicklaus Design Course

• Tennis and Pickleball from our stunning courts at the summit

• World-class flyfishing from our serene ponds and streams

• Boating, swimming, kayaking, and numerous other activities centered around the calm, temperate waters of Bear Creek Lake

• Miles of hiking trails winding throughout our property and the surrounding region

• Excellent gathering places for a variety of events such as Mill Pond

• Pavilion, The Amphitheater, The Point, and nearby Castle Ladyhawke

• Incredible views from The Overlook and other fantastic vantage points

• Plenty of adventures and places to explore throughout nearby Sylva and the rest of Jackson County, NC

What Our Guests Are Saying

larry thompsonlarry thompson
13:09 08 Nov 23
Well ,Shangri-la is how I would describe Bear Lake Reserve, the level of customer service received from the greeters cottage, the golf corse,the marina & the Lake Club is just a wonderful experience, G.M .Tad runs the resort @ a incredible high level unsurpassed in a resort experience , the bar location, service drinks & food all were steller ,we took a 2 hour pontoon boat cruise for a extra relaxing afternoon, a am ride around the most beautiful 9 hole Jack Nickolas golf core was amazing, thanks again to evey single person on the Bear Lake Team that made our fantasy 3 day Wedding event a super spectacular occasion, T.Y..L.A.T.
Lesli Yager-MontgomeryLesli Yager-Montgomery
21:21 26 Jul 23
Absolutely stunning place!!! The lake is pristine, the community is well maintained, the home we rented was beautiful. Be prepared for lots of long, curvy, steep roads to get here & once you're in the gates. We're used to mountain driving but others may have problems with it. Once you're in the gates, it's just too far of a drive to leave. Be sure to bring everything you'll need and fill up on gas before turning off of 107. Definitely pay to rent a power boat so you can explore the lake & the waterfalls flowing into it. Soooo beautiful! Miles & miles of hiking trails within the Reserve, too. Lots of families with small children at the pool, so not very relaxing for those without them. They definitely need an "adults only" pool. We had a great time, though, and would recommend to others who've never been to the area.
We loved the restaurant, pool, and boat rental. So much family fun going around the lake on a pontoon. 10 of us! Beautiful!
We really loved it here. It was so beautiful and all of the staff were really great. As you can see from the video they names it appropriately as that big bear was right outside our cabin. Be prepared if you go, shop before you get there there are no shops and no breakfast unless you are ok with pastry and coffee. They have a nice lunch and dinner menu that was not over the top expensive
Brookie T.Brookie T.
04:41 19 Nov 22
Bear Lake Reserve was truly a great place to relax and have a great time. We stayed at Bear Lake Reserve for four nights. The views were amazing during the day and the sky was beautiful at night. There was so much to do on the reserve. We also had a welcome dinner at Mills Pond. Callie and her staff did an amazing job at the welcome dinner. Everyone was super sweet and down to earth. Food always brings our family together and it was important to us. They did not disappoint. The food was delicious.
billy andersonbilly anderson
18:08 22 Jan 22
We had our wedding at Bear Lake reserve in 2017. It was an amazing experience, and the staff was awesome. We couldn't have been happier, and can't wait to return for vacation!
Joseph KusnierzJoseph Kusnierz
05:32 18 Jan 22
This place is so beautiful!! We had a blast!! My family and I had a great time together. Just what we needed!
Nitesh MauryaNitesh Maurya
03:55 30 Oct 21
Had my brother's wedding here and trust me this place was the best of them all. Very scenic, peaceful and serene.Castle ladyhawke which is nearby was the perfect place where the wedding galore took place.The cottages are more than perfect for a weekend gateway.
Christine PollardChristine Pollard
19:40 08 Sep 21
This is a beautiful destination with so many amenities! You could easily spend your whole vacation staying on the property and utilizing all they have to offer. The homes are beautiful with amazing views and everything you need for your stay. It is family friendly and I can't wait to go back! We especially liked the hiking trails. Highly recommend!
Jay NelsonJay Nelson
00:39 10 Jul 21
Great place, workers are friendly and go out of there way to help.