With 4th of July just around the corner (how did that happen?), our team has been looking for ways to get outside and celebrate. The festivities this year will be a little different because of COVID-19, so we’re opting to head to one of the area’s nearby lakes to soak up the sun and cool off in the water.
We’ve rounded up 13 lakes within a two-hour drive from Asheville that you can head to next weekend – or anytime. Plus, we’ve included info on everything you want to know, from camping + vacation rentals to boating, swimming, fishing + more. Let’s get our feet wet in these local lakes.
Remember: Driving a boat under the influence of alcohol is illegal.
Note: COVID-19 restrictions are still in place at many area lakes. We recommend double-checking amenities and availability before you head out to enjoy #lakelife.
Lake Glenville, Cashiers |🕗 1 hour 42 minutes from Asheville Lake Glenville has 26 miles of shoreline + is the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi River, with depths of up to 80 feet. Bonus: Three waterfalls are accessible from the lake. 🛶 Multiple boating access areas and boat rentals, including kayaks and SUP rentals, as well as guided trips 🎣 NC fishing permit required 🐕 Dogs must be leashed; No pets allowed at Pines Recreation Area 🏊 Swim beach is located at Pines Recreation Area. Protip: Grab a loaner life jacket if you didn’t bring one and need it. 🍺 Alcohol permitted 🧺 Picnic + cookout areas
Lake Jocassee, Devils Fork State Park, SC | 🕗 2 hours from Asheville The land surrounding the 7,500+ acre lake is mostly undeveloped, and the clear waters make it a destination for swimmers + scuba divers. RV and tent camping is available, andlakeside villas offer rooms for rent. Bonus: There’s a boat-in campground. 🛶 Three boat ramps; boat rentals available 🎣 SC fishing permit required 🐕 Dogs must be leashed 🏊 Swimming is permitted 🍺 Alcohol prohibited 🧺 Picnic areas + grills available
Click the button below for 11 more local lakes, including spots right here in Asheville. 👇
○ NC’s Department of Health and Human Services reported atotal of 54,453 cases of coronavirus in North Carolina as of Tuesday afternoon. 509 cases and 36 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. Check stats for other counties, total tests, and more in NChere.
○ The state Senate has passed a bill that would override an executive order and reinstate Fourth of July activities. The bill would prevent cities from banning events such as parades and fireworks from July 1 through July 10. It is headed to the NC House for a final vote this week. (WUNC + WRAL)
○ NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen discussed NC’sworsening COVID-19 trends Monday. Cohen says officials are working to balance public safety with reigniting the economy. Virus-related hospitalizations remain near a record high + the deaths are over 1,200. The public can help reverse the trends by wearing masks, social distancing + frequently washing hands. Governor Roy Cooper will announce this week how he’ll modify the current restrictions.(WLOS)
○ The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is holding a special meeting today at 4 p.m. Among the topics they will discuss is the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, which Governor Cooper issued to the state March 27. The county extended the order indefinitely in April. (Mountain Xpress)
○ The City of Ashevillehas launched parklets + shared streets to create more temporary space for businesses. Parklets — or sidewalk extensions — allow businesses like restaurants to use one to three on-street adjacent public parking spaces for business.Shared streets allow outdoor use by converting whole blocks to pedestrian priority areas. Shared streets will be installed this week in South Slope, with more coming to downtown in one to three weeks.
○ The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health & Human Services Division + Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority confirmed the first COVID-19 related death of a tribal citizen. Principal Chief Richard Sneed announced a new executive order that masks should be worn in public spaces on the Qualla Boundary until further notice. The order will go into effect on Fri. at 5 p.m.(WLOS)
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Announced ○ Since this year’s Blue Jean Ball is cancelled, MANNA FoodBank is launching the MANNAfesting Hope campaign to help feed the hungry. For the cost of one Blue Jean Ball ticket ($95), you can help feed nine families, as well as receive a name listing on the Sustainers Club banner, special recognition and a discount code for the 2021 Blue Jean Ball, and more. Wanna help? Buy tickets here.
Development ○ Chip Kassinger, founder of Kassinger Development Group + owner of theaffordable housing project at 360 Hilliard Ave., said he is committed to rebuilding it after it was burned down under suspicious circumstances. Three of four floors of framing were completed and crews had just started putting in plumbing. 🏗 (Asheville Citizen-Times) ○ Hatteras Sky announced plans for Zelda Dearest, an adaptive re-use boutique hotel development in South Slope. Located on Biltmore Ave., it will preserve and re-energize three of Asheville’s most notable historic downtown homes while paying homage to Zelda + F. Scott Fitzgerald. Cultura’s Jacob Sessoms will oversee its onsite catering + food and beverage operations. Hatteras Sky has two other historic redevelopments planned for the RAD + downtown areas. 🏨
Civic ○ A probe into the use of rubber bullets + other law enforcement actions during recent demonstrations is being taken over by City Council members from City Manager Debra Campbell. City Council plans to oversee the process of selecting an independent outside investigator +believes that Campbell, Police Chief David Zack + all council members should be questioned. Council decided to head the process because the City Manager’s office oversees the APD’s operational plans. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Number ○ $1,327,872. The jackpot for a winning Haywood County Cash 5 ticket in Sunday’s drawing. The winning ticket was bought at the Road Runner on Dellwood Dr. in Waynesville. This is the fifth highest Cash 5 jackpot won in the game’s history. The ticket beat odds of 1 in 962,598 to have all five numbers match up. 💸 (WLOS) ○ $39. The amount you’ll pay for 4 bottles of wine,customized to your taste buds, through Winc (a 40% off deal exclusive to our readers; including direct shipping to your door). Take their 6-question palette quiz and get wine paired to your preferences here. 🍷 Ⓟ
Region ○ For the fourth straight week, protestors stood on the steps of the Transylvania County Courthouse. People carried signs + spoke out against police brutality and racial injustice. Organizers said they plan to continue showing up at the court steps every Mon. from 5-6 p.m.(WLOS)
Biz ○ The Earth Fare at the Westgate Shopping Center is the grocer’s first location to reopen, and they’re re-emphasizing their roots as an organic food retailer. An investment group bought eight stores in Mar. after Earth Fare filed for bankruptcy. Manager David Isinghood said they are now getting back to selling natural organic food. 🍅 (WLOS)
Cause ○ Asheville on Bikes has created a pledge for people to let public officials know that they support street changes due to COVID-19. The pledge asks that the city + state designate a slow streets network + implement safe commerce zones. They’ve also requested that volunteers and community organizations implement the changes,instead of relying on normal city processes. 🚲
TheBuy ○ Biltmore is reopening Downton Abbey: The Exhibition this Sat., June 27. Social distancing mandates, capacity limits + health and safety protocols have been established to follow CDC guidelines. The exhibit will run until Sept. 7, after originally being scheduled to close on April 7. Access to the exhibit is included with daytime estate admission tickets.
National ○This week is National Pollinator Week, and we’re celebrating our Asheville pollinators, including birds, bees, butterflies, moths, beetles + more. Ready to join the fun? Check out Asheville Greenworks’ virtual Pollination Celebration + get the latest buzz (get it?) on pollinators in our areas. 🐝
Arts ○ Mountain Nest Gallery’s Steve Andersonis helping folks comfortably shop for art during the pandemic through his local art consultancy, a visual database of local artists + their works. Anderson brings the database to your home and after presenting and reviewing the wares, collectors have the opportunity to instantly purchase the art they like or have the selected paintings brought to their homes for further consideration. 🖼
Learn ○ Have a young writer on your hands? Offered by the esteemed Great Smokies Writing Program, UNC Asheville’s Young Writers Workshop brings top-notch writing instruction to high school students (rising 9th graders through rising first-year college students). The two-week program – offered July 6-10 and July 13-17 –is led by poet Eric Steineger and playwright, podcaster + fiction author Jamie Ridenhour. ✍️ Ⓟ
Furman University is hosting its High School Virtual Academy July 13-24 | photo provided
Furman University is still accepting applications for itsHigh School Virtual Academy, July 13-24, where high school students (rising sophomores and above) looking to get ahead can develop real-world skills + connect with industry professionals.
The academy offers 3 tracks: • Community Health, led by the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health • Innovation & Entrepreneurship, led by Furman Innovation & Entrepreneurship • Sustainability, led by The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities
Answered: We asked you if you were planning to vote in yesterday’s primary runoff between Republican candidates Madison Cawthorn and Lynda Bennett. 31.6% of you said yes, and 34.2% of you said you’d already voted. Way to do your civic duty, y’all. 👏
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