The Lake in North Carolina You Haven’t Heard About

By Austin Jones, Queen City Weekend Intern

The aesthetic scenery of Lake Tillery is truly underestimated among the Carolinas. Many locals in the Queen City hardly even know it exists. With vast amounts of activities and scenery, it's certainly overlooked. Lake Tillery is located around 50 miles Northeast of Charlotte, providing outdoor experiences for anyone who makes the trip. Among the obvious boating and fishing, there are other unique options for having fun as well. Unlike other lakes near Charlotte, Tillery has an ideal amount of peace and quiet on the water. With little boat population, there is plenty of room for everyone. Additionally, Lake Tillery is a common spot for rare bald eagle sightings here in North Carolina.

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Boat Rentals/Fishing

Ranging between $275 to $300 per day, there are a few options for renting a pontoon or fishing boat. Lake Tillery Boat Rentals gives you the opportunity to rent a boat for a day – or even a weekend. Guided fishing tours are also available at around $95 per day.

TIP: If you book a boat for three days, the fourth is 50% off. And if you book one for six days, the seventh is free.


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Hiking/Hunting/Biking/Sporting Clays

Fork Farm and Stables is located within a few miles of Lake Tillery. The stables offer lodging, hunting, sporting clays, hiking and bike riding adventures. A half day of quail hunting is offered at $600 per person while a full day is around $950 per person. Duck hunting is offered as well at around $600 per person for a full day of hunting. Many miles of bike and hiking trails are available as well for those who visit.

The Uwharrie National Forest is open to the public with many miles of bike and hiking trails for visitors to enjoy. There is a tremendous amount of scenery – and best of all, its free!



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Lake Tillery offers a few different spots to go play 18 holes, or even just hit some balls. Depending on your location, there should be a golf course within miles of where you’re staying. Here is a list of courses alongside the lake, and their rates to play.

Piney Point Golf Club has an 18-hole course open to the public, with rates starting at $36. If you’d rather play 9 holes, that starts at $17.

There’s also Tillery Tradition Golf Club, where 18 holes will start at $38 (including your cart.) 9 holes starts at $20.

Red Bridge Golf Club is also near the lake with prices starting at $22.

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They may be last, but you have to have a place to stay and food to eat! There’s several dining options in Stanley and Montgomery counties – including The Eagles Nest Restaurant at the Tillery Tradition Country Club, River Wild Restaurant, Milano Italian Restaurant and more!

And if  you’re looking to stay near the lake, try the Lodge Bed and Breakfast at the Fork Farm, The Lily Pad, Lake Tillery Rental Homes and Norwood Campground.