Shake off the stress from your busy life, and spend some quality time with family and loved ones at Lake Gaston. Boasting 350 miles of shoreline dotted with cities and towns, the lake offers an abundance of activities to do and breathtaking scenery to see. Stay inland at a Lake Gaston vacation rental for a view of the lush forested hills, or opt for a lakefront property for fun water sports. Here are our top 10 favorite rental locations.

1. Elams

Located on the north bank, Elams is a small town with a few stores and acres of lakefront property. Rent a place right on the water, and relax with the family. Spend your days swimming, boating, and reconnecting with your kids over a cozy fire.

2. Henrico

Just to the east of Elams, Henrico also boasts lakefront property. Tie up your boat to your rental’s dock or rent a watercraft to explore all the watery nooks and crannies in the lake, making it the perfect location to go on an adventure with the kids.

3. Littleton

Littleton sprawls along the south side of the lake. With plenty of space to spread out, you can get a rental on the water that offers plenty of privacy. Spend long afternoons swimming with the kids and kayaking to the nearby islands, or drive inland a few miles for a bite to eat in town.

4. Valentines

Valentines sits along one of the northern snaking branches of the lake, taking you out of the thick of lake activity for a little peace and quiet during a weekend away. Relax at the Lake Gaston Golf Club, or enjoy a nearby hike in the woods.

5. Roanoke Rapids

If you want more of a city experience, stay in Roanoke Rapids, just east of the lake. Cool off in the lake during those hot days or ride the Roanoke River, and then stop in town for a hot meal or a stroll along the downtown area.

6. Gaston

Gaston, close to Roanoke Rapids, gives you a more rural, peaceful experience. Located by Gaston Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake, and Roanoke Rapids River, you are within driving distance of a number recreational areas. Enjoy the forested area and take a drive with the family down country roads.

7. Gasburg

Gasburg combines lake access rentals with a rural experience. Allow your children to explore the surrounding woods, getting in touch with nature, and splash in the water, the best of both worlds. The nearby golf courses and parks gives everybody in the family something to do after a day spent exploring.

8. Joyceville

At Joyceville, you not only get access to the lake, but you also have access to Poplar Creek. The quiet creek allows you a safe space for swimming, especially useful for a family with small children. Kayak around the creek’s coves or make your way down the creek to the lake for a little open-water activity.

9. Macon

If you stay in Macon, you not only have lake access, but you also have a vast wooded area to explore. Take a scenic drive with the family along the winding roads or go fishing in one of the lake’s coves. Either option allows your family to get in touch with nature.

10. Ebony

Like Macon, Ebony has both lake access and endless swaths of trees. Go on an adventure and get a little lost on the town’s back roads for a journey that takes you through lush countryside, or rent a boat and take it out on the lake.