View of the front of a boat in the water surrounded by cliffs.

For active adults who enjoy boating, there are several exciting retirement communities in North Carolina.

There are few things better than spending a day out on the lake boating, whether it’s to fish, soak up the sun, or just to enjoy a peaceful ride on the water when the weather is nice. It’s even better when you don’t have to travel far to get out on the water. Fortunately, for active adults who love recreational boating, there are several communities throughout North Carolina that have direct access to some of the state’s most popular lakes.

Here are four active adult communities in North Carolina that are big on boating.

Lake Walk Freedom Homes - Mooresville, NC

Mid $200s - Low $300s

Lake Walk Freedom Homes is located 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte in the small town of Mooresville and will feature approximately 120 singe-family homes upon final completion. One of the community’s biggest draws is its direct access to North Carolina’s largest man-made lake, Lake Norman, which spans more than 32,000 acres and boasts over 520 miles of shoreline, giving residents plenty of areas to explore while boating. 

Along with the easy water access, the development offers potential homeowners five floor plans to choose from that are all single-level and vary between 1,588 to 1,906 square feet. Plans include two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Notable amenities in the community include an outdoor pool and patio, bocce ball and pickleball courts, a dog park, and walking and biking trails as well as social groups. There’s also space for R.V. and boat parking for residents to use when they aren’t boating or camping.

Learn more information about Lake Walk Freedom Homes here. 

Owl’s Trail at Caleb’s Creek - Kernersville, NC

Mid $200s

Originally built in 2018 by D.R. Horton, Owl’s Trail at Caleb’s Creek is a 55+ community that features its own boating lake, giving homeowners the perfect opportunity to spend plenty of time on the water without ever leaving the community. The neighborhood features new single-family homes with four floor plans to consider. Plans range from 1,588 to 1,883 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages. 

The community’s amenities include a resident’s club, meeting and multi-purpose rooms for clubs and activities, a village center, parks and natural space, and 11 miles of walking trails for residents to use. 

Learn more information about Owl’s Trail at Caleb’s Creek here. 

The Vineyards on Lake Wylie - Charlotte, NC

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

Situated directly on the shoreline of Lake Wylie, The Vineyards on Lake Wylie offers active adults who love boating the ideal location for retirement. Not only does the community offer easy access to one of the Charlotte area’s most popular lakes, but it also boasts a number of lakefront docks and 50 boat slips for residents to use.

The community is made up of 430 single-family and attached homes that are available on a resale-only basis with both ranch-style homes and two-story houses available. Floor plans within the community range from 1,356 and 2,755 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages.

Homeowners have access to a clubhouse and fitness center as well as a variety of outdoor amenities that include a pool, picnic area, athletic courts, playground, dog park, and walking and biking trails. There are also several social groups and sports clubs for residents to join.

Learn more information about The Vineyards on Lake Wylie here. 

Regency at Palisades - Charlotte, NC

High $300s - Mid $600s

Regency at Palisades is another active adult community located on the shores of Lake Wylie. It features 413 single-family residences with new construction and resale homes on the market. The neighborhood’s floor plans range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. 

While the community is especially popular for its boating, it does also offer residents many other amenities, including a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with billiards, a fitness center, and a multi-purpose room. Additionally, there are indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub as well as bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts. Plus, there are over four miles of walking and biking trails, and residents can join a number of clubs and social groups.

Residents will also have no trouble staying fit and active with full access to The Palisades Sports Complex that’s nearby. The complex features its own clubhouse, outdoor pools, fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, nine tennis courts, an event lawn, and soccer complex. This complex is part of The Palisades Country Club, which also has its own golf course.

Learn more information about Regency at Palisades here.