The Lake Tillery area is located at the southern-most tip of the Piedmont Triad between the rolling Uwharrie Mountains to the west and the sandy coastal plain on the east – at the geographic center of North Carolina. It is approximately 1 hour south of Greensboro, 1 hour East of Charlotte, 25 minutes south of Asheboro, 6 miles East of Albemarle and 25 minutes North of Rockingham.
The weather in the Lake Tillery area is relatively mild. Summer highs range from 64 to 92 degrees. Winter highs range from 20’s to the low 50’s. The average annual rainfall is approximately 46 inches. The spring brings an array of brightly colored azaleas, mountain laurel and rhododendron to contrast the snowy white of the dogwood and Bradford pear trees. In autumn the hardwoods are aflame with yellows, reds, golds and bronze, with outdoor picnics that can be enjoyed all the way up to late October. Winter snows are a real treat. Not every year has a snowfall. The protective Uwharries keep the brunt of winter storms to the north of the Lake Tillery area.
Lake Tillery serves as the dividing line between Stanly County on the west side of the lake and Montgomery County on the east side of the lake. Lake Tillery is bounded on the Stanly County side of the lake by Morrow Mountain State Park and on the east side of the lake by the Uwharrie National Forest. As a result, this area attracts many outdoor enthusiasts. The Uwharrie National Forest and Lake Tillery are a haven for anglers, boaters, hikers and hunters.
For those outdoor sportsmen who prefer golf shoes to hiking boots this area boasts two highly ranked golf courses: Piney Point Golf Course which is on the Stanly County side of the lake and Tillery Traditions Golf Course located on Montgomery County side of the lake. Also, within a short driving distance there is the Montgomery Country Club in Troy (the county seat of Montgomery County) and the Tom Fazio designed Old North State Club of Uwharrie Point on Badin Lake (the number two ranked course in North Carolina). Additionally, half an hour away is the golf mecca of the world, Pinehurst, with over thirty championship courses.
This is a rural area with large tracts of mountainous, forested, undeveloped land spreading over more than half of Montgomery County. Approximately 10% of the land area is cropland with over 1,000 acres in peaches. This area is near two community colleges (Stanly Community College and Montgomery Community College). Over three-quarters of the high school graduates go on to college, trade or business schools. The low student-teacher ratio ensures a personal interest in each child and a purposeful learning environment. This area also has two highly rated medical hospitals (Stanly Memorial and Montgomery Memorial) both of which provide 24 hour emergency medical care as well as personal fitness and wellness programs.
Lake Tillery itself, is a slender 5,000 acre reservoir with 104 miles of shore line that is managed by Progress Energy for hydroelectric production. Waterfront development is limited and strictly regulated so that it does not conflict with plant operations or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission License. This has enabled the preservation of the spirit of the lake as a tranquil, serene, and relaxing experience.
The Lake Tillery area provides a perfect balance between the natural beauty of a rural community with the modern conveniences of the present. Come and visit us. Once you feel the Spirit of the Lake Tillery area, you may never want to leave.