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Chimney Rock

Rocky Broad Riverwalk

Take in the sights and sounds of the river on the Rocky Broad Riverwalk. This lovely trail runs parallel to Main Street in Chimney Rock Village. Several picnic sites are available, and the path offers easy access to restaurants, mini-golf, and gem mining. It’s a great place to connect with the area’s natural beauty!

Chimney Rock Gem Mine A trip to the Chimney Rock Gem Mine is a must while you’re in the area. Located on the banks of the river, it gives visitors a chance to search for their very own gemstones. Aquamarine, Emerald, Ruby, Garnet, Peridot, Quartz, Agate, Hematite, Amethyst, and Sodalite have all been found here. In addition, attendants are always on hand to identify your finds!


The allure of Lake Lure NC is without a doubt the natural beauty that surrounds the town: mountains, waters and wildlife. The best way to drink in all the splendor of the area is to put on your hiking shoes, grab a nice hiking stick, and walk your way through the wonderful wilderness. We have identified 12 great trekking locations within 35 minutes of the Lake Lure NC Beach area. Each hike offers different visual rewards as you journey through nature’s wonders. Check out this list for the best hikes around Lake Lure:

Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a fall color lover’s feast, and a granite beacon for nature lovers––it even seems playfully crisscrossed with spectacular, yet safe, WNC hiking trails. They combine into North Carolina mountain adventures in as near to postcard perfect settings as you’ll find.

Lake Lure Inn & Spa & Annual Dirty Dancing Festival

Morse Park Meadows in Lake Lure. The daytime family dance festival is an all-day affair with live bands and dance performances, a beer and wine garden, games for all ages, a dance lessons tent, food and craft vendors, and of course the infamous Lake Lift Competition! With admission all entertainment, games and dance lessons are free, and you can come and go throughout the day with your admission wristband! Nestled in charming Lake Lure, North Carolina, the Inn was first opened to guests in 1927. The Inn combines original antiques and artwork with modern amenities to create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing vacation, elegant wedding, or corporate event. In addition to luxurious guest accommodations, the Inn offers a signature restaurant, The Veranda, and the Moose & Goose Lounge. Guests can also relax and rejuvenate at the Irongate Spa offering state of the art treatment rooms and a variety of services.

The River

The Rocky Broad River provides anglers with plenty of fishing opportunities. The upper sections near Bat Cave are stocked with trout, and the lower sections are great for small and largemouth bass. If you are unfamiliar with the river, sign up for a guided fly fishing trip with Southern Appalachian Anglers! This company offers a variety of excursions, including full-day and half-day fly fishing, bass fishing, and combinations of both.

The Rocky Broad River is fast-moving. Therefore, it is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. The Broad River Paddle Trail is the best place for river access. Here, you will find 12 distinct sections on 41 miles of river. The Paddle Trail runs between Lake Lure and the Cleveland County line. For paddling, most sections are best if the Lake Lure dam is running. However, some sections are runnable after heavy rainfall. Mondays and Fridays are the most common operating days for the dam. For more information, call 828-625-9227 for the dam’s release schedule!

Lake Lure Beach and Water Park

The beach by the lake is perhaps one of our community’s most well known landmarks, as visitors and residents visit the beach on a regular basis. The beach and water park consists of approximately 3-acres and is located in the Town Center. Like the lake, the beach and water park are owned by the Town of Lake Lure and managed by contractual agreement with a private company. The beach is operated by Lake Lure Tours. For specific information relating to the beach please visit their website by clicking HERE.

Flowering Bridge

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that leads visitors across the Rocky Broad River. This flowering bridge measures over 150 feet long and 20 feet wide. With over 15 unique gardens, you could easily spend an entire day in the incredible garden.. Best of all? It is open to the public for free from sunrise to sundown!

Morse Park

This park features beautiful vistas of the mountains of Hickory Nut Gorge and is a popular choice for an impromptu picnic, sunbathing, reading, bird watching and catching an afternoon nap in a lawn chair by the lake. It is a 23-acre community park in the center of town at the western end of Lake Lure. The park is conveniently located next to the Municipal Center. Open year-round, the park is popular with residents and visitors alike. Whether you are up for a casual stroll, a short speed walk or a low-impact jog, this park is ideal for all three. Morse Park consists of four distinct areas, the meadow, the gardens, the wetlands, and the riverside. The most difficult thing to do will be deciding where to plant your lawn chair or spread your picnic blanket.

Rumbling Bald Resort

Here, water and earth meet the sky. Here, the whispering forest is reflected in the sun-sparkled lake. Here, where moon-glow dances on local vintages and morning mists lift to reveal perfect fairways, is Rumbling Bald Resort, and well-being is born on the breeze. Let Rumbling Bald Resort become a part of you.

Tryon Resort & International Equestrian Center

Only 25 miles from Lake Lure, and Host of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 this is one of the world's premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. Tryon Resort features first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines and showcasing hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, fox hunting, polo, reining and multidiscipline. Tryon Resort's mission is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. This equestrian utopia is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment.

Hickory Nut Falls

At 404 feet, Hickory Nut Falls is the second highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It was even featured in the movie The Last of the Mohicans! Hickory Nut Falls is located in Chimney Rock State Park and is an easy 1.5-mile hike through the forest, with plenty of rock cliffs and natural wonders along the way. The trail brings you up close to the base of the thundering waterfall.

Apple Valley Motorcoach Resort

Apple Valley Farm is located in the heart of the Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake Lure, NC. For those who like a variety of activities, you will find a great assortment here. Whether you are an outdoors person, a golfer, a creative individual, a shopper or someone just wanting to relax, no place is more pastoral and serene!

Lake Lure Olympiad The Lake Lure Olympiad is an annual, charitable, sports festival held in beautiful Lake Lure, North Carolina during a weekend of serious athletic competition and fun-filled events for the entire family. The Olympiad includes sports events for all; with a golf tournament, pickleball tournament, sprint triathlon. long distance swim and much more. This annual event always starts with a beach party and cookout at Rumbling Bald Resort, along with family games on the beach, a family “fun run” and a free fireworks show. Held on the last weekend in August each year, the Olympiad has helped raise over a hundred thousand dollars for area charities since it was founded nearly 8 years ago. If you love outdoor sports, the Olympiad is the place for you!

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