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Lake Lure Guide & Cabin Rentals

Also see: Chimney Rock | Outdoors Guides | Rock Climbing at Chimney Rock | Chimney Rock Easter Sunrise | Dirty Dancing Festival | Lake Lure Polar Plunge | Tryon | Saluda | Hendersonville | Bearwallow Mountain Hike
Lake Lure Fall

Boardwalk at Lake Lure

Beach at Lake Lure

View of Lake Lure from Chimney Rock


Named one of the top 10 most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located about 27 miles from Asheville, Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. Look up to see the famous Chimney Rock. From the top of Chimney Rock, there are spectacular views of the lake and gorge. Look familar? Lake Lure was a filming location for scenes from the movies Thunder Road, Dirty Dancing, A Breed Apart, Forrest Gump, The Last of the Mohicans, The Passion of the Christ and Firestarter. Don't miss the Dirty Dancing Festival!

The lake is owned by the town of Lake Lure, with private homes surrounding most of the lake. Access is provided via a town marina and park. You can rent a pontoon or electric boat, canoe or kayak at the marina. Guided tours of the lake are also available in April-October. Call the Lake Lure Marina at 828-625-1373 for details. The nearby beach is also open seven days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is a small admission fee to enjoy the beach.

Take a relaxing walk on the boardwalk any time of the year (free) and cross the Flowering Bridge. Enjoy a picnic by the lake. Nearby is shopping and restaurants in the village of Chimney Rock, great golf and fantastic hiking at Chimney Rock Park.

Lake Lure Events

May 24-26, 2014: Lake Lure Arts Festival
With 70+ vendors from nearly 20 disciplines, plenty of food and live music, and talent from across the region, visitors to the annual Autumn Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival can shop for fine, hand-made goods and enjoy the stunning beauty of Lake Lure all in an effort to fight hunger in the area.

August 15-16, 2014: Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure
The Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure is a dance and music festival for all ages that pays tribute to the classic American movie filmed in Lake Lure. Fans can relive their favorite "Dirty Dancing" moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, special guests, games and more! Fans from more than 24 states and two foreign countries have attended this coveted affair. See our Dirty Dancing Festival Guide.

August 15-17, 2014: Lake Lure Olympiad
Considered by athletes as one of the most scenic race weekends on any calendar, the views at the Lake Lure Olympiad will take your breath away if the climbs don't first. Anchored by a “3 Races in 3 Days Challenge,” with the USMS Dixie Zone 2 Mile Open Water Championship mixed in, the sports festival dares athletes of all levels with its 10K Dam Run on Friday, Lake Lure Triathlon on Saturday, and Race to the Rock on Sunday. Die-hard athletes can do all three for a special reward. Go crazy, and add the Open Water Swim race for ultimate bragging rights.

October 18-19, 2014: Lake Lure Arts Festival
With 70+ vendors from nearly 20 disciplines, plenty of food and live music, and talent from across the region, visitors to the annual Autumn Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival can shop for fine, hand-made goods and enjoy the stunning beauty of Lake Lure all in an effort to fight hunger in the area.

January 1, 2015: Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Take a chilly dip in the lake! See our Polar Plunge Guide.

Directions: Lake Lure is located 27 miles from downtown Asheville. Follow I-240 East to Exit #9, Highway 74A East to Bat Cave and continue on Highway 74A (and Highway 64) to Lake Lure.

Lake Lure in the Hickory Nut Gorge

Things To Do at Lake Lure

Lake Lure Adventure Company: Dedicated to providing a safe, fun, exciting, and adventurous experience on Lake Lure with watersport trips, wakeboard, wakesurf, waterski, kneeboard, tube, fishing and more. Boat rentals also available.

Lake Lure Tours (2930 Memorial Hwy) offers guided boat tours and boat rentals. In April-October, relax on one of their covered tour boats while your skipper guides you past local attractions and landmarks such as the locations used in filming the popular Dirty Dancing. Listen to the legends, and learn about the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut Gorge. Tour tickets are sold at the Marina. Tickets for the hourly tour are sold on a first come first serve basis the day of the tour. No pets allowed on tours. They must have at least 6 passengers to conduct any tour. Also check out their lunch and dinner cruises.

Rumbling Bald Mountain: Now part of the Chimney Rock State Park, this is a popular spot for rock climbing, bouldering and hiking. The new 1/2 mile East Side hiking trail was constructed in 2012 by the volunteer efforts. It takes you through a hardwood forest to the popular east side boulder fields and climbing walls. Parking is limited, especially in winter months (the busiest time for climbing). The Nature Conservancy owns the property on the south face of Rumbling Bald and allows climbers age 18+ and non-profit groups to climb. Directions: As you enter Lake Lure from Chimney Rock, turn left on Boys Camp Road. Drive about 1.5 miles to a gravel road at the top of the ridge on your left. Follow this gravel road for a short distance to a parking area.

Donald Ross Nature Trail Park: A walking trail system of approximately three miles of looped natural surface trails of varying difficulty over rolling terrain. It's on a portion of the unused wooded property of the municipal golf course. The entrance is located on Highway 9 South in Lake Lure, directly across from Ingles Supermarket.

The Lake Lure Golf Club is a great nine-hole public course offering a challenging golf game amidst the beautiful scenery of Hickory Nut Gorge. The course is open year round and has a clubhouse, driving range and two putting greens. The course is located at the southeastern end of town along US64/74. From the white tees, this course is 2,738 yards for nine holes and par 35. The course underwent a major renovation in 2010 to return it to its original design and playing condition. It has proven popular with golf leagues, women’s teams and golfers looking for a challenging place to practice their shots.

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge: Officially dedicated in October 2013, see the blooms covering the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge in Lake Lure. The bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, volunteers came together to create gardens on the 155 feet of the bridge and along the Town Center Walkway that continues past Mores Park and Lake Lure Beach.

Morse Park: Enjoy 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. This 23-acre community park in the center of town at the western end of Lake Lure

Mountain Biking (and hiking): Buffalo Creek Park is the gateway to 1,500 acres of conserved land that protects the northern headwaters of Lake Lure. When fully developed, it will offer over 10 miles of intermediate to advanced mountain biking trails and picnic facilities along Buffalo Creek. The trail system is accessible from two trail heads, a public one at Buffalo Creek Road and a second trail head inside Rumbling Bald Resort for their residents and guests. The two trailheads are connected by 1/3 mile of smooth, flat pathway and a bridge over Buffalo Creek. The mountain trail snakes upward in a 3.5 mile loop that climbs approximately 500 feet through forest terrain and boulder fields. An additional 1.5 miles of trail are scheduled to be completed by spring 2014 for a total of five miles in this first phase. In the next phase, the trail will head west for an additional 5-7 miles to connect with state park property at Eagle Rock near Shumont Mountain. This will be the first leg of the Lake Lure Summits Trail, which will eventually circumnavigate mountain peaks around Lake Lure and connect the area’s recreational lands, offering day hiking and through-hiking opportunities. It's dog friendly
Directions: From Asheville, drive the curvy road around Lake Lure on U.S. Highway 64/74A about a mile past the dam to Bill's Creek Road. Turn left and go about 2 miles and turn left on Buffalo Creek Road. Follow this road pass the golf courses and condos of the Fairfield community. Turn right at the sign for Rumbling Bald Resort and Wyndham at Fairfield Mountains, cross the small bridge and continue for 1.6 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

Canopy Ridge Farm: Soar on zip lines through the lush green forests of the Blue Ridge Foothills and gain a new perspective for a truly unique and exciting experience in nature.


Lake Lure Cabin Rentals / Bed and Breakfasts

Lake Lure Cabin

Acorn Cabins, Lake Lure
Just two miles from Chimney Rock Park. Beautiful traditional log cabins set in a private setting with great views of Cane Creek Mountains. Enjoy the serenity of Lake Lure at our private beach area just 2.5 miles from your cabin where you can swim, take out a complimentary canoe or just enjoy the tranquil beauty of the area. 25 miles from Asheville.
Full kitchen, double Jacuzzi, fireplace, outdoor deck
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Lake Lure Bed and Breakfast

Grafton Lodge, Lake Lure
An English Inn with a Bed and Breakfast theme offering queen and king beds, set in the heart of Lake Lure with views across the Cane Creek mountain, just 1.5 miles to Chimney Rock Park, offering full cooked breakfast each morning. Enjoy our private boat dock with complimentary canoes just 2 miles from the lodge. 25 miles from downtown Asheville.
5 rooms, twin-seat showers, private balconies, TV with HBO, central AC.
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Lake Lure Log Cabin

Pine Gables Log Cabins, Lake Lure
“Something Old and Something New" with both historic and romantic honeymoon log cabins on beautiful Lake Lure.
6 cabins, two night minimum. All cabins have fully equipped kitchens, satellite TV & DVD player, covered deck, linens & towels provided. The new cabins have a hot tub, gas fireplace and gas grill. Four pet friendly cabins. Canoes, horse shoes, fishing ponds, and a dock on Lake Lure included
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Lake Lure

Lake Lure History: At a Glance
The idea of this resort community in western North Carolina was the vision of Dr. Lucius B. Morse. Soliciting the financial backing of his brothers, Dr. Morse purchased 400 acres around Chimney Rock in 1902 to create Chimney Rock Park. Additional acreage was acquired over the next several years to bring the total to 8,000 acres. Dr. Morse conceived the idea of building a dam on the Rocky Broad River to create a lake and a year-round resort. The dam was completed in September 1926, forming the lake which was named Lake Lure by Dr. Morse’s wife, Elizabeth Parkenson. The Town of Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927.


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