Home to mountains, beaches, museum, and parks, Lake Lure sure is a the place to go to getaway from life’s stress. Climb the mountains of Chimney Rock or Buffalo Creek Park, pass by the beautiful flowering bridge, go fishing, do outdoor activities, swim at the beach, and the list goes on! You surely would not run out of things to do at Lake Lure! Here are 8 best things you can do when visiting Lake Lure!
1. Chimney Rock State Park
Aside from being offering the usual park amenities, Chimney Rock State Park is actually more famous for its hiking trail. Once you reach the peak of the mountain, you will have a majestic view of the Lake Lure, the Hickory Nut Gorge, and the surrounding countryside. It is 315-foot (96 meter) tall and is made up of granite monolith. But don’t be discouraged by its height because there are trails for all levels whether you are an amateur hiker or not! Admission fee going up the mountain can be paid at the principal Chimney Rock Access although if you are on a tight budget, you might want to opt for the nearby Rumbling Bald Climbing is free of admission and offers on of the park’s six trails.
Chimney Rock State Park
Address: 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Website: Chimney Rock State Park
2. Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is actually a highway bridge between Chimney Rock Village and Lake Lure Beach and continues past Morse Park. Expect to see different types of plants and flowers here as you pass by. Oftentimes, you will see volunteers adding different types of plants and flowers, or weeding and checking the plants.
If you are interested to be a part of the community to make the Flowering Bridge more beautiful than it is, you may contact any member of the Board of Directors or write to the Friends of the Bridge, P.O Box 125, Lake Lure, NC 28746.
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Address: Town Center Walkway, Lake Lure, NC 28746, USA
Website: Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
3. Beach at Lake Lure & Water Works
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Considered as one of the most well known landmarks, Lake Lure Beach and Water Parks are definitely a go to place to Lake Lure! Both consist of approximately 3-acres (1.21 hectare) where you may do different sorts of activities like swimming, building of sand castles, picnic with your friends and family, and for the Water Park, amenities such as water slide, water cannons, soaking games, and water wars are available to make your experience extra fun! For adults, admission rates are at 8.00 USD, for senior citizens it’s at 7.00 USD and for kids aged 4-12, it’s at 6 USD. Admission is free for kids under 4.
Beach at Lake Lure & Water Works
Address: 2724 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746
Website: Beach at Lake Lure & Water Works
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4. The Right Track Toy Train Museum
Posted by The Right Track Toy Train Museum on Wednesday, 11 April 2012
This one is for the kids and for the kids at heart! Right Track Toy Train Museum showcases trains from the early 1900s up until the present time. They have a playroom for kids which is of course, train-themed and a gift shop of train memorabilia that you and your kids will surely love!
But other than satisfying the kid in you, The Right Track Museum is not just built to give joy to its customers and viewers, but also to help those that has pancreatic cancer. All the profits that they get go to the pancreatic cancer research.
Right Track Toy Train Museum charges 5 USD for admission fee. They are open from 1-4 pm.
The Right Track Toy Train Museum
Address: 2414 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746.
5. Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills
If this place rings a bell to you, it’s because it was featured in the film Dirty Dancing! North Carolina’s Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills gives you a majestic view and experience of their different scenery. Drive by their iconic landmarks like the Chimney Rock State Park and Blue Ridge Mountains and experience their outdoor adventures like boat cruises, cycling or mountain biking, golf, equestrian, hunting and fishing, rock climbing, and ziplining!
Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills
Address: 2932 Memorial Hwy. Lake Lure, NC
Website: Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills
6. Morse Park
A place popular for sightseeing, casual strolling, picnics, and the like. Morse Park showcases a part of the mountains of Hickory Nut Gorge and also consists of four distinct areas, the meadow, the gardens, the wetlands, and the riverside. Apart from these, their amenities and facilities also include two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, playset for kids, picnic tables, walking/jogging paths, a multi-purpose field ideal for festival events and other recreational uses, a large covered gazebo for events, fishing areas, restrooms, and parking spaces. It is so big that the biggest decision you have to think of is what activity to do first! Aside from those, you may also bring your pets as long as you keep them on leash.
Address: Memorial Hwy Lake Lure, NC 28746
Website: Morse Park
7. Buffalo Creek Park Mountain Biking Trail
The new trail along the ridge, looking toward Young's Mountain.Posted by WNCOutdoors.info on Sunday, 16 March 2014
Bike it, run it, climb it. Explore it your way! is the famous tagline of Buffalo Creek Park. This park is for those who seek greater challenge and adventure that involves a lot of physical activity. Cyclists and mountaineers usually bike and climb here to test their fitness. According to their website, the park is nearing completion of another eight miles of trail, ascending another 2, 000 feet (600 m) to reach ridge lines and scenic viewpoints! It is also the only mountain bike trail system within a 20-minute radius of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park.
Buffalo Creek Park is open from 8am to 5pm.
Buffalo Creek Park Mountain Biking Trail
Address: 2191 Buffalo Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746
8. The Hickory Nut Antiques
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An interesting find for the vintage lovers. The Hickory Nut Antique is situated right between the Chimney Rock Village and the Town of Lake Lure. You’ll never find a more inviting shop than The Hickory Nut Antiques store which welcomes you with its flowering plants and seasonal decors on its exteriors and on the inside yu will find different types of decor such as Native American artifacts, crafts, quilts, and a lot more antique and home decor!
The owner, Shari, always brings in something new to the store so people would have something to look forward to every time. The plants and the flowers you see outside her store is also her work of art which she grows and sells.
The Hickory Nut Antiques
Address: 215 Memorial Hwy. (Main St.) Lake Lure, NC 28746
Website: The HIckory Nut Antiques
Take a Break in Lake Lure, North Carolina
Breaks in between work or school is definitely a must! Lake Lure will give you the experience you’ll need to be able to take a break from the busy world. Take photos and create good memories!
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