Things To Do in Lake Lure

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, you will find the stunning area of Lake Lure & Chimney Rock. With picturesque scenic views, spectacular rushing rivers, and plenty of outdoor adventure activities, this area is brimming with exciting things to see and do, that appreciate the amazing natural beauty of the area.

Whether you are looking for a romantic picnic in the park or you are seeking a thrilling adventure here are our highlights of the best things to do in Lake Lure & Chimney Rock.

Hike your Heart Out

Lake Lure and Chimney Rock offer some of the most beautiful hiking trails in North Carolina and the Chimney Rock Trail is one of the best trails in the area. Located in the Chimney Rock State Park, this trail offers the ultimate workout with 499 steps to the top where panoramic views can be enjoyed. Chimney Rock is dog-friendly too, so you don't have to leave your four-legged friend behind. Other trails in Lake Lure include the Donald Ross Nature Trail which loops around a rolling terrain.

Take a Lake Lure Jeep Tour

Explore the stunning scenery of the area with a Lake Lure Jeep Tour, where you can rent your very own, well-maintained Jeep Wrangler to discover the beautiful waterfalls around the area. 

Romantic Walks and Picnics

Lake Lure is the ideal place for a romantic getaway with many scenic areas to enjoy and walks where you can take in the spectacular natural beauty. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is the ideal place for a walking date with over 2000 species of flowering plants bustling into bloom within the garden, and around the historic 1920s bridge. Pool Creek Picnic Park is also a wonderful place to visit in Lake Lure to enjoy a relaxing picnic close to the lake area.

Zip through the Treeline

Swish through the treeline canopy of the Blue Ridge Foothills on an exciting zipline adventure. Located close to the eastern shore of Lake Lure, in Hickory Nut Gorge thrill seekers can visit Canopy Ridge Farm and take ziplining rides through the beautiful green forest with views of the scenic park below. The exciting Zip Zilla is a 1000-foot stretch of zipline that belts you through the forest at speed, ideal for anyone looking for a fun activity in Lake Lure. 

Dirty Dancing Filming Spot

For diehard fans of the hit 1987 film Dirty Dancing, head to the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, where many of the cast and crew stayed while they shot this iconic film in the area. You can also enjoy a game on the Bald Mountain Golf Course where some of the actual scenes for the film were filmed on the 16th hole. 

There is so much to see and do in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock with plenty of wonderful places to stay in and around the park. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush with Jeep tours and ziplining adventures or you are looking for a relaxing break taking in the stunning scenery you will find something perfect for you and your family in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock.