Nestled at the base of the Hickory Nut Gorge amid breathtaking shoreline, mountain peaks, and rare plant and animal species, the town of Lake Lure in Western North Carolina is a nature lover’s dream. The town, which encompasses the famed lake of the same name, sits at an elevation of 1,000 feet and is surrounded by peaks topping out over 3,000, including Rumbling Bald Mountain, Chimney Rock Mountain and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Life in Lake Lure affords myriad options for enjoying the outdoors, and its proximity to Asheville (28 miles northwest) and Charlotte (78 miles east) makes for easy, delightful day trips.
Part of Rutherford County, Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927, and acquired the lake after which it was named in 1965. It has a year-round population of close to 1,200. The lake covers about 720 acres, with a shoreline of about 27 miles.
Properties in Lake Lure vary, from lavish lakefront to modern forest-shrouded to open tracts for building a mountain dream home. Schools are part of the Rutherford County System. Nearby Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton and Forest City offer quaint Main Street shops and specialty restaurants.
Outdoor adventures in Lake Lure
The town of Lake Lure offers many spots for soaking in the area’s beauty and natural features. Most prominent is, of course, the lake itself. Lake Lure beach, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is the perfect place for cooling off, with lifeguards, a water slide, and other fun water sports. You can also kayak, rent a boat, or take a tour boat.
Hiking and mountain biking options are plentiful in and around Lake Lure. Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail Park is a popular, 3-mile walking trail system perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Buffalo Creek Park offers thousands of acres of conserved land, and intermediate to advanced mountain biking trails. Among the surrounding mountain peaks, Chimney Rock Park’s Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is a perfect park for hiking, with trails leading to rock formations at the base of Rumbling Bald.
Year-round events in Lake Lure
A number of events and festivals draw visitors every year to the area. Following are a few to check out:
Spring and Fall Lake Lure Arts and Crafts festivals – More than 100 crafters and food and entertainment vendors participate in these annual fests, one during Memorial Day Weekend and the other in mid-October.
Fourth of July Fireworks – Two shows, on the third (public) and the fourth (for guests and members of Rumbling Bald Resort) of July, occur at Lake Lure.
Lake Lure Olympiad – Every August, hundreds of swimmers, runners, cyclists and golfers compete in a series of events around the area.
Dirty Dancing Festival – In homage to the iconic 1987 movie, which was filmed at Lake Lure, visitors to this annual September event can take dance lessons, enjoy live music, and view an nighttime outdoor showing of “Dirty Dancing.”
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