The epic scenery, pristine lake and unrivaled beauty of the area captivate you immediately. Lake Lure, North Carolina is a place for outdoor adventures. Then there’s the warmth and charm of a small town that will leave you feeling relaxed, inspired and connected.
Lake Lure Geography
Lake Lure, NC is 14.8 square miles of scenic wonder nestled approximately 28 miles southeast of Asheville, NC at the base of the Hickory Nut Gorge — where the Rocky Broad River and its tributaries empty into beautiful Lake Lure. The Hickory Nut Gorge area of Western North Carolina is home to 37 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, making it a nature lover’s paradise. Breathtaking features include a sharply rising shoreline, rounded peaks, a rushing river and gorgeous granite outcroppings.
The shoreline of Lake Lure is approximately 24 miles. The town center sits at an elevation of 1000 feet and is surrounded on three sides by several 3000-4000 ft. peaks. These peaks include Rumbling Bald Mountain at 3020 ft., Shumont Mountain at 3839 ft., Bearwallow Mountain at 4232 ft., Chimney Rock Mountain at 3000 ft., and Sugar Loaf Mountain at 4000 ft. A combination of lake and exposed granite mountain views makes the area visually spectacular – wow!
Points of Interest in Lake Lure NC
Lake Lure – Kayak, rent a boat or take a tour boat to see the wonders nature has provided from a lake level perspective.
Chimney Rock Park – Hike to see the area from an elevated perspective. Explore Hickory Nut Falls and numerous other points of interest within the park.
Chimney Rock Village – Enjoy some shopping once you have completed your adventure.
Chimney Rock Park: Rumbling Bald Climbing Access – If you are a climber or enjoy bouldering, you already know this park as one of the best in the country. It is also a great park to hike. Trails take you to hundreds of rock formations at the base of Rumbling Bald Mountain.
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Donald Ross Nature Trail Park – This is a great walking trail system that is perfect for people, kids and dogs of all ages. Enjoy over 3-miles of looped natural trails that are very well-maintained and vary in difficulty. Leisurely explore nature and the beautiful surroundings on this woodlands hiking experience.
Flowering Bridge – Lake Lure’s historic bridge has been repurposed. A group of local master gardeners have turned the bridge into a lush paradise. A must-see for all you green thumbs.
Lake Lure Beach – Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the beach gives everyone a chance to cool off during the summer months. The beach has a water slide and various other fun accouterments to get you wet.
Morse Park and Washburn Marina – Take a stroll along the lakeshore and observe all the beauty the area provides. Or take a tour on a pontoon boat that leaves from the marina and see the million-dollar views.
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Buffalo Creek Multi-Use Park (Hiking and Biking) – If hiking or biking is your thing, this park provides you with some of the best the area has to offer.
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Annual Events in Lake Lure, NC
Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festivals – Spring Festival occurs at the end of May – Fall Festival occurs in mid October. Over 100 crafters from around the country come to Lake Lure to sell their wares – food and entertainment are also part of the festival.
Lake Lure Dragon Boat Races – Mid June is when the Dragons of Lake Lure rear their terrible heads – Come join the fun and watch anywhere from 12-25 teams compete to be the fastest boat on the lake.
4th of July Fireworks Display – Two shows occur on the lake to celebrate the 4th! The first is sponsored by the Lake Lure Chamber and takes place on the 3rd or 5th of July at Morse Park. The second is sponsored by Rumbling Bald Resort and occurs on the 4th at the Rumbling Bald Resort. Please note that viewing the Resort fireworks from within the Resort is for guests and members only, however, they can be viewed from the lake and other vantage points.
Dirty Dancing Festival – Come to Lake Lure Mid August and get your dirty dance on! It’s a celebration of the movie Dirty Dancing, which was filmed at Lake Lure. Take dance lessons, dance to live music or just enjoy everyone else doing their thing. There is even an outdoor, nighttime showing (on a huge screen) of the movie.
Lake Lure Olympiad – Another Mid August event. Hundreds of swimmers, runners, cyclists and golfers come from near and far to compete on and around Lake Lure. There are even junior Olympiad events.
The Lake Lure NC Community
In recent years, the town of Lake Lure has created and implemented an aggressive plan to make the town much more self-sufficient. In 2005, the town opened its first and only full-service grocery store – Ingle’s. In the fall of 2010, the town’s first school was officially opened, The Lake Lure Classical Academy, a
K-12 charter school that has been in portable buildings since it opened, but will be moving to a permanent location in the fall of 2015. In the fall of 2014, the town celebrated the opening of the Lake Lure Medical Center.
Demographic and Housing Information
- Population of full-time residents: 1250
- Median age: 62.4
- Gender: 49.2% Male 50.8% Female
- Median Household Income: $49,124
- Average Household Income: $66,717
- Median Home Value: $289,796
- Average Home Value: $399,561
- Owner Occupied Housing Units: 22.2% 509 homes
- Renter Occupied Housing Units: 5.5% 126 homes
- Vacant Housing units: 72.3% 1659 homes (include vacation rentals and second homes)
*Source: Hometownlocator.com – June 1, 2015
History of Lake Lure, North Carolina
In 1925, Dr. Lucius B. Morse and family began construction of the dam that is located on the east end of Lake Lure. His intention was to create a beautiful lakefront community. The dam was completed in 1927 along with the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa. Unfortunately, before very much development was completed, the Stock Market crash of 1929 plunged the country into the Great Depression, halting the grand plan. Through the years, the area has become a popular tourist destination and has hosted such famous people as President Calvin Coolidge, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Emily Post, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The scenic beauty of the area has enticed filmmakers to shoot numerous movies in and around Lake Lure. Some of these movies include Firestarter, Thunder Road, My Fellow Americans, A Breed Apart, Dirty Dancing and Last of the Mohicans.