Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park
Family Fun and DiscoveryChimney Rock State Park - all 4,000 acres of it - will awaken your sense of adventure. Special events include "Off the Beaten Path" guided hikes, live music concerts by artists such as The Swayback Sisters, and sports challenges like the annual Race to the Rock that takes place in August. At Grady's Animal Discovery Den, Grady the Groundhog invites little ones to view local wildlife such as non-venomous snakes. Kids are also treated to educational handouts about the park's geology, birds, and wildflowers. Bring the family dog too - Chimney Rock is pet-friendly!
Located in the town of Chimney Rock, NC across from the Rocky Broad River is Cabin on the Rocks. This renovated, historical cabin offers guests immediate breathtaking mountain views of Chimney Rock right from the front porch. At Cabin on the Rocks you can rock away while listening to the trickling river and enjoy the serenity and easy access of the amazing Chimney Rock State Park!
Hiking High and LowReach the pinnacle of Chimney Rock State Park on the Skyline Trail, which brings you to the natural rock formations Devil's Head and Exclamation Point. From this vantage you can see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, including idyllic Lake Lure. Kids will enjoy the Great Woodland Adventure trail, featuring sculptures and 12 "discovery stations" along the way. The 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, featured in the movie The Last of the Mohicans, is accessible by an easy 1.5-mile hike on a wooded trail.
A Perfect Little Mountain TownThe quaint, one-street town of Chimney Rock is a delight to explore, from buying a local geological specimen at the Gem Mine to playing a round of miniature golf. Several restaurants, including the park's own Old Rock Café, will satisfy your appetite. Also inside the park, you'll find both the Cliff Dwellers Gift Shop and the Sky Lounge, located at the top of the Chimney Rock monolith. Local activities include fishing in the Rocky Broad River, which flows right through town, and water sports at nearby Lake Lure.
Let Loose at Lake Lure
Named one of the top 10 most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure takes its shape from surrounding mountain tops and granite cliffs. Rent a canoe or kayak from the public marina, walk through the park along the northern shore, or enjoy the beach area where the kids will love making a splash from the big green slides. In August each year, Patrick Swayze fans flock to Lake Lure for the Dirty Dancing festival to pay tribute to the film, which was partially filmed there. Cool off in the summer with a swim in this crystal clear lake, and in the fall, enjoy the beauty of changing Blue Ridge foliage.
After a fun-filled day in Hickory Nut Gorge, you'll look forward to making it a family tradition to visit Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure!
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