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!
Let the good times roll in the cheery lower level recreation room, which includes a foosball table, a pool table, a corn hole game set (bean bag toss), two card tables, and a flat-screen TV. Everyone will love a soak in the bubbly hot tub, and the adventures continue around the fire pit, you won't believe the night sky full of stars! At the end of a long day, cozy up by the fireplace and watch your favorite movie on the huge flat screen TV. Offering all the comforts of home, and more, Stairway to Heaven
a rockin' place to stay for your visit to Western North Carolina!
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
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!