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12 Serene Things To Do In Lake Lure, NC

mother and child paddle boarding on lake lure, nc attraction

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I feel like my soul comes alive whenever I visit Lake Lure, a small town in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Tucked below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s surrounded by the forested green of the pine trees, mountain views, and of course the glistening man-made lake.

Lake Lure may be a small town, but it’s packed with things to do and places to see. Located just 45-minutes from Asheville, it’s the perfect place to spend a day or a week, depending on how much relaxation you’re looking for.

Total serenity on Lake Lure, NC

Being just five minutes’ drive to Chimney Rock State Park and 1 hour’s drive to the scenic Pisgah National Forest, being in Lake Lure is all about being in nature – it’s a place where you can disconnect, reconnect, and slip into a serene lifestyle.

About Lake Lure, NC

Lake Lure houses
Beautiful lakeside homes on Lake Lure

Lake Lure was artificially made back in 1927 by Lucius Morse, and is surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. In the distance are the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Hickory Nut Gorge with names like Buffalo Head and Sleeping lady.

He envisioned a lake resort that would be one of the largest in the country as he gazed down upon the Broad River Valley from the top of Chimney Rock, which he owned and opened to the public in 1916.

Lake house on Lake Lure, North Carolina
Lake House on Lake Lure

The town of Buffalo, a small Gold Rush and farming town, now sits at the bottom of the lake.

Legend of the church said to be 70 feet below in the center of the lake whose bell is said to be heard ringing on stormy evenings

The lake is now owned by the town of Lake Lure, with private homes surrounding most of it. Access is provided via a town marina, beach and park.

Lake Lure boat tours

What I love about this beautiful lakeside destination, is that it has NOT become one large lake resort.

It’s mostly a popular USA destination of privately owned homes that caters to families who vacation in North Carolina every summer.

That’s what I want!

Things To Do On Lake Lure

1. Relax, Learn and Dream on a Lake Lure Boat Tours

tour boat on lake lure
Lake Lure boat tour
woman and child on boat tour
Fun for the kids!

On a Lake Lure boat tour, you get to experience the best of this lake’s natural beauty, as well as some iconic locations – you can see the stairs from Dirty Dancing where Baby carried the watermelon, for example.

We took the boat tour in the afternoon….

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