When Is the Best Time to Visit Lake Lure & Chimney Rock?

Although we would argue that the best time to visit Lake Lure and Chimney Rock is year-round, we definitely have a peak season. Discover our favorite seasons in this guide to the best time to visit our beautiful nook of Western North Carolina.  

You’ll find some great Chimney Rock activities below, but there’s so much more to do in our beautiful area of Western North Carolina! Access our free Vacation Guide full of the best places to eat, shop, and see in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure! 

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The Best Time to Visit Lake Lure and Chimney Rock for You!  

Summer  

Summer in Lake Lure, NC, is unmatched! Thousands of visitors flock to the mountains during June, July, and August every year, and with good reason. From relaxing on the beach to festivals to fireworks, there’s something for everyone in Western North Carolina. 

Our favorite events and festivals include:  

Check out Three Splashing Fun Ways to Stay Cool This Summer on Lake Lure 

Autumn  

You need to experience autumn in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Our charming mountain town is the perfect atmosphere for a classic Western North Carolina getaway. Between the color-changing leaves and abundance of fall festivals, an autumnal trip to Lake Lure should be on everyone’s bucket list. 

Our favorite events and festivals include: 

Find out how to Make the Most of Your Fall in Western NC 

Spring  

Spring is a time of year that sometimes gets overlooked in Western North Carolina but is completely underrated! As the flowers bloom, Lake Lure transforms into a colorful and fragrant oasis. We recommend doing some easy hikes or checking out a waterfall. Along the way, you’ll spot hundreds of different blooming flora and fauna as the cold subsides and the mountains come back to life. 

Our favorite events and festivals include: 

  • Easter Brunch at The Esmeralda Restuarant 
  • Cider, Wine, & Dine Weekend 

Find out why You Need to Celebrate Spring at the Biltmore Festival of Flowers 

Winter 

If you want to see snow, winter will be the best time to visit Gatlinburg for you! A white blanket covers the mountains and trees, turning the area into a stunning winter wonderland filled with holiday cheer.  

Our favorite events and festivals include: 

Find out The Most Cheerful Ways to Celebrate a Christmas This Season 

Complete Your Getaway with a Stay at The Esmeralda!  bed in front of tv on stand

You will find top-notch accommodations at The Esmeralda Inn. From our contemporary touches to our spacious guest rooms, you’ll find comfortable bliss in Lake Lure. Need some more space? Check out our cabins built to fit the whole family! Our in-house amenities include a spacious recreation area with games like foosball, and air hockey, an outdoor whirlpool spa, an award-winning restaurant, complimentary gourmet breakfast, and much more!  

Experience comfort, charm, and mountain views with an unforgettable stay at The Esmeralda Inn! Check our availability and book your stay today!