There’s no place in the world like Charleston, South Carolina. If you are anything like us, then the sandy beaches, historic churches, and ancient oak trees have a special place in your heart! We also know that every now and then, we could all use a little mountain therapy, and that’s when it’s time to pack your bags for your sister state to the north! When you are craving an authentic N.C. mountain experience, it’s time to hit the open road for a trip from Charleston to Lake Lure! Hiking trails, waterfalls, regional breweries, and exploration await!
This one-of-a-kind area offers closeness to the most unique places in Western N.C. Explore the colorful city of Asheville, find panoramic mountain views at Chimney Rock, and explore the beautiful orchards of Hendersonville. If you’d like to learn more about unique things to do near Lake Lure, open our free guide to Lake Lure & Chimney Rock. Now, let’s hit the road!
Things to Do During Your Getaway From Charleston to Lake Lure
Spend on a Day on the Water
One of the biggest attractions surrounding Lake Lure is the lake itself. During your trip from Charleston to Lake Lure, you can relax on the shores of the beach or take a dip in the water. If you want to do something a bit more adventurous, try one of the many water activities. Lake Lure is a beautiful place to go kayaking in the spring, summer, or fall. You can admire the natural landscape from the water. Or, try an exciting sport like wakeboarding and waterskiing on the lake.
Explore the Hiking Trails
Lake Lure is one of the most beautiful areas for hiking near Asheville. Whether you’re looking for an easy loop trail near the lake or a strenuous hike to a nearby summit, you’ll find the perfect hike here. You can also head to Chimney Rock for unparalleled views of the mountains. Choose to take the short hike to the top of the rock or use the elevator to reach the summit. During the fall, this is one of the best spots to witness the fall foliage.
Visit the Gem Mine for the Day
For a unique daytime activity near Lake Lure, check out the gem mine. Learn more about the natural gemstones found in this area and discover some to take home. At the mine, you can indulge in homemade ice cream while overlooking the gorgeous Broad River. After you’ve explored the mine itself, head to the gift shop to find unique piece of jewelry to bring home with you.
Make the Most of It All at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
During your trip from Charleston to Lake Lure, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest your head at night. With gorgeous views of Chimney Rock just outside our doors, there’s no place in Western N.C. quite like The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant! During your stay, you can always look forward to comforting amenities, vacation packages, and top-notch service. After a peaceful night’s rest, join us in the morning for a complimentary gourmet breakfast. And, if you’re muscles are feeling tired after a day of hiking and exploring, remember to take advantage of our spa services. Our in-ground, outdoor hot tub is also heated year-round!
If you are ready to pack your bags for the N.C. mountains, remember to check our current specials! We hope to see you soon at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.