The stunning western North Carolina wilderness is waiting to be explored! From gorgeous spring blooms to colorful fall foliage, an escape to Lake Lure, NC, and the Blue Ridge foothills is extraordinary. We encourage you to try a few of these outdoor activities in Lake Lure, NC, any time of year.
Plus, to help you plan your trip, we’ve gathered a few recommendations for the best things to do near Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Access our Vacation Guide and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the mountains of western North Carolina!
What Is the Best Way to Explore Outdoor Activities in Lake Lure, NC?
Hit the Biking Trails at Buffalo Creek Park
Popular with mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners, the elaborate trails at Buffalo Creek Park are sure to be a great time. The park offers over 12 miles of trails. These backcountry trails are filled with wildflowers, small cascades, and views of Young’s Mountain.
Take a Hike at Chimney Rock State Park
Notorious for its winding scenic hiking trails, Chimney Rock State Park offers some of the best hiking in western North Carolina. This gorgeous park features a few different trails of varying difficulties. So, whether you’re new to hiking or a seasoned explorer, this park’s path won’t disappoint. Plus, you’ll enjoy the stunning views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and Rutherford County when you reach the top!
Two of our favorite trails are the Great Woodland Adventure Trail and the Four Seasons Trail. We recommend that beginners take the Great Woodland Adventure Trail. This popular trail is perfect for nature lovers interested in local wildlife and families with kids of all ages.
The Four Seasons Trail is ideal for hikers in need of something more challenging. The 1.5-mile trek will take you through various terrains, but many agree that this trail is well worth the challenge.
Cast a Line at Lake Lure
You’ll find year-round fun at Lake Lure! Rutherford county’s 720-acre body of water is an excellent place for all kinds of outdoor fun, but it is primarily known for its exceptional fishing. In the summer and winter months, avid anglers enjoy chartering guided fishing trips around the lake. The enormous lake is home to large and smallmouth bass, white bass, sunfish, crappie, and more!
Horseback Riding in Western NC
If you fancy yourself a fan of the saddle, why not visit a local stable and explore the Western North Carolina mountains by horseback? Check out one of our favorite stables below and explore the outdoors from a different vantage point this year!
Explore Chimney Rock Village and the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
The tiny village of Chimney Rock is often rated as one of the “coolest small towns in NC” for its enduring charm, beautiful views, and locally owned businesses. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is easily the most beautiful highway bridge in the country. The 155-foot bridge is adorned with flowers, visited by butterflies and bees, and is the perfect place to spend a casual Saturday amongst nature! Both of these outdoor places are great for taking a peaceful walk, talk to new people, and explore the quieter side of Western NC at your leisure!
Stay Cozy at The Esmeralda
When you book your mountain getaway with us, you’ll be able to spend your day exploring western North Carolina’s best outdoor activities while enjoying the utmost comfort. From the spa to the restaurant to The Esmeralda Park, our mountainside inn is ideal for recharging and connecting with nature while indulging in all of Lake Lure’s delights!
For the ultimate getaway, we recommend booking our premium mountain view room. This incredible accommodation offers stunning mountain and river views, along with a king-size bed and comfy plush robes for an incredibly peaceful slumber. In addition to your in-room amenities, you’ll get a gourmet made-to-order breakfast every morning.
Check our availability and book your stay. The Blue Ridge Mountains are calling, and you must come!