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Sliding Rock
Green River Cove Tubing
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing

(Seasonal)



Sliding Rock is the most popular natural water slide in North Carolina. It is 60 feet long and has visitors sliding down the waterfall which empties 11,000 gallons of water a minute into the tidal pool.The pool is 6-7 foot deep. The slide is a Forest Service recreation area with lifeguards and staff are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Beat the heat with a lazy inner tube trip down the Green River. This is great fun for adults and kids . Green River Cove Tubing offers a 3 miles trip (appx. 2-1/2 hours) and a 6 mile trip (appx. 4-1/2 hours). Green River Cove Tubing provides the tubes, transportation to the launch site, There is client recovery at the end of the ride and parking. It is one of the  funest things our guest enjoy.
Moonshine Mountain is your stop for seasonal, snow tubing adventure in Western North Carolina. You’ll enjoy 500 foot tubing runs, a gift shop, fire pit area and rib-sticking barbecue from Pit BBQ.
Cedar Creek Stables
Riverside Riding Stables
Lake Lure Golf Clubfoot Golf
Cedar Creek Stables is nestled near beautiful Lake Lure. They offer a variety of horseback trail rides ranging from 1 – 2 hours on their 350 acres of scenic trails. They also offer pony rides for their younger riders. They are very favorably reviewed for their excellent guides and well behaved horses.
 Riverside Riding Stables offers riding for all ages. They have pony rides for kids age 2-6, a 1-hour trail ride where kids can ride with a parent and a 2-hour trail ride for ages 14 years and up. The 2-hour ride is for the adventurous riders who want to swim with your horse through the river. 
Foot Golf at Lake Lure Golf Clubfoot Golf was added to the course in June of 2015 as another option for non-golfers to enjoy the beautiful property. Players kick a soccer ball through a nine-hole route to 21” holes using golf rules. Lake Lure Foot Golf course was the first certified Foot Golf course in North Carolina designed and certified by the United States Foot Golf Association.
Lake Lure Adventure Company
French Broad River Rafting
Canopy Ridge Farm

There are several zipline options in and around Lake Lure where you can soar through the lush, green forests of the Blue Ridge Foothills and discover the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge and surrounding areas.
Boulderline Adventure Programs is one of the few zipline programs accessible to children and adults. Richard and Tammy specialize in providing tailored programs for schools, camps, civic organizations and more. They’re very hands-on educators which makes for a wonderful family-friendly experience. In addition to zipline tours which usually last around 2 hours, you’ll also find a climbing tower, giant V-swing and even Night Flight adventures all among the pristine and beautiful grounds.
Lake Lure Adventure Company-Lake Lure Adventure Company offers lots of water adventure options: rent a boat, book a water skiing or wake boarding trip, take a guided fishing trip or go paddle boarding. They are only open seasonally Memorial Day to Labor Day and they book up quickly. This is a great option if you want to tube or water ski as tubing and water skiing are not permitted on rental boats.

This is the closest whitewater rafting to Lake Lure, NC and offers class I – IV rapids. French Broad River Rafting offers a variety of rafting trips from a 5-mile trip (3-4 hours, class I-III rapids) to a 9-mile trip (3–6 hours, class I–IV rapids). The time range can vary based on the water flow. The French Broad river is a wide, free-flowing river, so recent rainfall determines the intensity of the rapids. So, heavy rain makes for a quicker and more exciting trip. A thumbs up favorite that my nephews enjoyed.
 
Rocky Broad Riverwalk
Mini-Golf at Fibber McGee's
Washburn Marina Boat Rentals





Rocky Broad Riverwalk Enjoy free fun along the Rocky Broad River in the center of Chimney Rock Village. A natural walkway with stone bridges, large boulders and rushing water meanders along 1/8 mile trail. Pack a lunch, wade in the river, skip stones and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. You can also access the river front shops and restaurants.
 

Mini-Golf at Fibber McGee's-After a walk on the Riverwalk, play an game of putt putt golf on a beautiful, naturally landscaped miniature golf course situated along the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock Village. Enjoy the sounds of the river and views of the blue ridge mountains as you play 18 holes of challenging mini golf. This is an adventure for the whole family.
Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
[Lake Lure Beach and Water Park] One of the top things to do with kids in Lake Lure is to spend the day at the beach. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a day at the beach on beautiful Lake Lure. Soak up the sun, float in the crisp, cool lake and take in all the beauty of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Kids will also enjoy the Water Park complete with soaking games, a water slide, and the water wars area that make the water park wet fun in the sun. Admission to the water park is included in the admission price of the beach.


Washburn Marina Boat Rentals-Washburn Marina in Lake Lure has all your boat rental needs covered. They offer both motorized and non-motorized boat rentals. They have pontoon boats, hydro-bikes, kayaks, paddle boats, canoes and paddle boards. Lots of options and an extended rental season March – October. Non-motorized boats are on a first-come basis. Life jackets are provided.
Lake Lure Boat Tours
Morse Park and Flowering Bridge 
Morse Park Lake Lure Walking Tour

Lake Lure Boat Tours – Sit Back and Relax
Take a covered boat tour of beautiful Lake Lure. View the majestic mountains and be guided past the key local attractions and landmarks such as locations used in filming the popular Dirty Dancing movie. Hourly tours depart out of the Lake Lure marina. We’ve done this trip numerous times with visiting guests and they have all enjoyed it.

Morse Park and Flowering Bridge – Park, Playground, Picnic Tables & Pretty
Flowers


Morse Park Lake Lure Walking Tour] Tucked between the beach and The Flowering Bridge, Morse Park provides picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, Lake Lure and area flora and fauna. There’s a beautiful walkway around the park, picnic tables, tennis courts and a playground for the kids. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is adjacent to Morse Park and just a short walk. The Flowering Bridge is a scenic pedestrian walkway featuring 155 feet of beautiful gardens with a variety of blooms and bushes that pay homage to Western North Carolina’s natural flora.


Donald Ross Nature Park
Looking Glass Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway
Looking Glass Falls-Looking Glass Falls is located in the Pisgah Forest and is one of the best known waterfalls in North Carolina. It is actually viewable from the roadside which is great for young children or people that have difficulty walking. The top is wheelchair accessible where you can get a great view of the 60′ waterfall or you can take a short walk below for a closer look. Swimming is allowed, but there is no lifeguard on duty. You can combine a trip to Looking Glass Falls with Sliding Rock (above) as they are right near each other.

Blue Ridge Parkway – Endless Miles of Scenic Beauty
Blue Ridge Parkway Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina to enjoy beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are a number of very scenic overlooks and points-of-interest along the Blue Ridge Partway. All are clearly marked, have designated parking areas and some even have short walks and hiking trails to explore.


Donald Ross Nature Park – Peaceful, Easy Nature Walk, Room to Run
[Donald Ross Nature Trail Park] While there are lots of hiking options around Lake Lure, Donald Ross Nature Park is a great one for younger kids. It’s surrounded by nature, the trails are well maintained and easy to moderate in difficulty. There are two open fields where kids can run and play and there are several picnic pavilions throughout the park.17. Looking Glass Falls – One of North Carolina’s Best Known Waterfalls


Mount Mitchell State Park 
NC Arboretum
Pearson Falls

NC Arboretum
NC Arboretum-The North Carolina Arboretum is next to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Comprised of 434 acres of public gardens within the Pisgah National Forest. Within the Arboretum you will find, more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, guided walks, geocaching (10 in total), indoor and outdoor exhibits, events, plant shows and more.



Pearson Falls
Pearson Falls-This is on the list because it is another very accessible, beautiful waterfall, but there is an entry fee and many restrictions given that it is a wildlife sanctuary. Pearson’s Falls is located off Highway 176 between Tryon and Saluda in Western North Carolina. This wildlife and bird sanctuary is comprised of 268 acres of native forest, granite, spring-fed streams. A short, picturesque 1/4 mile trail takes you to the 90 ft. waterfall. This is a great picnic area. There are several restrictions put in place to maintain the beauty:
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Mount Mitchell State Park – See the Highest Peak East of the Mississippi
Mount Mitchell State Park] Mount Mitchell State Park is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Burnsville, NC. The summit of Mount Mitchell, at an elevation 6,684 feet, is the highest point east of the Mississippi. A short trail beginning at the summit parking lot leads to the stone observation platform. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as 85 miles and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Pisgah National Forest. There are also more extensive hikes available. There is a concession stand, gift shop and small history museum. Based on the erratic weather at that elevation, it is important to check the website for road and park closures. We enjoy exploring the park and then having lunch at The Mount Mitchell View Restaurant.

Chimney Rock State Park

Biltmore Estate
Toy Train Museum

Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park-There’s lots to explore at Chimney Rock State Park, which provides beautiful panoramic views of Lake Lure and a 404 foot waterfall and locations where scenes from The Last of the Mohicans was filmed. You can hike along five different trails which vary in difficulty. Kids will love The Great Woodland Adventure, which consists of a .6-mile trail and 12 Woodland Creature Discovery Stations. And, those looking for a workout can take the Outcroppings Trail which is the alternative to taking the 26 story elevator to the Chimney. Think Stairmaster workout! They also host several children’s events throughout the year so check their event calendar before you go.


Historic – Things To Do in The AREA
Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate, a place like no other. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French Chateau is a real life wonder filled with treasures gathered from around the world. Experience the Vanderbilt’s 8,000 acre estate nestled in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Outdoor enthusiasts can take part in a number of family-friendly outdoor activities on the estate such as hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding. Kids will also enjoy The Farm in Antler Hill Village with turn-of-the-century games and farm-friendly animals at the Farmyard. There are also a number of themed time periods such as Biltmore Blooms (Spring) and Christmas at Biltmore which is a special treat. Check the site for special pricing, events and more.

Toy Train Museum-Come see toy trains from the early 1900s to the present. There are several tracks set up with working trains, and visitors can work the trains themselves! There is a separate train room for our youngest engineers, complete with push trains, engineer costumes and coloring pages!
Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine
Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
LaZoom Comedy Tour.

Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
[Lake Lure Beach and Water Park] One of the top things to do with kids in Lake Lure is to spend the day at the beach. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a day at the beach on beautiful Lake Lure. Soak up the sun, float in the crisp, cool lake and take in all the beauty of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Kids will also enjoy the Water Park complete with soaking games, a water slide, and the water wars area that make the water park wet fun in the sun. Admission to the water park is included in the admission price of the beach.

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine – Find a Gem Every Time!
Chimney Rock Gem Minin, which isnestled deep in the Hickory Nut Gorge located on the banks of the Rocky Broad River in historic Chimney Rock Village. This gemstone mine is a great opportunity to prospect for your own gems. The gemstone mine guarantees a gem find every time, so everyone can feel the thrill! Who knows? Maybe you will have a lucky day?
 

LaZoom Comedy Tour. They offer two packages that educate and entertain. The Haunted Comedy Tour and The City Comedy Tour. Enjoy comfortable, spacious tour buses that run rain or shine, and be prepared for a side-splitting good time. 
Biltmore Estate,
Hands On
Toy Train Museum

Hands On! A Child’s Gallery
[Hands On] Hands On! A Child’s Gallery is a children’s museum that encourages touching he exhibits. Children and their parents learn about science, nature and basic life skills through interactive presentations and touchable displays. Children younger than 1 receive free admission.

Biltmore Estate, a place like no other. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French Chateau is a real life wonder filled with treasures gathered from around the world. Experience the Vanderbilt’s 8,000 acre estate nestled in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Outdoor enthusiasts can take part in a number of family-friendly outdoor activities on the estate such as hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding. Kids will also enjoy The Farm in Antler Hill Village with turn-of-the-century games and farm-friendly animals at the Farmyard. There are also a number of themed time periods such as Biltmore Blooms (Spring) and Christmas at Biltmore which is a special treat. Check the site for special pricing, events and more.



Toy Train Museum
[Toy Train Museum] Come see toy trains from the early 1900s to the present. There are several tracks set up with working trains, and visitors can work the trains themselves! There is a separate train room for our youngest engineers, complete with push trains, engineer costumes and coloring pages!