This post is from guest author and Beverly-Hanks associate Joelle van den Berg.
UPDATE (2016): Joelle is no longer affiliated with Beverly-Hanks. We wish her the very best in her pursuits.
Lake Lure is a little gem of a place located southeast of Asheville, and east of Hendersonville. The name Lake Lure applies to both the lake and the town. We are located in the Hickory Nut Gorge, between the mountains. Many of you will have heard of Chimney Rock Park, located in the Gorge. Scenes from “The Last of the Mohicans” were filmed there. The park has recently become North Carolina’s largest state park, and we are both proud and very pleased that over a thousand acres will be pristinely maintained for generations to come.
We are a small town wrapped around the lake that is our heart. The mountain views here are superb, and the lake has been recognized as one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the country. Our pace of life is, well, a bit slower than in the big city. For instance, if the ducks at the community pond decide to cross the road, traffic stops. We might wonder why they don’t simply fly across, but they choose to walk, and we accommodate them.
Early in the 20th century, Dr. Lucius Morse discovered our corner of western NC and became the driving force bringing development to the area. His vision brought in a hydroelectric power plant, and created both the lake with its nearly thirty miles of shoreline, and the town, incorporated in 1927. Today, the town of Lake Lure owns the lake, which means it is its residents who control what happens to it. There is a strong focus on keeping the water sparkling clean and maintaining high water levels for recreational usage.
Chimney Rock Park offers miles of hiking trails, a 400-foot waterfall, and a great view of the entire region from its lookout atop The Rock. The 720-acre lake provides yet more recreation opportunities. Visitors can rent boats, take boat tours, or just relax on the town beach. Water skiing—but not jet skiing—is permitted. Town residents have free access to the beach and a chance to rent a boat slip at the marina. Local riding stables offer horseback riding. North Carolina is a golfer’s paradise and Lake Lure is no exception. There’s the Dan Maples Championship Golf Course at Apple Valley, the beautiful Bald Mountain Golf Course, the Lake Lure Municipal Golf Course, and several other excellent courses nearby.
Getting hungry? Lake Lure offers both casual and fine dining. Don’t worry if you forgot to bring a jacket and tie, just make sure you have shoes on your feet. There’s also a dinner cruise available and both food and sunset views across the lake and gorge are an event not to be missed.
Visitors and vacationers can find B&Bs, motels, condos, and homes ranging from modest log cabins to luxury lakefront mansions to rent for the weekend or the summer.
From Lake Lure, you can easily explore Asheville, Hendersonville, and the area to the south, Polk County. Tryon offers steeplechase, fox hunting, and dressage events and is the site of the NC Blue Ridge BBQ Festival, home of the NC Championship Cook-Off. There’s a public marina at Lake Adger where the NC record-holder, Musky, a 41 pounder, was caught. Saluda is another charming Polk County village to explore.
Should you decide to stay forever, if you want to find a second home, or a place to build, Beverly-Hanks’ Lake Lure office is located across the road from the Lake Lure beach, next door to the 1927 Lake Lure Inn, in the Lake Lure Arcade Building. [UPDATE: Our Lake Lure office is now on the Rumbling Bald Resort.] Come in and say hello. We’ll be happy to help you explore Lake Lure further.
Joelle van den Berg
Beverly-Hanks, Lake Lure