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Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Charming Area in the Blue Ridge Mountains


Lake Lure is a small area located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.



We stumbled upon Lake Lure by accident. We were headed to Chimney Rock and decide not to go when we got the entrance. Three tour buses were pulling in ahead of us! It was early morning and we had about an 8 hour drive ahead of us that day. 



We looked around Chimney Rock Village. Everything was closed because of it being so early, but it was very charming. The town became popular in the 20’s and 30’s which is when most of the buildings were constructed.



We walked over bridges and explored along the river running behind the shops on Main Street.



A little ways down the road is where is found Lake Lure.



The area was so pretty, especially the lake in the early morning light!



The lake is located in the Hickory Nut Gorge and is surrounded by granite cliffs and tree covered mountains.



I didn't find out until later that the Lake Lure area has been the filming location for many movie scenes. Some of the movies include:  Dirty Dancing, Forrest Gump, The Last of the Mohicans, A Breed Apart, Thunder Road, and Firestarter. They even have a Dirty Dancing Festival there! How cool is that!




The large sandy beach at the swimming area would be a perfect spot for relaxing in the sun on a summer day. This is a place that I would love to return to when the weather is warmer!


Happy Travels! 




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