Lake Lure is a premier tourist destination located in the foothills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, with the unusual combination of a pristine body of water surrounded by lush green cloud-topped mountains. This is a community of enthusiastic like-minded lake dwellers with adventure and relaxation a part of their daily lives. Located in an isothermal belt, Lake Lure boasts a climate temperate enough to enjoy the outdoors year round. Every season is enjoyable and beautiful here. The moment you arrive in Lake Lure, you will find yourself surrounded by unbelievable beauty. The rivers, streams and waterfalls converge into a gorgeous 720-acre lake. Centuries ago, hills and valleys gave way to boulders and cliffs, leaving behind awe-inspiring vistas at every turn.
Lake Lure is man-made; the dam was completed in September 1926 and the creation of the lake began. The full impoundment of Lake Lure was completed in 1927. At ordinary water levels, Lake Lure covers approximately 720 acres and has a shoreline of approximately 27 miles. The Town of Lake Lure encompasses 13.25 square miles including the lake with a large central body of deep water, three long bays, an island of seven acres and many small bays, coves, and inlets against a background of forest clad hills and mountains with huge rock outcroppings. National Geographic touts Lake Lure as one of the Top 10 man-made lakes in the world--yes, the WORLD!
Lake Lure is truly a unique destination that responds to our collective desires to get away from it all. With a diverse list of things to do and places to visit, your stay can be as active or as relaxed as you wish.
Come discover the beauty and charm of Lake Lure yourself while taking a boat tour. You'll learn about the natural and cultural histories of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Walk along the boardwalk, have a lakeside picnic at the Morse Park Meadows, rent a kayak or canoe, and have an adventure all your own. Even Hollywood has taken advantage of the natural beauty of the area. Dirty Dancing (1987) featured Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey dancing right here in the blue waters of Lake Lure, beneath a mountain moon. Firestarter (1984) starred Drew Barrymore, David Keith, and George C. Scott. When Drew Barrymore (as the young Firestarter) and David Keith (as her father) went into hiding at her grandfather's camp, they drove down a stretch of highway 64/74A overlooking Lake Lure. The hideout cottage, with its unusual footbridge/dock where David Keith struggled with the kidnappers, can be seen from the tour boat at the east end of Sunset Cove.