Perched in the serene Blue Ridge mountains of Lake Lure, NC, Chipmunk Too Cabin is a secluded three-story log retreat with breathtaking lake and mountain views. Overlooking Mirror Lake and Chimney Rock mountains, it offers peace by the Broad River’s soothing sounds. The cabin accommodates up to 10 guests across four spacious bedrooms, with a wood-burning stone fireplace, open living area, and two decks for relaxation.
Lake Lure, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, offers outdoor enthusiasts many opportunities to connect with nature. If you’re into water activities, the clear lake is perfect for stand-up paddleboarding, allowing you to explore serene beauty and discover secluded swimming spots. Keep in mind that permits are required for all watercraft, both motorized and non-motorized, and can be obtained from the Town of Lake Lure.
Birdwatchers will find excellent spots in and around Lake Lure, including the Rumbling Bald Loop, Party Rock Trail, Buffalo Creek Park Loop, and Weed Patch Mountain Trail. Chimney Rock Park is another great location for birdwatching, boasting a diverse range of species to observe.
For fishing enthusiasts, Lake Lure is a prime destination, teeming with various species such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, bream/bluegills, crappie, perch, white bass, carp, and multiple catfish species. Just remember to acquire your fishing license from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
If you’re keen on kayaking, you can embark on a leisurely adventure around the lake, with a convenient kayak launch at Washburn Marina. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, explore the fast-moving waters of the Broad River below the lake.
Within a short drive from Lake Lure, hikers of all levels can access a range of trails. Chimney Rock State Park and Party Rock offer panoramic lake views, while the Rumbling Bald Loop provides opportunities for climbing enthusiasts. You can also discover local flora and fauna at various trails, including Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail, Morse Park, Hickory Nut Falls, Youngs Mountain, Devil’s Head, Little Bradley Falls, Big Bradley Falls, Buffalo Creek Park, and Weed Patch Mountain.
Mountain biking enthusiasts will find thrilling trails at Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Mountain, and Kitsuma. These trails offer diverse terrain with technical sections, steep climbs, and exhilarating descents.
For rock climbers, Hickory Nut Gorge presents exceptional opportunities. Chimney Rock Park’s Rumbling Bald Climbing access caters to advanced climbers, and lessons are available for beginners. Iconic climbs like “The Sentinel,” “Screamweaver,” “Bumblebee Buttress,” “Master Beta,” and “Two Pitch Route” at Rumbling Bald, along with traditional climbing routes at “Whitsides Cliff” in Pisgah National Forest, offer diverse challenges for climbers of all levels.
In addition to these activities, the Florence Nature Preserve offers a tranquil escape with over 5 miles of hiking trails on 600 acres. This beautiful area features pristine creeks, scenic rock outcrops, old homesite ruins, and old growth forests, making it an ideal destination for a peaceful walk in the woods. Nature enthusiasts can encounter unique plants and wildlife, from pink and yellow ladyslippers to rare salamanders. A recommended hike is the route to Rattlesnake Rock via a “lollipop loop” of the FNP Access Trail, Blue, White, and Red Trails, spanning 4.2 miles round-trip.
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