Blue Ridge Foothills: Chimney Rock, Lake Lure & More

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Blue Ridge Foothills: Chimney Rock, Lake Lure & More

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Start your adventure with a scenic drive to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park where you can reconnect with nature. Stand atop the 315-foot Chimney Rock and see amazing 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the North Carolina Piedmont. Down below is the scenery you’ll see in The Last of the Mohicans, including the unforgettable final scenes filmed at the edge of 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls.

Just below Chimney Rock, relax on a boat tour of Lake Lure, or on the sandy beach by the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, a restored grand hotel of the 1920s. The scenery around here also made it in the movies as the romantic backdrop for Dirty Dancing. Visit Bennett’s Classics Cars Museum or the Rutherford County Farm Museum.

Head 23 miles north on U.S. 9 to the Swannanoa Valley Museum, which preserves and interprets the social, cultural and natural history of the Swannanoa Valley, a pathway to Western North Carolina. Stroll through the quaint streets of Black Mountain and stop in some of the shops and galleries.

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