Named as one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure gives its name to the surrounding town of some 1,000 year-round permanent residents. Incorporated in 1927, Lake Lure is situated in the foothills of the western Carolina mountains less than an hour from Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Perhaps most famous for the scenes in the popular movie "Dirty Dancing" (1987) where Patrick Swayze is teaching Jennifer Grey the lift moves in the lake while at summer camp; visitors can stop by Firefly Cove by car or boat to see where the movie was filmed.
The lake is approximately 700 acres and spans roughly three miles end to end. High above, you can see Chimney Rock and the neighboring state park, as well as the beautiful mountain skyline.
There is a public beach and marina area in the central part of the lake area, that I would consider "going to town" if you are staying elsewhere around the lake. There are a couple of restaurants as well as the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Restaurant. Visitors have a wealth of lodging options in the area including private cabin rentals, timeshares and lodges. Some of the motels in the area look rather dated and primitive, so I would suggest doing some research before committing deposit money on a stay.
During our visit, we enjoyed a four hour personal tour of the lake via a 17' pontoon boat we rented at our resort development. For $175, we felt that was the best way to go allowing us to explore at our own pace to include stopping along the way for a picnic lunch if the mood struck us.
All around the lake and the many coves were summer vacation homes, most with boat houses and/or docks. Some were very modest and frankly looked in disrepair, while others were very extravagant and majestic. The lake is popular during the summer for many activities including canoeing, water skiing and fishing. You can also rent peddle boats at the marina in town or at the Rumbling Bald Resort (where we rented our pontoon boat).
The views from around the lake are breathtaking . . . the waters refreshing. We would highly recommend vacationing at Lake Lure.