Our family loves to visit Lake Lure. Aaron and I often say that if we ever had to move and could choose anywhere to live that Lake Lure would be on our short list. It’s such a beautiful, quaint little town. We happen to have some really good friends who live there so getting to visit them is just the icing on the cake!
We hadn’t been to the area in several years–in fact, our friends had not even met our boys yet–so we were all excited about visiting the last weekend of April. Sometimes I forget just how much longer road trips can be when you have kids. We stopped a couple times on the way–for gas, and bathroom breaks, and dinner, and a trip to KMart because a certain little forgetful girl forgot to pack her tennis shoes. Our 5 ½ hour trip turned into an 8 hour trip! We finally pulled into town just as the sun was going down.
On Saturday our families went hiking at the Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail Park. It’s a free hiking area about ten minutes from the center of town. There are several kid friendly trails–we even hiked one of the strenuous trails and the kids hiked them like it was no big deal!
After hiking we had lunch at the park behind the visitor’s center. I loved the visitor’s center–especially the display all about Dirty Dancing. Parts of the movie were filmed in Lake Lure and they have a Dirty Dancing festival there every summer. How could I not carry a watermelon?
After lunch at the park, we walked to the Lake Lure flowering Bridge. The town took their old bridge and converted it to a community garden. It is covered from one end to the other with flowers and plants and sitting areas and each area is maintained and sponsored by various businesses and organizations in the town. It is such a unique place and definitely worth a stop if you’re in town. My photos just don’t do the place justice. I was kicking myself for not bringing my SLR camera!
On Sunday morning I was itching to get outside and walk. Madalyn came along with me and we ended up at the Rumbling Bald Mountain hiking trail. It’s only half a mile from our friends’ house and then the trail is 1.5 miles long. It was so much fun! There were streams and huge boulders and rocks to climb. Madalyn really enjoyed it and it was nice to spend one-on-one time with her.
We had to leave town on Sunday but before heading out we had an outdoor lunch at the Riverwatch Bar and Grill (YUM! SUCH good burgers and fries!) and then walked to the little trail behind the restaurant and put our feet in the water. The kids said this was their favorite place. Next time we’ll plan to spend more time there!
We didn’t make it up to Chimney Rock this visit but it’s another one of our favorites! The views at the top are incredible. I have lots of plans for our next trip to the area but hiking Hickory Nut Gorge to see the waterfall is at the top of the list!