Lake Lure, a natural-looking man-made body of water formed by the damming of the Rocky Broad River in 1926, sits at 1,125 feet in a gorge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Enveloped by thickly forested mountains, the 720-acre lake has three bays and countless inlets carved into its 27-mile shoreline.Read the full article
One of the most scenic artificial reservoirs anywhere, its environs, including the town that shares its name, so perfectly fit the watery community ideal that it feels more like a Hollywood set than an actual destination — accounting for its appearance as a backdrop in films such as "Dirty Dancing," "Firestarter" and "The Last of the Mohicans."
But there is much more to Lake Lure than just good looks. Drawn not only by timeless beauty, but by outdoor pursuits and the feeling of isolation far from everyday life, hordes of escapist weekenders and day trippers descend here in the spring and summer. With choice spots for basking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddling, hiking, biking, golfing or just taking in the surroundings, Lake Lure is a nature lover's dream.