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About Lake Lure

It may be best known as the place where Baby and Johnny performed their famous “Lake Lift” in the film “Dirty Dancing”, but you’re guaranteed the time of your life when you vacation in Lake Lure.

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About Lake Lure, North Carolina

The town of Lake Lure has been used as a filming location for films such as Dirty Dancing, Thunder Road and The Last of the Mohicans (filmed at nearby Chimney Rock). One of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the country, the resort nestles at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, around 27 miles from Asheville.

With a sandy beach, plenty of activities taking place on the lake itself and acres of state parks to explore, there’s plenty here for couples, families and groups of friends looking for an action-packed vacation.

You can expect plenty of sunshine, too, as the climate here is mild all year round, with average highs of around 82 degrees Fahrenheit in July.

You’ll find plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafes serving hearty cuisine and fresh fish—you could even order your own watermelon (carrying it is strictly optional).

What to do in Lake Lure

Every August, the Dirty Dancing Festival takes place at the lake with a free lakeside screening of the film, activities, dancing, live music and the chance to try your very own “Lake Lift”. Book your tickets in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!

Why not relax on the well-maintained sandy beach, take the kids to the water park with its slides, or stroll across the Flowering Bridge and along the boardwalk? This 155-foot bridge has been transformed into a beautiful garden that's a popular photo spot.

For something a little more active, you can hike or bike through 1,500 acres of countryside at Buffalo Creek Park, take part in a range of watersports on the lake, or visit Chimney Rock Park with its Great Woodland Adventure Trail and Animal Discovery Den for the kids. Here you’ll meet Greta the Groundhog, as well as reptiles, amphibians and other creatures.

Top travel tips for Lake Lure

The nearest airport offering domestic flights is Asheville Regional Airport, around 30 miles from Lake Lure.

You do need a permit to fish on the lake and in Hickory Nut Gorge, but you can always book a local guide or head out on an organized fishing expedition to fish for rainbow and brown trout, catfish, bluegill and cass.

A guided boat tour (leaving from the marina) is a great way to find out more about the area and see the main attractions.

Whether you’re a fan of Dirty Dancing or just looking for a lakeside retreat for a family vacation, Lake Lure is the perfect place to spend a week or two.

FlipKey’s range of vacation rentals includes lakeside cabins and charming cottages – browse our available properties today and book a vacation to remember.