The Laurel Knob Overlook at Milepost 349.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers beautiful long-range views of the forest below, which was part of the first purchases under the Weeks Act of 1911, leading to the formation of the Pisgah National Forest.
The Folk Art Center is owned by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and is the oldest continuously operated craft shop in the United States. Its mix of museum, exhibition and craft shop makes it an interesting stop or destination. The moving story behind the Folk Art Center or Allanstand puts the store in a new light.
Zebulon Baird Vance’s Birthplace was a simple log mountain cabin, as it was very typical for the area and time period. His homestead consisted of the main cabin with six log outbuildings. Later in life he became two-time Governor of North Carolina and U.S. Senator. Visitors can tour the buildings, which have been furnished with household items of the time period of around 1800.
Baking amazing sweets and cooking enticing savory dishes, Well Bred Bakery & Café on Weaverville’s Main Street has been an institution for over a decade. Recognized as best bakery in Western North Carolina, Well Bred Bakery & Café impresses with its large and mouthwatering selection of pastries, cakes, cookies and breads as well as quiches, salads, croissant sandwiches and paninis, making it a nice breakfast or lunch option.
The Sqweelin’ Pig BBQ is a little family-operated stationary food truck, which serves amazingly tasty wood smoked, gently and slowly cooked meats, which are rich in flavors and so tender, that they literally melt in your mouth.
Adjacent to Pisgah National Forest and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393, the North Carolina Arboretum is located in one of the most beautiful settings in the area. Wonderful exhibitions, an extensive bonsai collection and multiple trails let visitors spend a couple of hours at the Arboretum and enjoy the picturesque scenery.
Breathtaking views and a memorable horseback riding experience, passing through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and tranquil wooded areas, await tour participants at Sandy Bottom Trail Rides.
Two of their four tours stop at the rustic 200-year old Little Pine Gem Mine, where riders can stretch their legs and look for gem-quality garnets, which they can keep.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides is located 28 miles (45 km) north-west of Asheville and 19 miles (31 km) west of Weaverville NC.
Located just 12 miles (19 km) from Lake Lure, Cedar Creek Stables offers a variety of guided horseback trail rides, ranging from 1 hour to 2 hours. Younger riders may also choose a short trail around their 3-acre lake, led by one of their staff members. Gem mining, catch-and-release fishing and picnic tables are also available on the property.
Ziplining and rock climbing is already a thrilling combination, but what about ziplining through the forest at dark? Boulderline Adventure Programs offers 6 zip lines, covering 40 acres of forest woodland, a 32 ft (10 m) rock climbing tower and the adventurous Night Flight, where riders glide through the dark forest during evening hours.
Boulderline Adventure Programs is located 14 miles (23 km) from Lake Lure.
On an exhilarating zipline-tour at Canopy Ridge Farm, participants can feel the thrill, ziplining through the lush forest across hillsides, gorges and creeks with speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kmh).
Canopy Ridge Farm is located along the Broad River just 5 miles (8 km) from Lake Lure.
Reservations are recommended.
Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, The Beach at Lake Lure lets you relax under the sun, float on the water, build sand castles with your children, or picnic with friends and family. The Beach also offers a waterpark with soaking games, a water slide, water cannons and the water wars, which are included in the admission.
Enjoy picturesque views from the covered tour boat of Lake Lure Tours while your skipper tells wonderful legends of Lake Lure and explains the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut Gorge. You also cruise along local attractions and landmarks used in the film Dirty Dancing. Box Lunch Cruises and Sunset Dinner Cruises are also available.
Once a retreat for patrolmen and their families in the 1930s, The Lodge on Lake Lure is now a charming Bed and Breakfast combining spectacular mountain views with formidable cuisine by French native Chef Philippe. The Lodge offers 17 rooms. Golf courses are in walking distance or nearby.
The Right Track Toy Train Museum is a lovely place for families with small children, who will enjoy watching these toy trains run and want to experience an era almost gone by. The museum also has many trains on display.
Chimney Rock Park offers some of the most beautiful mountain scenery with breathtaking 75-mile views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and man-made Lake Lure. It features the famous 315-foot (96m) Chimney Rock. 499 stairs lead up to Chimney Rock. Alternatively, you can take an elevator but check ahead to make sure that the elevator is in operation.
The park also features Hickory Nut Falls, a 404-foot (123m) waterfall, the second highest of its kind east of the Mississippi River.