Activities

Our cabins are centrally located to many wonderful attractions.  We are 5 minutes from Lake Lure;  30 minutes from Asheville and 30 minutes from Hendersonville.

  • Chimney Rock Park- 1000 acre privately owned park with hiking trails, 404' vertical drop waterfall and picnic areas.  Hwy 64/74, Chimney Rock NC / 625-9611  

  • Chimney Rock Village- A quaint mountain village with gift shops, restaurants, a general store, river front park and a river walk.  

  • Lake Lure Marina -rent boats or canoes.  1 mile away.  Hwy 64/74 , Lake Lure, 625-1373

  • Lake Lure Tours- Offering  pontoon boat tours of Lake Lure.   1 mile away.  Hwy 64/74,  Lake Lure, NC   625-0077

  • Beach at Lake Lure-  Water park and beach.  1 mile away.  Hwy 64/74 , Lake Lure, NC 625-8877

  • Golf– 4 courses
    Apple Valley Golf Course, Lake Lure Golf and Beach Resort (828)625-2888;

    Lake Lure Municipal Golf Course, Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure (828)625-4472;

    Bald Mountain Golf Course, Lake Lure Golf and Beach Resort , (800)260-1140;

    Broadmoor Golf Links, Hwy 26 Asheville- 30 minutes away (866)578-5874.

  • Bottomless Pools- A geological wonder- 3 pools with waterfalls - hiking trial and picnic area- very serene.  off Hwy 64/74,  1 mile away.  Lake Lure, NC - behind Arcade Building. 625-4275

  • Lake Lure Municipal Park– picnic tables, fishing, tennis courts, ball field, basket ball court, grills, trails around the lake. Hwy 64/74,  Lake Lure, NC

  • Horseback Riding- Cedar Creek Riding Stables- 20 minutes away, 542 Cedar Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC (828) 625-2811

  • Chimney Rock Adventure Golf- Mini golf- Main St, Chimney Rock, NC

  • White Water Raft Trips–  Wild Water Ltd.- white water rafting trips- Walnut Lane, Lake Lure 625-9111

  • Tube Rentals- River Creek Campground- 10 miles east of Lake Lure- 625-1990

  • Blue Ridge Parkway- entrance is 30 minutes away– take hwy 74 west towards Asheville.

  • Folk Art Center (milepost 380.1) - Mountain Crafts of the Southern highland’s  handicraft guild is 35 minutes away- just after you get on the parkway from SR 74.

  • Craggy Gardens (milepost 364.6)  is 1 hour away where you can see the spectacular  showplace of Catabwa Rhodedenron in full bloom in June and July- hiking trails/ picnic   area. 

  • Mount Mitchell State Park (milepost 355) - the highest peak in the eastern U.S. is 1 ½ hours away- a spectacular view- can be reached via the parkway or via sr 128.    Beware- it is much cooler on Mt. Mitchell- bring warm clothing!

  • Great Smokey Mountain National Park- Oconaluftee Visitors Center / entrance is 1 hour 45 min. away, Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC-(865) 436-1200.

  • The Biltmore Estate- America’s largest home; George Vanderbilt’s  country estate, gardens and winery; 8000 acres and 250 rooms; US 40, exit 50 , US 25N  in Asheville-35 minutes away. 1-800-624-1575

  • Historic Biltmore Village  -Built in the late 1890's near the Biltmore estate - many shops, galleries and fine restaurants-30 minutes away - US 40, exit 50 , US 25N  in Asheville- 35 minutes away.

  • Western NC Nature Center- See wolves, cougars, bob cats, owls and many other animals of Western North Carolina. The center features an educational farm, petting area, trails and an early  1800's log cabin, .Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville (828) 298-5600.

  • Johnson Farm- a 19th Century Tobacco Farm, 10 buildings, 2 trails and museum of farming - 35 minutes away; (off hwy 191) 3346 Haywood Rd- 4 miles north of downtown Hendersonville (828)891-6585.

  • Flat Rock Playhouse-NC State Theater in Flat Rock- 30 minutes away -2661 Greenville Hwy,  Flat Rock, NC - (828)693-4178

  • Carl Sandburg Home and Farm- home of Pulizer prize winning author/poet- 30 minutes away--off Hwy 25 in Flat Rock (828)693-4178

  • Sliding Rock- Pisgah  National Forest -60 foot natural, smooth rock waterslide (lifeguard on duty) -off US 276- 1 hour away-(828)877-3265.

  • Looking Glass Falls- Pisgah National Forest- 60 foot waterfall-off US 276 - 1 hour away-(828)877-3265

  • Dupont State Forest- Beautiful waterfalls in 7600 acres of forest land- hiking trails- 1 hour away- take SR 64 through Hendersonville -south on Kanuga Road to Dupont Rd (800)624-1575.

  • Coburn Earth Science Museum- Museum of minerals, fossils, gems, and crystals; featuring a 2404 carat opal boulder and 220 carat cut topaz- 35 minutes away- 2 Pack Square, Asheville, NC (704)254-7162.

  • Black Mountain- The town of Black Mountain has a charming historic district on Cherry Street offering lovely shops, galleries, antique stores, an old time general store,  and cafes- a highly recommended place to spend an afternoon- only 30 minutes away -Hwy 64 East to Hwy 9 North, left at the Town Hardware General Store, left on Cherry.

  • Broad River Gems and Mining Co. - gemstones, jewelry and gem mining- hwy 64/74- 9 miles east of Lake Lure (828)286-1220.

  • Thermal City Goldmine- an authentic mine on the Broad river- 45 minutes away- 74 east to Rtherfordton to hwy 221 (Between marion and Rutherfordton).

  • Asheville Art Museum- features outstanding exhibitions and a unique permanent collection of 20 and 21st Century American Art, including works of Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, George Inness and Louise Nevelson-  2 South Pack Place, Asheville, (828) 257-4503- 35 minutes away

  • North Carolina Arboretum- 426 Acres of public gardens, nature trials, educational programs, off Hwy 191 , 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way, Asheville; near milepost 393- 30 minutes away-(828)665-2492.

  • Western NC Air Museum- features aircraft dating back to the 1930s- Adjacent to Hendersonville Airport, open Mar - Oct, off US 176 (Spartanburg Hwy) on Brooklyn Avenue- 35 minutes away

  • Zebulon Vance Birthplace and Home- Birthplace and home of Civil War officer and NC Governor- Log Cabins with period furnishings. Off Blue Ridge Parkway-exit between mile post 375 and 376 ; 911 Reems Creek Rd, - 40 minutes away- Weaverville, NC (704)645-6706.

  • Southern Appalachian Radio Museum- Educational and historical museum of radios, in the Elm Building at AB Technical Community College- off Victoria Rd in Asheville- 35 minutes away

  • Smiley’s Flea Market- North Carolina’s Largest Flea Market, - 30 minutes away, Hwy 26 W to Fletcher, NC

  • Santa’s Land Theme Park- features Santa’s village with Christmas themed amusement rides, magic shows, children can pet baby bears, baby tigers and reindeer; other animals are on display such as cougars and monkeys ; open May -Oct. Cherokee NC- 1.5 hours away (828)497-9191.

  • Tweetsie Railroad- theme park with amusement rides, train ride, live entertainment, shops, restaurants, gem mining and deer park.  During Halloween, you can ride the popular “ghost train”. Hwy 321, Blowing Rock- 1.6 hours away (800)526-5740

  • Cradle of Forestry- The birthplace of Forestry in America- (the first Forestry School in America) -offers guided nature hikes,  educational programs, historic cabins, a 1915 logging locomotive, and hands on exhibits- near sliding rock and looking glass falls on Hwy 276--45 minutes-(828) 877-3130.

  • FISHING- Non residents may obtain a North Carolina license for 1 day or 3 days –the licenses may be ordered online from the NC Wildlife Commission or obtained at the Lake Lure Marina.

  • HUNTING- The NC Wildlife Commission has designated several game lands nearby the cabin. The Green River Game land is located 30 minutes away.  Game lands may also be found in the Pisgah National Forest and the Dupont State Forest which are approximately 1 hour away. Hunting for deer, turkey, and small game is permitted– see the NC Wildlife Commission website for maps,  seasons, regulations and licensing requirements.  Also check these other hunting links for information: polkcountywildlife.com; ncwildlife.org; dupontforest.com; biggamehunt.net

AUTUMN ADVENTURES AND HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES:

  • APPLE VALLEY- Just west of Chimney Rock village is what is known as the “Apple Valley”, home to numerous produce markets and apple orchards which offer production tours, apple picking, wagon rides, hayrides, gift shops, fresh cider and during autumn, many of the orchards offer activities for children.  These groves produce more apples than any other region in  North Carolina and many of them can be found on SR 64  in Edneyville  and Hendersonville (within 20 minutes from the cabin) .   The valley on SR 64 (on the way to Hendersonville) is a scenic, unique drive with lots of roadside markets, pumpkins and crafts. 

  • SCENIC DRIVES / FALL FOLIAGE- Nearby Scenic Drives include the Blue Ridge Parkway; SR 64/74 NC Scenic By-way between Lake Lure and Hendersonville; Hwy 64 between Hendersonville  and through Brevard; Hwy 9N to Black Mountain

  • NC Apple Festival- The Apple festival is held on Main Street in historic downtown Hendersonville-usually held on Labor Day week-end, kicking off the harvest season.

  • Octoberfest Week-end  in Lake Lure- Arts, crafts, music and games at the Arcade Building across from the beach- held in mid-October–1 mile away --call for dates and times- (828)625-2299

  • Lake Lure Haunted Halloween and Boat ride- Haunted boat tours at night on Lake Lure during Halloween season--not to be missed! 1 mile away. (877)386-4255

  • Trick or Treat in Chimney Rock Village– Business owners offer trick or treating -children and business owners alike dress up for Halloween. Check with local news or local businesses for date and time (usually Oct 31).

  • Blue Ridge Corn Maze- July - Oct Corn Maze which becomes the popular “Haunted Corn Maze” near Halloween - take Hwy 64 E ; pass downtown Hendersonville , travel through country a distance to Penrose tri intersection, take a  left on Crab Creek Rd, Rt on Everette Rd.  Follow signs- 50 minutes away.

  • Howl-o-Ween Wolf Howl at WNC Nature Center- Presentation and exhibit of the red and grey wolves of western North Carolina- usually held in Mid October in the evenings. Gashes Creek Rd. Asheville- take SR 74–follow signs-- check website or call for dates and times-(828)298-5600

  • Apple Wedge Packers- offers Apple production and packing tours- see how apples are packed, picked and sorted (October only- call for dates) Bearwallow Rd, Hendersonville (828)685-8349.

  • Sky Top Orchard- A wonderful place to visit during harvest season with a beautiful view at 3000 feet..  This apple orchard offers  tours, barnyard animals, hayrides, trails and you pick your own apples - 40 minutes away-Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC - take 26 West, exit 54 (flat rock), 3.2 miles to exit5- at bottom of the exit turn right- follows signs, left on Pinnacle rd.

  • Grand Dad’s Apples n Such- U pick orchard, ciders, pumpkins, catfish lake, llamas and crafts; SR 64,  Hendersonville (828)692-7930

  • Costen Apple House- Pick your own orchard with wagon rides and cider (828)625-8352.

  • Jackson Park’s “Haunted Trail”-- During Halloween time, this recreational public park offers a Haunted Trial and Children's Carnival-- Hendersonville, off of SR 64 E- follow signs- 25 minutes away.

  • Black Mountain’s Fall by the Tracks- Cider making, cake walking, BBQ-usually held one day in October- 30 minutes away-Check website or call for date and time -SR 64E , hwy 9 N (828)667-3842.

  • The English Harvest Fair at the Biltmore- Michaelmas - a celebration of the harvest with live entertainment, crafts and exhibitions; check the website or call for information- 1(800)624-1575, US 40, exit 50 , US 25N  in Asheville-35 minutes away.

WINTER AND HOLIDAY FUN , SNOW TUBING AND SKI RESORTS:
(All of these activities are an easy drive or day trip from the cabin)

  • Moonshine Mountain- Winter snow tubing park with concessions and indian artifact mining-     from downtown Hendersonville, take 25 south 8 blocks to Kanuga Rd, Rt on Kanuga, Rt on Willow Rd, stay on Willow at Forks, 1.5 mi to Champion Hills-follow signs–located in  Hendersonville- 35 minutes away.

  •  Santa Climbs the Chimney at Chimney Rock Park- Santa climbs the chimney rock, practicing for Christmas Eve– check the Chimney Rock Park website or call (800)277-9611for dates and times.

  • Nature’s Noel in Chimney Rock Park- Hot cider, and holiday mountain music with the hammered dulcimer. Check the Park website or call for dates.

  • Lake Lure Christmas Boat Parade and Fireworks- The boats on Lake Lure light up for this special event in early December. check website or call for date and time.

  • A Dicken’s Christmas in Biltmore Village- The Biltmore Village is transformed into a beautiful Victorian Christmas Village on Friday, Saturday and Sundays in December with carolers in period costume, concerts and displays. - 30 minutes away-. US 40, exit 50 , US 25N  in Asheville- 35 minutes away.

  • Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore- by reservation Asheville, (800)543-2961

  • Hendersonville Christmas Parade- in early December, Main Street, Hendersonville (828)692-4169

  • Christmas at Historic Johnson’s Farm- Historic former tobacco farm decorated for the Holidays; 10 buildings, 2 trails and museum of farming - 35 minutes away; (off hwy 191) 3346 Haywood Rd- 4 miles north of downtown Hendersonville (828)891-6585.

  • Nutcracker Ballet at the Diana Wortham Theater- Asheville- 35 minutes away- call for dates and times(828)258-1028.

  • National Gingerbread House Display- over 200 gingerbread masterpieces at The Grove Park Inn, Asheville (800)413-5778.

  • Transylvania County Community Arts Center Holiday Show and Sale- regional artists and craftsmen display their wares during the first 2 weeks of December- 1 hour away; Brevard, NC (828)884-2787.

  • Catalocchee Ski Resort- Ski Resort and Tubing World, 4 lifts, off US 19, Maggie Valley, NC- 1.2 hours away (828)926-0285

  • Wolf Laurel Ski Resort- 2 chairlifts, 1 land lift - snowboarding and skiing-north of Asheville -off US 26 west, exit 3,  Mars, Hill, NC- 1.2  hours away (800)817-4111.

  • Sapphire Valley Golf and Ski Resort- 2 ski runs, 4350 SR 64, Sapphire NC - (east of Brevard) 1.5 hours away (828)743-7663.

  • Sugar Mountain Ski Resort- 20 slopes, 5 chair lifts, 3 surface lifts, Tubing Park, Banner Elk, NC -1.5  hours away (800)784-2768.

  • Beech Mountain Ski Resort- 15 slopes, 10 lifts, skiing, snow boarding, outdoor skating rink, Beech Mtn, NC (near Banner Elk) - 2 hours away (800)430-2093.

  • Hawksnest Ski Resort- 12 slopes, 2 lifts with  snowboard park, tubing - between Boone and Banner Elk- 1.5 hours away

  • Appalachian Ski Mountain- 9 slopes, 5 lifts, snowboarding, ice skating,- 1.8 hours away; Blowing Rock, (828) 322-2373.

  • First Night in Asheville- Pack Place-indoor New Year’s Eve celebration, entertainment and children’s activities (alcohol free) (828)687-1414.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS: In our opinion, you can easily spend a week or two taking in the spectacular scenery, boating, hiking and visiting the local attractions.  However, we recommend the following if you have less time:

  • IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY:  Chimney Rock Park;  The Lake Lure boat tour; Chimney Rock Village and the River Walk and/or Rocky Broad River

  • IF YOU HAVE 2 DAYS:  Chimney Rock Park; The Lake Lure boat tour; Chimney Rock Village and the River Walk and/or Rocky Broad River;  Bottomless Pools.

  • IF YOU HAVE 3 DAYS:   Chimney Rock Park;  Chimney Rock Village and the River Walk; The Lake Lure boat tour; Bottomless Pools; and EITHER spend the day driving the Blue Ridge Parkway to the destination of Mount Mitchell- the highest peak in the eastern US and return via the highway- stopping points on this route include the WNC handicraft guild, Craggy Gardens (which has a trail) and Mount Mitchell State Park OR go to the Biltmore Estate and Village for the day (depending on your interests and finances- the Biltmore costs about $40 per person).

  • IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 3 DAYS: Take a day trip to the Smokey Mountain National Park or hike in Dupont State Forest (easy to moderate) where there are numerous waterfalls ; or spend the afternoon in the Pisgah National Forest at sliding rock, looking glass falls and the corn maze; see the animals at the WNC Nature Center and/or visit charming Black Mountain and/or the downtown Asheville attractions; mine for gold at the Thermal Mine or just RELAX by the river or lake and throw in a line.

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