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Best Time of the Year to Visit – Year Round! 

Spring in the Hickory Nut Gorge is absolutely gorgeous with dogwood, daffodils, red bud, and forsythia blooming in April. Then in May the mountains are covered with mountain laurel (pictured), crab apple, flame azaleas and wild cherry trees. June brings our purple and white rhododendron and wild orange day lilies.  And our leaf color in the fall is spectacular!

On Easter Sunday every year a sunrise service is held at Chimney Rock State Park. Admission is free to enter the Sunrise Service. Come celebrate Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the Park all day.

Saturday, April 18 – The annual Gorge Sale on the Trail. Find exceptional bargains at this 19-mile yard sale stretching from Gerton through Bat Cave and Chimney Rock to Lake Lure and Rumbling Bald Resort along Hwy. 64/74A. 8 am - 2 pm.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off our summer season with our Arts & Crafts Festival held Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, rain or shine. Festival features fine arts and crafts, food booths and entertainment.  Downtown Lake Lure, across from the Beach. 


Aug 9 – Annual Race to the Rock  – Chimney Rock State Park. The grand finale of the Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family sports festival that showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, the Race to the Rock is a challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it! This is the ONLY TIME you can ever run or bike up to Chimney Rock.  Advance registration required.  Fees vary.


Fireworks Display:  Lake Lure Beach.  Unfortunately, the 4th of July fireworks have been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19.  Please join us next year!

May 9 - 8th Annual Spring Go Festival at the Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village. Family fun throughout the Village. Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Sidewalk Sale, Cowpie Bingo Raffle,  Symphony of Rutherford County at the Gathering Place and more.

Dirty Dancing Festival – Lake Lure.  Unfortunately, the Dirty Dancing Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19.  Please join us next year!

August 7 -9 – 16th Annual OlympiadThis 3-day sport and community festival features dozens of events and activities for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Beach BBQ, free water ski show and Race to the Rock (ride or run to the "Rock" on Aug 9 at 8:00 a.m.

October 19-20– Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival. Local artisans display their work for sale. Enjoy food, fun and music too.

December 5 and 12 - Christmas in Chimney Rock Village.  Stroll our quaint mountain village streets all lit up with white lights and get a head start on your Christmas shopping in our craft and gift shops.

December 5 and 12 – Santa on the Chimney. (11 am - 2 pm) Santa practices scaling chimneys in Chimney Rock State Park. USA Today named Chimney Rock one of the "10 great places to catch up with Santa."

January 1, 2021 – Polar Plunge. 12 Noon. (registration 10:30 - 11:30 am) Take the annual New Year's Polar Plunge at the Beach at Lake Lure and freeze for a reason – to support local charities. If you're not feeling that brave, come see the fun – there will be bonfires to keep you warm!