Lake Lure Chimney Rock North Carolina Fall Leaf Report – Changing Foliage Leaves

lake lure chimney rock leaf reportVisitors from around the world come to the Blue Ridge Mountains to witness the fall changing of the leaves.  As summer draws to an end, and cooler weather begins to set in, the lush green leaves that cover the mountains slowly turn to a bright gold and yellow color creating a colorful panorama.  No where is this sight more breathtaking than in the area around Lake Lure and Chimney Rock North Carolina. The color change begins in the upper elevations and works it way down to the valleys.  The months of October and November are normally the most beautiful.

The link below provides up to date photographs of the changing leaves.  Below each picture is the date that it was taken.  Make sure to bring your camera.

Click Here for the Lake Lure, Chimney Rock North Carolina Leaf Report.

Boat Permits and Boat Rental Fees for Non Residents – Lake Lure NC

The main attraction in Lake Lure North Carolina is the lake itself.  The lake is approximately 720 acres and has over 20 miles of shoreline. You can enjoy fishing, watersports, sightseeing and more.  You can enjoy a day on the lake either in your own boat or in a rented boat.

If you choose to use your own boat you will need to purchase a boat permit from the Town of Lake Lure.  Permit fees for non residents varies depending on the length of time the permit is for, the time of year, and whether your boat is motorized or non motorized.  Peak Season is from the Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day.  For more information call the Marina at 828-625-9983. Or click here for up to date information from the Lake Lure Website.  Also, remember that if you are fishing you will also need a North Carolina Fishing License.

Click link below to view current Lake Lure Boating Permit Fees.

Lake Fees


Directions to Lake Lure Rental House on Mark Twain Drive

302 Mark Twain Drive is very easy to find.  The best way to find it is to google “302 Mark Twain Drive Lake Lure NC 28746”.  Click on the little map and then click “get directions”.  We have provided directions below that cover the two different directions that you can approach Lake Lure.

Coming from the East into Lake Lure

If you are approaching Lake Lure from the east you will be traveling west on Memorial Highway also known as Highway 64/9/74.  As you travel west you will begin to see the Lake on your right.  As you near the town you will turn right onto Seton Road.  Seton Road will curve around to the left and you will begin looking to your right for Mark Twain Drive. Our house is the last house on Mark Twain Drive.  You can park in front of the front door or at the end of the street on the gravel rocks.  Note-if you see the boat ramp and beach on your right you have gone just a little bit too far.

Approaching from the West

If you are approaching Lake Lure from the west you will be traveling east on Memorial Highway also known as Highway 64/9/74.  From this direction you are going to see Broad River on your right. You will come to a nice little town called Chimney Rock.  Continue through Chimney Rock and cross the bridge into Lake Lure.  You will see the Lake Lure City Hall, the Beach,the Boat Ramp and the post office on your left.  Continue past the post office and turn onto Seton Road on your left.  Seton Road will curve around to the left and you will begin looking to your right for Mark Twain Drive. Our house is the last house on Mark Twain Drive.  You can park in front of the front door or at the end of the street on the gravel rocks.  Note-Seton Road is just a few hundred yards past the post office on the left.

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The home has one bathroom which is small but cozy.  There is a stand up shower, a sink, and a toilet.  It is about the size of a bathroom on a cruise ship.  The floors and lower walls are tile as is the shower.

Living Room

The living room is a part of the great room.  There is a large sectional couch that doubles as a place for two people to sleep.  For sleeping just put the ottoman against the couch.  Two adults or two kids can comfortably sleep on the sofa.  The living room also has two comfortable chairs. and two smaller ottomans that double as tv trays.  There is a television set with Apple TV, an Antenna for local channels, and  a DVDs player.  TV is opposite the sofa. (no cable tv)  Two torch lights provide plenty of light for reading.

Dining Area

The dining area features a nice table that seats 6 people comfortably with room for two more at the bar.  The bar area area is adjacent to the kitchen and items can be passed through. The room has two sets of french doors that open out onto the glassed in porch.


Our Lake House has a nice sized kitchen.  It is an open design and is part of the great room.  There is plenty of counter space and cabinets.  The kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker as well as a refrigerator.  Pots, Pans, Utensils, Plates and other basic kitchen necessities are also included.  There is a pass through type bar that separates the kitchen from the dining area.  The bar has barstools on the other side.

Things to do in Lake Lure North Carolina

Lake Lure North Carolina is filled with fun activities for individuals, groups or families. I have listed below the main attractions of the area starting with the closest. If possible, a link to the attractions website is provided.

The Beach & Waterworks – Located in downtown Lake Lure and surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  Groomed daily and well maintained.  Has a roped off area for safety, a waterslide, showers and a picnic area.

Lake Lure Tours – Enjoy a wonderful guided tour of Lake Lure on a large, covered pontoon boat. See all the historic sites including the Lake Lure Inn and the site of the Dirty Dancing Move.  Tour lasts about 1 hour.

Allure Spa – Located in the historic Lake Lure Inn.  Enjoy a day or just an hour.  Massages, nail treatments, facials and more.

Boat Rentals at the Lake Lure Marina – Rent a canoe, kayak, paddle boat or a pontoon boat and take a tour of the lake at your leisure.

Lake Lure Municipal Golf Course – Wonderful 9 hole golf course.  Leave Seton Road and go left and its just a few miles away.  Rates are reasonable and the course is beautiful.  Carts, clubs and balls available for rent.

Wyndham Fairfield Mountains Golf Course – 2 Beautiful courses.  A little further away than the Lake Lure course but not too bad.  Located at the very end of the lake.  Cross the dam and look for the Fairfield Mountains Resort.

Aerial Map of 302 Mark Twain Drive

Here is an aerial map showing the location of 302 Mark Twain Drive in Lake Lure, NC.  Downtown and the beach is to the left of the house up the lake just a little.

-Click anywhere on the map to get rid of the caption.
-Click the + or – button to zoom.
-Click “View Larger Map” to go to a full screen version of the map.
-If you go to a full screen version you can zoom in and then drag the little man onto a road in the city and you can see street views of the town. A very neat feature.

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Here is a street view google map looking at the lake from downtown Lake Lure. Our boathouse is on the main channel just around the corner. Just a few hundred yards from downtown.

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Vacation Rental Agreement

Confirmation for Lake Lure House Cabin

302 Mark Twain Drive, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Tenant name:

Tenant address:



1.check in time: after 3 p.m. check out time: by 10 a.m. (later checkout is available with advance notice)

This property requires a two night minimum stay. Maximum occupancy: 6

2. Please, no pets and no smoking. Burning is not allowed.

3. Minimum age for responsible renters must be 21 or older. Children with their parents are welcome. Children must be supervised especially when on the decks, stairs and near the water.

4. A refundable damage/reservation deposit of $150 is required.  Please send the deposit with this signed confirmation form. You will need to make a copy of this form.

The deposit is not applied toward rent. It is fully refundable providing the following provisions are met:

a. No damage is done to the cabin or its contents beyond normal wear. b. All debris, rubbish and discards are placed in trash bags and placed in outside garbage cans. Soiled dishes should be placed in the dishwasher and cleaned. c. The cabin should be left locked with the lights off. d. No linens are lost or damaged. Place used linens and towels in the basket in the laundry area. Refrigerator needs to be cleaned out and the grill cleaned.

5. Please park so as to not block the road.

6. There is a $75 fee for the housekeeping service.  This is in addition to the rent and taxes.

7. Rates include a one -time linen and towel set up.

8. In consideration of the neighbors, renter agrees to abide by all Lake Lure town ordinances including the noise ordinance. (see below)

9. A 21 day notice is required for cancellation. No refunds will be given for storm conditions.

10. Tenants must read and sign the Vacation Rental Contract Addendum for the Town of Lake Lure. (see below)

The owner is not responsible for accidents, injuries, or illnesses occur while on the premises. The homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings of the guests. By accepting reservation, it is agreed that tenants assume the risk of harm to others whom they invite to use the premises.

By signing below, I agree to all terms and conditions of this agreement and the community of Lake Lure.

signature______________________ date_____________

Please return in 7 days.

After I receive your $150 deposit, your bill will be as follows:

Total bill: in accordance with fee schedule of $200 per night (2 night minimum) and/or $1250 per week + $75 cleaning fee + NC and Rutherford County taxes of 11.75%. __________________________

Make checks payable to: Steven Cole: 1610 Guam Lane, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

1st payment of ______________ due___________(30 days prior)

2nd final payment of____________due___________(14 days prior)

As soon as we receive your final payment, we will send information about the key and directions to the property.

Thanks! Have a great vacation.The Coles


Welcome to Lake Lure! We hope you have a wonderful experience here and will return to visit again in the future. Since you are staying in a vacation home, it is very likely that your neighbors will not be on vacation but will be living in their homes. Please be mindful of this and be sure to follow the golden rule as you make yourself feel at home in our mountain-lake community.

As a valued guest of our community, we want to bring some issues to your attention. First, be aware that the North Carolina Vacation Rental Act provides you with certain rights and protections. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with its provisions. It’s also a good practice to ensure that your landlord has sufficient commercial liability insurance to protect all parties during your use of the property.

Second, we would like to make you aware of a few local regulations designed to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for all.



• Maximum Occupancy Limits – The maximum overnight occupancy limit for this home is ___6__ persons.

• Designated Parking Area – Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas on the vacation rental property. Parking in the roadway blocking the flow of traffic and parking on neighbor’s property without permission are prohibited. Contact your rental’s property manager for offsite, overflow parking options.

• Hotline Availability – A rental support hotline has been established for use by guests and neighbors. The number for this property is 850-934-3157. By law, this hotline must remain available for use 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

• Trash Disposal. All household waste & trash must be placed in receptacles considered to be animal proof (e.g., durable with secured lids).



• Fire Extinguisher and Evacuation Plan – This home is equipped with working fire extinguishers and a posted evacuation plan. Removing any of these from their designated location is prohibited. Avoid storing items so as to block hallways, doorways, steps, entrances and exits.

• Small Outdoor Fires – When an area burning ban is in effect, bonfires are prohibited. Contact your rental home’s property manager for information on any burning bans. Outdoor fires are only permitted in a place and manner approved by the Fire Chief.



• Swimming – Do not swim farther than 50 feet from shore unless accompanied by an observer in a boat.

• Fishing – A North Carolina fishing license is required and all state fishing regulations apply.

• Boating – If a boat is provided with this rental home, please ask for and review the pamphlet entitled “Lake Regulations & Map”. If you wish to utilize your own boat on the lake, a permit is required and can be obtained at Town Hall or at the town marina.



• Trespassing – Venturing onto a neighboring dock or pier, boat house or property without the owner’s permission is prohibited.

• Noise – Unreasonably loud noise is prohibited throughout the Town. Please observe quiet hours after 10p.m. and be aware that sound carries very far over a still lake.

• Unruly Behavior – Behavior deemed disorderly and causing a disturbance to the public is prohibited. These regulations will be strictly enforced.


I / we acknowledge having read this contract addendum.


Signature of Renter__________________________



Signature of Renter__________________________

Date _____________________________________


Glassed In and Wrap Around Porch

Our vacation home has a beautiful and functional wrap around porch.  You enter the  house via the glassed in section of this porch and can exit out on the the open area via two doors.  There are benches going all the way around the outside porch.  The views from the sides and back of the porch are beautiful.

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Pictured above is a view from the open wrap around portion of the porch. Below is a picture of the front porch.

Pictured below is a view of the glassed in porch.

Lake Lure Vacation House View


The home has two cozy bedrooms, each with a queen size bed and a closet.  There is a bedside table and a dresser in each room as well.  Each bedroom has double french doors that open out onto the wrap around porch.  The front bedroom has a view up the mountain and the back bedroom has a spectacular view of the lake and bald mountain. The first  picture below is of the back bedroom and the picture below that is of the front bedroom.  They are almost exactly the same except for the view.

Pictures above are of the back bedroom facing the Lake with views of Bald Mountain and Lake Lure.  Pictures below are of the front bedroom.