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The Carter Lodge

Chimney Rock, NC

The Carter Lodge


The Carter Lodge is Chimney Rock's premier destination hotel! Our rustic boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge. We are located at the base of a 315 ft monolith, a 535-million-year-old structure that provides an awe-inspiring view that spans for 75 miles. We have luxurious accommodations, friendly staff, and incredible amenities. Out of all hotels in Chimney Rock NC you won’t find a better place to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery. 

Whether you are in town for a romantic weekend getaway, hiking "the Rock" with friends, or browsing the shops and boutiques, The Carter Lodge will make sure your stay is a memorable one. Newly renovated with high end furniture and fixtures, The Carter Lodge offers all of the amenities you have come to expect!  

Our unique location, combined with luxurious amenities, makes The Carter Lodge the perfect destination for a relaxing and unforgettable getaway!

Honeymoon Suite


Our newly renovated hotel rooms offer the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. Guests will enjoy hard wood floors, handmade rustic furniture, high-end fixtures, and granite counter tops. Enjoy the exquisite views of the broad river and Chimney Rock from every room, plus experience ultimate relaxation with plush bedding and unique decor. Offering adjustable beds and Bluetooth bathroom fans in select rooms provides an added touch of luxury!



The Carter Lodge Cafe



The Carter Lodge Cafe is stocked with snacks, drinks, Gourmet sandwiches, and even fresh meats to throw on the grill. It is your one stop shop in Chimney Rock!

Coming Soon

The Carter Lodge Garden



Located on the bank of The Broad River, our hotel is backed by lush gardens and stunning views. Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace, take a leisurely stroll through the garden, or challenge a friend to a game of checkers or cornhole. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax with us.

The Carter Lodge BBQ pavillion

BBQ - Outdoor Kitchen


We are proud to offer our guests the convenience of our outdoor kitchen. Featuring BBQ grills, refrigerated storage, and a large granite work surface all under a covered pavilion. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy fresh cuts of meat purchased from our cafe to cook on the grill by the river with family and friends.

Coming Soon

The Carter Lodge Wifi

Free Wifi


High Speed FIOS wifi internet available for all guests!

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Boat rentals at The Carter Lodge

Boat Rentals

At our hotel, we offer pontoon boat rentals on beautiful Lake Lure. Enjoy a day of fishing, swimming, or simply taking in the scenery from the comfort of your own pontoon boat. Reserve your boat rental today to make the most of your stay.

Pet friendly rooms at The Carter Lodge

Pet Friendly Rooms

We understand that your pet is part of the family and that’s why we strive to make them feel right at home. Come and experience the ultimate in pet friendly hospitality today!















Rock Climbing

Horseback Riding




Wine Tasting

Live Music

Nothing - Just Relax!

Places To Go

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

At the center of it all is Chimney Rock State Park. Here vistiors can observe the local wildlife, Hike, climb, and Picnic. The parks main attraction is the 315 ft monolith "Chimney Rock". 

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

You will find over 2000 species of plants at the Lake lure flowering bridge. Take a leisurely stroll or participate in the provided scavenger hunt. You will also have a stunning view of Chimney Rock along the way.

Chimney Rock Village

Chimney Rock Village

Chimney Rock Village is the small town with something for everyone. Main Street is filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Grab an ice cream or a coffee and explore all that Chimney Rock Village has to offer. 

Lake Lure Beach

Lake Lure Beach

Relax on the lake's sandy beach, take a swim, or play in the water park located right on the beach! There is also a large, covered area to enjoy a picnic!

Rock Broad Riverwalk

Rocky Broad RiverWalk

The River walk is a beautiful riverside path that runs along the edge of the river, where you can stroll along and take in stunning views of the river. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of rocks to climb and explore in between the river and the restaurants and shops. 

Burntshirt Vineyard Tasting Room & Bistro

Burntshirt Vineyard Tasting Room & Bistro

Here, you can enjoy a variety of wines, beers, and "Southern Winery cuisine", all while taking in the stunning views of both Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls from the outdoor patio.

Explore Chimney Rock State Park

The view from the top of Chimney Rock
Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park

Above are the views from the top of Chimney Rock, and Hickory Nut Falls. 

Below is a list of everything Chimney Rock State Park has to offer!



Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is a 315 ft monolith that is 535 million years old, you can experience breathtaking views that span for 75 miles.




Animal Discover Den

Home to some of the parks wildlife, meet Mufasa the Eastern King Snake, Petunia the Snapping Turtle, and Ossie the Opossum, among others.



Hickory Nut Falls

At 404 ft, Hickory Nut Falls is North Carolina's 2nd highest waterfall. An easy .75 mile hike will take you to the base of the falls! *Featured in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans"



Gift Shop

Purchase a local treasure all while enjoying award winning live music right outside the shop.



Hiking Trails

*Exclamation Point Trail - 1.2 Miles RT

*Four Seasons - .6 Miles

*Great Woodland Adventure - .6 mile guided trail .

*Skyline Trail - 2.2 Miles RT

*Rumbling Bald Trail - 1.5 Mile loop


Rock Climbing 

Partnered with Fox Mountain Guides North Carolina Rock Climbing (, chimney rock state park offers 2 hour, half day, and full day rock climbing sessions

The Hickory Nut Gorge in Chimney Rock NC

So Much More to do...


  1. Chimney Rock Gem Mine                                                 

  2. Green River Adventures                       

  3. Canopy Ridge Farm : Zipline Adventure Park     

  4. Cedar Creek Stables -Horse Rental Service in Lake Lure , NC                

  5. Chimney Rock Country Fair | Chimney Rock Village | NC                       

  6. Old Time Photo Saloon 

Let's Eat!

  1. Chimney Rock Smokehouse                     

  2. Riverwatch Bar & Grill   

  3. Old Rock Cafe - Pick up a "Hikers Lunch" on Ur way into the park!      

  4. The Veranda Restaurant                        

  5. The Lakehouse                  

  6. Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting room & Bistro                                               

  7.  The Highlands kitchen & Bar                                                                      

  8. The Stagecoach Saloon

Live Music

  1. Chimney Rock Smokehouse                                          

  2.  Lured Market & Grill                                           

  3. Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room & Bistro     

  4. Chimney Rock Brewing                             

  5. Riverwatch Bar & Grill - Live Music Every Friday Night from 5-8


  1. Doug Bowman Galleries                            

  2. Bubba O’leary’s General Store and Outfitters                          

  3. Harley Davidson              

  4. April’s Boutique               

  5. Gale’s Shop                      

  6. Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine and Jewelry Co.

June Events

6/1 - Summer Animal Encounters

Do you know our staff has a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn about the types of wildlife in the area and their jobs. Some of our best educators have feathers, fur, shells or scales! Summer Animal Encounters - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

6/2 - Cheers to 10 Years Garden Party - Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

You may have heard, we're planning a big party to celebrate our 10th Anniversary

Three-course buffet dinner provided by Green River Catering and dessert bar

Local Musician Johnnie Blackwell will play for the event, generously sponsored in honor of Charlene Efird, a founding board member of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Cash Bar, Silent Auction & Raffles

All proceeds from this fundraising and event will go towards our Education Center

We promise you lots of fun and hope you'll join us

For additional information please visit Cheers To 10 Years | Lake Lure Flowering Bridge 

6/2 - Yoga with a View Series

Enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed at this outdoor class led by Namaste in Nature. Enjoy a practice suitable for all levels of expertise as you overlook Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. You won’t find a view like this in any studio! Lightweight yoga mats will be provided by your certified yoga teacher. Yoga with a View - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

6/3 - National Trails Day

Hit the trails and celebrate this national holiday, not to mention NC State Park’s Year of the Trail. Join us for guided hikes throughout the day and meet with a ranger to learn the 10 essentials of hiking and backpacking. National Trails Day - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

6/10 Lake Lure Musical Festival

"Bluegrass on the Lake"

Saturday, June 10th - A night of bluegrass music with Appalachian Road Show on the beautiful shores of Lake Lure at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure Pavilion.

Members of Appalachian Road Show include GRAMMY - nominated and IBMA Award-winning artists who have performed with artists including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, JD Crowe and more. Save the Date - Lake Lure Music Festival - June 10, 2023 - Visit to Purchase Tickets | Lake Lure North Carolina (

6/10 - Lure of the Lake Swim 2023

Join us on the shores of Lake Lure beach for 2 swim races: 1.5 mile & 3 mile. Click link for registration details. Lure of the Lake Swim 2023 - Jun 10, 2023 - The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge , NC (

6/10 - National Get Out Doors Day

This national holiday celebrates our favorite thing to do… get outdoors! Look for our discovery stations as you hike and learn some cool trail information and history from our naturalists. Plus, look for our friends from Fox Mountain Guides leading rock climbing demonstrations. National Get Outdoors Day - Jun 10, 2023 - The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge , NC (

6/10 - Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders

Join us for one of our favorite passholder events of the year! Enjoy heavy hors d-ourves from the Old Rock Cafe as you watch dusk settle across Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. This exclusive, after-hours event is a great chance to get to know some of your fellow passholders as well. This event is exclusively for Annual Passholders. Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders - Jun 10, 2023 - The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge , NC (

6/24 - Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding

There’s nothing like an early summer hike before the Park gates open. Join a local birding expert and spot some of our resident species as they enjoy the morning quiet. This hike is perfect whether you’re a lifelong birder or just getting started with America’s fastest-growing hobby. Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding - Jun 24, 2023 - The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge , NC (

7/1 - Lake Lure Community Independence Celebration 2023

Enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Southern Cookout Banquet with a Cash Bar!
Bring your beach blanket, sand chair, and swim float.
Featuring a Disc Jockey - Dancing (6:30 - 9:00 pm)
Swimming (Lifeguard on Duty) and
Entertainment for Kids (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Concluding with Joyous Fireworks at Dusk
Lake Lure Community Independence Celebration 2023 - Jul 1, 2023 - The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge , NC (

Animal Encounters - Chimney Rock State Park
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge 10th Anniversary
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - June Yoga with a View
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - National Trails day
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - Rumbling Bald Bluegrass festival
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - Lure of Lake Swim 2023
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - National outdoors day
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - Gorg-ous night out
Hotels in Chimney Rock NC - Summer Niche: Birding
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The front and center view of Chimney Rock from our large Bay window in the Honeymoon Suite every morning was just what the Dr. Ordered! 5 Stars all the way.. Great job guys… we will definitely be back! Cannot wait for the Cafe to open!!  
Cindy S. - Asheville, NC
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