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The Carter Lodge

On the River

Chimney Rock, NC

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On Site Deli & Market 
Serving Deliciousness Morning, Noon, and Night!


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!

Rest Assured Knowing The Carter Lodge is the Only Completely Renovated Property in Chimney Rock!

Recently Renovated from floor to ceiling, The Carter Lodge offers high end furniture, fixtures, and bedding that is sure to give you the best night's sleep possible! 

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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!

Introducing The Presidential Suite

The only suite in Chimney Rock that can accommodate large families, groups, and parties!

Reserve a 2 or 3 bedroom suite equipped with a full size kitchen, living room, bunk bed, and a loft, sleeping up to 12+ people. The suite features large bay windows with an up close and personal view of Chimney Rock, a jacuzzi tub, adjustable beds, as well as a private balcony overlooking The Broad River and Chimney Rock! 


2 Bedroom

3 Bedroom



Deli & Market


Our on site Main Street Deli & Market is proud to serve you insanely delicious food throughout your stay. Serving fresh Sliced Subs, Wraps, and Salads. Grab some snacks and beverages to bring back to the room! And if you forgot your toothbrush, don't worry, we've got you covered!




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.

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.

Free Wifi


High Speed FIOS wifi internet available for all guests!

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.

All Boat Renters must possess a NC Boaters License  Info:

Obtain a License by taking the online

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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...


Let's Eat!

Live Music

  • Fae Nectar Meadery      -Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Night


May Events 2024

5/31 - Pirate Party Fridays @ Fae Nectar

Join us at Fae Nectar every Friday for a wonderful evening of energetic Sea Shanties & Medieval Melodies at our weekly Pirate Party!



Fae Nectar

06/01 - National Trails Day @ Chimney Rock State Park

Celebrate one of our favorite days of the year with a day of guided hikes along Chimney Rock’s six unique trails. Join naturalists throughout the day and learn more about the park’s history, flora, and fauna. Our partners at Waypoint Adventures will also be in the park leading excursions for disabled hikers. Check back for more details.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT

National Trails Day - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/01 - Burntshirt Vineyards Live Music

High Lonesome Velvet Live

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Upcoming Events In Chimney Rock | Burntshirt Vineyards

06/01 - Broad River Jam at Chimney Rock Brewing Co.

Live Music Riverside!

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

HOME | Chimney Rock Brewing

06/01 - Live Music with Tony Coccagna

Tony's musical influences are everything from rock ‘n’ roll to Django Reinhardt—you’re bound to be entertained by the wide range of songs in his repertoire.  
Every Saturday at the smokehouse, weather permitting.  


5:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Events — Chimney Rock Smokehouse

06/01 - A Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders

Don’t miss one of our favorite passholder events of the year! Join your fellow passholders for a private, after-hours evening in the park and enjoy catered hors d'oeuvres and drinks from the Old Rock Cafe. There’s nothing like watching dusk fall over Hickory Nut Gorge from Chimney Rock. *This event is exclusively for annual passholders; no additional guests please.*

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/02 - Lake Lure Inn & Spa Sunday Brunch

Prime Rib Brunch Buffet
Every Sunday, All Year, From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Duo Carving Station, Assorted Desserts, Omelets prepared to order, Full Bar Service, Variety of Salads, Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon & Sausage, Grits & Potatoes, and many more items.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Prime Rib Sunday Brunch Buffet | The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

06/03 - Summer Animal Encounters

Did you know some of our favorite team members have feathers, fur, or scales? Come meet them and their naturalist counterparts during our Summer Animal Encounters. See live animal ambassadors and learn about the roles they play in our native ecosystem every weekday at 2pm on the Outcroppings Deck.

June 3-August 16, 2024
Weekdays only at 2pm

Summer Animal Encounters - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/04 - Lake Lure Flowering Bridge - Fairy Trails

Our ever-popular fairies return to the Flowering Bridge for the summer. This year, Fairy Trails will meander through the Shade Country Garden and the Heather Garden. You'll be able stroll these trails and see the fairies up close. This feature will delight young and old alike, and we hope you'll make plans to come see our enchanted fairy gardens soon!

June 4, 2024 - September 10, 2024

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge |

06/06 - Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Education Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Board of Directors and Volunteers are excited to invite you to our Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Education Center. We hope you will join us for this exciting event. If you'd like, bring a shovel and help us break ground!

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge |

06/06 - Celtic Thursday @ Fae Nectar

Join us in our enchanted tavern each week for a wonderful evening of live Celtic music, at our beautiful lakefront haven! Each week features a different local or regional musician and selection of instruments including bagpipes, highland pipes, fiddles, flutes and whistles!

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Fae Nectar

06/08 - Lake Lure Olympiad-Lure of the Swim

At Lake Lure Beach

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

06/08 - Naturalist Niche: Skyline Excursion

Explore the park’s newest trail, opened in 2017, with the help of one of our staff naturalists. Trek to Exclamation Point, traverse the ridgetop forest, pass through the highest point in the park, and conclude your journey at the top of Hickory Nut Falls. Plus, learn about the flora and fauna of this trail along the way. Please note, this hike is considered moderate to strenuous.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Naturalist Niche: Skyline Excursion - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/08 - National Get Outdoors Day

This holiday highlights one of our favorite things to do: get outdoors! Stop by the park for a day of hiking, outdoor activities, education stations, and more. Our friends from Waypoint Adventures will be on site leading rock climbing for disabled individuals. Full schedule to follow.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT

National Get Outdoors Day - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/08 - Lake Lure Music Festival - Evening of Bluegrass & More

Welcome to the Lake Lure Music Festival's "An Evening of Bluegrass & More" with Sister Sadie! Join us for a fantastic evening of live music at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure. Get ready to experience the wildfire that is Sister Sadie. This multiple International Bluegrass Music Award-winning band (Grammy-nominated as well!), will bring you to your feet with their red-hot playing and beautiful harmonies. NC based duo Walter Finley and April Dawn will open our concert on the Pavilion stage. Don't miss out on this unforgettable event filled with great music, good vibes, and beautiful surroundings. See you there on Saturday, June 8th!

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Lake Lure Music Festival

06/10 - Trivia by the River -- Chimney Rock Brewing Co.

Trivia Night!

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

Craft Beer | Chimney Rock Brewing | Lake Lure

06/12 - Open Mic Night @ Fae Nectar

Every Wednesday, join us for our Community Open Mic Night. Powered by you, and hosted by local musician Billy Druthers! Bring your songs, your stories, your jokes or your unique talent to the Fae Nectar Tavern. No signup required!

Our fantasy bartenders will be serving mead, cider, beer, and other tasty beverages alongside hot meals in our festively decorated mead hall. Families and friendly dogs are always welcome.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Fae Nectar

06/15 - Solblade @ Fae Nectar

Come and join us for another epic Medieval & Fantasy Festival at Fae Nectar! 

Nestled on the beautiful shores of Lake Lure, between the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll find our Fantasy Tavern filled with merriment, fine mead, and live music all afternoon!  And outside on the Festival Lawn, you'll find an artisan village, entertainment booths, and thrilling Sword & Axe fighting in our Arena!


12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Fae Nectar

06/15 - Nature at Night Hike

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the park after dark? Join a guide on the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and learn who comes out in the park when the sun comes down. This moderate hike is the perfect time to learn more about some of the park's rarely seen residents.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Nature at Night Hike - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/19 - Ghosts, Legends & Folklore at Chimney Rock Brewery

Storytelling & Mountain Music by the River.
Ghosts, Legends & Folklore told by James Ledgerwood w/ the State Parks.
Hot dogs, pub food and craft beer.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Craft Beer | Chimney Rock Brewing | Lake Lure

06/21 - Yoga with a View

The best view of any yoga class in town, hands down! Our friends from Namaste in Nature will lead this peaceful, after-hours yoga class to kick off the weekend. This class is beginner friendly.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Yoga with a View - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (

06/22 - Lake Lure Flowering Bridge - Pollinator Week Celebration

Join the fun at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge for our Pollinator Week Celebration. You will find informational tables on natives, butterflies, beekeeping, beneficial insects and much more. Children will have fun with games, dressing up as a beekeeper, story time, visits from puppets, and create a butterfly art project to take home. There will also be plant and merchandise sales. Dress up as your favorite pollinator just for fun! Due to limited parking at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, please park at the Welcome Center at Morse Park. In case of rain, please check our Facebook page for more information.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge |

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