Staying with Bluegreen Resorts means that you have access to some of the best vacation destinations in the United States, from mountainous Aspen to colorful New Orleans. You can also stay at one of Bluegreen’s locations in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, such as Foxrun Townhouses in Lake Lure, North Carolina. In Lake Lure, you won’t have to drag the family around a busy city or try to navigate an overcrowded beach.
Instead, you’ll discover a plethora of relaxing retreats and natural attractions that are perfect for the whole family. From natural waterfall slides to zipline tours, it won’t be hard to entertain the kids and get back to nature while staying at Foxrun Townhouses. Here are seven reasons why your kids will love visiting Lake Lure:
Lake Lure Beach and Water Park
When the weather is warm, the 100-yard beach and inviting waters of Lake Lure are understandably some of the main attractions in the area. The whole family can swim and play in the cool lake, picnic on the clean beaches, and visit the Lake Lure water park. At the water park, kids will enjoy hours of fun with games and a water slide. While you soak up the sun at the lake, you can also savor the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
Canopy Ridge Farm
Spanning 120 acres on the east side of Lake Lure, Canopy Ridge Farm offers exciting zipline tours through Hickory Nut Gorge and kayak adventures on the lower Rocky Broad River. The 90-minute zipline tour takes you flying through lush forests, and each line delivers a unique experience for constant entertainment. For example, the Zip Zilla is designed for speed and soars through the trees for more than 1,000 feet.
Canopy Ridge Farm’s guided kayak tours are also great for adults and kids above the age of five. On the 90-minute tour, you’ll paddle through a gentle section of the river, with minimal class 1 and class 2 rapids and a few fast moving shoals. The scenic river tour is perfect for paddlers of all experience levels.
To further discover North Carolina’s stunning water features, you can drive a short way to Pearson Falls, located between the towns of Saluda and Tyron. The cascading waterfall is part of a 268-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary that features spring-fed streams, thick green forests, and stunning rock formations.
While there is an entry fee, the park is a prime picnic destination, and most kids will be able to easily navigate the quarter-mile trail to the 90-foot waterfall. Climbing and swimming are prohibited to protect the terrain and sensitive ecosystems around the waterfall.
Green River Cove Tubing
While in the Saluda area, visit Green River Cove Tubing and take a trip down the Green River on an inner tube. Green River Cove Tubing supplies the tubes, transports you to the start site, and picks you up at the end of the trip.
At just $9.00 per person for three miles, or $14.00 each for six miles, floating down the gentle Green River is an ideal way for the whole family to cool off in the summer heat and relax for a few hours. The company only requires that kids be at least 42 inches tall or five years old.
Cedar Creek Stables
Open year round, Cedar Creek Stables is known for having gentle horses, seasoned guides, and 350 acres of picturesque trails around Lake Lure. Cedar Creek offers a number of different trail rides that are between one and two hours long, allowing you to ride through the forest and summit a mountain ridge for a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Although kids must be at least six years old for trail rides, Cedar Creek Stables does offer pony rides for kids under the age of nine.
Lake Lure Adventure Company
With Lake Lure Adventure Company, water lovers will be able to enjoy all the best water sports on Lake Lure, including wake boarding, water skiing, and paddle boarding. The company’s USA Water Ski-certified staff can teach the basics to beginners, or help experienced wakeboarders and water-skiers learn new skills.
For a more relaxing day on the water, try renting a pontoon boat or booking a guided fishing trip. An experienced fishing guide will show you the best fishing spots on the lake, which is stocked annually with bass, trout, catfish, and bluegill.
A 60-foot long natural water slide, Sliding Rock is located in Pisgah Forest and has become one of the most popular water destinations in North Carolina. Each minute 11,000 gallons of water rush over the waterfall into a cold, six-foot deep pool below, creating a truly unique and exciting way to cool off on a hot summer day.
Since the slide is part of a Forest Service recreation area, there are lifeguards on duty between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. You can also visit the nearby Looking Glass Falls on your trip to Sliding Rock.