A nature lover cannot ignore the stunning beauty of Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, which is home to rare attractions of Lake Lure. A brisk or light walk on the highway bridge is offering whimsical planters, chirping bird sounds, colorful butterflies, and sculptures, that you’ll never find in the town. The native bird species flying here and there, vibrant northern cardinals’ song is so melodious to your soul & mind, and monarch butterflies are regular visitors.
In 2013, the 150 ft long and 20 ft wide highway bridge was converted into a lush green garden. That is adoring by a series of colorful flowering plants, adjoining land on both ends. However, it was further stretched to become one of the largest sensory gardens for the blind and visually impaired.
In 1925, the three-arch bridge was built adjacent to the Rocky Broad River for US highway 64, US 74 A, and NC 9 on the Chimney Rock side of Lake Lure. Hence, in 2011, a new bridge opened for local people to relish the history and transformed it into a Gateway to Somewhere Gorgeous.
The flowering pedestrian bridge is regarded as one of the most scenic and relaxing walks in Western North Carolina. If you go there, then park your car across the Chimney rock and enjoy the mesmerizing views of Lake Lure Beach, Hickory Nut Gorge along the lakeside park, and Chimney Rock. The North Carolina Lake Lure covers about 720 acres including a shoreline of nearly 27 miles.
The relaxing serenity, bird watching, calming water sounds, and bird sounds will give you a sense of mind and body relaxation. Lake Lure Flowering Bridge has more than 15 distinct and exclusive gardens, that include a beautiful butterfly garden, herb garden, and songbird garden. Many herbs produce a spellbound fragrance that entices you to visit the herb garden and see the lavender, lemon thyme, and many more.
Once this bridge was used for transportation, generating loud engine noises, traffic jams, and beeping horns suffocating human lives. Now, it has been converted into a fantastic and breathtaking garden view.
A non-profit organization maintains this floral bridge and motivates others to keep the garden lush green. Therefore, other people joined the force intending to revive the natural beauty for the generation to come. It is a public pathway, and offers a spectacular view early in the morning and afternoon. So, every age of people loves this family bridge.