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Top Things to Do Near Chimney Rock, NC

If you're visiting our Camp-Resort this season, you'll probably need a few suggestions for things to do outside of our Blue Ridge Mountain campground! With all that we have to offer, you won't need to leave our North Carolina campground unless you're itching to explore the surrounding area! Chimney Rock and neighboring towns have plenty of options for family-friendly things to do. Here is a mix of 10 things to do near Chimney Rock to keep in mind for your next stay with us!

Family-Friendly Attractions:

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Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Your first stop to Chimney Rock should be this historic site – a decommissioned traffic bridge built in 1925, now a trail surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is a perfect place for a scenic, relaxing walk and photo opportunities.

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Rocky Broad Riverwalk

Pack your hiking boots during your trip to our campground near Chimney Rock and take a stroll through the Rocky Broad Riverwalk. With a path all along the Broad River, you’ll get to experience the peaceful flow of this natural landmark. Plus, you might even spot some wildlife! 

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Lake Lure Tours

Experience Lake Lure from a whole new perspective when you book a Lake Lure Tour! While cruising around the lake on a pontoon, you’ll get to learn about the ever-changing landscape of this lake and you'll be glad that you chose camping near Chimney Rock, NC.

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Old Rock Cafe

This isn’t just any cafe. The Old Rock Cafe has been serving American classics on the base of Chimney Rock Mountain since 1999. Reward yourself (and the family) for a day of hiking with this delicious treat and fuel up for even more things to do near Chimney Rock, North Carolina!


La Strada At Lake Lure

Overlooking the water, this family owned Italian restaurant is a great place to experience good bites and great views of Lake Lure. Plus, it's not too far from our campground near Chimney Rock! Get a taste for what they have to offer by checking out their menu!


Chimney Rock Smokehouse

You can’t leave Chimney Rock without first getting a taste of the local BBQ! Head over to Chimney Rock Smokehouse for some of the best slow-cooked meats and American classics such as hush puppies, fried pickle spears, hoagies, shrimp po’boys, and more!

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Take a hike! No, literally! Hike your way up to Chimney Rock and learn what the city got its name for. Experience breathtaking views at many lookout points along the way. Plus, there’s always an event going on including guided tours and living classrooms that the whole family will enjoy.

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Green River Cove Tubing

Looking for a bit more adventure during your camping trip near Chimney Rock? Float down to Green River Cove Tubing for a thrilling good time with the whole family! This trek can last anywhere from 3-6 hours, so would make for a perfect day trip!


Canopy Ridge Farm

Ranked as Lake Lure’s #1 Outdoor Activity in TripAdvisor, Canopy Ridge Farm is another great destination for the thrill seekers in your family! Their outdoor adventure park includes a zipline tour and UTV tour, making it a great destination for all ages!

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Bubba O’Leary’s General Store

To complete your stay in Chimney Rock, be sure to stop over to Bubba O’Leary’s General Store for the perfect souvenir for yourself and your loved ones back home. Plus, they have the cutest mascot and the best outdoor gear around!


Hopefully you're able to add a couple of these stops to your itinerary next time you stay with us! Our Camp-Resort is the perfect homebase if you're traveling to North Carolina and interested in Blue Ridge Mountain camping. While there is plenty to do at our Camp-Resort, we hope you can venture out to Chimney Rock and other nearby towns to see some of our local favorites!