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  • Visitors

  • Hickory Nut Gorge, which includes the towns of Gerton, Bat Cave, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and Bill’s Creek, is uniquely diverse in both its geographic location and its resident and business populations.

    The area was born of grand vision in an era where lofty dreams led to bold plans. Influenced by the lake and mountain resorts of Europe, we were envisioned as a sanctuary for serenity and relaxation. We have evolved into a place where generations come to reconnect and newcomers discover a retreat from the rigors of day-to-day life.

    Built on a pioneering spirit, we are a place that hearkens to a simpler time where the laughter of a child, a friendly smile and the warmth of a small town captivate our guests. We are the best of all that is Western North Carolina.

    Discover a place for outdoor adventures, relaxing inns, charming shops, a day on the water, or a stroll along the river. We are a place where romance and charm converge with a storied history in a stunning setting.

    We are a place where guests become residents, and often business owners, and those who choose life here wish to move not with the ticking of a clock but with the rhythm of the seasons.

    Connections here run deep and hold fast. We invite you to experience this amazing place as our welcomed guest or as our future neighbor.



  • We are Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village. We are Bat Cave, Gerton, and Bill’s Creek. We are the Hickory Nut Gorge.

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  • Where to Stay

    Cozy mountain cabins, luxury waterfront rentals, historic inns, and gracious B&Bs, find the perfect home away from home.

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  • Where to Shop

    From groceries to gifts, Gorge shops have what you need and yes, plenty of what you want. Go ahead, indulge a little.

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  • Where to Eat

    After working up an appetite exploring the Gorge, visitors can experience a wide range of dining options and cuisine.

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  • Where to Play

    Imagine scaling the face of Chimney Rock, taking the Polar Plunge into icy Lake Lure, careening through the frothy Rocky Broad—it’s all here, and more.