The lobby is a beautiful rustic place to relax.Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed.Enjoy our beautiful spa and patio.The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC


"Quiet Setting overlooking the Broad River"

"We could see Chimney Rock from our porch."

"So close to Lake Lure!"

Golf and Recreation

Within a short distance of The Esmeralda, you will find golfing, fishing, boating, white water rafting, rock climbing and horseback riding. You can take a tour in a horse drawn carriage or a dinner cruise along the lake. If you just want to relax, the Beach at Lake Lure is a great place to spend a day. Whatever you like, you will find it just a short distance away.

Here is a list golf courses and other recreational guide services and businesses. The Esmeralda will gladly make all arrangements to make sure your visit here is a relaxing one.

Lake Lure Golf

  • Apple Valley Golf Course
    309 Winesap Road
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    (828) 625-0278
  • Bald Mountain Golf Course
    112 Mountain Blvd
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    (828) 625-2626
  • Lake Lure Golf & Beach Resort
    112 Mountains Blvd
    Lake Lure, NC 28746

Asheville Golf

  • Asheville Municipal Golf Course
    226 Fairway Drive
    Asheville, NC 28805
    (828) 298-1867
  • Country Club of Asheville
    170 Windsor Road
    Asheville, NC 28804-1644
    (828) 258-9762
  • Crowne 1 Golf Course
    1 Resort Drive
    Asheville, NC 28806
    (800) 733-3211
  • The Golf Course at the Grove Park Inn
    290 Macon Ave.
    Asheville, NC 28806
    (828) 252-2711

Hendersonville Golf

  • Champion Hills Golf Course
    1 Hagen Drive
    Hendersonville, NC 28739
    (828) 693-3600
  • Crooked Creek Golf Course
    764 Crooked Creek Rd
    Hendersonville, NC 28739
    (828) 692-2011
  • Cummings Cove Golf Club
    3000 Cummings Road
    Hendersonville, NC 28739
    (828) 891-9412
  • Hendersonville Country Club
    1860 Hebron Road
    Hendersonville, NC 28739
    (828) 692-2261
  • Orchard Trace Golf Club
    3389 Sugarloaf Rd
    Hendersonville, NC 28792
    (828) 685-1006

Rutherfordton Golf

  • Cleghorn Plantation
    183 Golf Circle, Rutherfordton, NC 
    (828) 286-9117


Lake Lure and the Broad River are teaming with fish! Grab a pole and spend an afternoon relaxing in a boat or by the river side. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s room for all!

In the Hickory Nut Gorge you will find Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Crappie, White Bass, Catfish, Bluegill and Sun-perch. Lake Lure is stocked with trout, bass, bluegill, and catfish every year.

State licenses and boat permits are required to fish in the lake and river. The Boat permits are available at the town hall (828) 625-9983. Don't forget to buy Trout stamps, which are also required for creek and river fishing.  Below you'll find several Pro fishermen offering guided outings.

  • Granddaddy Fly Fishing
    Offering Fly-Fishing Instruction/Guide.
    5531 US Hwy 64/74A
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    Tel: (828) 288-1221
  • Rob's Guide Service
    764 Crooked Creek Rd
    Hendersonville, NC 28739
    (828) 692-2011
  • Fishtale Guide Service
    5541 South Wilson Hill Road
    Mill Spring, NC 28756
  • Lewis No Clark Expeditions
    207 Lewis Road
    Rutherfordton, NC 28139


  • Lake Lure Adventure Company
    Offering waterskiing, wake boarding, kneeboarding , tubing, watersport trips, boat rentals and guided fishing trips.
    470 Memorial Hwy
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    Tel: (828) 625-8066
  • Lake Lure Marina
    Offering a large variety of kayaks, canoes, hydrobikes, paddle boats, electric boats and pontoon boats available for hourly, daily and weekly rental.
    2930 Memorial Hwy
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    Tel: (877) 386-4255
  • Lake Lure Tours
    Offering daily tours on covered boats, evening champagne cruises, dinner cruises and private charters.
    2930 Memorial Hwy
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    Tel: (877) 386-4255


Whitewater Rafting

Some of the best whitewater rafting anywhere is right here in North Carolina. Whitewater rafting in North Carolina has the added benefit of a long, warm rafting season, beautiful scenery, and amazing history. Another advantage to whitewater rafting in North Carolina is the proximity to several large population centers. Only twenty minutes from Asheville, NC, whitewater rafting on North Carolina's French Broad River still has the flavor of wilderness and adventure.

Blue Heron Whitewater
PO Box 516
Marshall , NC 28753 
Tel: 888.426.7238   Cell: 828.450.4663PO Box 516

Choose your perfect trip on the French Broad River. Located between Marshall and Hot Springs, NC just 25 minutes from Asheville and 45 minutes from Chimney Rock.

Drive Time: 30-60 min.
When you go whitewater rafting with Blue Heron Whitewater you take advantage of our decades of judgment and experience guiding whitewater rafting trips for groups from two to two hundred.

  • Mountain Adventure Guides / USA
    Reservations: 1-866-USA-Raft or 1-423-743-7111

With 25+ years of experience, a rigorous training and risk management program, and the best guides and gear in the business, we are well qualified to lead you and your family or group on an exciting rafting or climbing adventure in the mountains!

We offer 4 Rivers and 12 Trip Formats Mild to Wild with USA Raft. There’s a level of excitement for the beginner to the experienced rafter. A professional guide in every raft. Experience is not required. All gear is provided



  • Chimney Rock State Park
    Offering hiking trails suitable for all ages and abilities, from family-friendly trails to the adventurous Four Seasons trail which climbs more than 400'.
    431 Main Street
    Chimney Rock, NC 28720
    Tel: (800) 277-9611
  • Bearwallow Mountain
    Bearwallow Mountain in Henderson County is one of the more prominent
    4,000-foot peaks near Hickory Nut Gorge. It makes for a nice warm-up hike if
    you're in that area, and the top of the mountain affords grand views of the
    western North Carolina high country, and of the area leading down toward Lake
    From Lake Lure, take Highway 74A to the village of Gerton. Pass Nita's
    Country Store and the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center on your right,
    and soon you will see Bearwallow Mountain Road on the left.

Horseback Riding

  • Cedar Creek Stables
    Offering certified instructors, riding lessons, pony rides, petting park and packing trips.
    542 Cedar Creek Road
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    Tel: (828) 625-2811

Rock Climbing/Ziplining

The Western North Carolina mountains are gaining a national reputation for being one of the top mountain climbing areas in the country. If you are thinking about a mountain climbing adventure, give the WNC mountains a try, you will not be disappointed.

Chimney Rock Park

With our exclusive rock climbing partners, Fox Mountain Guides, you can schedule a climb in Chimney Rock that is suited to your abilities and see the Park from a whole new perspective. Whether you go solo, with your family and friends or with an entire group, you're sure to enjoy rock climbing on our mountain! Why not sign up for a 2-hour climbing clinic or a half or full-day training session with a certified instructor and take on the cliffs overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge. We’ve partnered with the Southeast’s only AMGA accredited guide service, Fox Mountain Guides, to offer you a climbing experience you won’t soon forget.

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

  • The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
  • AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
  • No experience necessary
  • We cater to all ability levels and ages
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (48433)

Mountain Adventure Guides - 1-800-USA-Raft

Mountain Adventure Guides has guided rock climbing in Western North Carolina since 1999. MAG is well qualified to guide you and your friends or family on an exciting day of rock climbing near Asheville or Brevard, North Carolina. No experience is required and MAG provides all of the gear.

Boulderline, Adventure Programs LLC - (828) 625-4913 or (828) 223-0368.

Boulderline Adventure Programs provides outdoor adventures for youth, families and the young at heart. It is located near the scenic Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure, NC. Boulderline has been providing outdoor programming for the last four years.

Our Boulderline Climbing tower is open to the public by reservation only on Saturdays throughout the off season months.

Canopy Ridge Farm - (828) 625-4500.

Canopy Ridge is the newest outdoor adventure company in the area. Their eco-adventure tour includes 6 zip lines, including Zip Zilla, a run almost 1000 feet long and engineered for speed! They also offer tube and kayak trips on the Lower Broad River.