"Quiet Setting overlooking the Broad River"
"We could see Chimney Rock from our porch."
"So close to Lake Lure!"
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.