Day Trip Excursion Itinerary: Bearwallow and Lake Lure

The Perfect Asheville Summer Day Trip Itinerary

If you are looking for a great way to spend a summer day in the mountains near Asheville, we have the perfect excursion for you. This itinerary takes you from Asheville to Lake Lure and treats you to some of the best activities the area is known for.

We’ll squeeze in a short hike with amazing views, fun at a picturesque mountain lake, and a stop at one of our favorite breweries near Asheville.

This day trip from Asheville is the perfect day out with kids, but it’s also great if you’re traveling without kids. Read on for details!

Overview and map of the Lake Lure Day Trip

  1. Grab a quick breakfast in Asheville before hitting the road
  2. Walk on the Bearwallow Mountain Trail for great views
  3. Spend time at Lake Lure Beach
  4. Stop at Whistle Hop Brewing on the way back to Asheville

Quick breakfast on the go in Asheville

We recommend that you grab a quick and tasty breakfast on your way out of Asheville. Some of our favorite stops are Ultra Coffeebar, Tiger Bay and OWL Bakery. If you’re looking for inspiration, make sure you check out our list of best on-the-go breakfast sandwiches in Asheville to get your day started off right.

Amazing Views at Bearwallow Mountain

For your first activity, we have you stopping at Bearwallow Mountain for a short hike that offers amazing panoramic views.

It’s great to hit this one first to beat the heat and the crowds. Located about a 35-minute drive from Asheville, the Bearwallow Mountain Trail is a 2 mile hike that takes about an hour to complete. The trail leads you up the mountain on a well-maintained and beautiful forest trail. At the top of Bearwallow Mountain, you emerge at a pasture that offers panoramic long-range mountain views in every direction. If you’re lucky you may even get to see some cows grazing in the pasture!

Summer Fun at Lake Lure Beach

For the second stop of the day, we arrive at the main attraction: Lake Lure Beach.

Here you’ll find a sand beach, swimming area, waterpark and splash pad. Apart from swimming and hanging at the beach, you’ll also find guided boat tours and boat rentals at Lake Lure. And if you think the lake looks familiar– perhaps you recognize it from Dirty Dancing!

Chimney Rock State Park is close by and Lake Lure has a ton of little mountain shops where you can grab fudge and souvenirs. Oh, and Chimney Rock Adventure Golf if you are up for a round of putt putt! Whichever way you decide to enjoy Lake Lure you won’t be disappointed by its beauty.

Stop at Whistle Hop for a Beer

On your way back to Asheville, Whistle Hop Brewing is the perfect spot to stop and unwind.

Whistle Hop is a really great destination brewery on the way back into Asheville. They have a train-themed taproom (!), six-hole mini-golf course, awesome outdoor space and excellent mountain views. And it’s dog-friendly, of course! It’s popular with people of all ages and the perfect way to end your day trip to Lake Lure.

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