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Lake Lure: Exploring Nature

One of my favorite places to get outdoors and explore is Lake Lure, NC. If you missed my first blog post about Lake Lure, be sure to head over and check it out. I shared the history of the lake, what to do when you visit, and some historic places that date all the way back to 1927. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite places to explore if you love to get outdoors and explore. While many go on vacation with plans to do as little as possible, I am typically on the move for two reasons - my beloved dogs and the beauty of nature.


My dogs have always traveled with me when I have visited Lake Lure and without a yard to run around in, I have always had to work extra hard to make sure they get plenty of exercise, bathroom breaks, and have the chance to explore. Plus, I love the outdoors and the joy I get from admiring the beauty at Lake Lure goes unmatched. While Lucy is no longer with us, Sampson and I got more than our fair share of exercise during this last trip. Today I want to share with you some of the places we like visit when we're in town whether for the day, or longer.

 

Morse Park Gardens

This is the official name of the area but I typically call it the landing, although I'm not sure why. It's located just past the marina on the beach end of the lake and is both beautiful and pet-friendly. While they do ask that your dog remain on a leash, I typically let mine off so long as no other dogs are around which is usually the case because we go really early - as in sunrise early. The sunrise over the water and through the mountains is one of the most beautiful things you'll see and is totally worth getting up for at least one morning to see. We make it a daily occurrence.







And I've even talked some of the kids into joining us from time to time for our sunrise walks.


At this garden park there is a raised area hidden in the middle of the peninsula. It's kind of hard to find unless you're looking for it but you can access it through a set of stairs on the gazebo side or a gravel driveway on the river side. It also has spectacular views in the morning of the mountains and we've seen several deer here over the years which is always a treat.


Okay I'll stop with the sunrise Sampson pictures but certainly you can see why I take so many pictures. It's beautiful and a great way to start each day.

 

Dittmer-Watts Nature Trail Park

Located at the head of the lake just across the street from Ingle's, this is a great trail for any and everyone with varying levels of difficulty on the trails. We visit this for both short walks just to get in a potty break and stretch the legs, and the longer trails if I need to wear the dogs out.