The Making of a Mountain Bike Park in Lake Lure

After more than three years in the making, the Town of Lake Lure's   Buffalo Creek Park is the only park in this area that brings together multiple activities in one park -  mountain biking, bouldering and back country hiking.

Located off Buffalo Creek Road just north of Rumbling Bald Resort, the park has several miles of mountain bike and hiking trails and picnic facilities along Buffalo Creek.

The Town acquired this property out of a larger 1500-acre tract that is owned and protected by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. CMLC was able to secure the land following the bankruptcy of a housing development in the early 2000s. 

In doing so, they permanently protected portions of the northern headwaters of Lake Lure from further development.  The Town encourages everyone to support their local land conservancies so that they can continue to do this critical work.   

The photograph to the right is of a bridge located just after the entrance at the main trail head. It was designed and built to carry visitors over Buffalo Creek

With the land preserved, the Town of Lake Lure sought to make it accessible for public recreation.  The Town has been very fortunate to receive two grants from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for land acquisition and park development.  The Town has also received two grants from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for trail development. 

With these grants in hand, the Town turned to the team at Trail Dynamics, LLC, a nationally-recognized trail construction firm from Pisgah Forest, NC.  

They’ve worked over the last two years in completing several phases of the park. In all the eight mile system to Eagle Rock is nearing completion.

The development of Buffalo Creek Park directly correlates with the desire of residents and property owners to see more outdoor recreation of this kind.

During the development of the Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan, more than 150 people attended a workshop, and 586 people provided comments through public comment forms. 

Repeatedly, respondents requested more mountain bike trails, with 53 percent of the respondents noting that their favorite element of the draft alternative concept plans was mountain biking. 

Hiking and mountain bike trails were one of the most requested recreational activities for the park, with 61.3 percent of respondents wanting to participate more frequently in hiking and 55.7 percent wanting to participate more frequently in mountain biking.

Lake Lure and surrounding towns rely heavily on recreational tourism, finding that is the backbone of our local economy. 

The trail system expands upon the tourist economy by offering unique opportunities for mountain biking, day hiking, section hikes, bouldering, and multi-day adventures.

Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the operation of the park

Learn more about Ways to Enjoy the Park

Follow a pictorial journey of the park's construction captured by Clint Calhoun, naturalist and environmental control officer for the Town of Lake Lure. Clint has posted a great image gallery HERE: