The Gateway between Chimney Rock Village & Lake Lure is Growing More Beautiful by the Day
Volunteers are continuing to add plants and plan to change the gardens as the seasons change.
You can see volunteers working often, weeding and checking the status of plants, including the impact of visits from deer and other wildlife who may see this as a natural buffet.
The Flowering Bridge is also attracting its share of more benign visitors: birds, butterflies, bees, and, of course, plenty of admiring people.
Planters are being added to the outside of the bridge rails to add to the drive-by experience.
An extension of the gardens on the west end of the bridge is the next big project as funds become available.
Donors contributing $200 or more can have their names added on an engraved brick to be placed in the west gardens. Additionally, a donation box has been added at the east end of the gardens and donors continue to provide financial support.
The official Grand Opening and Dedication of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is scheduled for Saturday, October 19. Details to come.
Early on, the Flowering Bridge Board decided to self-contract the construction of the garden design, utilizing donated materials and volunteer labor. When professional help has been needed, they have hired local craftsmen.
Community volunteers have provided hundreds of hours of hard labor under the careful guidance of Project Superintendents Charlie Yelton and Chuck Watkins.
The LLFB is a community-based organization that came together to design, create and maintain a flowering pedestrian bridge across the Rocky Broad River and the walkways at both ends of the bridge for the joy and benefit of all who come our way.
History of the Bridge
The bridge, completed in 1925, served as a part of the US 64/US 74-A/NC 9 highway until 2011 when a new bridge was opened to traffic.
In 2011, the North Carolina Department of Transportation completed a new bridge a few yards upstream from the site of the old and thus closed the older bridge to traffic.
The old bridge is a three-arch span. Its original design included eight light posts topped by decorative lamps. Those were removed years ago, but an effort to locate and/or replicate them in the design of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is underway. From the bridge, the famous Chimney Rock, now part of Chimney Rock State Park, is visible upstream and Lake Lure itself is visible downstream where the Rocky Broad River flows into the lake.
The Historic Bridge was turned over to the Town of Lake Lure to allow for the creation of this unique community garden bridge, to be developed by local people to further enhance the natural beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge for generations to come.