Lake Lure's Flowering Bridge

Once a busy thoroughfare that connected Lake Lure to Chimney Rock, this historic bridge built in 1925 was reclassified as a pedestrian walkway in 2011 when a new bridge was opened to traffic.

Sitting atop the Rocky Broad River that feeds into stunning Lake Lure, special garden beds and unique displays add to the scenic beauty of the bridge's backdrop of Hickory Nut Gorge.

Volunteers came together to preserve and enhance the bridge, forming the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

Over a two-year period, they sought donations and hired a landscape architectural firm to create a design for the gardens.

Garden beds were prepared and planted on the east end of the bridge in late 2012, then on the bridge itself in April 2013.

A distinctive Sensory Trail was added in 2016, specifically created to allow visually-impaired guests to appreciate the variety of plants in the gardens, through the senses of smell and touch. 

A mobile phone tour enhances the experience with an audio guide for visitors.

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. 

The gardens have also met the criteria to be designated as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. 

Development of the gardens continues at the west end of the bridge as funds are made available.

The Town of Lake Lure owns the bridge and is responsible for maintaining it.

The Town also pays for the electricity and water associated with the activities of the gardens on the bridge.

The Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge have responsibility for the creation and maintenance of all of the gardens and structures placed there.