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I took US 74 from I-40 to Lake Lure on a beautiful, sunny, warm and uncrowded February day. It is a very pretty drive. You hit a series of switchbacks as you head up into the hills. I added a quick detour in Gerton to hike the Bearwallow Mountain Trail. It is definitely worth it if you have the time. Once back on the main road, you soon head into Hickory Nut Gorge and descend to Chimney Rock Village. I happily saved most of my time for hiking the trails at Chimney Rock State Park and exploring Lake Lure.
Frying pan! Been visiting this spot for years, and can always expect beautiful views from the trail and tower. The top is locked because I'm pretty sure the Forest Service still uses this tower.
But none the less, it's worth the mile and a half!
The gps coordinates on here led me to a gravel-road residential area, where I received suspicious looks from home owners in the area.
This is a popular area in a campground. That being said, in the winter it is a great area for a relaxing hike. Although the parking lot was full, we encountered only a couple people during our hike. This is a popular place for mountain biking. There are several creek crossings affording a chance to filter out some water. These creeks are shallow in most areas, so bring something to scoop with. The first third of the trail is actually a road. This is the only way in during the off-season, and is very easy. There are also a few small fields along the trail perfect for a hammock hang, tarp shelter, or just a good ol cup of coffee. Overall, a short and sweet hike.