Party Rock Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Lure, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 895 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Tough interval hike. Small parking area so, if lot is full, park along road

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rocky
5 days ago

Amazing views at the top, rocky, wooded steep climb. Not recommended for small children. Cliff edge. One of my favorites

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over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Killer incline! Short, tough, fun and excellent view!!

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rocky
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes now. The view is amazing! Not too hard and short. Yes there’s a few blow downs, the trail could use some maintenance, but it’s definitely worth it.

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washed out
6 months ago

A beautiful view but be prepared for lots of fallen trees/washed out trail conditions! Steep cliff at the top, may not be suitable for dogs/children. Overall though beautiful, great length hike.

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washed out
6 months ago

But doable! Love this trail!

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rocky
washed out
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice trail, few people

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8 months ago

Fun hike with awesome widespread views of lake lure and surrounding mountains! There’s an old rusted ford truck that rolled off the trail trying to drive up the trail as well.

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9 months ago

Nice trail for a quick leg workout. Be prepared for mosquitoes at/around the trailhead. Views are worthwhile.

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scramble
10 months ago

Beautiful views from the top, but recently the amount of trees that are on the trail made my 9 yo son say he didn't want to do it anymore. Lots of stickers along the hike were annoying. Even as recent as this past spring, this was a wonderful hike, but trail is NOT maintained AT all. It will likely be up to us locals to cut the 30+ fallen trees covering the trail. Don't think that the state will take care of it. Still, once we got to the top today, views were stunning, as always. It's a tough hike for sure, but made tougher by all the trees downed.

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10 months ago

Love this trail. It’s short but challenging. The view is amazing. Rarely see anyone, which i prefer. Parts of the trail were washed out after last years storm, so there are some parts where you have to navigate carefully. But it’s not that technical. Don’t let the secret out about how great this trail and its view is.

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10 months ago

Overall a nice short hike. Several trees down still, very hot yesterday. Very little breeze at the rock. First time hiking this trail, don’t think we will do it again but a nice time.

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blowdown
washed out
10 months ago

Great trail if you want to get out for a good workout and even better views without spending half a day to get it!

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rocky
11 months ago

We loved this trail, only saw one other couple. It is easy to park by water tower by dirt road. It is strenuous uphill for sure, keep going keep going! You may get some good views and think to stop but don’t. It is so worth it at the top! Huge slate rock and east to walk on and gorgeous views and breezy. Absolutely stunning. Trail had some mud lots rocks and trees and brush down but very very easy to follow dirt trail. Don’t skip this one!

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
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rocky
washed out
11 months ago

Giving this a 3 for the view, which is great. The trail is muddy, washed out, lots of trees blown down across the path and overgrown in spots. Extremely slippery in red mud when wet. We did this in a thunderstorm, had to bushwhack through several large trees across the path (which after busting branches has made the trail more accessible), and made sure of our footing on the wet slick mud and gravel on exposed rocks. Initially attacked by bugs until the thunderstorms came, one advantage of hiking this in the rain is no mosquitoes or gnats. View at the top gives you the panorama from across the gorge of Lake Lure, the Lake Lure Inn, and Chimney Rock. Lots of trail maintenance required. Feeling sorry for the poor chap who tried to drive up it many years ago and had to abandon their car, the remnants are near the top. Hike this at your own risk.

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