Hickory Nut Gorge from Buzzard’s Lane Overlook
Above the eastern shore of picturesque Lake Lure is an unpaved road called Buzzard’s Lane. It’s the highest vantage point accessible by car anywhere around the lake, and overlooks ancient Hickory Nut Gorge to the west. Recently, I went there near sunset on a hot summer afternoon and found a hazy view that was different than any I had seen before.
Iconic Chimney Rock, not visible here, is pearched high on the south wall at the eastern entrance to the gorge.
Lake Lure is shaped like a spindly Starfish with fingers and coves radiating out from its center.