Lake Lure Bids Farewell to Autumn

You might think that with December just a few days away, the colors of Autumn in the mountains would have disappeared weeks ago, but the slopes around Lake Lure always would prove you wrong. At an elevation less than 1,000 feet, the lake and the Northwest Rutherford mountains surrounding it, are always late bloomers when it comes to color. This year, with the first freeze delayed until November 14th, so were the leaves.

Every two years, the Lake level is lowered by about seven feet, so that residents can repair docks and boathouses, and construct new structures that would eventually be in the water. Large expanses of the lake bottom are exposed all winter until the lake is refilled in March. These are views at the far north end from Legends Bar and Grill.

All boats are moved into storage, and the floating docks sit in the mud.
The southern view from inside Legends

A short drive into the Rumbling Bald residences up the mountain reveals the late colors as the Sun was dropping behind 3, 400 foot Rumbling Bald Mountain.

Scene from “Dirty Dancing” were filmed around the golf course that snakes its way around the homes…
The slope below the exposed granite wall of Rumbling Bald Mountain.
A ridge catches the last of the Sun’s rays below 4,000 foot Mount Shumont
The South Face of Stone Mountain to the north at sundown…
Buffalo Creek is one of many creeks that feeds into manmade Lake Lure…

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