North Carolina May 07, 2017
A Trip Across This North Carolina Flower Bridge Will Make Your Spring Complete
How amazing is it to take something old and make something new – while still keeping all the original elements intact? While today historic architecture usually meets its demise, a group of motivated individuals can indeed save and preserve…and in this case, one flower and plant at a time.
Built in 1925, the original three-arch span bridge crossed the Rocky Broad River allowing access to U.S. 64 and U.S. 74A; essentially the bridge connected Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. The access point grew with age and was eventually closed when a new bridge opened in 2011. A grand 'ah-ha' moment came to Bill Miller who originally directed the town hall meetings that led to the eventual rebirth of the old bridge.
Locals saw the architecture and beauty in the original bridge and saved it, transforming it to a flower trail that is the "Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful." The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge officially opened in 2013 and is maintained by a group of volunteers.
This picture is from when planting first began on the bridge. The difference from then to now is amazing!
Throughout the bridge you'll find an herb garden, a 'raptors' garden, fragrant garden, whimsical garden, rose garden, wildflower of the year garden, tropical garden, songbird and hummingbird garden, prairie garden and rock and succulent garden.
This might just be the most beautiful short stroll you can take in North Carolina. Each corner is filled with wonder, whimsy, and beauty.
Another thing the bridge is great at? Bringing people together. Through a community of dedicated volunteers, the bridge has maintained beauty as well as a bounty of new plants and flowers added. While a literal connection between Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, it is also connecting people on a daily basis.
While the views of the bridge are coveted, there's also stunning scenery surrounding. Visitors can look and see the famous 'Chimney' that defines Chimney Rock as well as 360-degree foothill views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The bridge is open year-round for walks and strolls through the garden, and sometimes there are also events centered around this beautiful treasure.
What a gorgeous place! Have you visited here before or did you know this exists?
While in the area, you MUST visit Chimney Rock Village,
read our comprehensive guide here.