There's a reason why film makers since the days of D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille have made their way to the Chimney Rock and Lake Lure area. Our sparkling lakes, rushing streams, and spectacular waterfalls, all set in rugged, deep-forest mountains, are a feast for the camera's eye. Recent movies filmed on location the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock area are:
The Hunger Games
Released in 2012, The Hunger Games was filmed entirely in North Carolina, including many nearby locations in the mountains. See The Hunger Games Movie Locations.
For the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey danced right here, in the blue waters of Lake Lure, beneath a mountain moon. You can enjoy the scene from the comfort of a tour boat on a romantic moonlight cruise. The footbridge and the foundations of camp buildings used in exterior shots for the film can also be seen about 1/2 mile from Four Seasons Cottages. To reach the location by land, take Boys Camp Road and turn right on Chapel Point Road.
Last of the Mohicans
The 1992 epic romantic adventure Last of the Mohicans starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. From the stunning opening shot looking out on the hazy folds of the Blueridge, to the dramatic final scenes set against the backdrop of rugged Rumbling Bald Mountain, Last of the Mohicans made spectacular use of the natural beauties of Chimney Rock Park and the Hickory Nut Gorge. During your visit to Chimney Rock Park, you will be able to walk along the trails and see sites that became the incredible scenic backdrop for the film. The last 17 minutes of the movie were filmed along the Cliff Trail, including the climatic fight scene at the top of Hickory Nut Falls. Ask at the park ticket plaza for a written guide, and enjoy the views from locations where key scenes were filmed along hiking trails in the park. Ask, too, about annual Last of the Mohicans fan gatherings in the park.
A Breed Apart
A Breed Apart 1984 Kathleen Turner, Rutger Hauer, and Powers Boothe This visually beautiful eco-interest film, distributed more broadly in Europe than the US, was shot almost entirely on and around Lake Lure. The film's wildlife and adventure scenes were shot in wooded areas, along the trails, and atop the heights of Chimney Rock Park. Powers Boothe scales both Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls in the film, and Rutger Hauer keeps watch over a rare eagle's nest located at Exclamation Point.The Dam Marina, located at the corner of Hwy 64/74A and Buffalo Shoals Road, was particularly recognizable as the setting for Kathleen Turner's store. Lake and mountain views from the marina were also featured.