Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2013 - 50
Bridge of Beauty
the lake luRe BRidge of
floweRs is slated to
open on oCtoBeR 19.
by Kimberly Button • Photos by Mike Lumpkin
What do you do with a bridge that’s no longer in use?
When the historic structure straddles the Rocky
Broad River and connects the popular towns of Lake
Lure and Chimney Rock, N.C., you turn it into a
destination of its own.
The circa-1925 bridge could have been left to fall
into ugly disrepair had it not been adopted by Friends
of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, a community
based non-profit organization inspired by the vision
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of resident Bill Miller. While traveling in Shelburne,
Mass., Miller and his wife visited the Bridge of
Flowers, an unused trolley bridge that was turned
into a garden in 1928. It’s an image that would not
leave his thoughts, encouraging him to create another
reclaimed work of living beauty in the southeast,
considered the first of its kind in the region.
Miller’s vision was to swath the three-arched
bridge, in use until 2011 along US 64/US 74-A/NC
9, with seasons of flowers and color. Views of Lake
Lure and Chimney Rock Park’s iconic monolith
already cast a stunning backdrop to the new project.
The 155-foot long pathway will contain 12 distinct
how to help
For more information, visit lakelurefloweringbridge.com. A
Facebook fan page shows what’s in bloom at facebook.com/
Volunteers are always needed. Applications are available