(late 2010), volunteers formed the non-profit Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge (LLFB), raised funds and, with initial help from a landscape architecture firm, designed and constructed the gardens. The LLFB is maintained entirely by volunteers.
The gardens extend along the Town of Lake Lure walkway for more than 550 feet,
including the bridge itself. There are more than 2000 species of plants.
Tucked throughout the gardens are whimsical creations that add to the joy
of an estimated 150,000 annual visitors, including photographers.
Our visitor books include postings from all 50 states and many other countries.
Dedicated in 2012, the gardens now offer a Sensory Trail for the visually impaired,
including a mobile phone audio tour. As seasons change, there is always something
new to enjoy. Because the plantings meet standards to attract birds and
butterflies, the LLFB has been designated as a National Wildlife Habitat, a Monarch
Waystation, American Public Gardens Association and a member of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.
The original mural, which was installed in 2015, has been replaced in 2018 by the
stunning poppy and butterflies mural created by Amy Wald, a talented local artist.
Flowering Bridge Mural
Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 384
Town of Lake Lure, NC
Mural Artist: Amy Wald
Trail Member/Sponsor: VisitNCSmallTowns.com
Official Website: Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
The Flowering Bridge Mural Story
When the NC Department of Transportation completed a new bridge across the Rocky Broad River in Lake Lure, they took traffic off the bridge that was built in 1925. The historic bridge was turned over to the Town of Lake Lure and a community group came together to preserve, maintain and enhance the bridge and its surrounds. Since that time...
Artist Bio: Amy Wald
Amy Wald is the creator of high quality, one of a kind, bark, burl and twig frames, mirrors and rustic furniture. Some of the frames contain her original oil paintings. Amy is a highly respected member of the Chimney Rock and Lake Lure artist community and is a strong supporter of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.
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comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura
comment by: Lois
Brilliant way to allow visitors to enjoy the sites and sounds that Asheville has to offer.
comment by: Rebecca&Susan
We just loved all of the murals in Asheville! Asheville is a fun vibrant interesting town!
comment by: Catherine Wilson
As a member of Carolina Street Mural group, I learned about The Appalachian Mural Trail! After reviewing your web page. I planned my road trips to locate the trail murals, reflect on them and photograph memories of my trip!
comment by: Tammy Compton
(Fort Myers, Florida)
Love it! We went looking to take selfies with 3 and found over 20 murals!
comment by: Angie Trapp
Beautiful mural in Sparta, one of my favorite places! 😊❤️
comment by: Debra
(Falls Church City, VA)
Thanks for letting me know! What a great project!
It added cool stops to my visit and I love seeing art and the artist was around that day to meet.
comment by: Cristy (Mountain City, TN)
We have been getting much more traffic around our murals, and a lot of it is due to the publicity from your organization!
We will unveil our newest (and largest) mural on September 4th.
comment by: Cindy Hedrick Day
It's beautiful! Thank you!!!!
Awesome! You made my day! Love love love it!.
I saw the email re the Mural Trail special in process of being made. Can't wait to see it. We are working to finish our projects, exhibit changes, etc. Who knew it would take so long! But, it's soon finished!!!
Looking forward to seeing this!
Thank you again!!!
comment by: Marcie Toomey
This is our second visit to Holy Trinity.. we always leave blessed and humbled ❤️
comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!
comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.
comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!
comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...
comment by: Vickie Sealock
(Welcome Center Manager)
I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.
comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!
comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...
comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!
comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!
comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!
comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley
comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!
comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.
comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House
comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...
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