Dirty Dancing Filming Locations, Then and Now!

Welcome to the Mountain Lake Hotel, which is the self-proclaimed “Top of the World” and home to a few beloved filming locations from 1987’s global smash Dirty Dancing.  The area is very remote and roughly a 30 minute drive from Blacksburg, Virginia.  Filming commenced here for two solid weeks in 1986 and then relocated to Lake Lure, North Carolina for interiors and the rest of the exterior scenes.  With alot of clever editing the film continuously bounces back and forth between Virginia and North Carolina.  The Inn proudly displays and marks many of the famous locations, and here’s how they look today in 2011.

Obviously the most recognizable building is the Hotel itself, which is a beautiful structure that overlooks the grounds and what used to be the lake.  The lake has disappeared due to weather trends, but everything else is pretty much the same.  There were a few interior scenes filmed in the dining room, kitchen, and patio however I am not so sure if any other interiors were filmed in the area.  My research leads me to doubt it.

The gazebo still stands today and it is augmented with a memorial stone dedicated to the wonderful Patrick Swayze. Also, I was really excited to learn that Baby’s Cabin is still standing as well.  I believe all the other cabins were filmed in North Carolina and have long since been demolished, so I was glad to see this was still with us!  I have a thing for cabins.

Just down the path from the gazebo is where Patrick and Jennifer Grey filmed the famous lift practice scene in the lake.  Unfortunately as of 2011, Mountain Lake has disappeared (blame global warming), but we can only hope that one day it will be back.  A few people (including the Dirty Dancing Festival and a commenter below) claim that the lift scenes were actually filmed in Lake Lure.  This is simply not true and irresponsible of Lake Lure to advertise this.  The photographic comparison below is irrefutable evidence that the lift scene was filmed here in Virginia, and that’s the bottom line.

The only interior shots apparently filmed within the Inn were the dining room (below) and the kitchen, which I wasn’t able to photograph for obvious reasons.   Also below, another location used was the lawn where the vacationers did the “bunny hop” and played volleyball.

For better or worse, it appears that the rest of filming took place in Lake Lure, North Carolina.  Unfortunately for us crazed fans, I believe nearly every building used for exteriors AND interiors there have either been demolished or burned down.  The famous log scene was filmed in North Carolina, but no one knows for sure where, and all the staff cabins were demolished in the 80’s.  Bummer.  As the legend goes, the bridge where Baby danced was torn down by rabid fans in the 80’s but the stone steps on the hill are still there, as seen below.  Warning, if you are traveling to Lake Lure to track down locations, this is all you’re going to see.  Major thanks to Jarrett Hook for passing along the photo!


Below are a few screenshots of some classic Lake Lure locations… maybe one day someone can figure out where that log was… but I doubt it!

For more 80’s filming locations, go ahead and check out my extended coverage of Blue Velvet, set in lovely Wilmington, North Carolina!


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81 Comments on “Dirty Dancing Filming Locations, Then and Now!”

  1. Helen Cordell
    September 25, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Really like your blog with photo comparisons, past and present, but I believe the correct name is Mountain Lake Hotel. Hope to get there myself one day. ‘Dirty Dancing’….my favorite all-time movie! I lived that era…………..and, now I live it again through the movie! Thanks!

  2. September 25, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    d’oh! thanks Helen-I changed it to the right name! That’s what I get for not taking a picture of the main sign 🙂 thanks for checking out the site!

    • Jen
      December 31, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      I have photos I could share from my visit if you would like.

  3. April 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Great blog! I was hoping when I got to the comment section someone would have told us that some of the other elements near Lake Lure were infact still there or recognizable… I hope to travel here someday. Thanks for making me smile.

  4. Kat
    May 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    I was just at Lake Lure last month. (I live about 45 minutes away). The lift scenes were actually filmed there – I’ve been on a boat tour twice that pointed out the area. I climbed the steps where Baby carried the watermelon and practiced dancing!! The bridge is gone, and the first time I visited the dilapidated railing was still on the stairs, but has since been replaced by a new one. Unfortunately, it’s on private property now, and has a gate and No Trespassing signs leading up to it. I still drove by and got a couple of pictures last month, though. I’ll see if I can post links to them. But yes, all the cabins are long gone. 😦

    • Loretta Curtis
      December 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      Where is this located? I’m in that area this weekend and would like to drive by.

      • Kat
        December 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

        It’s at Firefly Cove, which is a private housing development. To get there, you would take Boys Camp Rd off of Highway 64, and then after a little ways turn right onto Chapel Point Rd. Then you would turn right onto Firefly Cove (I think). I wish I could tell you exactly which house is the one with the stairs, but the only thing I remember was that it was on the right side of the road, overlooking the lake, and that I was able to turn around in a dead end and drive back by it again so it was on the left. (It was only a few houses down from that dead end). From what I remember, it was kind of a bright peachy/orange/tan/brown color the last time I was there, but it’s been over 3 years now, so the house has probably changed colors, and there may no longer be a dead end, or if there is there may be houses there now. If you’ll be at Lake Lure, I highly recommend doing the boat tour so you can see the house and stairs from the boat, and then immediately go driving around looking for it afterwards while it’s fresh on your mind. lol

  5. Paula Calloway
    July 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    I went to lake lure this weekend, just got home. It is beautiful, I went inside the hotel and the clerk of the hotel said the movie staff took all of patrick things and other stuff away, The clerk also said when people rent out patrick’s room he sits on the bed with them at night, and people always change rooms after that. His ghost scares the hell out of them. He showed us a cabin, that said johnny’s cabin, but it is not the one in the movie. He said someone burnt all of the cabins down because they were jealous. They never found out who. All of this came from the clerk of the hotel. He did say if anyone wanted to stay in patrick’s room, well he would like them to stay all night and be afraid of patrick swayze. I told him i would be back to try it. It is so beautiful, it took me 1 hour and a half to get there, because i live in lenoir, nc. But it was well worth it. Also chimmeny rock is beautiful and the water fall where they shot last of the mochians will take your breath away. But be sure to wear tennis shoes and not flip flops for chimmeny rock.

    • May 23, 2017 at 8:09 am #

      i am from hendersonville and got to go to the filming location for last of the mochians the villiage where the chief is sitting with the falls in the back ground its up a unmarked road in chimmney rock before the lake all but 2 of the indian houses are just props with no floor , walls ect but that was years ago over 20+ before cell phones and cameras but was super cool to see it was a hike up the mountain from where you could get to by car all the filming platforms for the cameras ect was all still there back then.

  6. September 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    The entire Boys Camp is now a luxury housing development called Fire Fly Cove. The only thing left from the movie is the stairway and it is looking pretty rough.

  7. Brandi
    October 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm #


    This is what the Lake Lure location looks like now. The road that would have led to the cabins is there but like mentioned before it is now private property! So you can’t go out there now:( @ Paula which hotel are you referring to? That would be awesome to visit as well!

  8. Lauren
    April 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Wow I just rencently tunned into this all when I was reading about WV celebrating 150 years I have so much exciment in me & new awaking I can’t wait to see all that is left in all area’s & yes what hotel ? was being talked about is a great question. This story was a awsome find. Can’t wait for my adventure. Im am sadding people ruin things that belong to history. Thank you all.

  9. Sharon E Williams
    April 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Love this, Movie always..one of my favorite.

  10. clair
    May 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    I just visited the Lake Lure website, and according to that, the only thing left of the Dirty Dancing movie buildings, are just the foundations! But sorry to say, I can’t vouch for that myself! If that’s true, then it’s a real shame! And they seem to rely heavily on their association with the movie, so you would think they would of taken steps to preserve more!! Their BAD, in my opinion!! I also just wanted to say, I really enjoyed your work! Thank you!

  11. Barry Kunkel
    May 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Went to Lake Lure yesterday. I stopped in to city hall and asked what remained in the area of the movie “Dirty Dancing.” I received almost a blank stare then the comment that there is nothing remaining. I could not find any buildings even though I heard the mian dancing was done in a hall that is now a school? The beach and lake are still there. Barry

    • July 14, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      No the dancing floor was donated to Esmeralda it is in lake lure the stairs remain in lake lure and that is also where lift scene was taken.

  12. May 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    My husband & I are on our honeymoon, right now, in Lake Lure. I have yet to see anything that remotely looks familiar to the movie. I do want to say that it is definitely a remote locale & seems to be a respite for us. It would be nice if there were pieces that resembled the originals, built here to replicate a good touristy attraction while you’re here. Even if you’re not a tourist, it would still bring back movie memories. It’s promoted as where some of the movie was filmed, so why not make it like that? From reading, it seems like we may only see a tree or maybe a rock from the filming. We did get to have a severe thunderstorm yesterday, similar to what’s throughout the movie.
    I did read something, earlier today, that said we could play pickle ball. I’m still trying to figure that one out.

  13. June 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    My husband and I were in the midst of our wedding ceremony when the movie was being filmed at Mountain Lake. My husband was a student at VA Tech and we had scheduled our wedding ceremony and reception at this location before the movie was scheduled to be filmed here. Our outdoor ceremony was held in the gazebo and the rehearsal the night before was held-up because they were filming the water scenes with Jennifer and Patrick. This was September and I had selected this time of year because of the leaf change, but they had to color out any changes because the setting was summer. It rained so much that summer that they were delayed in scheduling the filming, hence, why it was still being filmed in September. Our rehearsal dinner was at the Farmhouse in Christiansburg and the crew went there as well that evening so we met the majority of the group. Funny thing… the next day during the part of the ceremony with vows being said, I heard an argument at one of the cabins on the lake. I didn’t think anything of it, but it kept repeating itself over and over, and then I realized they were filming the scene between Baby’s father and Patrick. The movie staff had promised us that they wouldn’t be filming during our ceremony, but you know Hollywood. The 3 priests officiating were surprised and my brother had colorful words with Patrick. Now, it’s a bittersweet memory knowing Patick is gone. I went through last summer on a long journey across country and was saddened to see that the lake was all dried up, but the lodge and grounds were still so lovely. It’s a beautiful place with a bygone era setting.

    • June 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      thank you for sharing Trese! Do you have any interesting pictures you could share? So cool to hear your story 🙂

      • Trese
        January 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

        I have my wedding pictures in this outdoor setting. I’m glad I could share my story as it related to the filming of this movie.

    • Becca
      July 20, 2013 at 2:06 am #

      Trese, this is a wonderful story. Dirty Dancing is my all time favorite movie. Your story has just been added to my love for the movie and location. I went to Mountain Lake last year and it is such a beautiful place, even though the lake is dried up, it was still so peaceful. I’m very jealous you shared your wonderful wedding with Dirty Dancing.

      • Trese
        January 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

        Becca, so glad you appreciated it! We were living as students on a budget and didn’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful wedding. My brother, who gave me away, and my mother, who attended and made my wedding gown, died 3 years ago, so when I look at these pictures, they mean even more. It’s a special place that time stands still.

  14. Jarrett
    June 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Hi everyone!…I just moved to Flat Rock, NC(about 15-20 min away from lake lure) and have visited the area about 5-6 times. I went to Firefly Cove, the location of the cabins, gymnasium, dinning hall, bridge, and steps. The only thing that remains are the steps and the foundation of the building where Baby’s first introduction to “Dirty Dancing” was. The dining halls foundation is now a decoration in. the back yard of a couple who loves DD!
    …I have pictures of the remains, but don’t know how to paste them in here…I’ll see if I can contact the webmaster.

  15. Mildred
    June 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Visited Lake Luke three weeks ago, what a beautiful and peaceful place. I could spend their a hole day just sitting and viewing the lake and areas. We also got to see a lot of vultures and could took some amazing pictures of them. Want to go back someday.

  16. Becca
    July 20, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    I’m getting ready to attend The Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure in a few weeks. I’m not sure how to post pictures on a blog but if anyone does let me know. My plan is Firefly Cove for the steps and building foundations, Lake Lure Inn, the golf course scene and the floor from the original dance scenes is in a local hotel. If anyone has more information please let me know. Thanks braddstudios for having this blog!!

  17. Regina
    July 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I have no idea why you would ever say that Lake Lure is dried up! I have owned a home on Lake Lure for 18 years. It is thriving and full of people boating, skiing, tubing and fishing. Of course diving in the very deep
    and beautiful lake is my favorite activity.

    • July 28, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Regina, it was Mountain Lake in Virginia that is dried up (as of 2 years ago), not Lake Lure.

    • jj
      April 11, 2017 at 12:59 am #

      Work on your reading comprehension. It said mountain lake in Virginia is dried up…not lake lure.

  18. Glenda hinshaw
    July 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Yes, the flooring is in the Ismaraorada Hotel in Lake Lure. That was the only part they could salvage after the fire. You can take a boat ride to the cave, and they will point out the locations. It is hard to understand why they did not maintain this for historical purposes, and why they put a neighborhood there is beyond me.

  19. Trish
    July 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm #


    Interesting article that explains that Mountain Lake is cyclical and has been known to dry out for as long as a decade and then come back. They said it is not due to global warming but instead due to being located on a deep fissure and when the earth shifts (earthquake) then more water drains out.


    This article shows pictures of the lake now…..it is coming back.

  20. Melissa
    August 11, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    We visited Mountain Lake last year for a Dirty Dancing Weekend, then again last April right before the grand re-opening of the hotel. The lake was much fuller than the first time we visited and the owners of the property are very optimistic that the lake will return. They do claim that the lift scenes were indeed filmed at their lake and not Lake Lure. With the side by side pictures, it’s hard to dispute this claim. The place is beautiful. You can take a tour of the grounds, we had an amazing time. Lots and lots of amazing photos. We plan to go back when the lake is full again, because it was beautiful even without the lake so I can’t imagine what it will be when the water returns fully. We were allowed to take pictures in the kitchen (the scene where Penny was found crying), we sat in the dining room where baby and her family had breakfast (against the big windows), walked all around the lake (or where it used to be), checked out Baby’s family’s cabin, bunny hopped across the front lawn, wandered down the trail where Robby and Lisa argued, stood where Neil and Baby talked after the gazebo dance, danced in the gazebo, stood in that same gazebo and gave the ‘disappointment’ speech that Baby gave her father, carried watermelons…all the good stuff 🙂 If you ever have the opportunity to go, make it happen. It was an 9 hour drive from my house for a 2 day trip and it was well worth it. If you’d like to see pictures, I’d be happy to share, just let me know!

    • Barbara Landis
      August 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

      would love to c picture could u please email them to me at quinnsgram@aol.com thank u

  21. Jill Marten
    September 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I read somewhere that the lift was filmed in NC, they couldn’t film it in Virginia at Mountain Lake because the water wasn’t deep enough. I even seen a interview with Jennifer Grey with her talking about it.

    • September 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Jill, I’d love to see a link to that interview. Although I must say, the photographic evidence is irrefutable, IMHO.

  22. October 25, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    While visiting Asheville NC, this past weekend, we decided to take a ride and ended up in the little town of Lake Lure. This lovely town was having their Fall Foliage Festival. Because of the abundance of people, traffic, and rain, we did not park and walk around since it was late afternoon and we wanted to see as much as possible before it got dark. Learning for the first time that this was one of the site’s chosen to film the movie, Dirty Dancing, I have become obsessed (due to my obsession with Patrick Swayze back in the day) researching to find out as much as I can about Lake Lure. My research has led me to plan a vacation at Lake Lure, rent a cabin, and make a scavenger hunt of the movie and town’s famous spots. It’s sad to say, but I do believe, the nostalgic feel of this great movie has worn away from the area. It’s been many years and a different generation of people have evolved. But just think how exciting and alive this little town became while filming the movie. Now the movie is a part of history and they just wants to be known for the sweet, quaint town that one perceives. I can’t wait to vacation in Lake Lure.

  23. Janae Hughes
    December 19, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    I kept reading your story over and over! What an awesome piece of history you have to share!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

  24. Katie
    January 26, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Absolutely love your blog! Thanks for the side by side pictures, very cool! Once it warms up, I am planning a road trip to Mountain Lake from Ohio. Sounds like I won’t be disappointed!

  25. Katie
    January 26, 2014 at 9:36 am #


    These are supposedly the steps that baby walked up carrying a watermelon?

  26. April 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    If you want to dance on the bridge that “Baby” danced all you have to do is play a little golf. The bridge is just the bridge to the men’s T-box an the 16th hole at Bald Mountain Golf Course. (Lake Lure, NC) Been on it several times. Even took a few silly pictures while dancing like “Baby”. The resort has posted plaques marking were various scenes were shot.


  27. Susan
    June 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    we visited the Lake Lure locations just after the film was released several times. I have a ton of photos that I need to dig out of my packed stuff and post somewhere. When we were there, we visited the house where baby found out that penny was pregnant which was downstairs from the big room where they were all dirty dancing – the views from that room were spectacular. The steps and bridge were all fully intact. Also, the room where Johnny taught baby to dance was the other side of the area from the dirty dancing room. From the outside of that room, is the door where the little old lady dropped the wallets. To the right of that building was the big grassy field where they practiced lifts. To the left was the road where Johnny’s car was parked and where he drove away at the end. Just above that road was Johnny’s cabin – we went inside it as well. At the lakefront from the big house was the room where the final scene was filmed. When we went in, there was still white lattice from the filming there – I snagged a small piece of it. We also found the log where they did the famous dance. It was on boys camp road just before you got to the turn for the house on the left. You’d miss it if you weren’t looking for it. It’s hard to imagine walking across it, much less dancing but it was only a small creek beneath it. Lovely area. What I heard is that some guy bought the property with the intent of capitalizing on the dirty dancing thing but then hit financial problems and the rumor was he burned the place to get the insurance money. No idea, but I tell you it was so sad. The inside of that one house where the dancing and the pregnancy talk happened was all wood, thick, beautiful wood and was just so so neat and that gorgeous stone fireplace at one end. breaks my heart that it’s all gone. am grateful for our visits and my photos.

    • Katie
      June 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

      Omg I’m so jealous! My daughter and I visited Mountain lake lodge (Kellermans) last weekend and it was absolutely amazing! I would love to visit Lake Lure next but doesn’t sound like there is much left! 😦 you HAVE to find your pictures because I would loooove to see them! 🙂

    • Kim
      July 26, 2014 at 4:00 am #

      Susan, please please find those photos! Thank you for the amazingly thorough description, I’m so jealous!!!!!

      • Susan
        July 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

        I have started going through boxes. I haven’t forgotten y’all, I promise!

  28. Susan
    August 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Just to tide you all over til I find my photos, check out this fb page for Camp Chimney Rock, which this facility belonged to for over 50 years. There are several brochures in the photo albums that show you lovely photos of the camp back pre-dirty dancing. It was seriously gorgeous. Would have loved to have been privileged to go there as a kid.

    As a point of reference – the “gym” at the camp was the location of the final dance. The dining hall was the dirty dancing staffer room and the attached kitchen was the black and white room where they did the micky and sylvia dance. The north door of the downstairs of that building is where the old lady dropped the wallets. Also, one brochure shows the “new boys cabins” just built that year – you’ll recognize them as the staffers cabins.


    • Meg
      November 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Susan!!! Where are you and these amazing pictures. Would so love to see them..are you on FB?

    • megmcmaster
      November 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      not sure if my earlier comment posted – but Susan…where are you and those amazing photo’s?? I would love to see them…are you on FB?

      • Susan
        January 5, 2015 at 5:54 am #

        I’m here…the last few months have been nuts as we are starting a home business but I’ve not forgotten. Still digging through moving boxes to try and locate that particular album.

      • Susan Sullivan
        February 23, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

        Sorry guys. I know it’s been forever. I’ve actually moved since I posted this but I actually found the pictures today!! I’ll try to get them scanned this weekend.

  29. Jane
    August 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I got engaged on the gazebo in the fall of 1991. I was a student at Virginia Tech. My then-boyfriend came to visit and took me on a very early morning field trip. There was fog rolling over the lake, it was just beautiful.

  30. merwin
    September 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I had a show at the site of Dirty Dancing. Big Band and Review Show Called “The Golden Sounds of Motortown and The Dirty Dancing Review”. It was 2 years after the movie was released. It was a wonderful time. I also new Patrick.

  31. Annie
    October 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    My family and I will spend our Thanksgiving weekend at Mountain Lake Lodge. I will surely take as many pictures of the iconic scenes as I can!! I am one happy girl!!!

  32. Lanie
    January 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks for all your stories! I´m going to travel from Germany to Mountain Lake Lodge next May and I´m very excited to see some of the historic pieces. Very sad to hear that so much is demolished or burnt. I´m still pendant if I should drive 2 hrs to get to Lake Lure since I won´t get close to the famous steps (bummer!). But since it is so beautiful over there, I may do a boat tour. Please keep your stories and photos coming!

  33. Bill
    January 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    I live about an hour or so from Mountain lake and I visited there after the movie was produced while the lake was still full and a couple of times since. I have taken my children there as well.. It’s a great experience… I have never spent the night there, usually just stop in and walk the grounds for the sake of reminiscing and scenery… Many of the famous scenes are marked on the grounds.. If you are a fan of the movie, it will be well worth your time to visit Mountain Lake…. I have not seen this mentioned above, you can research this online for more detailed info but once the lake dried up, human remains were found at the bottom and identified as a person that drowned there in the 1920s. Below is a link to one article that may be of interest.. Dirty Dancing will always be one of my favorites as it was the first movie I seen in the historical Granden theater in Roanoke, Va after moving to the area and beginning my life on my own….. Enjoyed all the post above….


  34. Bob Pulos
    March 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    the 16th hole at Bald Mountain Golf Course on Rumbling Bald Resort is the scene location for the putting green, there is a sign commemorating it as a Dirty Dancing Scene Location.

  35. Micah Innis
    July 13, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    We just left Mountain Lake last weekend!!! My wife is still in dreamland lololol. The movie is very alive and well here as the stone hotel is still maintained and Baby’s cabin still looks great. The volleyball court still has a net on the green in front of the hotel. The gazebo still stands too, but with no lake…. 😦 There is a beautiful waterfall right near here called Cascade Falls as well! I gotta admit I am still catching myself daydreaming here at work about the movie and Mountain Lake. We were on a weekend trip to visit my Aunt in Roanoke and my Aunt happened to mention it in passing. My wife almost lost her mind lol. There is also a beautiful red covered bridge right as you turn back the road up to to the Lake. It started drizzling rain when we were there and it got extremely foggy quick. It was like a dream. SO AWESOME!!

  36. Jen
    December 31, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Advid fan here with a few comments. The lift was at Mountain Lake, confirmed upon my vist there. There were a few other shots there also not mentioned in your article. The dining room was changed for taping by blocking out a few windows and painting over them to look like the stone wall. The lake is severely receded but is now making its way back, due to a natural water system within the mountain, not global warming. Great shots! Thanks for sharing!

    • Trese
      December 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      I want to piggy back on what Jen posted. Our wedding rehearsal was delayed because they were filming the lake scenes. Ironically, most of the actors came to the Farm House where we had our rehearsal dinner. We met & visited with several of them that evening. We had no idea, at the time, this movie would become the hit it did.

  37. January 10, 2016 at 2:22 am #

    Rumor has it that the balance log in “dirty dancing” was at the Highland Lake Inn resort in Flat Rock, NC, and the log is still there.

    • January 10, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      If anyone ever finds the log, please tag it on google maps!

      • Stacey Wilson
        April 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

        I live 10 minutes from Highland Lake. I am definitely going to check this out very soon!

      • Bailey
        April 18, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

        Is there a place in here I can post share my actual images from break scenes during recording the actual movie. Would love to share with u fans..

  38. Bailey
    February 29, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    I actually have recent pics of the stone steps. THe owner has redone the railing.

  39. Bailey
    February 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Also, I have actual photos the homeowner gave me from the photo shoot during the making of the movie, they did practice the lift In water at bottom of the stone steps, many times.. that’s where the practicing took place. I have the photos

    • April 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      Bailey, send them to braddstudios@gmail.com and I will post them

      • Bailey Wilkinson
        April 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

        Okay will do. When I get home I will get them out and send

      • Bailey
        April 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

        Okay, will do..

      • Bailey
        April 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

        I just emailed them

      • Bailey
        February 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

        Have you still not received the photos I emailed you months ago?

  40. May 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    My husband and I went to Lake lure a few weeks ago and couldn’t figure out where the steps that baby was learning to dance on..can anyone tell me where at lake lure it is??

    • Bailey
      May 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

      It’s on private property. I sent pics to the owner of this website to post. But I guess they didn’t.

      • Shlomi salzhuer
        May 28, 2016 at 4:32 am #

        Hi Bailey I wish this year do the trip to lake lure with my family can you please sending me the pictures to my email
        Salzhuer@netvision.net.il thanks a lot

      • Bailey
        May 31, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

        Yes ABSOLUTELY

      • Bailey
        May 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

        I emailed them too you, hope u enjoy.

      • May 28, 2016 at 8:35 am #

        I saw them come through today. Sorry, I never check this website’s email. Will have them up this weekend. Thank you!

    • Bailey
      May 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      Yes, it’s on private property straight across from where Johnnys cabin was. U can’t see the steps from the road, it’s behind their home. The steps are still there and the homeowner built railing. You would have to get permission before going onto their property. They stopped people from doing it because people were talking pieces of the steps and messing it up.

      • Nadara Jones
        February 16, 2017 at 8:01 am #

        Bailey, Some friends and I are going to Lake Lure on April ! ’17 It would be great to have those of some of those pics,I have been there and loved the lake boat tour out of Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure! Could or would you send me copies via E-Mail They would make our trip so much more interesting even for me who was there in 2015. Loved seeing all these comments Sounds like you have good ones.. E mail them to .It would be appreciated so much by this group of older Patrick Fans. And, did you get any of the ROAD HOUSE location on the other end of the lake. That building still there, These ladies would forever be beholding to you for helping make this trip to Lure (Chosen because of the Swayze films. Leave me a message here and I will send sddress where to send them Thank you

      • Bailey
        February 16, 2017 at 8:32 am #

        Yes absolutely. My email is mzbay81@gmail.com. Will be happy to share and help…

  41. Shawn
    March 27, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    True story..the log scene was filmed on our property at the time. I would come home from school with movie vans and people everywherr for a week. Its not visible from the road and is a five minute hike off our driveway. Just outside of columbus north carolina. Won’t give away excact location though. Jus figured id share with ya’ll and drop a hint or two.

  42. Jim
    August 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    My wife and I own the lot in Firefly cove where the stairs are that she danced on. Thinking about selling the lot. Anybody interested?????

    • Bailey Wilkinson
      August 21, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      Did you recieve my thank you letter?


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