From Charlotte Take Interstate 85 South to Exit #10 (King's Mountain and Highway 74 West). Drive on 74 West for about one hour. At Exit #167, get off and turn right onto Highway 9 North. Go 14 miles to the stop sign (Lake Lure will be in front of you). Turn left at the stop sign onto Highway 64/74A West. Go 4 miles and the Park entrance will be on the left.
My wife and I spent the weekend at a bed and breakfast (Chalet Club). There was a storm the night before. This was what I saw the next morning when I stepped out on the balcony.