Chimney Rock National Park
81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Asheville, NC, USA
www.chimneyrockpark.com - (828) 693-4178
Chimney Rock National Park Asheville Reviews
Make like a Mohican Mar 14, 2009
I had seen the movie, "Last of the Mohicans" at least 6 times before I realized it had been in part filmed in North Carolina. To my surprise, the location, Chimney Rock, is only 22 miles south of Asheville. So, me and my friend Mandy planned a day of hiking and making like a Mohican in the beautiful forests and mountains of North Carolina.
I love the mountains and after 9 years of living in North Carolina, I am still in awe of its beauty. But, it seems as more people discover this beauty, the pricier the sites and activities become here. A day ticket to enter Chimney Rock is $14 for adults and children 6 to 15 are $6. The park opens at 8:30 and remains open until 5:30...and I suggest you get there early to beat the crowds and have time to enjoy the sites and trails at a leisurely pace.
If you live in North Carolina, I would suggest purchasing the annual pass which is $24 and allows you to enter as many times as you want for a years time. It also allows you to enter and leave multiple times on a single day, to enjoy lunch in the village below.
It is quite touristy as there is a cafe midway up where you can purchase a hot dog or a t-shirt. Dogs are allowed, so don't forget the pooch.
One downside is that the trails going to the top of the waterfall have been closed indefinitely for repairs and renovations. So, check the website for openings/closings before you go.
There are also opportunities for mountains climbers by appointment.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience and the beauty is inspiring and poetic. But, I'm biased as I have Appalachian blood in my veins, so check it out yourself.
Enjoy and do watch your children and pets, as there are some difficult spots and there have been incidents recently of people not doing so (2007).
So, don't forget your camera, prepare to have sore calves the next day because you will definitely work off that southern lunch hiking through Chimney Rock. There is an elevator for those in need.
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