Chimney Rock Park

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431 Main Street, Chimney Rock Village, USA
(828) 625-9611

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vances vances
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The primary feature of Chimney Rock State Park is its namesake granite spire - a natural wonder certainly worth experiencing. Offering 75-mile views, the pinnacle is usually accessible via a deluxe elevator. The lift was down for repairs during my visit (I would have passed anyway), but the foot journey is a non-perilous climb of about 500 steps along the park’s sturdy stairways. I found looking down on Chimney Rock to be a superior viewing opportunity than the vistas it offered, and you can keep scrambling above the pinnacle to snap some great photos .

Beyond this showcase, the park’s other key attraction is Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi (and setting for scenes from “Last of the Mohicans”). The timing of my visit was middle of dry season, August, so the falls were not impressive. I was further disappointed to learn the trail network is fairly limited, and wound up hiking every inch available.

But I do not want to paint this as a loser. Chimney Rock is a beautiful space and I was tremendously impressed with how well maintained the trails were. Better yet, I had multiple encounters with park employees, who consistently proved to be devoted, caring and informative. Stopping at The Meadows on the way to the top affords the opportunity to take the kids through Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and the Great Woodlands Adventure Trail. These are both very well done and informative opportunities for youngsters.

The Sky Lounge at the base of Chimney Rock offers sandwiches and awesome views. Entrance fee is $15 per person (but I only paid $13 because the elevator was broken).
Chimney Rock and Lake Lure...ooooh…
Chimney Rock with the final stairw…
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teagirl79 teagirl79
9 reviews
Dec 31, 2007
Chimney Rock Park is a great park to visit in western North Carolina. The attraction it is named for, Chimney Rock, is a rock outcropping that affords a great view of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. You can hike several trails, including one that leads to Hickory Nut Falls. These falls are featured in the movie, "The Last of the Mochicans". They filmed the movie at the falls and various locations around the park and the surrounding area. The hike to the falls is strenuous for the first 20 minutes or so, as they have modified the trail with wooden walkways and stairs. (The stairs REALLY get to you!!) But people of all fitness levels can make it. There are places to stop and rest along the trail, lookout points and rain shelters. The falls are beautiful, and one of the tallest in the Eastern US. You can hike a loop, which the second part takes you beside the falls and to the points of interest where the movie was filmed. However, that portion of the trail is closed in the late fall and winter due to ice. The portion that takes you to the top of the falls is usually open year-round.

If you do not want to hike all the way to the falls, you can still enjoy the park. An elevator takes you through the mountain to the gift shop lodge and where you can get on Chimney Rock. There are picnic areas and things for children to do too.
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View from the rock of Hickory Nut …
A rock that looks like the devil
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AtlantaScottyV says:
Great review! I remember coming here as a kid during one summer when my family, along with my grandparents, several aunts and uncles, cousins, and a friend's family all traveled en-masse together in our separate motorhomes each year while school was out. Great memories! Still looks the same as I remember. :-)
Posted on: Jan 23, 2008

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