Chimney Rock Travel Blog› entry 2 of 5 › view all entries
Wednesday was a day to explore the natural features of the Western North Carolina mountains. The previous day's rain had cleared, we would see the features! We followed US 74A southeast from Asheville to Chimney Rock. Chimney Rock is a large natural formation shaped like--a chimney. You enter the site from the highway and then follow a winding road up to the parking lot. From there, a trail leads to Chimney Rock itself, or there is also an elevator. A gift shop and cafe are located next to the rock, but do not detract from the impressive sight. Chimney Rock itself has a overlook that enables a view of Lake Lure below and the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. A trail leads from the "Chimney" further up the cliffs to the "Opera Box", a sheltered rock overhang reminiscent of a parterre box, and finally to Exclamation Point. Spectaular views of the Chimney, the valley below, and the distant mountains can be had from both locations.
Near Chimney Rock is Lake Lure, a destination for recreational boating and swimming. We drove around the perimiter of the lake. It was a bit early in the season, so no activity was going on.