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Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC 28720
800-277-9611
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Type: Parks, Hiking Trails, Geologic Formations, Observation Decks/ Towers
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is an international outdoor destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, attracting visitors from... more » Owner description: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is an international outdoor destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, attracting visitors from around the world. Highlights include:- 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure- 404-foot waterfall, one of the highest of its kind east of the Mississippi River- The Last of the Mohicans scenes were filmed here, and Dirty Dancing was filmed in adjacent Lake Lure- ancient geologic formations- 198-foot tunnel & elevator inside the mountain- five scenic hiking trails- guided rock climbing & moreThe Park's modernized elevator offers a handicap-accessible 35-sec. ride to the iconic Chimney, an alternative to "nature's Ultimate Stairmaster," the Outcroppings trail. Chimney Rock has something for everyone from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure trail to the stunning Skyline trail to Exclamation Point. Recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic outdoor attractions, Chimney Rock is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC. « less
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Flowery Branch, Georgia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went early spring, with a sunny day but not to warm 66 to 72 °F. (17 to 20 °C) The lift to access the rock wasn't working, but that was OK we came for hiking. Be prepared for quite a lot of stairs, but it worth the effort. The view is awesome and I recommend to take the upper... More

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Chimney Rock was on my "must see" list for our holiday in the Great Smoky Mountains of N Carolina. We were not disappointed! This is a great day out for the family with breath taking views, particularly over Lake Lure. The park is a day out in itself and the town of Chimney Rock has some great shopping with good... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We came here with the family. The elevator was out so we hiked up the many, many stairs to the rock. Not all of here family could make it. Hubby and I went all the way up Sklyline trail. Be careful in the Opera Box - it's a very low ceiling and even lower over the bench! We enjoyed the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

They say that there are over 500 steps to climb before you get to the top(we didn't count them). It seemed with each step you would get a different view and perspective. You can get many excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the town below. It is well worth the hike up. If you haven't taken the trek do... More

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Grayson, Georgia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised to find the Hickory Nut Falls Trail open again when we visited the park yesterday! We hiked up to take in the incredible view and then back down and over to the Falls. Fabulous experience for the entire family and always worth the time , effort and expense!

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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Loved being outside. The views from the trail to Chimney Rock were amazing. We received a $5.00 entrance discount because the elevator was down and one trail was closed due to a rock slide. We climbed the steps to chimney rock, and then up to the exclamation point at 2.480 ft. It is quite the workout, but well worth it.... More

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Sevierville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I had a great time hiking the stairs up to the top. My husband on the other hand did not share my same enthusiasm. We did not know until we paid and drove up that the elevator was out. My husband has a knee injury from the Gulf War and has difficulty walking up stairs, but we had driven all... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had a very nice time at Chimney Rock Park. Loved the views. I recommend to hike to the waterfall. It is not a long hike. It is definitely worth it. Very nice scenic walk to the waterfall. Good exercise. Not too much. Just right. I actually felt very energized. Would like to do it again in the future.

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Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We went to see chimney rock falls but it was closed so we hiked the other trails. Very beautiful . We want to go back when it is open

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Dallas, Georgia, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Chimney Rock itself is pretty cool. There is an elevator that will take you up or you "hike" up, which is not a hike, it is climbing 100's of stairs. My wife and I like hiking, plus the elevator was broke while we were there, so we were a bit disappointed with the lack of natural trails to take up... More

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