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“Beautiful spot” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC 28720
800-277-9611
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Geologic Formations, Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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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.
Upstate NY
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“Beautiful spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Pretty drive from Asheville. The elevator was out of service for our visit so we hiked it up all the stairs. Not too stremuous and unfortunately it was quite foggy when we reached the top but it did lift and the views were nice.

Visited September 2011
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“Stairs Not For Weak Of Heart Or Body!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

When we went, it seemed like the only trails that weren't being renovated in some way were the main trail to the top of Chimney Rock and the trail to Hickory Nut Gorge Waterfall. The waterfall wasn't much more than a drippy faucet due to the dry season, and the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock was out of service so that only left the stairs. At first, I thought it might be fun to challenge ourselves with the stairs but halfway up my chest tightened up pretty bad (though I wasn't that winded). It was definitely a challenge but I was okay as long as I stopped for a minute or two here and there (and there are platforms here and there along the staircase for people to rest). I'm not exactly in prime athlete shape but I'm not a complete couch potato either. There were some people there that sounded like hardcore smokers that got pushed too hard.. lots of really loud hacking and coughing. My husband, a firefighter, was actually a little concerned for these people at one point, so I wouldn't recommend the full stairs hike for anyone who has a pretty inactive lifestyle or if you are extremely heavyset because it is a HELL of a hike!! The top is a great view but pretty much the same view you get from the gift shop level lol. We still felt this workout in our quads 4 days later!! I do recommend Chimney Rock Park if you just enjoying hiking for the sake of hiking and being out and about in nature. I highly recommend going in October during the leaf season - GORGEOUS colors up there!!

Visited October 2011
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“Out of Order Elavator”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

We were warned by Rangers at the gate that the elevator was out of order. We chose to climb the newly renovated steps to the top. The view was worth the effort.

Visited October 2011
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GA
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“a good place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

Really enjoyed the park. Views are awesome. Dissappointed though that several lookout points and the restraunt was closed. Trails are marked very well, and easy to travel. Gift shop at the bottom is nice.All the steps to the Rock, are very well maintained, and handrails make it easy.

Visited October 2011
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“This is a hike worth the effort and a town worth the drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

We went to Asheville, NC Sept. 22-26, 2011 for my friend's birthday, and the experience was more than wonderful. We hiked Chimney Rock which took us about 4 hours. We went to the falls which are so beautiful and you really feel like there is not another city or town within hundreds of miles around. The town of Chimney Rock is absolutely the most quaint town that looks like a town out of an old western movie. There are shops on the one strip street and it is nestled deep in the NC mountains. Along the 45 minute drive to Chimney Rock from Asheville, there are numerous Apple Orchards for Apple picking and BBQ tasting. We stopped at one and bought homemade apple butter and pumpkin butter and it is out of this world!!! If you are in Asheville, you have to hike Chimney Rock. But beware, my calves felt as though I'd had surgery for the next few days following the hike. Living in Florida now, I wasn't used to such inclines. It was awesome.

Visited September 2011
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this review, October 17, 2011
Dear Jaxtraveldr,
You've described so well the unique experience and opportunities that a visit to Chimney Rock (the Park & the Village) offers. We're glad you enjoyed your trip! Please do visit us again soon.
-Chimney Rock staff
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