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“Fun & amazing” 5 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Fun & amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We weren't sure what to expect. The drive from Asheville was beautiful. Loved the scenery & the winding roads. We even met the North Carolina hillbilly along the way!! Once we entered & paid the fee it was a short drive to the parking area. We took the elevator to the top & walked the short distance to the rock. Amazing, amazing views. It is just breath taking. I could have spent hours just sitting there taking it all in. Afterwards we browsed the gift shop & then took the elevator back down & hiked to the waterfall. What a pretty hike. Not too difficult & a beautiful waterfall at the end.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the shops & had lunch. Great day trip & we are glad we went.

Visited October 2012
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“What A View!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We visited the park and took the elevator up,then used the stairs to get to exclamation point. The views were beautiful! It wasn't crowded and the gift shop was also enjoyable with rockers out front. There are also tables under a covered area and a restaurant. We also walked to the falls.This is not a hard walk or climb,and there are benches and resting areas for little ones or those who tire easily. NOTE: You cannot take strollers on the stairs up, but they do have alternative means of carry at the gift shop.The whole area there and at Lake Lure is Beautiful. I would also refer others to "Camp View Cabin" it is in a private, gated community on Lake lure.

Visited September 2012
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“Climed as high as we could go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Very nice experience. Nothing really stunning but the park is fun and you can get your excercise, especially if you bypass the elevator. The falls leave something to be desired...there are many falls with greater water volume but it isn't a bad walk to the falls, even though it is fairly long.

Visited October 2012
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“Wear your walking shoes.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Very cool drive out and back. I suggest you ride the elevator up and down, then use your legs to hike to the waterfall. Beautiful day for a great hike. Loved the scenery. On way out of park be sure to stop and get on on big rocks in creek to take some photos.

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“As seen on the big screen.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Since 1902 folks from all over have been coming to the park to climb the 535 million year old monolith known as Chimney Rock that stands 315 feet high with an elevation of 2280 feet. The park covers over 400 acres. It is still run by the grandson and great grandson of Dr. Luscious B. Morse who purchased the property that same year. In 2006, the park was sold to the state to become park of the state park system to keep the park from being brought up by greedy land developers and they allowed the family to continue to run it.

There are 5 hiking trails thought the parking include the family friendly .06 mile Great Woodland Adventure for kids. You can also try rock climbing or rappelling. There is a short walk that takes you to the top of the rock. There is also an elevator that quickly whisks you up to the top as well making it accessible for all. From here the views are spectacular. You can continue on here to other vantage points.

Hickory Nutt Falls is also another popular trail. It is a moderate 1.5 mile hike to the beautiful Hickory Nut Waterfall. The falls are between 200-400 feet high (there are several places where it is referenced at different heights). There is an observation deck to enjoy the falls or you can climb down and get under the falls (not recommended when it is fully flowing). It is not handicapped accessible. You can walk here from the parking lot of have the bus driver drop you off.

There are numerous events and programs for the public throughout the year. One of the most popular is the Easter Sunrise Service. I attended the service last year and it is beautiful. Last year it was held in the parking lot overlooking the valley below. It is a non denominational service. There is a choir, music, and sermon. It will be cool and warm clothes or a blanket is suggested. The park and service are pet friendly. Gates open at 5 and there will be a line to get in. Afterwards the Sky Lounge has a breakfast buffet as does the Old Rock Café in the village and have a special price for those who attended the service. The service is free and you are allowed to stay in the park and enjoy it afterwards.

There are two gift shops on the premises. They do have a squished penny machine. There are restrooms on the premises. Parking is free. Handicapped is on the level at the base of the rock. Others park in the parking area and take the free shuttle to the parking lot. There is the Sky Lounge on top of the rock which serves meals and there is also a snack bar. There are plenty of dining options in Chimney Rock Village and there are entry and exit privileges. Movie fans should take note of the fact that the 1994 movie, The Last of the Mohicans, featuring Daniel Day Lewis was shot here!

Visited July 2012
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