Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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- Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest of its kind east of the Mississippi River- The Last of the Mohicans scenes were filmed here- ancient geologic formations- 198-foot tunnel & elevator inside the mountain- six scenic hiking trails- guided rock climbing & more The 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
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  • Jessica
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pictures don't do it justice...JUST GO!!
    This is a great park because there are a few hiking trails and none more than three miles round-trip, so you can see everything in about half a day, and especially great if kids are in tow! The views from the top of chimney rock are unbelievable and photography options are endless! Make sure you stroll along Chimney Rock village after you leave the park and drive into Lake Lure and check out the cool beach area and downtown!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • dgill13
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    The road up to Chimney Rock is a bit narrow with a lot of turns, but so worth it. Great views all aound including Lake Lure. The hike to Hickory Nut Falls is less than 1.5 miles roundtrip, depending on which trail you chose. Lots of stairs even though there's an elevator available.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Cindy M
    Bronx, New York68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choose your adventure
    $17 park fee can be paid at the gate or online. You can park in the lower lot and hike alllll the way up or you can drive to the upper lot and then take and elevator and then a few stairs. I hiked up from the bottom. Did the Four Seasons Trail to Chimney Rock, took the elevator down in order to see the cave, and then I walked to the falls. The more strenuous hike was the Four Seasons Trail. The one to the falls was easy, but very crowded and the falls are also crowded. Four Seasons takes you through the more serene woods and you won’t see many tourists- just hikers. I really felt too exhausted to go to the higher trails so if that’s your interest, definitely take a shortcut or too because this is a LOT of up! There are so many stairs to the top of the rock, but smartly the park has included many benches and places to pull off and rest before tackling another flight. It’s absolutely worth the view from the top!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Leslie C
    Rhode Island40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views
    Gorgeous views and the elevator through the mountain made the visit much more doable in the hot weather! Hike to Hickory Not Falls was moderate on a hot day and mostly in the shade, and the waterfall was gorgeous! Well worth the short hike. Go early right when they open if you’re able. The park was very congested when we left around lunch time with no parking in the upper lot.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • ChristineBrown92
    Linton, Indiana689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Stop
    Get here in the morning when they open or within an hour for the best parking and less crowds. Loved the views. Took the elevator up. It is windy, so be prepared. Then parked down and hiked to the falls. These were amazing. It is a must do. By the time we left the place was packed and they were parking at the bottom and busing up, so get there early.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • JVA_JVA
    Washington DC, District of Columbia101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Couldn't leave North Carolina without this stop
    With my ticket purchased in advance, I arrived at opening time and enjoyed the morning view from Chimney Rock and then the hike to Hickory Nut Falls. The easy elevator ride was a great start to the visit. Gift shop, snack stand, restrooms, and water-filling station at the top were appreciated. The stairs to the rock were part of the experience. Nature is amazing! After the elevator ride down, I found the stairs behind the restrooms that took me down to the trail to Hickory Falls. A manageable, mostly shaded hike up to the falls was worth it! Seating allowed me to take break and really admire the falls and surroundings. Worth the price of admission!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Dee3332014
    Venice, Florida13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking...
    Simply a breathtaking piece of nature you have to see. There is a winding road to take that is kind of tight to get up the mountain, but once you are there it is worth it. There is plenty of parking and then an elevator to take you to the top of the rock. There are other trails that are more challenging to explore from that area if you would like, but no need to. The price is $17 per adult, a little high but still worth the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Mick
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!
    This place is AMAZING and worth every cent of admission ($30 total for 2). They also have a Veterans Discount. Who needs to go all the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park when there is this place? It was truly the high point of my 12 day Fall Colors Vacation! GO!!! You will not be sorry!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Sherpa18644202742
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must See Great Views
    We hadn't been in about 35 years & it was wonderful to go back. The views are Awesome!!! Be ready for a lot of walking & stairs. I exercised for months to be ready for this trip, but I am 60. 🤣😂🤣 It's a must for a Great Place to visit. 😍😍😍
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Ryan
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Views!
    Chimney Rock was a wonderful spot to relax and take in views! Both the elevator ride to the top and the trails were great and very informative about the history of the park/attraction. Once you get to the top, the views of the area are unmatched and there are several other areas to explore. The gift shop is also a good spot to warm up in on chill days with coffee, cider, teas, etc. Definitely wear comfortable, supportive shoes if you plan to use the trails or climb on the rocks. Be aware - many trails close during the winter for ice, so plan accordingly.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
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Stuart, FL389 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Having recently enjoyed venues like Mount Mitchell where people socially distanced and wore masks when they couldn't, I cannot recommend Chimmney Rock at this time if you are concerned about getting COVID for the following reasons: lack of social distancing possible and enclosed spaces. We took the shuttle to the base and everyone was required to wear a mask while in the bus. Once out the masks came off as people walked the short distance to either the elevator or began hiking. Knowing that 500 steps up was not our preference, and that masks were required in the tunnel and elevator we waited in that line. A park employee told the crowd a little about the history of the location while limiting the number of people waiting for the elevator going into the tunnel. What he did NOT tell people is that someone needs to push the elevator button in order to send the elevator back down from the top. This fact was not posted anywhere, and while it seems obvious that the elevator does not automatically descend, twice the time between people entering was about 10 minutes instead of less than a minute. This caused the line in the tunnel to stagnate, and of course while unsupervised people lowered their mask. Once at the top, people exited through the gift store and snack bar, then walked a short distance to the amazing look out. It would have been so much more enjoyable had people continued to wear their masks as it was impossible to socially distance. Hearing and being in close proximity to a family with three youngsters who were sneezing and coughing, I felt the need to leave immediately. The option for taking the elevator down is reserved for those with medical conditions so we did the stairs, enjoying the view as much as possible with about 80% of the people climbing up not wearing masks, huffing and puffing, and seemingly unaware of how close they were passing to people around them. Yes, the views are stunning and we wore our masks constantly, but if I had known ahead of time what I know now, I would not have gone.
Written July 10, 2020
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ394 contributions
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Jul 2020
What a horrible experience. I knew things would be different due to Covid. I knew they were working on the parking lot. However, the first thing I noted was the road in the park was horrible. Very rough with lots of potholes. Upon getting to the excess parking, it was in a muddy grass area. I'm driving a sedan and not a truck with four wheel drive. I had no idea that was the parking situation. They had guys directing you to the parking spot, but the hand gestures made no sense. I had no idea where I was supposed to park and they acted like I was the idiot.

Then I had no idea where I was supposed to catch the shuttle as that was never mentioned by the woman who took my money or the guy attempting to direct traffic. Initially I planned on walking up, but I am not used to heat and humidity. I needed a shuttle. Then when I find what might be the shuttle area, there are a ton of people there. There is no way during Covid that all of these people could properly social distance from one another on a bus. And it looked like they only had one bus. I doubt they were cleaning in between trips.

Don't get me started on all the dogs there. Dogs do NOT belong in state parks. All they do is scare away the wildlife and cause damage to the ecosystem. But now you expect me to take a bus with not one, but multiple untrained misbehaving dogs? No way. I have no idea what the elevator situation is. I assumed it was down due to Covid, but with the crowded bus I'm now not so sure what they had going on with that. I thought North Carolina was better with the restrictions than other states. Obviously not here in their own state park.

I basically paid SEVENTEEN dollars to use their restroom because after seeing the dogs and crowd of people I went back to my car and just left. I must say the restrooms were very nice. They were clean, had flushable toilets and had nice murals on the walls. I really hope they use my free money to fix the road.
Written July 18, 2020
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Douglas
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Growing up in Western N.C. my family and I would frequent Chimney Rock. After the final scenes of 'The Last of the Mohicans' were filmed along the (now decommissioned) cliffside trail, it became an even more popular destination for us to take family and friends who were visiting from out-of-town.

Unfortunately, the specific trail where the scene in the movie was filmed is now closed and has since been decommissioned due to a fatal fall in 2008.

The problem that I have is that the park still promotes itself by the fact that parts of the movie were filmed there. It is misleading to those who come to see the parts of the park where the scenes in the movie were filmed, as those areas are not available for the public to see any longer.

The more recently created Skyway trail was promoted as being "re-opened," which mislead many of us to believe the trail had been reopened. When in fact, it was a newly created trail, which is a nice hike up the mountain through the woods that doesn't provide any of the views that the previous trail afforded. Especially those of Hickory Nut Falls, one of the parks main attractions.
(You can hike a separate trail to the base of the falls)

For the price you pay, and many of the selling points misleading guests, it's not worth the price of admission anymore. The park needs to lower their prices and stop with such heavy promotion around 'the Last of the Mohicans.'

For movie enthusiasts, Linville Falls is just an hour to the north and is where the opening of 'the Last of the Mohicans' was filmed. It's free to the public and has more trails to take in a full day of hiking.
Written October 6, 2022
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andy47355
Worthington, OH82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We traveled to the park on a Monday and it was quiet enough to enjoy hiking at our own pace which was helpful with our 3 year old hiking unassisted. We had the choice of choosing a shuttle or hiking to the top of the Gneiss Cave level. We chose the longer walk down the 4 Seasons Trail and up to the lower Hickory Nut Falls. There was one picnic bench we used to eat lunch just steps from the falls.

On the way back we opted to climb the many stairs to get to Chimney Rock. There is an elevator but it is currently only being offered for people with special assistance needs.

The stairs walk tough but rewarding. Just below the level of Chimney Rock there is a gift shop which has drinks and snacks. The views from this level are incredible where you get a good view of Lake Lure and the surrounding mountains.

A Monday like was great but I could see it getting pretty crowded on a weekend. The parking lot toward the top is under construction and completely closed. There were lines for shuttles when we returned to the parking lot around 2PM.
Written June 17, 2020
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Goodtimesrus105
South Carolina172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Really beautiful, scenic views. There are normally several trails and options to choose from to get to the top. When we visited, there was some work being done on power lines, so the only trail available was Four Seasons. This trail is strenuous. For a frequent hiker, this will be a moderate trail- but if you are out of shape or have problems with knees, etc. - don't take the Four Seasons trail. It is ALL uphill and there are LOTS of stairs. Then, once you get to the top of the Four Seasons trail, the options are go right to see the Hickory Nut Falls or go left to get to the top of Chimney Rock. This requires another 120 steps and then an elevator (or another 500 steps) to get the very top. Only two people in our group made the trek past Four Seasons Trail. The ones that did hike to the top said the views were worth it, but it is TOUGH. Normally (in non-COVID times), there is a shuttle that you can take part of the way. This would be better for some opposed to taking the hardest trail out there (Four Seasons). This would give you more access to the peak without wearing yourself out before the first round of steps. There was a pretty good crowd when we went. You can tell from the looks of the trail that it's visited a lot. If you're interested in avoided crowds, go early. If you want no crowds, Chimney Rock State Park is not your place. However, the views are beautiful if you go all the way to the top. Costs $17 per adult in July 2020 to enter the park.
Written July 30, 2020
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX3,456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
I finally made it here after years of wanting to go. I was not disappointed! You can choose to access Chimney Rock via stairs or elevator. Be warned: there are a lot of stairs. I think it's well over 400 and it will definitely give your legs a workout. Even if you take the elevator you still have around 44 stairs to the very top so unfortunately this is not handicap friendly. The views from the Chimney are beautiful though so its totally worth the workout to get there. The area at the top of the Chimney is small though so it can get overcrowded pretty quickly. My advice is to arrive when the park opens. We did and there was only a few people there. When we left about 2 hours later parking was already full and it was really busy (on a Wednesday!) There are other hikes throughout the park so if you have time to spare you should definitely take advantage of them. The hickory nut falls trail is especially nice with a pretty waterfall at the end. I would recommend everyone hike to the top of the Chimney at least once....
Written July 22, 2021
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Sherry O
90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
What a beautiful place. We shuttled (mask required) and took the elevator and still had a good workout hiking to Hickory Nut Falls and down to the parking lot via the Four Seasons Trail.

$17/person is surely the most we have paid to visit a state park, but it was worth it to us. Even though the view was completely obscured at the top, being in the clouds was magical. The plant life and rock formations along the trail are absolutely beautiful and Hickory Nut Falls was stunning. Park staff members were pleasant and helpful.

Plan to shuttle to the top unless you are prepared for a strenuous uphill hike and I was glad to have high quality hiking/water shoes as the trail to the falls had wet areas from recent rain. The shuttle and elevator make the observation area atop Chimney Rock very accessible, but all of the hiking trails here involve a lot of steps, so be prepared for that.

It was misting and rainy looking when we arrived but the park had quite a lot of visitors despite the weather. I bet it would be packed on a clear, sunny day.
Written September 14, 2020
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caitlin f
South Carolina217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
My family arrive at the park right after they opened at 9am and there were already several people in front of us waiting to get in. Thankfully we were able to park in the lot up at the very top.

We decided to hike the Hickory Nut Falls trail. It was beautiful and we were able to complete it in under an hour. There were several places along the trail where you could stop and catch your breath or get a drink of water. When we got to the end of the trail we were greet by the beautiful Hickory Nut Falls, which are known for their appearance in the movie The Last of the Mohicans. The trail was not busy so we were able to get a close up view of the falls without huge crowds.

By the time we made it back to the main portion of the park (around noon), the parking lot was full, and they were having to bus visitors up from the lower parking lots in huge school buses.

If possible, I definitely recommend getting to the park as early as possible so the trails and parking lots aren’t nearly as busy. The park was beautiful and all of the staff that we encountered were very pleasant and helpful. I would recommend a visit to the park to anyone who wants to enjoy nature and beautiful landscapes.
Written June 20, 2021
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Gabby
North Carolina Mountains, NC1 contribution
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May 2020
If you're trying to visit Chimney Rock on a weekend right now, with social distancing and masks, it is not worth going. We tried the last Saturday of May and the single open trail up was completely packed with people who would not let you pass and no one was wearing masks. No one would move to let faster hikers pass and no one tried to keep any distance at all. It was a miserable hike that took about 4 times longer than the last two visits I made with my dogs. Will not be returning until off season, if at all, until we can safely be near other people. It was impossible and unenjoyable.
Written May 31, 2020
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s2546
Gatlinburg, TN27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Went on a Saturday, and they were only letting a limited number of people up at a time. Had to keep driving around and checking when the gate would open again. Finally got in, and the cost is $17 per person which I think is expensive. Since we ate ice cream while waiting for the gate to open, we decided to take the trail up. I thought the trail was strenuous, and I was thankful for the few benches along the path. It is all uphill, and I wish I brought a water bottle. Great work out to do that long trail and then finish with hundreds of steps. The view on the rock was really great, and I think worth the effort. Nice little shop that sold drinks at the very top. Masks were required in the shop, and hand sanitizer was available at several spots.
Written August 25, 2020
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