Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Lookouts • Hiking Trails
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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- 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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Monicamermaid
Costa Mesa, CA55 contributions
North Carolina beauty
Sep 2021 • Couples
Nice hiking, amazing views! Take the elevator or walk up several flights of steps, worth the effort! Hickory nut falls is a 404’ waterfall.
Written September 20, 2021
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Steve C
Lexington, NC50 contributions
Not for the Handicapped
Sep 2021
Great park to go to just be prepared for some good stair climbing and hiking. Take plenty of water and wear hiking boots. Plan you day there and where you would like to go so you are not walking the whole park. Not for the frail
Written September 18, 2021
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Karen R
Rockledge, Florida23 contributions
Hiking at Chimney Rock State Park
Aug 2021
The entrance fee was very reasonable. It is a beautiful state park. Go when they open if you can. It can get very crowded as the day goes on. We could not access the upper most vantage point as there was a wedding being conducted. Though we waited for approximately 15 minutes so we could snap a picture, it seemed that it would go on much longer. With 2 boys growing a little impatient to continue the hike, we abandoned the plan of getting a photo of them with the lake in the background. The trails are not too difficult for anyone in good health. The waterfall is cordoned off now and that was a bit of a disappointed to the kiddos who wanted to get their feet wet. 500 stairs up - it's quite a workout but you get to see the different vantage points, the grotto and the subway. Of course the elevator is available for anyone who would like to avoid the steps. Picnic spots available and it is easy to make a day of visiting the park.
Written September 5, 2021
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Kay E
Leesburg, FL16 contributions
A bit hazy!
Aug 2021
Chimney Rock is worth a one-time visit. Using the elevator and learning how it was built added to the interest of this visit. Personally, I don’t think it was necessary to wear a mask as long as the facility wasn’t crowded — which it wasn’t. That being said, the employees were very gracious in reminding people to follow the guidelines.
It was fun taking pictures for other couples because several of us were celebrating wedding anniversaries — one, fifteen and 56!
Written August 26, 2021
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grandmomx3
Black Mountain, NC79 contributions
Wonderful State Park!
Aug 2021
They are doing a great job during this pandemic. The park is amazing and fun. Elevator to the chimney top is a great experience. Hiked to Hickory Nut Falls. Fantastic.
Written August 22, 2021
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M H
Charlotte, NC149 contributions
Magical
Aug 2021 • Friends
So I'm not a fan of having to pay to visit parks and normally only go to free parks, however this was worth the $17 fee to get in the park. Climbing Chimney Rock was fun but hard, the steps are not easy by any means but certainly worth the views. But took the elevator back down bc that was a pretty rough walk especially in the heat. Then took the hike the falls which was amazing. This is the largest waterfall I have ever seen and was truly magical! We told so many people we meet to visit here! Staff was friendly and super helpful as well.
Written August 15, 2021
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Tom G
LongBoat Key, United States17 contributions
Memories!
Aug 2021
I was here as kid at Camp Chimney Rock and brought back many memories. Beautiful views and a must see!
Written August 4, 2021
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DLS53
Lewisville, TX22 contributions
Could Use some TLC
Jul 2021
Chimney Rock was a hit and miss. The upside was the view from the Rock. The downside is you must pass through a tourist trap shop filled with cheap trinkets and merchandise and unhealthy food choices. The Rock was a bit congested and boasted two unsightly trash cans. Ugh. My personal recommendation, take the hike to Peregrine Point and then the lower hike to the base of the waterfall. Also if you have kids with you, take in the small nature hike on the lower level. The experience was also price on the high side and for the money upkeep of the site was subpar.
Written August 4, 2021
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Felicia P
23 contributions
Great Moderate Hiking for all of the 2 and 4-legged Family Members!
Jul 2021
We stayed in Lake Lure and started several of our vacation days with hikes in Chimney Rock SP. We had 3 or 4 people and 3 dogs in our hiking party and everyone had a great time! The view from the top of Chimney Rock is breathtaking and well worth the time and effort to get there. If the line is not too long, plan to take the elevator up and walk back down. The approach to the Rock is all stairs, so there is not a lot to see until you get up there. Dogs cannot go in the elevator -- so you have to take the 400 step stairway if you have hiking with your four-legged BFF.

Hickory Nut Falls Trail was a great 45 minute roundtrip hike. It is shaded for the most part and the changes in elevation are minor.

Other hikes are more strenuous, but none are technically difficult.

Best Advice:

If you are going in the summer, get there early so you have access to the upper parking lot and so you can get your hike in before the temps rise. 8:30 - 11:00 was the optimal hiking time for us.

We had five total people in our party. We purchased one Full Year Access ticket. This enabled us to save on everyone's entry ticket AND enjoy great discounts at the gift shops in the Park and all over Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. The annual paid for itself.
Written August 3, 2021
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Roger M
Dallas, TX24 contributions
Chimney climb
Jul 2021
Been wanting to do this for a long time , wife , grandchild and I did the 500 step climb to the point ...loved it.
Great views from the top , nice people that worked there ..take your time and enjoy the different trails and hikes .
Great gift shops, plenty of things to do .
Written August 1, 2021
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