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Needle's Eye

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threading the needle

the needles eye is quite narrow and rather claustrophobic but in a fun way; just make your way... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
K Michael H
Pfafftown, North Carolina
Not Permanently Closed

The stairs to the top are not permanently closed. When I went (in January) they were closed due to... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2014
Bryan B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Jan 22, 2018
“threading the needle”
Apr 2, 2018
“Other reviews are confusing”
Located in Chimney Rock State Park, the Needle's Eye consists of 176 steep wooden stairs that lead hikers through a skinny passageway between two huge boulders.
Highway 64/74A, Chimney Rock State Park, Asheville, NC 28720
+1 828-245-4263
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

First off, according to the park ranger, this feature of the park has been closed since 2008. However, other reviewers seem to think that they were here since then. There are steps that lead up to the top of chimney rock which I think they...More

3  Thank 115Pete_F
Reviewed January 22, 2018

the needles eye is quite narrow and rather claustrophobic but in a fun way; just make your way through it and go on; not a place you want to spend a lot of time.

1  Thank K Michael H
Reviewed May 31, 2016

Chimney Rock State Park has a lot of internal attractions but this one is the best! It is easily accessible once you enter the park and is a favorite place for taking photos. Not recommended for people with physical limitations and it is not a...More

5  Thank FondoTraveler
Reviewed January 23, 2014

The stairs to the top are not permanently closed. When I went (in January) they were closed due to ice. The park attendant told me they would reopen that part if weather allowed and advised to call before coming next time to make sure. The...More

23  Thank Bryan B
Reviewed March 30, 2011

I saw this on tripadvisor and thought it looked interesting so my friend and I drove over on Sunday. When we got to the entrance of Chimney Rock State Park we were informed the Needle's Eye has been closed to the public (no reason was...More

18  Thank JenWins
Reviewed January 6, 2010

I visited the Chimney Rock needle's Eye a while ago, but had a lot of fun. The whole park is enjoyable. It was a bit intimidating at first walking through the 'eye', but just hang on to the handrails and watch your step! It is...More

8  Thank raisinette
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