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“Great day out in the beautiful outdoors. Be prepared for stairs . . . lots and lots of stairs.”

Chimney Rock State Park
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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.
Reviewed October 13, 2011

This was our second trip to Chimney Rock Park while visiting Asheville. It was just as we remembered. Beautiful weather, scenic views, great exercise. I would not recommend this park for people who are not physically fit or who have walking limitations. The stair climbing is extensive, but well worth it.

There is a small store at the parking areas, but if you want a lunch, pack one. We had a great little picnic sitting in the rocking chairs outside the store.

Thank monandeclan
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2011

Dear monandeclan,
Thanks for visiting us again! We like seeing old friends return to enjoy the beauty of Chimney Rock. You have shared some great photos here, too. FYI, the elevator is being modernized and is scheduled to be back in service to the public in April 2012.
-Chimney Rock staff

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Reviewed October 7, 2011

I have seen a lot of reviews by the casual vacationer, and I guess this scenic place is for them too, but we're hikers and we really, really, enjoyed all of the trails and extra climbs. It was a great outdoor adventure and you definitely just have to bring your camera! Do yourself a favor and don't weigh yourself down with a lot in your pack- just sunscreen, bugspray, your camera, plenty of water, and a few high-energy snacks are all you need.
I recommend visiting the attractions in the park in this order (with the elevator still under contruction, though we wouldn't have wanted to take it anyway!): Walk/hike up to Chimney Rock, visiting the look-out at one of the landings on your way. Then go up just a short way more to the Opera Box. It's so cozy and has beautiful view! Then head up Skyline trail (we skipped Devil's side because of time limits) to Exclamation Point. This should only be attempted by people in good physical condition, or leave plenty of time for stopping along the way. the views from the top are amazing!! I finally got the perfect NC fall mountain pictures I had been wanting! It's gorgeous up there! There is even a picnic bench for lunch at the top! Then head back down the way you came and take the short-cut stairs down to Hickory Nut Trail. Turn left and take this trail to the falls. It hadn't rained in a while so the waterfall was more like a trickle (lol) but it was still gorgeous and worth the hike. The sheer rock walls and height of the place was amazing. That's all we had time to do before heading back to the car, but we were so glad we did it in that order! You need the most energy to climb up in the beginning. This was a great outdoor honeymoon adventure for us and we'd definitely go again!

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2011

Dear WineNDine01,
Congratulations on your marriage -- we're delighted that you chose to visit Chimney Rock on your honeymoon! We also host weddings in the Park and witness a proposal on occasion. Come back and visit us again in the mountains! It will be a perfect way to remember your honeymoon and the beginning of your life journey together.
-Chimney Rock staff

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Reviewed October 6, 2011

The elevator up to the rock is out this year - being replaced..... so it's a total of a 1000 steps up and down. My Mom and I walked to the 1st look out point. It was very beautiful and a very pretty place. I am not quite sure it was worth the admission fee though - since the elevator wasn't working 12.00pp is kinda steep if you don't or physically can't climb all the way to the top. I guess "Dirty Dancing" was filmed there and shops in the town have some memorabilia up. Lots of ppl. had their dogs with them and the trails were marked pretty clearly.

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2011

Dear Blythe1202,
Congrats on making the hike up to the Chimney -- we acknowledge that it can be a challenging hike, and we appologize for the inconvenience of the elevator being under construction. But it will be great to have a brand new, reliable elevator next spring. At least it's much easier walking down the stairs! Dirty Dancing was actually filmed in Lake Lure (a mile east), but parts of The Last of the Mohicans was filmed on location in the Park. Come and see us again when the elevator is back in service.
-Chimney Rock staff

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Reviewed October 6, 2011

my wife and i left western okla on the bike, road a 1034 mile to gatlinburg. stayed a couple of day and the proceded on to see chimney rock witch was on our list of thing to do!!, so we rode another 90 miles one way to get the to find it is closed for the day because of a tree in the road, the guy at the gate said thay posted it on there wed site, who is going to look at the web site the morning of you trip, really put it on the radio, everyone listens to the radio, really close for the whole day because of a tree in the road, cut it up push it to the side and keep the park open, remove it on your own time, like at night or so, really disapointed the we did not get to see it, was a one in a life time trip for me, probably will never get to go back, thanks chimney rock,

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2011

Dear Billy S,
We appologize that you were unable to visit the Park during your trip to western NC. The decision to close the Park that day was made in consideration for the safety of all guests. The Park closing was covered extensively by local newspapers and TV stations. We understand your dissapointment and are working on improving our response to storm damage. I hope you get the opportunity to visit us again.
-Chimney Rock staff

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Reviewed September 29, 2011

Chimney Rock Park is a lesser known destination in the Western NC foothills. But let me tell you, it is worth a trip if in the area. The park has been around for decades and only recently was bought by the state of NC. Which is a good thing because they have, and still are, made some much needed renovations to trails and stairways and such. Part of the fun is just driving up to the park. You cross the rocky river over a narrow bridge and continue on a narrow, curvy and steep roadway. You have to stop half-way at the gate to pay, I think $15/person. At the top of the mountain, is the main attraction, a rocky out-crop which resembles an old rock chimney. There is a stairway to the top of it. You can see Lake Lure from there, which is nearby and has public beach access, and you can see for miles and miles towards the East. But that is just part of it! There are many hiking trails of different levels of difficulty in the park which scale the side, bottom and tops of the mountain area. A couple lead to interesting out-crops and views and some to a waterfall.
There is also a gift shop and small restaurant up there. Many times there is someone playing music live, like a dulcimer near the gift shop. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there. Then go shopping at the tourist shops below in Chimney Rock. What a hoot! Great family fun for those who can do some mild to moderate hiking.

Thank kmoore007
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2011

Dear kmoore007,
We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Chimney Rock and hope you return again soon. We do our best to provide a safe, fun hiking environment for families. To save money, you can even bring in a lunch and have a picnic in one of our many picnic areas in the Park. FYI, admission is currently $12/adult and $5/youth (ages 6-15), free for kids 5 and under. Thanks for the great review!
-Chimney Rock staff

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