This was our first visit to Chimney Rock Park and we couldn't have picked a better day weather-wise: 60F,sunny with blue skies. The park is very easy to find and parking was straightforward . We paid $14 each to enter and were a little bit disappointed to find that at least half of the view points plus Sky Lounge along the Chimney Rock trail were closed for renovations . This wasn't made known to us at the gate (we were only informed of the non functioning elevator which has been non-working for some time now). However,on the plus side the trail is very well constructed and maintained,clearly signposted and worth the climb (not for the fainthearted though or anyone with heart/health issues as it is a LOT of steps ).
After the Chimney Rock view point we continued on upwards to the "Exclamation Point" which is the top -most point of the trail .We also hiked down to the Hickory Nut Falls!
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